Last weekend, Los Angeles exploded with a healthy dose of cosplayers, industry members, and fans alike to celebrate this awesome culture that we love so much.
Crunchyroll and its Live Show team rocked out the stage throwing dance parties, giving away free swag, and interviewing some amazing figures in the industry from voice actors to bands. Yes, it was a wild, wild weekend. But the most impressive element of the weekend kicked off on Friday June 29.
For the lucky few that were able to attend Anime Expo this past weekend, and moreover the Crunchyroll panel, you were first witness to the huge announcements that were released throughout the weekend. But just because you weren’t there does not mean you’re not privy to such information as well. We’ll recap everything you missed, starting with the biggest announcement of them all:
Crunchyroll is set to appear on the PS3:
The Crunchyroll application for the PS3 system will initially be available in English for
US and Canadian audiences. Anime fans will be able to enjoy their favorite shows on this console and Crunchyroll will also offer a special 30-day free trial for PS3 users who download the application from PlayStation®Network once it’s been released.
Then, we announced that Crunchyroll would ALSO be available from the Samsung Smart TV Smart Hub starting in July, with the Crunchyroll application.
While that was one of the biggest piece of news, there were a ton of announcements rolling down the pipeline:
Then the next day on the Crunchyroll Stage at AX, we announced the return of the highly coveted: Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit and all the back episode to catch up users from when it stopped airing on Crunchyroll.
Later on that day, while it’s not a simulcast, Crunchyroll also announced the acquisition of “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day” on its site. Official launch and broadcast time have not been announced yet, but fans can be sure that tears will be shed on the day it’s released, as this popular tear-jerking series could make even the most hardened person cry.
In the following days, more titles like PES: PEACE ECO SMILE and Crunchyroll’s first Japanese simulcast drama of the season: Vision were announced on site.
Alongside that, fans of Chihayafuru rejoiced with the latest simulcast addition of Utakoi , which is a historical romance story based on Ogura Hyakunin Isshu's interpretation of a collection of 100 romance poems that are used in traditional Japanese karuta card/memory game”
With one of Crunchyroll's largest summers in full swing, things seem all but wrapped up. After all, 2 NEW platforms where you can watch your favorite anime, more catalog titles to enrich your viewing experience, and over 30 BRAND NEW episodes to watch each and every week, there can't be much more to announce.
Riichi Ueshiba's romantic comedy is based around the relationship between Tsubaki and Urabe, two high schoolers whose paths meet in the traditional fashion of transfer students and the forthcoming discovery of each others' lives. Naturally they are brought together, in this case when Tsubaki tastes Urabe's drool in a fit of adolescent curiosity. He falls sick and it's up to Urabe to explain that he is suffering withdrawal; it's not your average sickness – it's lovesickness. The two then become a couple. This is all in the first episode. Not a whole season.
What makes Ueshiba's creation fairly unique from the smorgasbord of slice-of-life shows is that Mysterious Girlfriend X is a tale of a relationship being built and barriers being broken with the pair slowly discovering what makes each other tick and open up to one another. At first you think Urabe is a standard creepy character, but no. Instead, she's pretty normal in her behaviour and activities. She's just aloof. In fact, quite a way into the series you actually find out more about HER than you do of Tsubaki thus throwing your presumptions about her into doubt. The character of Urabe is a delight to behold as she is not overly cutesy (just enough to make you fall for her) and her endearing actions and, let's say generous, figure make her a notable standout character in this generation. Lastly, her voice (Ayako Yoshitani) is unlike anything I've heard. Its clipped and blunt delivery tinged with a hint of sensitivity is a breath of fresh air amongst the overwhelming amount of shrill and vapid vocal performances seen in most anime. Mysterious IS an apt word for her.
Now onto the main subject – the drool. Yes it is what makes Urabe somewhat creepy in that she gives Tsubaki his 'dose' in the form of a drooly finger, but the whole concept behind it is quite intricate and well thought out. In her eyes (hidden behind that adorable fringe), drool is a means to evaluate if there is a strong connection between two people. For her, it's a signifier that Tsubaki is the one to be her boyfriend and she does care for him sincerely; not just playing the whole 'Oh the drool says so therefore I must abide by it!' spiel. Quite a few of the instances are done tastefully and it's surprising how artistic drool can be when done right. Speaking of the artwork, it is so 90s it's not even funny. It feels like a throwback to the time before digital shading mixed with a modern twist.
Paper-thin plot and astounding amounts of fanservice aside, Queen’s Blade: Rebellion is good, honest fun for... well, not for the whole family, but for fans of shows that are light on plot and heavy on action. All kinds of action.
Kakashi and his unit devise a strategy to take on the Kekkei Genkai shinobi, but it’s foiled by Kabuto, who uses the Reanimation Jutsu to summon the most powerful members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.
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After seeing Shikamaru and Chouji in action, Lee attempts to strengthen his friendship with Neji and perfect their own combo moves. The Leaf ninja are scheduled to take an IQ test, but on the way to the exam, Lee's team discovers Guy-sensei collapsed on the ground! They'll have to push their brains to the limit to solve this mystery!
Tamaki and the others come to know the true meaning of living together in the Ugaya house. They simultaneously sense the attack on the remaining seal. The Shugogo house splits into two groups and ambushes the attacking Logos. The battle for the Onikirimaru enters the final stage.
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