KUROKAMI The Animation TO BE BROADCAST SIMULTANEOUSLY IN JAPAN, U.S., and KOREA
December 14, 2008 (Cypress, CA) – Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that it will take part in a simultaneous broadcast of the anime series Kurokami (The Animation) from animation studio Sunrise (Code Geass, Gundam 00) will be broadcast in Japan on TV ASAHI at 2:40 a.m. on January 8th, in the U.S. on ImaginAsian TV (IATV) on January 8 at 8pm, and in Korea on January 9 at 10pm on AniBOX.
The version aired in the U.S. will be an English dub produced by Bandai Entertainment Inc. the first ever dub to be made parallel with the Japanese production.
Kurokami The Animation is based on the manga by the same name from Koreancreative team consisting of writer Young Lim Dall and artist Park Sung Woo (the manga has been released in the U.S. by Yen Press under the title Black God). The anime is directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi (director of The Twelve Kingdoms) with series story composition by Reiko Yoshida, and character designs and animation direction by Hiroyuki Nishimura (Fatal Fury, Full Metal Alchemist the movies).
The story focuses on Keita, a high school student living on his own, lost his mother in his youth. One night at a ramen stand, he meets a mysterious girl named Kuro. Keita is told the story of how if a person runs into another that looks just like them, they would die. From Kuro, Keita learns of the Doppeliner System and the Coexistence Equilibrium and how his life would never be that same afterward…
“Having been involved in the anime/manga industry for nearly two decades, one of my dreams was to one day be part of bringing about the simultaneous release of anime in the US and Japan. I can barely describe how happy and honored I am to be part of the team bringing Kurokami The Animation in English to US audiences within hours of the Japanese broadcast.”
- Toshifumi Yoshida, Producer of Kurokami (The Animation)for Bandai Entertainment
“We are very excited to be part of this innovative project. We continue to look for new ways to expand our relationship with Bandai and ultimately bring Asian Pop Culture to American television at the same time it is breaking in Asia,” said Adam Ware, President of IATV.
Following its U.S. broadcast it will be released on DVD in 2009 by Bandai Entertainment Inc.
About Bandai Entertainment Inc. www.bandai-ent.com
Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD and programming for television broadcast in North America. Titles include Gurren Lagann, Gundam 00, Lucky Star, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Sword of the Stranger, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and many more.