San Francisco, CA (April 15, 2009) Crunchyroll announced today that it is partnering with Bandai Channel to bring blockbuster hits CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion from legendary anime studio Sunrise to Crunchyroll starting today. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com/CodeGeass.
Vice President and COO of Bandai Channel, Takeshi Shimizu, states, "We are looking to create a synergy effect between the world-class contents of one group company, Sunrise, and the retail distribution strength of another group, Bandai Entertainment, culminating digitally on Crunchyroll."
"This relationship is very important for us," states Vince Shortino, Representative Director of Crunchyroll's Japan office."Sunrise owns the sci-fi/action genre in the anime world, and this gives us a piece of that segment. We look forward to being a part of their success"
CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion (25 episodes) will be available to viewers in the United States and Canada and will be immediately available in its entirety, featuring both English dubbed and English subtitled versions, to all visitors in these territories, free of charge and featuring advertisements.
CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion
On August 10th of the year 2010 the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in one month thanks to Britannia's deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicles dubbed Knightmare Frames. Japan's rights and identity were stripped away, the once proud nation now referred to as Area 11. Its citizens, Elevens, are forced to scratch out a living while the Britannian aristocracy lives comfortably within their settlements. Pockets of resistance appear throughout Area 11, working towards independence for Japan. Lelouch, an exiled Imperial Prince of Britannia posing as a student, finds himself in the heart of the ongoing conflict for the island nation. Through a chance meeting with a mysterious girl named C.C., Lelouch gains his Geass, the power of the king. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person, Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within!
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