Crunchyroll to Start Release Moribito Catalog Today

San Francisco, Calif. (August 3, 2010) ­ Crunchyroll ( in conjunction with Media Blasters and Anime Works ­ is scheduled to release the back catalog episodes of Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit on its site today. The first four (4) episodes of Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, directed by Kenji Kamiyama and produced by Production I.G, will be available to Premium Anime and All-Access members, while only the first episode will be available to free users. The other three (3) episodes will become available one (1) month later on September 7, 2010 for free users. More information can be found at

Based off the Japanese fantasy novel series, written by Nahoko Uehashi, Moribito - Guardian of the Spiritt was adapted into an epic 26-episode series that was extremely well received by a worldwide audience and gained even more acclaim after being featured on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit follows the journey of Balsa, a spear-wielding, wandering woman warrior, who takes on the task of saving lives in atonement for her past sins. On her journey, she happens to save a prince, and is tasked with becoming his bodyguard, as his own father ­ the emperor ­ has ordered his assassination. The two go on a perilous journey together to ensure the survival of the prince.

Episodes can be accessed from ,, the free iPad and iPhone Crunchyroll application, the Boxee Crunchyroll application and affiliate partners.

Crunchyroll Premium Members have access to the largest anime and drama selection, same-day access for simulcasted titles, with no advertisements and can be viewed in 480p-to-720p quality on selected titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at:

About Crunchyroll, Inc.

Crunchyroll is a leading global lifestyle and entertainment brand centered around all things Asian media and operator of the largest online community, video site and network of sites, services and devices for Japanese anime and Asian drama in the world. For $6.95 per month or $59.95 per year, Crunchyroll subscribers get unlimited access to anime simulcasts as soon as one hour after broadcast in Japan and a catalog of thousands of episodes. Through the Crunchyroll network of sites, services and devices, Crunchyroll has over 6 million monthly unique visitors. Content on Crunchyroll is licensed by leading media companies across Asia and the world.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese content business and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs Naruto Shippūden, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee and many others within one hour of their first Japanese broadcasts. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful minds and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

Crunchyroll acquires content from leading Asian media companies including TV TOKYO, Fuji Television, NHK Enterprises (NEP), Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV), Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Shueisha, Kadokawa Pictures, Aniplex, avex entertainment, King Records, Happinet, d-rights, Bandai Channel, Toei Animation, Tai Seng and many others. More information can be found at

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