Anime Network to Simulcast Persona 4: The Animation
HOUSTON, TX - September 29, 2011 - Broadcast and digital distributor Anime Network announced today that they will begin simulcasting the anime adaptation of the bestselling role-playing-game PERSONA 4 the Animation. From AIC A.S.T.A. (Bamboo Blade, Blood+), and renowned director Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, Kamisama Dolls), comes a story of a group of students, their ability to harness the powers of supernatural Shadows, and the grisly murders that connect their two worlds together. The voice cast from the original game have reprised their roles for the series.
Starting on Thursday, October 6th, the series will stream every week for free on Anime Network Online at 3 PM Eastern, the same day that it airs on TV in Japan. In addition, the episodes will be available to watch on free, ad-supported Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service within 24 hours. Distribution on additional services and platforms will follow in 2012.
ABOUT THE SERIES
When Yu Narukamiʼs family moves to the rural country town of Inaba, heʼs expecting a lot more peace and quiet than heʼs been used to in the big city. Instead, the peace has been shattered as a rash of mysterious murders and kidnappings sweep the countryside. With the police stymied, Yu finds himself joining with a group of eight other teenagers in a desperate bid to solve the mystery. A mystery that is somehow connected to both the local weather patterns and a strange video game world which Yu, his friends and the enigmatic killer can all enter. Journey beyond the Velvet Room as the hit PlayStation 2™ game becomes a spectacular anime in PERSONA 4 the Animation!
It was only a matter of time, and pretty much requested on a regular basis, but FUNimation is closer to introducing an Elite level service for those that want to watch anime on their portal. It may also portend a more serious effort into the world of simulcasts in that there’s money to be made on it, even meager scraps, for the Japanese studios similar to what Crunchyroll and The Anime Network do. No start date is set, but they do have some interesting things to offer, particularly in trying to draw the dub fans in early to get a look at some series. The pricing is pretty standard as well so there’s no surprises to be had here at the moment and we’ll be waiting to hear more on the HD quality side, which has long been the biggest issue people have had with their existing portal.
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We have another title that was just added to our fall simulcast list: Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi Season 2!!!
It starts this Friday, Oct. 7th at 9:35am PDT.
*Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi Season 2 is available in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Middle East, Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia.
Crunchyroll has announced that they will begin simulcasting the comedy action series MAJIKOI OH! SAMURAI GIRLS as part of their Fall lineup of streaming anime. The first episode airs tomorrow, Saturday, October 8 at 9:30 am PST.
MAJIKOI OH! SAMURAI GIRLS will be available in the following territories: United States and Canada.
Nikkei: Gundam AGE to Stream in 5 Languages as It Airs
posted on 2011-10-08 13:30 EDT
News source: Anime debuts with English, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Korean subs on Sunday
The Nikkei business news source reported on Sunday that Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, the newest television anime series in Sunrise's Gundam robot franchise, will stream in five languages. According to Nikkei, the anime will stream overseas with Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, and English subtitles at the same time it airs in Japan.
Nikkei added that Sunrise's Gundam.Info website will stream the anime for free for a month. The anime will premiere in Japan on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. EDT)...
Update: We have added WAGNARIA!! SEASON 1 to the site!! Now you can catch up by watching Season 1 before the next simulcast episode of WAGNARIA!! SEASON 2. Currently Season 1 is only available for free and premium users in US and Canada... we are working to get more regions!
One of the most highly anticipated series of this season, Guilty Crown, will simulcast Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm Central Time. Fans will be able to view episode 1 on www.funimation.com and on Hulu. After this first episode, the simulcasts will air at 12:15 pm CT (one hour after the Japanese broadcast) for the remainder of the series.
FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT AND NICONICO, INC. FORGE U.S. PARTNERSHIP
Both to Announce Fall Slate of Simulcast Series on October 14, 2011
Flower Mound, TX (October 14, 2011) - North America’s anime leader, FUNimation® Entertainment and the world’s premier video networking website, niconico.com, announced today that they are forming a partnership that will begin with the simulcast of several of the newest anime series debuting in Japan this fall. All simulcast episodes will be available at www.niconico.com/anime .
The companies are forming a joint effort where both companies will be contributing to the acquisition of new anime titles from Japan.
“Our goal is to simulcast top-notch anime. It’s an ambitious plan but one in which we are investing heavily,” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.
Part of that investment includes supporting niconico.com’s growth in the U.S. market and building toward the site becoming the leading online streaming source for subtitled anime in North America.
James Spahn, CEO of Nico Nico, Inc., stated, “By combining the strengths of our two companies, we have created an all-inclusive anime site for both the anime creators and consumers to enjoy new anime content with a great social experience.”
“Nico Nico, Inc. is the ideal partner for us given its strong relationships with content creators in Japan, not to mention its technical know-how and incredible ability to offer that content far and wide,” said Fukunaga.
“This partnership complements the strengths of each company involved,” added Spahn. “We look forward to working with the dedicated FUNimation team.”
The simulcast titles launching this partnership include the following:
From the light novel series written by Minase Hazuki, comes a story of love, action, and comedy. Yachi Haruaki is a high school boy who is naturally resistant to curses. After his father sends him a mysterious black cube, Haruaki awakes to find a nude girl named Fear standing in his kitchen. She’s the human form of the cursed black cube – and an instrument of torture! Utilizing her special abilities, Fear fights alongside Haruaki to defeat other cursed instruments and their owners.
The Future Diary
This psychological thriller, based on the manga written and illustrated by Esuno Sakae, is about Yuki, a loner who's not very good with people. He prefers to write a diary on his cell phone and talk to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina – The God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is more than a figment of his imagination when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royale with eleven others. The contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, each diary possessing unique features that give it both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to survive until there is only one left standing. The winner will become the new God of Time and Space.
In the near future, a meteorite carrying a foreign virus crashes in Japan, leading to a devastating nation-wide infection and total anarchy. Several years later, Shu – a teen with a special ability awakened by the Apocalypse Virus – meets a strange girl who incites him to join the struggle against a government organization’s robotic forces and a secret society whose goal remains shrouded in mystery.
Haganai (BokuWaTomodachiGa Sukunai)
Kodaka Hasegawa has just transferred to St. Chronica's Academy and he's having a hard time making friends. With his naturally blond hair and fierce looking eyes, people constantly mistake him for a delinquent. One day, he runs into his bad-tempered loner of a classmate, Yozora, while she's talking to her imaginary friend, Tomo. Since neither of them have any friends, they decide to form a club and start recruiting some. Little by little, lonely classmates join their club to learn how to build friendships through cooking together, playing games, and other group activities. But, with so many misfits, will the club members really be able to get along?
LASTEXILE -Fam, The Silver Wing-
Acclaimed director Koichi Chigira helms this highly-anticipated follow up to the anime classic, LASTEXILE. High above the sacred waters of the GrandLake, a battle rages between the Ades Federation and the TuranKingdom. Powered by the might of its battle fleet, the federation invades the TuranKingdom. For the TuranKingdom and its princesses, all hope lies with a female sky pirate named Fam. The first episode premieres 11:00 am Eastern, October 17th.
Based on the manga series by Takeda Hiromitsu, this romantic comedy is about Ohyama Takeru, a typical perverted teenage boy. His new school doesn’t require entrance exams, and it just turned co-ed! Unfortunately, his dreams of a happy high school life are dashed when he finds out the school is much more than it seems. All of the students wield a special item – a Maken – to unleash their magical abilities in duels! Can Takeru find a Maken that works for him? Even while trying to fit in at a new school and dealing with all kinds of girl problems?
Shakugan no Shana III Final
A continuation of the previous series (Shakugan no Shana II), both Shana and Kazumi wait for Yuji only to discover that he has disappeared without a trace. As everyone searches for answers as to Yuji’s whereabouts, he reappears in front of them as the leader of Bal Masqué. Now Shana must confront her most unlikely adversary on the battlefield.