Kadokawa Hit THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA Coming to Crunchyroll
Slice of Life Blockbuster From Kadokawa Pictures Coming to Multiple Crunchyroll Platforms Soon
Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press releases
Special Thanks to Chase Wang
Crunchyroll, Inc. has announced the acquisition of the Kadokawa Pictures blockbuster title THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA for multiple Crunchyroll platforms. More information is available on the official official THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA series page on Crunchyroll.
THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA follows the eponymous character voiced by Japanese idol superstar Aya Hirano. A classmate of hers poses: “I thought that when I entered high school, my days of believing in aliens, time travelers and ESPers were going to be over. That is until she introduced herself. Claiming to be interested in only aliens, time travelers, and ESPers, Haruhi Suzumiya was the strangest girl I’ve met in a long time.”
Crunchyroll will initially release the first season of THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA and MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI-CHAN SUZUMIYA & NYORON CHURUYA-SAN on its subscription-based streaming service, followed by a release thereafter on its ad-supported free streaming platform. The second season will stream soon later this year. Additionally, Crunchyroll will also handle download sales and print-on-demand merchandise for the title. The agreement between Crunchyroll and Kadokawa spans the Americas, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa.
Japanese entertainment giant Kadokawa Holdings, Inc. (KGH) includes Kadokawa Group Publishing and Kadokawa Pictures. Kadokawa Group Publishing is one of the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers of Japanese Manga. Kadokawa Pictures with its library of over 2,000 titles, develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa Cineplex.
KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for an international audience in the English language, such as One Missed Call and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
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