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Crunchyroll, WOWOW and Sony Pictures Announce Co-Production Partnership

First project is a fantasy adventure animated series ‘Bye Bye, Earth,’ based on the novel by Tow Ubukata.

Global anime brand Crunchyroll, alongside WOWOW and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, has just announced a partnership for the development and production of new anime series, starting with the fantasy adventure Bye Bye, Earth. Each series created by the partnership will broadcast and stream on WOWOW in Japan and on Crunchyroll in more than 200 countries and territories. 

Bye Bye, Earth, based on the action fantasy novel by Tow Ubukata (RWBY: Ice Queendom; Ghost in the Shell: Arise), follows the journey of Bell in her quest to discover her roots, uncovering adventures and conflicts along the way.  

“Anime fans love to discover new worlds and our partnership with WOWOW and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan will allow us to present new adventures to the global anime community,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll. “We’re excited to work with such incredible partners to create and support new content that we know will become favorites for fans worldwide.” 

Akira Tanaka, Representative Director, President & CEO, WOWOW stated, “I am delighted with the collaboration with Sony Pictures and Crunchyroll. [For] our first project Bye Bye, Earth by Tow Ubukata… we aim to draw the charm of this grand scale fantasy masterpiece with a unique worldview that anime can offer, and inspire as many fans regardless of their nationalities, languages, and ages. We would like to create a show that the fans will love for a long time.”

Source: Crunchyroll

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Whitney is a freelance writer focusing on VFX-driven fantasy film & TV as well as preschool animation.