Press Release from Anime News Network and Aniplex of America
Santa Monica, CA (October 6, 2010) -- Anime News Network and Aniplex of America jointly announced today that AnimeNewsNetwork.com will be the exclusive online North American simulcast partner for Aniplex Inc’s new fall television series, togainu no chi ~Bloody Curs~. The show is set to premiere on MBS on October 7th.
“Anime News Network is extremely excited to announce Togainu as our second simulcast,” says ANN CEO Christopher Macdonald, “I can’t think of a better way to launch the next stage of Anime News Network than with two great, yet very different simulcasts from Aniplex.”
“Aniplex is thrilled to simulcast Togainu on ANN,” says Hideki Goto, president of animation business of Aniplex of America, “I believe ANN will convey the underlying appeal of this property with their webcasting and the information they provide to the North American audience.”
togainu no chi ~Bloody Curs~ is an adaptation of the hit bishonen video game from multimedia studio Nitro+CHiRAL (sweet pool, Lamento –BEYOND THE VOID-). A manga adaptation, which is available in English, is currently serialized in the Japanese manga anthology comic B's LOG.
The story follows Akira, a post-apocalyptic street fighter who must win the bloody Igura tournament to win his freedom after he is falsely accused of a crime he did not commit.
togainu no chi ~Bloody Curs~ is produced at A-1 Pictures (Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, Kannagi, Black Butler), directed by Naoyuki KONNO (Dance in the Vampire Bund, 009-1) with a screenplay written by Natsuko TAKAHASHI (Antique Bakery, Hell Girl, Romeo X Juliet). The series also features an all star cast with the voices of Kousuke TORIUMI (Ai no Kusabi, Black Blood Brothers, Naruto) as Akira and Tomokazu SUGITA (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Gintama, X) as Keisuke, as well as Hikaru MIDORIKAWA (Sailor Moon R, Slayers, Fushigi Yugi), Jun FUKUYAMA (Durarara!!, Code Geass, Count of Monte Cristo), and Kishô TANIYAMA (Highschool of the Dead, Hetalia, Gurren Lagann).
Additional details regarding the togainu no chi ~Bloody Curs~ simulcast will be announced shortly.
togainu no chi ~Bloody Curs~ Official Japanese Website: http://www.togainu.tv/
About Aniplex of America Inc.Aniplex of America Inc.. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment and leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex Inc. has introduced a variety of properties including such hits as “Gurren Lagann,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler),” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D -THE TV-,” and “Blood+,” all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. In addition to licensing business, the company launched its direct video release business, starting with Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood’s End- and –The Lights in the Sky Are Stars- in summer 2010. The company plans to release selected titles in North America including R.O.D –THE COMPLETE- Blu-ray Box and Durarara!! DVDs.
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