Leading OTT Channel, AsianCrush, Will Premiere the Classic, Epic Anime Series THE TWELVE KINGDOMS on 6/29

LEADING OTT CHANNEL, ASIANCRUSH,
WILL PREMIERE THE CLASSIC, EPIC ANIME SERIES, THE TWELVE KINGDOMS, ON JUNE 29

New and Classic Anime Programming Ramps Up on
Digital Media Rights’ AsianCrush and Genre OTT Channel,
Midnight Pulp, with New Releases from Top Japanese Studios
Such as NHK, King Records and KBC Japan
New York, NY (June 27, 2018) — This June, voyage to a distant, fantastical kingdom with the classic anime epic, THE TWELVE KINGDOMS, which will premiere on AsianCrush, one of the leading OTT channels featuring Asian programming. Currently the sole service to be streaming the popular fantasy series, all 45 complete episodes will be available on June 29, 2018 across all of AsianCrush’s platforms. The announcement was made by David Chu, President of AsianCrush parent company, Digital Media Rights, a pioneer in digital distribution.
Adapted from a series of fantasy novels written by Fuyumi Ono and influenced by Chinese mythology, THE TWELVE KINGDOMS follows the incredible adventures of Yoko Nakajima, an unhappy high school student who suddenly discovers that she’s the rightful heir to a mysterious kingdom. Once transported to this other world with two of her classmates, their status as “kaikyaki” (people who come from Earth) make them hunted fugitives, so they set off on a journey of danger, magic and political intrigue. The Studio Pierrot production originally aired on Japan’s NHK in 2002-3.
THE TWELVE KINGDOMS is the newest addition to AsianCrush’s classic ’80s ,’90s, and early aughts anime library containing other fan-favorite series and feature-length films (released with both English subtitles and English dubbed versions) including JIN-ROH, URUSEI YATSURA 2: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, ARCADIA OF MY YOUTH, BLACK JACK: THE MOVIE and FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: THE MOVIE, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA: THE MOVIE and STREET FIGHTER II. Sister OTT channel Midnight Pulp, a highly-curated premiere destination for genre fare, also carries much of the same anime.
“The acquisition and premiere of ‘The Twelve Kingdoms’ marks a new commitment to anime across our AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp OTT channels,” says Chu. “We have strong relationships with prominent Japanese animation studios such as NHK, King Records, and KBC Japan, as well as American home video distributor Discotek Media, and we’re looking forward to bringing our dedicated viewers the very best of the anime genre in the coming months.”
Both AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp, available on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and additional platforms, feature thousands of streaming titles, with new titles programmed each week. The OTT channels are available to consumers on a hybrid model, and they can choose to view the channel for free or with a premium subscription. Registered users can watch videos for free with commercials while premium subscribers can access the entire selection of titles without commercials, in addition to early releases, director’s cuts and bonus features. Premium subscription pricing starts at $4.99 a month for each channel.

Anisong World Matsuri Returns to Anime Expo 2018

Anisong World Matsuri Returns to Anime Expo 2018

Anisong festival returns to Microsoft Theater for the third year in a row with three-day, multi-artist music event

Santa Ana, Calif. (April 3, 2018) – Anime Expo (AX) is excited to present Anisong World Matsuri (AWM) at Anime Expo 2018 to be held on July 4, 6, and 7. AWM is created in association with BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Inc., Amuse Inc., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and other leading Japanese entertainment companies.

Details on participating performers and event details for AWM at Anime Expo 2018 will be announced in the coming weeks. Held at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live, all three incredible concert events will be on par with previous years’ performances. Specific ticket sales information will be announced at a later date.

To attend any of the Anisong World Matsuri concert events, attendees will need to present both a valid AX badge of any type along with a respective concert ticket. All 1-day and Pre-Show badge holders will also be able to purchase a ticket to attend any one of the AWM concert events on July 4, 6, and 7.

In 2017, AWM featured a total of 11 acts across two days of performances. Artists included Mashiro Ayano, ALI PROJECT, angela, Aqours, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, and Wake Up, Girls

2016’s AWM featured “Japan Super Live,” a four-hour long, festival-type live event featuring eight popular ANISONG artists such as JAM Project, T.M. Revolution, and sphere; “Japan Band Battle,” featuring FLOW and OLDCODEX, and special events focused on “Love Live! Sunshine” and “One Punch Man.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Anisong World Matsuri for AX 2018, creating opportunities for wonderful and memorable experiences for our attendees,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of SPJA. “AWM at Anime Expo 2018 will continue to enhance the live performance concert experience at Anime Expo.”

Shunji Inoue, CEO of BANDAI NAMCO Arts Inc. is thrilled with their return to Anime Expo. “It is our third year teaming up with Anime Expo. We are very honored to be given such opportunities where the US fans can actually experience the live events of Japanese anisong artists. Please enjoy these exciting performances with the very best artists from Japan.”

Anime Expo will run from July 4 through July 8, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To purchase badges for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/

For more information about attending, please visit the How to Attend page.

For more information about Anisong World Matsuri, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/anisong-world-matsuri