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    Crunchyroll and Kadokawa Pictures USA Announce "KADOKAWA TUESDAYS"

    J-Horror Movies and Shows Each Week on Anime and Asian Entertainment Site Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Special Thanks to Chase Wang As previously announced on SciFi Japan, the online Anime and Asian entertainment media distributor Crunchyroll and the US branch of Japanese studio Kadokawa Pictures have teamed up to present selected J-Horror titles from the Kadokawa Pictures film and television library. Now Crunchyroll has revealed that fans and members can catch fresh thrills, chills, hauntings and psychos every week with "Kadokawa Tuesdays" starting this month.

    Titles launching Crunchyroll`s "Kadokawa Tuesdays" include Takashi Miike`s psychopathic trilogy MPD PSYCHO I-III and the continued saga of a mysterious girl who appears again and again in various people`s lives and haunts them until their eventual end in TOMIE 4: REBIRTH and TOMIE 5: FORBIDDEN FRUIT. More information can be found at

    Title Synopsis:

    MPD PSYCHO I (2000) MEMORIES OF SIN/DRIFTING PETALS: A sadistic criminal is turning his victims into human flower pots. Detective Amamiya Kazuhiko is called out of early retirement to work on the case, which is tied to horrific events in his past. His new wife goes missing and a mysterious cult with barcodes tattooed on their eyeballs surfaces to wreak havoc on the city HOW TO CREATE A WORLD: A brutal serial murderer cuts babies from their mothers` womb in what appears to be a copycat crime from five years earlier. All of the women have barcodes tattooed to their eyeballs. The victims, under some sort of hypnosis, purchase the surgical quality knives used to kill them the day before their murders! As Detective Amamiya`s wife wanders the city in a trance, he discovers someone from his past is involved in the crime wave... MPD PSYCHO II (2000)

    LIFE IS A CONSTANT HELIX: Chiaki Kuriyama (BATTLE ROYALE, KILL BILL VOL. 1, GREAT YOKAI WAR) guest stars in the episode, which finds Detective Amamiya and the police team investigating the mass suicide of forty girls from a posh high school. Amamiya goes undercover as a high school teacher to find out why and learn more about a new generation of barcoders, many of whom are students at this militaristic school. THE CRUSHED ANT: Perfectly severed body parts with numbers cut into them are discovered in a field. In a nearby arcade, two rival youth gangs battle each other and Amamiya`s wife is taken prisoner by a gang leader. The Police Chief tries to put together more of Amamiya`s hidden past with the assistance of a one eyed snuff filmmaker. MPD PSYCHO III (2000) CORONATION OF THE CURSED KING: Cult members spontaneously combust when the barcoder network is infected. The burn victims are taken to the local hospital where a lonely employee`s cyber girlfriend tells him to kill people. Detective Amamiya and his team lock down the hospital, while strange things happen on the secret 13th floor. SOARING SOULS AND HUMAN BONDAGE: The Police Department denies that the barcode case ever existed in the massive cover-up attempt. Three remaining members of the investigation team decide to continue working on the case on their own. The Police Chief`s entire family dies under mysterious circumstances. Amamiya tracks the baby stealer to a remote cabin in a snowstorm for a final showdown to recover his own missing child.

    TOMIE 4: REBIRTH (2001) Hideo, an art student, is painting a portrait of Tomie when she suddenly dismisses it as a poor work of art and destroys her own portrait. In a moment of rage, Hideo picks up an art knife and ends up killing Tomie. Hideo`s friends help bury her and try to cheer him up by throwing a party. A girl appears at this party, uninvited that resembles Tomie in many ways. Hideo goes missing but this strange girl begins to appear wherever his friends go. And every time she shows up, strange things begin to happen! TOMIE 5: FORBIDDEN FRUIT (2002) A man named Kazuhiko Hashimoto cannot stop thinking about the lost love of his youth, Tomie, for whom he has even named his daughter. His daughter, who is shy and unpopular, encounters a mysterious girl who is also named Tomie. The girls befriend each other, but hen Kazuhiko meets his daughter`s new friend, he is surprised to find that she looks just like the girl he left behind 25 years ago. It soon becomes clear that the meeting of the two girls was not by mere chance.

    About Kadokawa Pictures USA

    Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment giant Kadokawa Holdings, Inc. (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes Kadokawa Group Publishing and Kadokawa Pictures. Kadokawa Group Publishing is one of the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers of Japanese Manga. Kadokawa Pictures with its library of over 2,000 titles, develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa Cineplex. KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for an international audience in the English language, such as One Missed Call and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

    About Crunchyroll

    Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment. Crunchyroll`s content is provided by Asian media leaders including TV Tokyo, Shueisha, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting of America and many others. Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA, and many others online to its subscribers within one hour of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website

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