Anime specialty service Crunchyroll is joining forces with Sony Pictures and Japanese pay TV channel Wowow to boost the output of the original anime series. The three partners unveiled a pact on Thursday to collaborate on new content.
The partners said the series produced under the pact will be broadcast and streamed on WOWOW in Japan, while launching on Crunchyroll in the more than 200 other countries and territories where the platform operates. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The first joint project of the three companies will be the fantasy adventure series Goodbye, Earthbased on a Japanese bestseller by Tow Ubukata (RWBY: Ice Queen; Ghost in the Shell: Get up). The story follows Bell’s journey in her search for her roots, discovering adventures and conflicts along the way.
“Anime fans love to explore new worlds and our partnership with WOWOW and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan allows us to bring new adventures to the global anime community,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll.
Akira Tanaka, CEO of WOWOW added: “Together with WOWOW, which has produced original content with a thorough commitment to quality, Sony Pictures which offers several blockbuster movies and popular dramas, and Crunchyroll which is good at creating a fan community through marketing customization. for each title and has a huge influence on global anime fans especially in Western countries, I look forward to our titles reaching global fans powerfully through our co-productions in the future.