Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures and Wowow Ink Anime Co-Production Partnership

Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures and Wowow Ink Anime Co-Production Partnership

Anime specialty service Crunchyroll is joining forces with Sony Pictures and Japanese pay TV broadcaster Wowow to boost its original anime series output. Thursday saw the announcement of a pact between the three partners to collaborate on new content.

According to the partners, the series produced under the pact would broadcast and stream on WOWOW Japan while it will launch on Crunchyroll in more than 200 other territories and countries where Crunchyroll is active. The financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

The first project the three companies will collaborate on is the fantasy adventure series Bye bye, Earth . It is based on Tow Ubukata (RWBY’s best-selling Japanese novel Ice Queendom ; Ghost in the Shell: Arise ). The story follows Bell’s journey to discover her roots and encounters many conflicts along the way.

President of Crunchyroll, Rahul Purini said that anime fans love to explore new worlds. “Our partnership with WOWOW Japan and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan will enable us to present new adventures for the global anime community.”

Added Akira Tanaka, CEO of WOWOW: “Together with WOWOW, that has produced original content with thorough commitment to quality, Sony Pictures that offers various blockbuster films and popular dramas, and Crunchyroll that is good at creating a fan community through tailor-made marketing for each title and has huge influence on global anime fans especially in Western countries, I’m looking forward to our titles powerfully reaching global fans in the future through our co-productions.”

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