Crunchyroll Scores Streaming Anime Series

The popular U.S. anime and social networking site Crunchyroll has ordered up a whole new wave of streaming animated imports, including the first-ever English-language release of Osama Tezuka’s Black Jack.

The site, along with Tezuka Productions and Yomiuri Telecasting Corp., will air the classic 1970s anime, directed by Makoto Tezuka and based on his father’s famous manga.

Among the other distribution deals Crunchyroll has struck are:

* A deal with Fuji Creative Corp. for the anime titles Glass Maiden and Cat Man to begin airing this spring.

* The rights to action-comedy series Reborn!, based on the Akira Amano manga, from d-rights Inc.

* A partnership with Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. to stream more than 30 complete Korean drama series.

* And the continuation of a partnership with TV Tokyo Corp. that will add such titles as Mainichi Kaasan (Kaasan ‘ Mom’s Life), Saki ‘ The Player and Chi’s Sweet Home, along with the continued simulcast of Naruto Shippuden, Gintama and Shugo Chara.