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    PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION to Simulcast in US

    First Episode Available October 6th Source: Sentai Filmworks, Anime Network press releases Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams and Christian Lopez

    Sentai Filmworks proudly brings the hit PERSONA game franchise to anime with the acquisition of the red-hot new series PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION (????????????, Perusona Foo the Animation). Based on the megahit game-within-a-game from Atlus, PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION is the story of a group of students, their ability to harness the powers of supernatural Shadows, and the grisly murders that connect their two worlds together. The series is produced by AIC A.S.T.A. (BAMBOO BLADE, BLOOD+), and being helmed under the direction of Seiji Kishi (ANGEL BEATS!, MAGIKANO, RAAGNAROK THE ANIMATION) with script supervision by Yuuko Kakihara (SPECIAL A, STITCH!, HEAVEN`S LOST PROPERTY), while the signature original character designs by Shigenori Soejima are being adapted by Kazuaki Morita (NYAN KOI!, MY BRIDE IS A MERMAID, KAMISAMA DOLLS). The voice cast from the original game have reprised their roles for the series. Broadcast and digital distributor Anime Network will begin simulcasting PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION starting Thursday, October 6th. The series will stream every week for free on Anime Network Online at 3 PM Eastern, the same day that it airs on TV in Japan. In addition, the episodes will be available to watch on free, ad-supported Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service within 24 hours. Distribution on additional services and platforms will follow in 2012. When Yu Narukami’s family moves to the rural country town of Inaba, he’s expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he’s been used to in the big city. Instead, the peace has been shattered and the only quiet is the quiet of the grave, as a rash of mysterious murders and kidnappings sweep the countryside. With the police stymied, Yu finds himself joining with a group of eight other teenagers in a desperate bid to solve the mystery; a mystery that is somehow connected to both the local weather patterns and a strange video game world which Yu, his friends and the enigmatic killer can all enter... and where each must wield a unique weapon and learn to use amazing powers if they wish to survive. Journey beyond the Velvet Room as the hit PlayStation 2 game becomes a spectacular anime in PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION! PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION will receive a home video release on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.

    About Sentai Filmworks

    Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing anime companies in North America, including hit series like HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD, GUIN SAGA, NEEDLESS, CANAAN and ANGEL BEATS. Sentai Filmworks programs can be found on home video distributed by Ingram Entertainment, Baker & Taylor, Section23 Films, The Right Stuff and other good and fine distributors. Digital product offerings may be found at iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, Anime Network, Playstation Network and YouTube.

    About Anime Network

    Anime Network is the leading broadcast and digital distributor of Japanese animation and Asian cinema in North America. Headquartered in Houston, TX, Anime Network was founded in 2002 and launched as one of the first VOD networks on most major cable providers. Anime Network’s mission is to bring the best in anime programming to everyone in North America. In addition to our VOD network, consumers can access our Video website. The dynamic website, featuring an ever growing anime community, includes a subscription service that mirrors the VOD network and allows viewers to catch up on episodes they may have missed on broadcast.

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