SANTA MONICA, CA (April, 08, 2011) – Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that its brand-new anime TV series Blue Exorcist will premiere on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com and the Hulu Plus subscription service (www.hulu.com/blue-exorcist), Anime News Network ( www.animenewsnetwork.com/blue_exorcist) and Crunchyroll (www.crunchyroll.com/blue-exorcist). The multi-stream simulcast premiere will be distributed exclusively via the Internet in the US, and will also be available for streaming in Canada through Anime News Network, Crunchyroll and VIZ Anime.
The 1st episode (approx. 25 mins / English subtitled) will premiere at 10:00am PST on Wednesday, April 20th, three days after its initial airing in Japan on Sunday, April 17th through MBS and TBS networks. Aniplex of America’s broadcast of Blue Exorcist marks the first time an anime series has been simulcast in the US on multiple streaming sites simultaneously.
“Blue Exorcist is a highly anticipated title for Aniplex and I hope many viewers will enjoy this dark fantasy adventure,” says Hideki Goto, president of Aniplex of America. “We’re very excited to utilize digital media distribution in showcasing Blue Exorcist to as many as fans possible. To that end, we’ll continue to launch new initiatives and partnerships over the coming months that will hopefully provide fans with access to more anime content.”
About Blue Exorcist
Based on the manga by Kazue Kato (published on Jump Square by Shueisha), Blue Exorcist successfully depicts a hero, Rin Okumura, an energetic, yet naïve young man who aims to become the ultimate exorcist. The manga has been made into animation in the hands of Japan’s acclaimed staff including director Tensai Okamura (Wolf’s Rain, Darker Than Black) and Animation Studio A-1 Pictures (Black Butler, Sound of the Sky –so ra no wo to-, Persona 4, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW). This 25-episode TV series will air in Japan from April 17th, subsequently followed by the North America online premiere on April 20th. For more information, please visit www.BlueExorcist.com.
The first volume of the English language version of the Blue Exorcist manga was recently published by VIZ Media. For more information, please visit www.vizmedia.com/series?id=1371.
Story of Blue Exorcist
Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons.
Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world.
But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons
- the Exorcists.
Rin and his twin brother Yukio Okumura have been raised by Shiro Fujimoto, an eminent priest, but one day Rin discovers their biological father is actually Satan! As the border between “Assiah” (the human world) and “Gehenna” (demon’s world) is intruded upon by evils, Rin vows to become the ultimate exorcist and defeat his own father, Satan. To hone his raw skills, Rin enters True Cross Academy to train with other exorcist candidates.