Online media distribution leader Crunchyroll, and GDH will provide anime mecha fans a rare treat as the visually spectacular LINEBARRELS OF IRON (鉄のラインバレル) will be streamed and available for download-to-own simultaneously as each episode is launched on Japanese television weekly starting with episode one (1) on October 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm PST.
Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll states, “Crunchyroll has such a huge community of anime mecha fans that we anticipate a huge reception from our members for this visually spectacular title. additional benefits of a simulcast of the title include increasing the attention of the brand on an international level as well as curbing illegal piracy activities.”
“The story within the original comic of LINEBARRELS OF IRON consists of exciting battle scenes and fascinating stories of each character. I have put special value on that point when creating the animation of LINEBARRELS OF IRON. I am always trying to find out how I can show cool & coquettish mecha-battle scenes by showing sharp sense of speed & presence, and by
including ponder-able action scenes into the animation. I just hope this anime will be a fun entertainment for fans to watch. I am aiming high for beautiful, cool, but cute mecha-animation! I just hope people will enjoy it!”, exclaims 2008 Anime Expo® Guest of Honor and LINEBARRELS OF IRON director Masamitsu Hidaka.
Streaming: Free. Download-to-own: $1.99/episode only for PC; $2.99/episode for PC, iPod, PSP
Fourteen-year-old Kouichi Hayase’s life has always been a mediocre one, if not dismal. However, those days of being bullied by classmates and escaping to a fantasy of being a hero are put to an end when a certain “accident” bestows on him a girl and a gigantic humanoid robot called LINEBARREL. The extraordinary power that Kouichi obtains puts him and everything around him on a sudden roller-coaster ride of battles, intrigues and friendship! During the course of his adventure, the boy starts to learn what life has to offer; he meets new friends, bids farewell to the old ones, but most of all he now has considerable responsibilities and is forced to confront the world around him.