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Toei Offers Anime Episodes on Crunchyroll + Ninja Scroll Live-Action Movie Announced

+ posted by c_k in Anime News on Oct 29, 2008 06:39
Toei Animation partners up with Crunchyroll to offer streaming, subscription and download-to-own English subtitled episodes of Slam Dunk, Fist of the North Star, Digimon Adventure 02, and Pretty Cure! starting this past Monday, October 27. Downloads cost $1.99 an episode or $22.99 for the first 15 episodes of Slam Dunk and Fist of the North Star or $39.99 for the first 25 episodes of Digimon. Streaming and downloads are only available to the U.S. and Canada. A new episode will be offered each week, with the schedule as follows (in Pacific Standard Time [GMT -8]):



Slam Dunk - 1 new episode weekly on Mondays at noon
Fist of the North Star - 1 new episode weekly on Tuesdays at noon
Digimon Adventure 02 - 1 new episode weekly on Thursdays at noon
Pretty Cure - 1 new episode weekly on Wednesdays at noon (coming soon)

Title Synopses (from ANN):

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR
"You don't even know you're already dead!!" The year is 19XX – war has turned the world into a nuclear wasteland. The oceans have dried up, the land scorched, and it appears as though all life has gone extinct. However, humanity had survived these harsh conditions, only to relapse into society where violence dominates.

In this world of mayhem, a drifter in possession of a lethal fighting style known as the Divine Fist of the North Star wanders through the arid desert. He is Kenshiro, and on his chest he bears 7 wounds as he treks through the wastelands to rescue his lover Yuria who has been kidnapped by Shin, his former friend. Along the way he takes Bat and Lin under his wing as they continue their journey. With the ruins of earth as the backdrop, many come in the way of Kenshiro as he tries to find Yuria in this epic saga!

DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02
Three years after the adventure of Tai and his friends, a new enemy Digimon Kaiser appears in the Digital World and he is out to control all Digimon. The powers of Digimon Kaiser prevent Agumon and other Digimon from Digivolving, causing a big scare. In this pinch a new generation of hero arrives, it's the Veemon! Veemon is able to combine with DigiMental and create a new type of Digimon that has never been seen before. Tai calls upon Daisuke Motomiya, a kid on his soccer team to the Digital World and to fight along with Veemon. What kind of adventures will this new pair run into, but more importantly, will they be able to save the Digital World from the Digimon Kaiser?


PRETTY CURE
Nagisa Misumi is an outstanding athlete and daring girl that doesn't take to studying but has a very strong sense of justice. She is one of the most popular students in her class. Honoka Yukishiro is an honor-roll student always boasting the best grades in her class. At first glance, she may seem rather stuck-up, but actually she's just a bit spacey.

The two are 8th graders at the Verone Junior High School for girls. Nagisa and Honoka each encounter Mepple and Mipple – two mysterious creatures who came down from the sky one night. Mepple and Mipple have fled from their homeland – the Field of Light – in order to escape an attack by the evil force of Dotsuku Zone. These two strange creatures grant Nagisa and Honoka the power to transform into superheroes called "Cure Black" and Cure White", and thus the two girl become guardians of planet Earth.

Using their super powers, the two girls with contrasting lifestyles and personalities work together to battle the evil enemies sent to conquer Earth by Dotsuku Zone. BUT will they be able to save our planet?

SLAM DUNK
Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering freshman at Shohoku High, holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. Ever since the last girl turned him down for a guy on the basketball team, Sakuragi's been traumatized by the sport. One day, an unsuspecting Sakuragi is approached by a cute girl who asks him, “do you like basketball?” Sakuragi immediately falls head over heels for this girl, Haruko, and answers “I love it!” Dreaming of the day he can capture Haruko's heart, Sakuragi, who doesn't know a dribble from a dunk, begins his training. But Haruko had her sights set on another freshman, Kaede Rukawa, the superstar rookie. The freshmen pair and the rest of the Shohoku basketball squad begin their season with their sights set on a national championship…

His rivalry with the star rookie Rukawa, and the dominating presence of the towering captain Akagi drives Sakuragi to realize his potential on the court. With Haruko, and his old up-to-no-good gang cheer him on from the sidelines things get heated up! But the competition is stack upon Shohoku! Ryounan High with its superstar player Sendo, top contender Kainan High, along with Touma High, and the towering Shouyo High -- Sakurgai and Shohoku High need go up against these veteran tourney regulars to capture the title. Can Shohoku survive with such tough competition? Will captain Akagi be able to realize his dream of a national championship? For the self-proclaimed “genius” Sakuragi, the battle has just begun!!

Sources: Crunchyroll | ANN
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Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a live action movie based on the 1993 action anime movie Ninja Scroll, directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, with Leonardo DiCaprio's production Appian Way to co-produce with Madhouse and Alex Tse (Watchmen, The Illustrated Man) to write the script.



Ninja Scroll was about a ninja named Jubei who travels alone while hiring out his services. A plot to overthrow the government causes him to fight and stop an old enemy. The movie was distributed by Manga Entertainment and the anime TV series, which was based off of the movie, was produced and distributed by Urban Vision.

Sources: Variety

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#1. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Oct 29, 2008
I hope they do the ninja scroll movie well :D I loved it :333

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