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Here is Aniplex of America's Summer 2014 simulcast. This blog will be continually updated.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of July 2014, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

Note:

These series will be on HULU, Crunchyroll, and Daisuki.

Persona 4 the Golden Animation

  • Genres & Themes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Slice of Life
  • No Simulcast Date given
Persona 4 the Golden Animation
Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Plot: In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family's circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.

Aldnoah.Zero

  • Genres & Themes: Mecha, Drama
  • Simulcast Date: N/A

Plot: In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. But then, humankind came into contact with beings from Mars, leading to war.

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Aniplex of America shared its plans for the pre-order releases for Kabukimonogatari and Oreimo 2.

Oreimo 2

The Oreimo 2 DVD Limited Edition Complete Box Set set ships August 5th. It will have all 13 episodes and the 3 OVA episodes from the Oreimo 2 true route on 4 DVDs for for US$99.98 (US$79.98 at retail).

Bonus Contents

  • Textless Openings
  • Textless Endings of ALL 16 episodes
  • Preview Videos by SD Characters
  • Special Short Movies by SD Characters
  • "Gal-ge" ( Style Short Movies)
  • Web Version Previews

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • 16 Pin-up Postcards of "Ending Cards" of ALL 16 Episodes
  • 44-page Deluxe Booklet of Character Designs & Art Gallery, and Creator Messages!!
  • Fom Chiba to the World Poster (Featuring Kirino and Kuroneko)
  • SPECIAL PACKAGE
  • Deluxe Box with TOTALLY New and Exclusive Illustration by Hiroyuki Oda (Character Design)
  • Reversible DVD Case Wraps

Plot

Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house's entrance way.

Kabukimonogatari

The English-subtitled Kabukimonogatari set will have four television episodes on two Blu-ray Discs for US$64.98 (US$49.98 at retail). It will be available on August 26.

Video Contents

  • "“Omnibus 2” Video (About 25 Minutes Long)
  • Textless Opening and Ending
  • Promotional Video & Commercial Collections

Packaged Bonuses

  • Deluxe Booklet
  • Pinup Postcard Set
  • Package Illustrated by Character Designer Akio Watanabe

Plot

Tsubasa and Hitagi discover that Koyomi has gone missing and has urged them in a text message not to look for him. However, in his absence, new dangerous apparitions begin to appear and target Tsubasa, and Nadeko who are left to try and deal with them on their own. Meanwhile, Koyomi and Shinobu are dealing with serious problems of their own.

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Latest from Aniplex, Recent Announcements, KILL la KILL English Cast Reveal, Physical Release Details and English Dub Trailer Premiere and more!

We are 30 minutes away before the Aniplex Live Show featuring the Kill la Kill English Cast Reveal, English Dub... http://t.co/hFqNWPZ78v

— Aniplex USA (@aniplexUSA) May 29, 2014

Announcements

  • Anohana Movie Collector's Edition

Kill la Kill Announcements

  • Anime Expo Event on July 4th. Meet VAs of Ryuko and Satsuki, Eir Aoi, Kazuki Nakashima (the producer), Yousuke Toba (scriptwriter), and Sushio (character designer). Attendees will get Fire Flow, a cool glow stick. This event requires tickets.

Kill la Kill will be released in 5 volumes. There are three types of releases: Standard, BD, and Limited Edition (that has soundrack CD).

Kill la Kill English Dub

  • Nanon: Sarah Ann Williams
  • Gamagoori: Patrick Seitz
  • Uzu: Grant George
  • Inumuta: Steve Cannon
  • Senketsu: David Vincent
  • Mikisugi: Matt Mercer
  • Mako: Christine Marie Cabanos
  • Satsuki: Carrie Keranen
  • Ryuko: Erica Mendez
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Aniplex of America have announced its shows for simulcast this spring season. No dates or territories are given.

1. The Irregular at a Magical High School

Magic--A century has passed since this concept has been recognized as a formal technology instead of the product of the occult or folklore.

The season is spring and it is time for a brand new school year. At the National Magic University First Affiliate High School, A.K.A Magic High School, students are divided into two distinct groups according to their academic performances. The “Bloom,” who demonstrate the highest grades and are enrolled in the “First Course,” and the “Weed,” who have poor academic records and are enrolled in the “Second Course.”

This spring, a very peculiar brother and sister enroll as new students. The brother is an underachiever with some deficiencies and enrolls as a “Weed,” while his younger sister is an honor student, who enrolls as a “Bloom.”

The brother, with a somewhat philosophical expression, and the younger sister who holds feelings a little stronger than sibling love for him…

Ever since these two have entered through the gates of this prestigious school, the calm campus was beginning to change...

2. Mushishi: The Next Chapter

They existed long before anyone can remember. They are simple and strange in nature, not resembling any other plant or animal in this world. In ancient times, people revered these bizarre creatures and called them “Mushi.”

People once again began to believe in the existence of these "Mushi" when they began affecting their lives in inexplicable ways.

The one who connects the world of “Mushi” to the world of humans—they were called the "Mushi-Shi." All life exists not to hinder others in this world.

They are simply there to live as they were meant to.

3. Mekaku City Actors

The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together…

They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes. Will the members of this peculiar organization be able to solve the mysteries behind these incidents and see the truth?

4. Nanana's Buried Treasure

“I'm going to build a place where young people can challenge to reach any of their dreams!”

The 7 genius students, known as the GREAT 7, launched a project to construct an artificial island called Nanae Island to realize their leader, Nanana Ryugajo's peculiar idea. 12 years later, with a total population of 100,000 people with as much as 80% of those inhabitants being students, Nanae Island has successfully become prosperous as a special student zone. One of the island's newest residents was Jugo Yama--a high school student who had just transferred to the island after being disowned by his father.

One day, Jugo finds in his own apartment the earth-bound spirit of the late Nanana Ryugajo, who was murdered by someone 10 years ago! Jugo's plan of living alone was suddenly thwarted by this strange roommate.

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In Anime Boston (May 24, 2013), Aniplex of America had announced that Sword Art Online will be airing on Toonami during August.

Below here is a list of DVDs that Aniplex of America is planning to release.

Common Features for the Blu Ray

  • SRP $112.98
  • Retail Price $89.98
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish (* OP/ED themes and Bonus English subtitles only)
  • Rating: 13 UP

*Bonus Contents & Materials Subject to Change

Release Date: 08/13/13

Episodes: Episodes 1-7
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitles)
  • Original Web Previews
  • Trailer
  • 1st Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Original Soundtrack CD1
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Release Date: 09/17/13

Episodes: Episodes 8-14
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 1st Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Bonus DVD: Staff Interview
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Episodes: Episodes 15-19
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Original Soundtrack CD2
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Episodes: Episodes 20-25
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 150 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 2nd Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Bonus DVD: English Cast Interview
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Common Features for the DVD

  • SRP $49.98
  • Retail Price $39.98
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish (* OP/ED themes and Bonus English subtitles only)

*Bonus Contents & Materials Subject to Change

DVD 1

Release Date: 08/13/13

Episodes: Episodes 1-7
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content
★ Trailer
★ 1st Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 2

Episodes: Episodes 8-14
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content
★ 1st Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 3

Release Date: 10/15/13

Release Date: 09/17/13

Episodes: Episodes 15-19
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.

Bonus Content
★ 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 4

Release Date: 11/19/13

Episodes: Episodes 20-25
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.
Rating: 13 UP

Bonus Content
★ 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

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During Anime Festival Asia, Aniplex announces the Sword Art Online EXTRA EDITION New Years' special will now be a worldwide simulcast, with the special being simulcast on Crunchyroll on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:00am Pacific Time for North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Plot

Kirito and the others decide to go on an underwater quest within the world of ALO to grant Yui her wish to see a whale. As they all prepare for the quest, they face a shocking revelation…Leafa, or Suguha is afraid of water. So, Asuna and the other female members decide to teach Suguha how to swim at a pool in the real world. Meanwhile, Kirito was meeting somebody…

Via Crunchyroll

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Don't miss the English dubbed series of Magi:The Labyrinth of Magic tonight on Neon Alley on 6PM (PST)/9PM (EST)!... http://t.co/LxA0igs1bd

— Aniplex USA (@aniplexUSA) October 18, 2013

Plot

The story follows the travels of a boy named Aladdin around a strange land in which mysterious ruins called Dungeons are said to house priceless treasures. Together with Alibaba, a friend he met during his travels, Aladdin strives to conquer all of the Dungeons and obtain their treasures. Through all the meetings and partings he experiences along the way, Aladdin will also learn of his own fate...

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Welcome everyone! This is to inform folks in Anime Vice who are heading to New York Comic Con that takes place on October 10-13, 2013. Though, this news article might be a tad late.

If I miss anything, leave a comment. I rushed this blog a bit.

FUNimation

FUNImation posted a New York Industry panel video if you're interested.

Oct. 11

  • Evangelion 3.33 English Dub Premiere at 8PM

Here's the dub cast

  • SHINJI - Spike Spencer
  • KAWORU - Jerry Jewell
  • ASUKA - Tiffany Grant
  • REI - Brina Palencia
  • MISATO - Allison Keith-Shipp
  • RITSUKO - Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • MARI - Trina Nishimura
  • FUYUTSUKI - Kent Williams
  • GENDO - John Swasey
  • KITAKAMI - Tia Ballard
  • SAKURA - Felecia Angelle
  • AOBA - Phil Parsons
  • TAKAO - Greg Dulcie
  • TAMA - Aaron Roberts
  • HYUGA - Mike McFarland
  • NAGARA - Krishna Smitha
  • IBUKI - Caitlin Glass

Autographs

Mike McFarland (ADR Director for the movie) and Spike Spencer (English Voice of Shinji Ikari) are available at these times:

  • Saturday @ 4:30pm - Autograph 6
  • Sunday @ 12pm - Autograph 7

Viz Media

Panels and Special Events

Oct. 11

  • Weekly Shonen Jump Podcast (3-4PM)
  • Viz Media Panel (4:15-5:15PM)
  • Ranma 1/2 panel with Rumiko Takahashi (5:30-6:30PM)

Oct. 12

  • UglyDoll Signing and Photo OP (2:30-3:30PM)
  • Writing for Kids of All Ages: Perfect Square (4:15-5:15PM)
  • Viz Anime and Neon Alley panel (8-9PM)

Oct. 13

  • All you Need is KIll: Adapting an Adaptation (12:15-1:15PM)

Anime News Network

They hosting a 15th Anniversary Contest Stamp Rally.

  1. Pick up a Stamp Rally card at the Daisuki.net booth at the exhibit hall (Booth #1813).
  2. Get your card stamped at the four booths listed on the back of the card (Daisuki.net, Viz Media, FUNimation Entertainment, Vertical Inc.)
  3. Write down this special code [ANN15YEARSRALLY] on the back of the card in the space provided.
  4. Fill out the card with the name that appears/will appear on your passport (see main contest page for fine print), an e-mail address where you can be reached, and a valid phone number. This information will only be used to contact you in the event that you are picked as the winner.
  5. Return the completed card to the Daisuki.net booth (during normal operational show floor hours).

The deadline is Oct. 13. For more info, check this link.

Aniplex

New York Comic Con's Exclusive English Dub Screening of Magi

See link above.

Anime Vice

I see Tom posting an article. I post a link to the article. For those who are heading to the con, meet up with Tom Pinchuk.

Perfect Square is dedicated to delivering “squarely perfect storytelling” for kids and kids at heart. That means any age comics reader can enjoy new content with beloved characters starting with the youngest readers to the most seasoned true comics fan. Discussing the importance of what it means to make age-appropriate comics that everyone can enjoy are the highly-acclaimed writers for Perfect Square including Brian Smith (writer VOLTRON FORCE, MONSUNO, MAX STEEL; former DC & Marvel editor), former Marvel editors Sebastian Girner (writer MONSUNO) and Cory Levine (writer MONSUNO, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), B. Clay Moore (writer MAX STEEL, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), Jacob Chabot (writer/artist HELLO KITTY), Corin Howell (writer/artist BEN 10: OMNIVERSE) and Tom Pinchuk (writer MAX STEEL). The panel will be moderated by Perfect Square's editorial team: Beth Kawasaki, Joel Enos and Traci Todd.

He's a cool guy. I met him at Anime Expo 2013 in Lost Angeles.

Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

Does Anime Get Too 'Niche?'

THE VICE PIT. Sometimes, it feels like watching somebody else's home movies, doesn't it?

Anime Caption Contest! -- 8/18/14

Let's party hard at the beach while it's still summer!

Was KILL LA KILL Actually Any Good?

THE VICE PIT. With a few months of hindsight, Sam and Tom have very different takes on Trigger's bold series.

I'm Trying Really Hard to Like ALDNOAH ZERO #2

...but it's sooooo self-serious!

Listen to the JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Rap!

Richie Branson continues his weekly anime-inspired rap series with the hip-hop tribute "Stand-Up."

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #20 -- Special Review

Eat poo... and die?

Community Spotlight 8/15/2014

While many were preparing for the first week of the new school year, these users were deep into this week in anime.

Excellent Anime You Might've Missed -- BREAK UPS

It's a lot more than 'slice of life.'

Was KILL LA KILL Actually Any Good?

THE VICE PIT. With a few months of hindsight, Sam and Tom have very different takes on Trigger's bold series.

Anime Caption Contest! -- 8/18/14

Let's party hard at the beach while it's still summer!

I'm Trying Really Hard to Like ALDNOAH ZERO #2

...but it's sooooo self-serious!

Does Anime Get Too 'Niche?'

THE VICE PIT. Sometimes, it feels like watching somebody else's home movies, doesn't it?

Community Spotlight 8/15/2014

While many were preparing for the first week of the new school year, these users were deep into this week in anime.

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #20 -- Special Review

Eat poo... and die?

Excellent Anime You Might've Missed -- BREAK UPS

It's a lot more than 'slice of life.'

Listen to the JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Rap!

Richie Branson continues his weekly anime-inspired rap series with the hip-hop tribute "Stand-Up."

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