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4:30 PM on 04.07.2014

Crunchyroll partners with FUJI TV to stream 21 dramas

Remember when Crunchyroll used to show Japanese drama? I kid, but let's be honest, it's been pretty slim pickings on the drama front as so much time and effort was instead poured into acquiring anime simulcasts. However, this...

Chris Walden


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3:30 PM on 04.05.2014

Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!! headed to Crunchyroll

The shonen-sports genre is one of a niche I usually avoid, and not because every show is terrible, they're not -- it's just that many of them seem so interchangeable. A group of down-trodden students join a club and bound tog...

Tim Sheehy

3:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Crunchyroll to stream Captain Earth

Crunchyroll will be adding Captain Earth to its growing list of anime set to stream this season. The series will premiere at 11:00 AM PDT on April 5th for premium members, with episodes available for free users a week after a...

Tim Sheehy

2:00 AM on 04.02.2014

Puchim@s! FUNimation streams second season of mini idol comedy

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...

Jeff Chuang



Final Impressions: Wake Up, Girls! photo
Final Impressions: Wake Up, Girls!
by Jeff Chuang

The journey for Wake Up, Girls! ends with episode 12, but the real challenge WUG faces only begins as the anime ends. It's high time to remember that the anime of WUG is just that; some stuff we watch on TV or via the internet. In the end there are real people who stand behind what we call WUG, and the Sendai-based idol group furthermore stands for even more people, perhaps the people of Sendai and its surrounding areas. Perhaps Japan as a whole, as examples we see from overseas. Their works mean something.

It's in that context now we see what it means to be an idol, at least for WUG. But what does that mean to you and I who just finished watching this show (and the movie before)? Why, and more importantly, how would anyone cry in a situation like the one portrayed in episode 12? Have you seen this happen before?

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11:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Former Neon Alley subscribers to receive an extended trial for Hulu Plus

In a recent newsletter, Viz announced that members of the Neon Alley nation will be receiving a special extended trial for Hulu Plus. The offer is designed to supplement Viz's recent decision to end their digital broadcast se...

Tim Sheehy

6:30 PM on 03.15.2014

Sword Art Online available on Netflix Instant Streaming

If you've been putting off watching Sword Art Online because the box sets cost more than you can afford to spend, and not because you've heard mixed reviews from all your friends, you're in luck. While your friends debate whe...

Tim Sheehy

6:30 PM on 01.30.2014

Hulu braces for a Pokémon invasion

For the past few years, Hulu has been looking to expand its ever-growing selection of anime, and it's done pretty well for itself considering the competition, granted you still have you pay to access the majority of the cont...

Tim Sheehy

4:30 PM on 01.22.2014

Sentai retains Wizard Barristers for home video

In case you didn't know, Yasuomi Umetsu, the creator of Kite and Mezzo DSA, has a new TV series on the air called Wizard Barristers. It's a mix of criminal procedural, perky anime girls, big budget explosions, and m...

Jeff Chuang

11:59 PM on 01.11.2014

Steaming GET: Daisuki grabs Buddy Complex, Nisekoi, more

I have to say that I'm impressed at Daisuki.net. Streaming can be a cutthroat business, competing not only with official licensors, but with pretty much anyone on the internet, from copyright-unaware YouTubers to fansubbers a...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 AM on 01.08.2014

New Chūnibyō's first episode leaked online

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 tv.sohu.com, a region locked and Chinese-owned website, rather tha...

Chris Walden





9:00 AM on 01.06.2014

FUNimation drops some Space Dandy streaming science

I don't know if you've heard, but Space Dandy is kind of a big deal. With such a big release hitting both Japan and abroad in so many places, FUNimation has gone and posted where and when you can watch it. You can watch Space...

Pedro Cortes