Two touching tales hit Crunchyroll today!
Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they added a pair of titles to their digital platform. Ristorante Paradiso and Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana) are both available to all members in the United States and Canada.
Ristorante Paradiso is a 2009 slice-of-life romance that’s based on Natsume Ono’s manga of the same name. The series was directed by Mitsuko Kase (SaiKano, Young Black Jack) at David Production. Itsuko Takeda (The Galaxy Railways, Level E) provided character designs for the project, while Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat Butler, Yona of the Dawn) filled the triple role of series composition, screenplay writer, and scriptwriter.
Crunchyroll describes the series as follows:
Rome, Italy. When she was a child, Nicoletta was taken in by her grandmother so that her mother could remarry. Now grown up, she leaves everything in the countryside behind to visit her mother and her mother’s second husband, a ristorante owner. To her surprise, her stepfather did not know his wife had a daughter! Delicious food and dreamy gentlemen await at the ristorante, casetta dell’orso. For everyone who works there, a tender connection to the hearts of each visitor is spun, and the curtain raises on a story about these first-rate Italian gentlemen in spectacles.
Sweet Blue Flowers is a 2009 drama based on Takako Shimura’s manga of the same name. Kenichi Kasai(Bakuman, Honey and Clover) helmed the project at J.C. Staff, with Masayuki Onji (Aria the Avvenire, Cromartie High School) in charge of character designs. Fumihiko Takayama(Gunparade March) was tasked with series composition.
Crunchyroll describes Sweet Blue Flowers as follows:
Fumi Manjoume enters Kamakura’s accelerated high school – Matsuoka All-Girls High School. While waiting at the Kamakura station on the day of her entrance ceremony, she runs into an old childhood friend whom she had not seen in 10 years: Akira Okudaira. As their friendship is rekindled and they start falling back into the rhythm of friends again, it starts a delicate love story…
Both titles were released in North America by Nozomi Entertainment.
Crunchyroll also announced that streams for Lock & Logic and Divine Gate are now available for users in Spain and Portugal.