Crunchyroll Publishing Anime On Zune Marketplace

By Ishaan . July 10, 2010 . 10:29am


Effective as of earlier this week, Crunchyroll will be publishing anime on Microsoft’s Zune marketplace, spanning the Xbox 360, Zune HD and Windows-based PCs. Launch series include The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Yokuwakaru Gendai Maho, as well as a “near-simulcast” of currently-airing soccer series, Giant Killing.


The release of these series on the Zune marketplace marks the first time they have ever been legally made available for download digitally. “It is a crucial component of our ever-expanding distribution platform to be able to let anime fans consume media when and where they want,” said Crunchyroll VP of Licensing Rob Pereyda.


“By publishing directly onto Zune Marketplace, we now give anime fans a familiar way to enjoy some of the very best in Japanese anime through their television. We look forward to both this and future slates of titles being enjoyed by anime fans all over.”

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  • I hope Toei Animation would be smart enough to introduce Americans to Mazinger Z, Cutie Honey (70s), most of its 70s lineup, alongside its classics like DBZ, Sailor Moon, Digimon, Shinzo, Golion, Hell Teacher Nube, among others.In addition, I hope that Tatsunoko would join suit, seeing how #TvC is a financial success in America and the fact that we’d love to see other Tatsunoko works beyond Speed Racer and Samurai Pizza Cats.Finally, I hope Marvelous Entertainment would do so too, seeing how it’s a multimedia company in Japan (anime, live-action Japanese dramas, video games, to name a few).

  • I read that Crunchyroll almost broke even, either last month or prior, for the first time, so things might be looking up. I’m hoping for more drama series. That had some excellent titles available a while back.
    Maybe some more networks might be interested in making them available if things continue on a good route.
    Funimation I think just started looking into drama series, but there are quite a few really noteworthy ones out there that I believe would be excellent choices for the audience.

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