Anime Network has been awarded an exclusive two-year licensing agreement giving it U.S. television rights for all 24 installments of Pioneer Animation’s popular half-hour anime series Chobits. The announcement was made today at MIPCOM by network president Kevin Corcoran and Pioneer Animation licensing manager David Yost.
Chobits, based on the popular graphic novels created by CLAMP (X, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth) and animated by Madhouse (X, Trigun, Ninja Scroll, Patlabor WXIII) with English dialog by Bang Zoom Ent. (Vandread, X, Mahoromatic), is the story of a poor country boy named Hideki, who moves to the big city to attend college. Once there, he is shocked to learn of the proliferation of persocoms, personal computers designed to look and act like animals and even people. Too poor to afford one of his own, Hideki discovers a discarded persocom in the trash. He soon discovers that his salvaged persocom could actually be an experimental prototype known only as CHOBITS.
Anime Network is currently available as part of RCN’s and Comcast Cable’s FVOD services, available to approximately 2.2 million subscribers. Programming is also available through SVOD on Cablevision Systems Corp.’s iO: Interactive Optimum digital programming service. In September, the outlet began providing high-definition programming to iN DEMAND’s INHD and INHD2 subscribers and is fresh off a Time Warner iControl launch.