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Simulcast GET: Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans heads to and Hulu

New Gundam series for everyone!
Sep 30
// Salvador GRodiles
It looks like there's another good reason to be a Gundam fan this year, since the upcoming series, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, hits and Hulu on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Japan Standard Time/3:30 a.m. Pacifi...
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Ultraman X

Simulcast GET: Crunchyroll nabs Ultraman X

In which toku fans are given more hope
Jul 14
// Salvador GRodiles
Well, folks; I think it's safe to say that 2015 is a great year to be a tokusatsu fan. Last week, Shout! Factory announced Dairanger's North American DVD release, and Crunchyroll has now revealed that they're simulcasting Ult...
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Rejoice: FUNimation plans to stream anime outside of North America

In which FUNi's streams travel to new lands
Jan 06
// Salvador GRodiles
Are you upset over the fact that FUNimation's anime streams are only available in North America? Luckily, the studio's help section has revealed that they're planning to expand their digital content to other regions this...
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Daisuki announces M3 simulcast

One more for the road
Apr 21
// LB Bryant
Well this is it. With only a couple of series left to premiere, this looks to be one of the final simulcast announcements of the season and it goes to Daisuki. In a press release sent out last night, the streaming site has re...

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Sakura-Con '14: Crunchyroll announces two more simulcasts

Don't get quite so excited yet
Apr 20
// LB Bryant
So SakuraCon has come and gone but we still have more news to share with you that came out of our weekend in Seattle. Yesterday, Crunchyroll held an industry panel at the con and despite getting through the bulk of their pane...
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Sword Art Online II

Sword Art Online II to simulcast worldwide, airing in Japan in July

Get a double dose of SAOII this year and vote on your favorite SAO stuff!
Apr 19
// Brittany Vincent
Following the success of the first Sword Art Online series, the second installment, Sword Art Online II, will be simulcast worldwide. Aniplex confirmed the announcement today, and the series will be airing in Japan in July of...
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Aniplex announces Mahouka and Mekaku City Actors simulcast info

Put ya simulcast on!
Apr 05
// Brad Rice
Aniplex just dropped some news announcing the simulcast dates of its shows: Mahouka, also known as The Irregular at Magic High School, and Mekaku City Actors. Mahouka will air starting from today, while Mekaku City Actor...
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Puchim@s! FUNimation streams second season of mini idol comedy

This is the kind of anime that debuts on Apriil First.
Apr 02
// Jeff Chuang
Producers rejoice! FUNimation is now streaming the second season of the short anime series PUCHIM@S. The series of 3-minute episodes is actually called Petit Idolm@ster, but nobody calls it that! Following the gag comedy anim...
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Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks grabs The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

Insert ridiculous long title joke here.
Mar 26
// LB Bryant
After announcing their license of Haikyuu yesterday, Sentai Filmworks isn't content to just sit back. They're keeping the momentum going with yet another license announcement today in the form of the new anime series The...
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Crunchyroll to stream Robot Girls Z

Japan discovers a way to get me into giant robots
Jan 28
// LB Bryant
I've never been one for giant robot/mecha anime. There are some notable exceptions to that but generally if a series has giant robots in it I tend to tune out and get bored very quickly. Finally though Japan has created a sup...

First Impressions: D-Frag

Jan 19 // LB Bryant
Growing up, Kazama was a fairly normal kid with fairly normal friends. Once he entered high school however, he and his friends changed into delinquents who were only interested in causing trouble. Oh yeah, they're bad asses who march to the beat of their own drum, play by their own rules and they think they're the baddest of the bad. What they don't know though is that compared to the girls of the Game Development club, they're small potatoes.  The girls of the Game Development club have a problem though; they do not have enough members and because they have failed to report any kind of accomplishment they are in danger of being disbanded. Throughout the first half of the episode, the story centers on these girls doing everything in their power (including torture... no seriously!) to get Kazama to join their club.   Before the season started I did not have D-Frag on my radar. I had never read the manga and honestly knew very little about the series other than what I had read in short plot synopsis' and saw in some trailers. After watching the first episode though, I am wondering how something as crazy as this ever managed to sneak past my radar. Simply put, D-Frag is the comedy that you have been waiting for. In the beginning, it's easy to mistake this series as 'just another comedy'. The elements are all there and you could easily go through the first couple of minutes thinking that the series is just setting up another rom-com but that's when the other shoe drops and the girls of the Game Development club make their presence known by setting a fire in their club room which Kazama heroically puts out. From there the episode becomes a blur of chase scenes, enhanced coercion and laughs until he finally agrees to join the club.   As much as I laughed at this first episode though, I am forced to admit that there are problems right off the bat which one has to hope are addressed in future episodes. First off, the pacing for this episode felt lightning fast to me. Don't think for one moment that D-Frag is ever going to wait for you to catch up. The jokes are going to come fast and hard and if you're not ready to keep up with their pace, you're only going to be left behind eating dust.  The other issue that I feel is a problem with this first episode is that they might have tried to do a bit too much with their allotted time. For the first 18 minutes or so, the story is completely centered on the girls convincing Kazama to join by any means necessary and honestly I felt like that could have been the entire episode. The story was solidly delivered and once he hands over the signed club application, the episode could have ended. I would have been very happy and satisfied.  Unfortunately D-Frag goes another route and decides to squeeze even more into the episode by introducing another character and a story about the boys getting antagonized into peeking into the second floor girls changing room. It's not that I didn't laugh at this second story but by the end it did feel like it was a bit too much. In an ideal world future episodes will pace themselves a bit more and let the audience take a breath here and there. Despite those complaints D-Frag is a series filled with great little moments that come together to create a fantastic whole. Is it perfect? Of course not. What it is though is funny and a very nice distraction from the real world. This first episode put a smile on my face for over twenty minutes and I'm willing to bet it's going to do the same for you. This one is recommended. 
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Very busy but oh so funny!
I really enjoy moe, but I also really enjoy comedy. So what do you get when you sit me down in front of a solid combination of the two? You get one happy little camper who is ready to say please sir, may I have some more!

First Impressions: Noragami

Jan 17 // LB Bryant
Essentially, this is a series about Hiyori, a high school girl with a passion for watching mixed martial arts, and Yato, a minor god with not even a shrine to his name. One day Hiyori sees Yato about to be hit by a bus so she pushes him out of the way and ends up getting hit instead. Soon afterward, she discovers that she now resides in between the world of the living and the world of the dead and that her soul can and will leave her body without any warning at all. Not wanting to stay in this condition, she hires Yato to figure out how to fix her. It's unfair to say that this is a bad series or even a bad premiere episode. For what it is, it's actually a pretty decent first episode with hooks such as fights with giant phantoms, above-average character designs (Hiyori with a tail is just adorable, and I'm not ashamed to say that.) There are also some great comedic moments which made me laugh out loud, such as when Yato visits Hiyori in the hospital and appears beneath her covers; it sounds dirty and wrong, but if you watch the episode I'm sure that you'll laugh at Hiyori's reaction just as hard as I did.  Beyond the flashy action and animation however, there's a quieter side to Noragami that many people may not even notice due to how subtle it is. The background music, composed by Taku Iwasaki, is actually quite well done in this first episode. Blending into the background perfectly, it's very easy to miss these tracks but if you listen closely (or not so closely during the fight scenes) you'll find that the music to be one of the best things about this premiere. I'm not saying that I'm going to go out and pre-order the soundtrack as soon as it becomes available, but I also couldn't imagine this episode being nearly as interesting without this particular score in the background.  The major issue with this first episode is what I alluded to in the first paragraph... for some reason, it's just not that memorable. Sure, it's fun while it lasts but once it is over there really isn't a lot here to make you desperately want to see more or even remember much about it days (or even hours)later. There's just nothing to really make it stand out. I want to like Noragami and say it's going to be a fantastic ride, but at this point it would be impossible to say that and keep a straight face. Maybe it'll get better and more memorable as the series progresses, but at this point, my feelings can be summed up with a nice loud 'Meh.' If you're looking for an amazing, out of this world, supernatural action-comedy, you can probably do better than this. [See Hiyori's tail at Funimation]
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Fun but not very memorable
For my first assignment here at Japanator, I decided to tackle First Impressions of Noragami. I had actually watched the first episode of this series right when it first premiered on Funimation's site, but in just a few short days, I had almost completely forgotten what I had seen. That's never a good sign, is it?

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Chūnibyō leaked

New Chūnibyō's first episode leaked online

This sounds too familiar.
Jan 08
// Chris Walden
In an all to familiar story, the first episode of Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren was leaked before its official debut. It appeared briefly on, a region locked and Chinese-owned website, rather tha...
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Simulcast GET: Crunchyroll grabs four new winter titles

Hozuki, Engaged, Witch Craft Works, and Strange+
Jan 03
// Salvador GRodiles
It's 2014, and Crunchyroll is pulling out a new batch of announcements from the anime oven. Silly enough, none of the four shows that CR has picked up have nothing to do with food. However, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Engaged to the ...
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Simulcast GET: Crunchyroll nabs Hamatora and more

Three more shows are getting picked up
Dec 31
// Salvador GRodiles
As we get ready to welcome 2014, Crunchyroll is picking up three more shows before the year comes to a close! Best of all, one of their new anime titles happens to be a series that I'm going to cover soon. Anyway, Crunchyroll...
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Simulcast GET: Crunchyroll grabs the Super Sonico anime

Sonico's going all out with her new anime
Dec 30
// Salvador GRodiles
Crunchyroll is currently dropping announcements like it's no tomorrow, and they're still on fire! This time around, Crunchyroll has acquired the rights to simulcast Soni-Ani Super Sonico the Animation. Personally, I think the...
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Simulcast GET: Crunchyroll grabs Saki The Nationals

Over-the-top Mahong for everyone!
Dec 28
// Salvador GRodiles
As we're preparing for the 2014 Winter Anime Season, Crunchyroll is getting ready to play their hand in the game known as anime simulcasting. For their first move, Crunchyroll has announced that they're going to simulcast Sak...
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Knight of Sidonia

Netflix joins the fray, streaming Knights of Sidonia

Summer 2014, all regions, dubs!
Dec 12
// Jeff Chuang
Netflix is licensing and localizing anime, joining the list of companies doing "simulcast" with Knights of Sidonia. Today Netflix tweeted that they are going to have exclusive streaming rights for the Spring 2014 show. It wil...
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Toriko simulcast

Get your NOM on with Toriko over at Crunchyroll

Unfortunately, Toriko won't teach you anything about cooking
Nov 15
// Kristina Pino
As if Crunchyroll didn't already pretty much cover all our bases with their streaming anime titles, they've just announced that Toriko will be joining the library. For now, it's set to simulcast on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. PST s...
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Madman kills Kill la Kill simulcast due to leak

Latest episode of Trigger's hit show sneaks out hours early.
Nov 11
// Ben Huber
Bad news for Australian anime fans: Madman Entertainment has canceled their simulcast of Kill la Kill. Why, you might ask? It seems that the latest episode came out a little earlier than it was supposed to, which had Aniplex ...
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New Year's Eve TV special
For those of you who haven't dropped the show by now, and I know there's quite a few of you out there, you'll be pleased to hear that the The Sword Art Online EXTRA EDITION TV special, currently scheduled to air in Japan...

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Crunchyroll to simulcast One Piece this week

Fall season starts Saturday.
Nov 01
// Tim Sheehy
Fans looking for their One Piece-fix will have to look no further than Crunchyroll, as the streaming service is set to pick up the latest season of the on-going series starting Saturday, November 2nd. Episode #619 -- yea...
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Crunchyroll picks up even more simulcasts

Anime simulcasts, ordered in bulk.
Oct 07
// Ben Huber
Crunchyroll is on fire with their simulcasts as always. They've now added three more shows to their ever-growing list an anime: Non Non Biyori, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, and (deep breath) My mental choices are completely interf...
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Gundam Build Fighter

Gundam Build Fighter is on Youtube, freshly baked

Sunrise is getting better at this
Oct 07
// Jeff Chuang
I woke up today and there was Gundam Build Fighter on the table for breakfast. It tastes like plastic and computer graphics. Maybe it would have been more fun like a Sunday morning cartoon of yore, back when there was breakf...
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Crunchyroll bringing simulcasts to France

Expands service to include French language support
Oct 03
// Tim Sheehy
Crunchyroll has announced today that they'll be expanding their Simulcast service to France, complete with subtitled French language support. The service will only be launching with a select number of series to start, which i...
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Beyond the Boundary

Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Beyond the Boundary

Crunchyroll is ready to bleed for justice!
Oct 01
// Salvador GRodiles
I don't know about you, but I think that Crunchyroll is going all out with their new simulcasts for the Fall Anime Season. Now that they have announced that Kyokai no Kanata will be streamed under the name of Beyond the Bound...
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Gundam to simulcast Build Fighters

Its time to bbbb-bu bu bu build!
Oct 01
// Tim Sheehy
If any of you have been holding out hope for a Gundam Build Fighters simulcast, your prayers have been answer. It's been announced that the upcoming series will be streamed in select regions via, with new episode...
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Simulcast GET! Viz to stream Coppelion

More post apocalyptic school girls coming right up!
Sep 30
// Salvador GRodiles
Talk about a complete face off. Now that Viz has announced that they have acquired the rights to simulcast Coppelion, we're in for a double dose of post apocalyptic shows with over-the-top school girls. While Coppelion share...
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Superheroes and competitive cycling
Crunchyroll has just announced that they'll be adding two more simulcasts to their upcoming Fall line-up, namely Samurai Flamenco and Yowapeda. Like all their simulcasts, the shows will be made available first to premium...

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They take subbing seriously
As if we weren't hyped enough as it is, Aniplex of America will be teaming up with, which will be joined alongside Crunchyroll and Hulu, to simulcast their upcoming series KILL la KILL, set to premiere O...

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