Crunchyroll to Simulcast Little Busters! Refrain Anime Fall 2013


The leading online Asian entertainment stream service announces the anime Little Busters! Refrain as part of its fall simulcast season.

San Francisco, Calif. (October 3, 2013) – Crunchyroll, Inc., has acquired the sequel to Little Busters!, Little Busters! Refrain as part of its fall simulcasts, and is set to broadcast every Saturday starting on October 5, at 7:00am Pacific Time for its premium members, with free members able to watch one week later. More information can be found on

The sequel to the hit series Little Busters!, Little Busters! Refrain returns to Riki Naoe and his group of childhood friends, who form a baseball team called “Little Busters.” J.C. Staff is once again doing the animation production on this series, and director Yoshiki Yamakawa returns as well to helm the series as director once more.

The cast features Yui Horie as Riki Naoe, best known for her roles in Fruits Basket as Toru Honda and Love Hina as Naru Narusegawa, with Hikaru Midorikawa of Gundam Wing's Heero Yuy fame, as the leader of gang, Kyousuke Natsume and Tomoe Tamiyasu, who also voiced Futami Moriyama in Recorder and Randsell, as his sister, Rin Natsume.

Little Busters! will be available to Crunchyroll's audience in the following territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Turkey.

Episodes can be accessed from, the free iPhone and iPad application, the Android application, Windows Phone, PS3™, Xbox LIVE®, Apple TV®, Panasonic TVs with Viera Connect, Roku, Boxee, Google TV, Samsung TV, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live, additional set-top channels, and affiliate partners.

Crunchyroll premium members have access to a large selection of anime and drama, same-day access for simulcast titles, no advertisements and can stream in up to 1080p quality on select titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at:

About Crunchyroll, Inc.
Crunchyroll is a leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Playstation®3, Xbox LIVE®, Apple TV ®, Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers direct to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast.
Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). Officially launched in 2009, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, digital publishing leader Bitway and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at

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