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LINE Webtoon Debuts Animated Adaptation of Noblesse on Crunchyroll

Animated Film Noblesse: Awakening to Debut February 4th Exclusively on Crunchyroll

Spinoff Comic Series Noblesse: Rai's Adventure to Premiere on Line Webtoon Day-and-date with Animation Launch

LOS ANGELES, February 4, 2016Line Webtoon (http://www.webtoons.com), the popular digital comics publisher pioneering the distribution and consumption of comics worldwide, today announced that one of its biggest global blockbuster digital comic series, Noblesse, is getting the animated treatment. Debuting today exclusively on Crunchyroll, Noblesse: Awakening is a 30 minute animated film that brings the popular comic series to life as never before and marks Line Webtoon's first entry into video content in the U.S. Additionally, the franchise will expand in digital comic format as Line Webtoon launches a 10-episode limited edition spin-off series entitled Noblesse: Rai's Adventure. The first chapter is now available.

Created by Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee, Noblesse first debuted on Line Webtoon in Korea in 2007 and globally in 2014, quickly gaining momentum as one of the platform's most popular titles. The series is about Cadis E. di Raizel, the noblest of all vampires, who wakes up from 820-years long sleep and starts a new life as a high school student. His peaceful days as a student are soon interrupted by a group of attackers known as the "Unions." Noblesse follows Raizel and his loyal servant, Frankenstein, as they constantly protect and save Raizel's new human friends from the mysterious threats. The series has amassed almost 400 episodes and accumulated over 2 billion page views since its debut.

Line Webtoon's first video content to launch in the U.S., Noblesse: Awakening is an animated adaptation of the popular comic that offers fans a new way to relive the series' original story arc. The film is produced by acclaimed Japanese anime studio Production I.G, known for their work on animated films Psycho-Pass: The Movie and Ghost in the Shell, and is directed by Shunsuke Tada and Kazuto Nakazawa.

Also debuting today is Noblesse: Rai's Adventure, the first spin-off for the vampire series. Rai's Adventure is a 10-episode mini series featuring the main character in new adventures that will only be available for a limited time, exclusively on the Line Webtoon app.

Noblesse has been a monster success globally with a strong and dedicated fanbase. We are excited to offer them a new way to experience their favorite comic through the animated video and a brand new tale in the spinoff series,” said Junkoo Kim, Founder and Head of Line Webtoon.

Already a huge success for more than 10 years in Korea, Line Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and is rapidly expanding with the onboarding of new artists, partners, expansion of ways to interact with the content, and much more. To delve further into the vampire world of Noblesse, check out Noblesse: Awakening on XX and Noblesse: Rai's Adventure on Line Webtoon today. To download the official Line Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.

About Line Webtoon:
Line Webtoon is a popular digital comic service available on smartphones, tablets and web browsers, launched by NAVER, Korea's top search portal. Pioneering distribution and consumption of digital comics worldwide, Line Webtoon is taking the comic experience to the next level by providing readers with daily curated content from around the globe, and giving creators an intuitive platform designed to help them easily publish and publicize their own original content.

NAVER Corporation is Korea's premier Internet company, operating the nation's top search portal 'NAVER'. NAVER was launched in June 1999 and has since stood at the forefront of the growth of Korea's search service. NAVER has introduced many innovative search services over the years, such as 'Comprehensive Search,' 'Knowledge iN,' and 'Real-time Rising Keyword.' In addition, since releasing the 'NAVER' application, NAVER has launched applications for a wide variety of services. NAVER offers innovative mobile services for the global market, including the mobile messenger LINE through LINE Corporation, NAVER's subsidiary. NAVER launched the Webtoon service in June 2004 in Korea and has pioneered distribution and consumption of webtoons, also known as digital comics. The service receives more than 6 million hits per day from unique visitors and has accumulated more than 29 billion total visits as of June 1, 2014. NAVER launched the Line Webtoon service worldwide on July 2, 2014.

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