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10:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Quick Reminder: Mighty Boy short film is streaming on FIBABC

I may not have read any of Naoki Urasawa's (Monster, 20th Century Boy, Pluto) works, but there's something neat about seeing a group people creating a short film based on one his stories. In this case, a Spanish team have dec...

Salvador GRodiles


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




10:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Pony Canyon hops on the N.A. anime distribution bandwagon

It looks like Pony Canyon is galloping their way into the North American anime market, as they're planning to release anime to the area's masses. However, the groups only downside at the moment is their name, since PONYCAN US...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 09.04.2014

Rejoice! Viz is holding a Sailor Moon streaming event

If you missed out on watching Sailor Moon's English episodes at Anime Expo and Otakon 2014, then you'll be happy to hear that Viz's having a Sailor Moon Moonlight Party where they're streaming the show's first four ...

Salvador GRodiles

4:30 PM on 06.24.2014

Surprise: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders' English Dub to stream on Crunchyroll

I don't know if this announcement is a figment of my imagination or not, but Crunchyroll's planning to stream three episodes of Stardust Crusaders' English dub on July 5th. If you're going to Anime Expo 2014, there's going to...

Salvador GRodiles

2:30 PM on 05.17.2014

Viz grabs Sailor Moon!

I was tempted just to type the internet equivalent of a long squeal and end it right there, but that wouldn't be professional, so have some sweet details about Viz's latest acquisition. Sailor Moon arrives on May 1...

Josh Tolentino

3:30 PM on 04.22.2014

Blue Exorcist now available on Netflix streaming

Earlier today, Aniplex announced that Blue Exorcist, the complete series is now available for Netflix instant streaming. Although the series has been available via Hulu and Crunchyroll for some time, many users prefer Netflix...

Tim Sheehy

1:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal event to be livestreamed April 27 on Niconico

Little by little, the pieces are all coming together to form the upcoming Sailor Moon series we've all been waiting for. We're getting dangerously close to the final product, and there's another exciting event to add to the l...

Brittany Vincent

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

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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