Here’s some late Monday news:  online distribution site Crunchyroll will be hosting the SlamDunk! anime.


Online Media Distribution Giant and Leading Animation Production Studio
Begin Online Streaming, Subscription and Download-To-Own of Many Titles

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (October 27, 2008) — One of the most
prolific animation production studios, Toei Animation Co., Ltd., is
partnering with online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, to provide
streaming, subscription and download-to-own options for some of the several
popular anime titles to begin October 27, 2008.  More information can be
found at <> .

“A partnership with Toei Animation is fantastic for Crunchyroll and the
anime industry in the U.S. and international markets,” states Mr. Kun Gao
Crunchyroll CEO, “it is great validation to have one of the oldest, largest
Japanese animation studios using our platform to bring anime to a much
larger audience and monetize through new digital channels.”

Toei Animation Co., Ltd.’s Mr. Kanji Kazahaya, Director of International
Department, states, “we are excited and thrilled to be working with
Crunchyroll on developing our digital business.  We believe that digital
distribution holds the potential to improve the economics of our studio
rather than weaken it and Crunchyroll is a great company to work with
because of its reach and unique approach to end users.”

Viz released the SD manga by Takehiko Inoue this past September and there was some nervous murmurings and speculation as to how well it would do in the U.S. market (which sports manga hasn’t made much headway in).  But hey, if Del Rey is feeling positive about bacteria/agriculture manga (Moyashimon), then sports manga’s gotta have a chance – expecially if it’s SlamDunk!

Oh, and incidentally, if anyone’s curious about the bacteria manga, Moyashimon anime is available on Crunchyroll, too. ^_^

(links will be provided after dinner and homework)

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