Crunchyroll and Aniplex announced today the addition of SO-RA-NO-WO-TO to Crunchyroll's Winter 2010 Anime Lineup. Developed and animated in-house by Aniplex's subsidiary studio, A-1 Pictures, SO-RA-NO-WO-TO is directed by rising star Mamoru Kanbe and features voice-acting newcomer Juri Aikawa in the lead role of Kanata Sorami.
³For many years, Aniplex has had one of the keenest senses of what will be successful in the entire Japanese animation business,² states Crunchyroll Vice President of Licensing, Rob Pereyda, ³with SO-RA-NO-WO-TO, we first congratulate them on their achievement and then look forward to its highly anticipated release on Crunchyroll .²
³With the commencement of Aniplex, A-1 Pictures, and TV Tokyo's ANIME-NO-CHIKARA (The Power of Anime) project aimed at cultivating original animation, we are pleased to present SO-RA-NO-WO-TO as its¹ inaugural series,² states Hideki Goto, Executive Vice President at Aniplex. ³We are excited that Crunchyroll can be a part of this historic event.²
SO-RA-NO-WO-TO will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, in standard definition free of charge to all visitors of Crunchyroll's website and across the Crunchyroll network one week after airing in Japan.
Crunchyroll's Anime Members and All-Access Members will receive early access to the program in 480P within one hour after its Japanese airing.
SO-RA-NO-WO-TO joins hundreds of other Japanese anime and Chinese and Korean live-action drama series in one of the largest English-subtitled streaming collections of officially-licensed East Asian content in the world.
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There is no joy.
If anything, it is a dark and needy world.
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