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Crunchyroll quietly simulcasts Aoi Hana, speculations abound!

10:10 AM on 07.01.2009

Jeff Chuang

Associate Editor

According to Anime News Network, and indeed confirmed on Crunchyroll's site, new summer TV anime Aoi Hana is going to get the simulcast treatment on Crunchyroll. While there's no real official announcement from CR yet, this is as good as any.

What does that mean, though? This year has been marked as the year of the simulcasts, with so many titles quickly getting near-day-date releases. Are we going to see a new pattern in terms of how companies are treating these online streaming license announcements? Recall that Crunchyroll has partnered with Fuji TV and TV Tokyo, among others, does this mean it's going to get to stream TV shows based on their broadcast slot in Japan? Aoi Hana takes Ristorante Paradiso's place in the Fuji TV "Noise" programming slot, so there might be some truth to it.

Rampant speculating aside, in other Crunchyroll news, they've recently announced that they will stream the 2007 anime Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo. This weekend, they'll be doing some special things at Anime Expo, including a sneak peak for the new Time of Eve episode. Let me just remind you that Anime Expo is as good as any of a venue to drill them about Kanamemo, which is the new show airing on TV Tokyo, taking over Natsu no Arashi's time slot...

Those of you sitting home, at any rate, can try to catch Aoi Hana today at 3pm US Eastern time (membership required, and probably geographically restricted). Noise, a bit like Fuji TV's more famous Noitamina block, features anime with more of a josei appeal. Aoi Hana is the adaptation of the yuri manga by Takako Shimura. The anime will be directed by Kenichi Kasai, who is now one of my personal favorite of late, with shows like Major, Kimikiss, Hatsukoi Limited and Honey & Clover under his name. And perhaps we might even see Ikuhara's OP animation! (But don't count on it.)

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