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Welcome to Crunchyroll's Summer 2014 Simulcast Guide! 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.

Sailor Moon Crystal

  • Simulcast Date: Every 2 weeks on Saturdays starting on July 5, at 3:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: U.S.A, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (Central and South America including Mexico).
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

Free! Eternal Summer

  • Simulcast Date: Every Wednesday starting on July 2, at 8:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide except for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Palau and Papua New Guinea, South Korea and Japan.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


As the ending of the first hit season suggested, Free! Eternal Summer returns to continue the saga of the Iwatobi Swim Club! After the last swimming competition, the bonds between Haru, Makoto, Nagisa and Rei have greatly deepened. With each passing day, each member continued to grow. Rin tries to overcome him past and, with the help of his new teammates, aims to create the strongest swim team yet. Holding on to their ambitions, they face themselves and welcome the new summer!

Re: Hamatora

  • Simulcast Date: Every Monday starting on July 7 at 11:05am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide except for Asia, UK, and Ireland. Free members will be able to watch in the following territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

It has been three months since the incident at Yokohama. Things have been settling down at Cafe Nowhere. Murasaki and Hajime have teamed up and started investigating again. After an unforeseen reunion, Art holds Nice at gunpoint. What are his real intentions? What will become of the connection between Art and Hamatora?

Super Robot Wars Original Generation the Animation

  • Simulcast Date: Starting on June 25 at 3:00pm Pacific Time
  • Territories: United States and Canada
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.



Dr.Jurgen of DC developed a global defense system to combat potential alien threats. This system has two elements. First is the VTX-001 Vartoul unmanned anti alien PT. Governing these drones is the ODE worldwide network system. However, this system has a noteworthy secret. A living human is needed to control the ODE core. Furthermore, the ODE core needs human organs to support itself. At the present day, the drone have gone on a mass abduction spree. Kyosuke and co has been sent in to take care of the problem.


  • Simulcast Date: Every Thursday starting on July 3 at 8:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Latin America, Europe (except Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican City, Moldova, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Ukraine), the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.


An original title being produced by Xebec, also known for their work on Future Card Buddyfight and Occult Academy, ARGEVOLLEN takes place in a world where the two countries of Arandas and Ingelmia have been fighting for a very long time. Susumu Tokimune, a young man fighting with the Arandas forces saves a girl named Jamie Hazaford when she is attacked by the enemy. To survive, he uses the weapon Argevollen and fights.

Voice actor Ryota Ohsaka, who also voices Eijun Sawamura from the ongoing Ace of the Diamond, stars as Susumu, and Saori Onishi, La Folia Rihavein from Strike the Blood, voices Jamie. The opening theme is “Tough Intention” by KOTOKO, and Sachika Misawa sings the ending theme “Face.”


  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday starting on July 3 at 8:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Latin America, Europe (except Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican City, Moldova, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Ukraine), the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.


The next title from P.A. Works, the studio who did Nagi no Asukara (Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea), GLASSLIP follows the story of Toko Fukami, an aspiring glass-blower whose family runs a glass-working business. During the summer, she and her four friends meet a transfer student, Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future lead him to Toko. His arrival sets off a chain of events for the six of them that will make their final summer together full of hope and heartache.

Shonen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49-

  • Simulcast Date: every Saturday starting on July 5, at 10:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe except English speaking territories, the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.


The plot takes place 15 years after the original light novel’s story in a fictional theater called Hollywood Tokyo in Harajuku. The five aspiring members, Kakeru, Kira, Ikuma, Daiki and Shun, work together to develop their talents as idols.

Samurai Jam-Bakumatsu Rock

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesday starting on July 2, at 9:00:00 am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.


Marvelous’ Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock- game gets an anime adaptation! The story is set n the Bakumatsu Era, at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate’s rule over Japan. The government has been using “Heaven’s Song” played by the top idols in the Shinsengumi to brainwash its citizens. Writing or singing any other song is considered a crime. Ryoma Sakamoto and the other rockers, want to start a revolution against the shogunate using their rock’n’roll for freedom and justice.


  • Simulcast Date: every Saturday starting on July 5 at 10:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Europe excluding German-speaking territories.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

The story features inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.


  • Simulcast Date: every Monday starting on July 7th, at 11:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Naru is a junior high school girl who is average in every way. She loves fairy tale heroines, though she’s never had the courage to escape her ordinary life. One day, she sees Hana, a transfer student, dancing in the moonlit and becomes inspired to learn Yosakoi dancing.

Akame ga Kill

  • Simulcast Date: every Sunday starting on July 6th, at 9:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America and Turkey.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Under the rule of a tyrannical empire, Tatsumi, a young swordsman, leaves his home to save his poverty stricken village. He meets a girl named Akame, an assassin who was bought, brainwashed and trained to kill by the Empire. Akame is a member of the secret assassin group called “Night Raid” who use special weapons called Teigu. Together, Tatsumi and the members of Night Raid confront the corrupt empire.

Blue Spring Ride

  • Simulcast Date: every Monday starting on July 7, at 11:30 am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America only
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


At the end of her first year of high school, the main heroine, Futaba suddenly has a chance encounter with her first love, Tanaka Kou. Three years ago, he transferred schools before she was able to say how she felt about him. After meeting each other again, Futaba realizes that he has gone through many changes. He acts more cool and even had his last name changed to Mabuchi. Gradually the two rekindle their love while piecing together what had happened in the time that they were apart.

DRAMAtical Murder

  • Simulcast Date: every Sunday starting on July 6, at 11: am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


The popular boys-love visual novel from Nitro+CHiRAL, DRAMAtical Murder gets an anime adaptation! The story revolves around a young man named Aoba who works in a junk shop. Recently, an online cyber game called “Rhyme” becomes popular on the island he lives on. Though Aoba has no interest in Rhyme, he is somehow pulled into it. Without knowing it, his peaceful days have come to an end!

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

  • Simulcast Date: every Sunday starting on July 6, at 12:05pm Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Sakura Chiyo, a high school girl who fell in love with the unrefined boy schoolmate Nozaki Umetaro, decides to be courageous one day and asks him out. Her feelings weren't conveyed properly, and before she knew it she ends up helping a particular job of his as an assistant.

Persona 4 the Golden Animation

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday starting on July 10 at 12pm Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Spring. Far from the city, time flows peacefully in this rural town. As the cherry blossoms scatter in the wind, a young man named Yu Narukami steps off the train at Yasoinaba Station. Yu has come to this town, where his uncle lives, for family reasons; he will be transferring into the local high school, Yasogami High. And so begins his school life... The shopping mall after school. A series of murders taking place in town. The Midnight Channel, airing late at night.... What lies in store for Yu and his friends ‘this time around?

Momo Kyun Sword

  • Simulcast Date: every Tuesdays at 11:30am Pacific Time starting on July 9 at 11:30AM.
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Momo Kyun Sword is a retelling of the Japanese folktale of Momotaro, only this time, instead of a boy named Momotaro, Momoko is a girl who was born inside of a peach! She lives with her companions, the dog god Inugami, the monkey god Sarugami, and the pheasant god Kijigami. However, when a demon army lead by the devil king invades her parade and steals the treasures that protect her land, she embarks of a grand adventure to retrieve the treasures and save the people.


  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday at 12PM Pacific Time starting on July 3
  • Territories: Worldwide except Asia
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


By her uncle’s request, Nanako is an ordinary high school girl who teams up with her upperclassman Yukari to become their town’s local idols. The two get paid by the town to do interviews at malls, appear on local TV broad casts and hold small live events on department store rooftops. Together, the two form the "locodol" group Nagarekawa Girls.


  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesday starting on July 9 at 11:15am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean)
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Illyasviel von Einzbern is an ordinary middle school student in Japan who becomes a magical girl after the magical Kaleidostick Ruby deems her a more suitable master than the sorceress, Rin Tohsaka. Unable to dissuade Ruby, Rin forces Illya to collect the mysterious Class Cards in her place. Illya's own mysteries may have unknowingly attracted Ruby to her.

Love Stage!!

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesdays at 10:45 AM Pacific Time starting on July 9
  • Territories: North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean). Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian, Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


His father and older brother are famous singers, his mother is a renown artist, Izumi Sena was born into a family of super entertainers! However, unlike the rest of his family, Izumi is an otaku who aspires to become a manga illustrator.

One day, he is roped into starring in a television commercial dressed as a woman. The actor Izumi is featured with, Ryoma, falls in love at first sight upon meeting him. It turns out that they had actually met 10 years prior and Ryoma's attraction hasn't changed even after finding out Izumi is a boy.

Sword Art Online II

  • Simulcast Date: every Saturday at 9:30 AM PST starting on July 5
  • Note: Due to licensing restrictions, Sword Art Online II will be delayed by 1 month in Europe excluding UK and Ireland.
  • Territories: U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Ireland, Latin American Countries, Europe (excluding German & French speaking countries), Asia (excluding China, Korea, Taiwan)
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.


1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.

That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.

Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.

Encouragement to Climb II

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesdays at 8:30am Pacific Time starting on July 10
  • Territories: U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Spain, Portugal, France and DOM/TOM, Belgium,Andorra, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany,Austria, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Romania, the Middle East and North Africa
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Do you want to see sunrise again from the top of mountain?

Aoi and Hinata are childhood friends. Aoi prefers staying indoors and is afraid of heights, whereas Hinata is outgoing and loves mountaineering. They both decide to climb a mountain in order to see a sunrise they saw together when they were younger.

Ai Mai Mi Season 2

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesday starting on July 10, at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide excluding Japan
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


The loveable manga club girls are back! Ai, Mai, Mii, and Ponoka-senpai who might be fighting evil invaders threatening Earth, facing off against rivals in tournaments, and dealing with other absurd situations when they are not drawing manga!

Strange + Season 2

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday starting on July 10th, at 11:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide excluding Japan
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


Based on an original manga written and illustrated by Beruno Mikawa, Strange+ Season 2 is a comedic mystery focused on a boy named Kou who joins his brother's detective agency. Hilarious hijinks ensue with every new client that books them.

Black Butler: Book of Circus

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursdays at 12:30pm Pacific Time starting on July 10 at 12:45 PM
  • Territories: South and Central America, UK/Ireland, Australia/New Zealand.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll


In Victorian London, the breathtaking performances of the Noah’s Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. But the spell of magic and wonderment woven under the big top is not without consequences. Children have suddenly begun to vanish, and some suspect these mysterious performers are responsible. In an attempt to get to the bottom of these disturbing disappearances, the dashing duo of demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, and his young master, Ciel Phantomhive, will infiltrate the circus and uncover whatever darkness may lie at its core!


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Welcome everyone! Here are my experiences attending Anime Expo for the 2nd time. My first time was in 2013, My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 1 (Complete Edition). Unlike last year, I could not purchase the 2 day badge. I heard on Anime Expo's Facebook page that they discontinue it after sales didn't meet their expectations. It forces folks to buy the 4 Day Badge or the 1 Day Badge.

Check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! which BigHeart711, sickVisionz, and I co written for folks who have never attended a convention.


This is a condensed version. For panels, I expand my experiences and write down my evaluations in a separate blog. I only got to attend two panels:

To recap on Day 1, I finished finals on July 3 by 3:30 PM. When I got to Anime Expo around 5:20PM or so, I waited in line until 6:30PM where they told everyone that they will not process anymore badges. This frustrated a lot of folks. Later on, I found out the reason for this was Anime Expo's printers broke down being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of pre-registered folks who paid for their badges. I remembered hearing one person in line that they used to mail badges 10 years ago or so. I assumed with the increasing popularity and participants that made mailing less profitable and manageable to do.

Day 3

This is the day I brought my little sister since she only wanted the 1 Day Badge. When we looked at the programming, she decided to pick Sailor Moon and SAO Panel. I let her pick because I wanted to make this day special. Being so busy with college, I don't get enough time to spend with my family members. We arrived at 8:35 AM to get badges. I think we finished at 9:20 AM. I checked Twitter on my phone to see if Tom and Sam had a location to meet up. It turns out he Tweeted at me a day before. I felt bad I didn't check Twitter on July 4th. I couldn't reply well since I have a flip phone. I manage to reply using my sister's phone which had a keyboard.

The exhibit hall wasn't open, so I thought we had enough time to get to the Sailor Moon Panel which started at 10AM. I should have realized it was full by the time. Panels' lines tend to fill up 2 hours ahead. Since Sailor Moon had a new anime series for the summer, the hype made it almost impossible. I looked at the programming and suggested to check out the Crunchyroll panel. My little sister reminded me that I wasn't paid to do news coverage on Anime Vice. Her words mirrored Foxx and Sotyfan16's words. She told me to take a break from the site. I knew that, but I must at least attend one industry panel for the site. We lined up for the Crunchyroll panel that occurred at 10:45 AM.

For the full version, see the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Crunchyroll Panel (Part 1/2). The Crunchyroll panel started on time, and it was fun anticipating what Summer 2014 anime series they will announce. The key speakers were Luigiamania and Danica. The panel focused on simulcast, simulpub, drama, and social media. After the panel, we went to exhibit hall and lost track of time while shopping. I realized we're going to miss Sword Art Online panel when it was around 1PM or so. It's not worth losing lunchtime over it. My little sister got tired due to the heat and big crowds, so after lunch, I walked her home. I made it back to Anime Expo within 2 hours or so. I thought I can line up for the FUNimation panel that occurred at 5:30 PM. I almost forgot about Tom's meetup location. When I checked Twitter, Tom had schedule a meet up at Bang Zoom Auditions in the exhibit hall around 5PM. I got out of line and meet up with Tom Pinchuk, Sam Weller, and Joseph. Joseph is not a staff at Anime Vice, but he's the cameraman for the Vice Pit. I enjoyed seeing fans doing their voice acting for Magi 2. The Vice Pit Crew and I went to do a Sailor Moon photo shoot. Tom and Sam thank me for the hard work I contributed to the site. I told them I couldn't have done it without my teammates, BigHeart711 and Acura Max.

Note: I forgot to use my camera, so the photos were taken by Sam Weller. Hopefully, I get the photos and post in this blog.

Around 6:30 PM, I enjoyed hitting the arcade with Tom and the gang. We were shooting zombies for 30 minutes or more. Sam Weller went out to buy a gift for his wife, 4 of the Mystery Minis figures and got a glowinthedark Derpy. (At first, I forgot the name of the pony. I think it was Princess Luna and Twilight Sparkle. Sam corrected me.) We did something special together which I cannot reveal yet. Sorry, I have to keep this a secret until Sam gets back.

Once Tom and his gang are gone, I killed time in the gaming room. I met Caleb from Northridge, California. It was his first time at Anime Expo. We were charging our phones. We just talked for an hour or more until 9PM. He told me to attend the dance sessions. It doesn't matter you are a good dancer or not. There are no cameras and it's done in the dark. You can dance with friends or random strangers. He talked about hot gals he didn't know but danced with. I got him interested in Chaika - The Coffin Princess and Kill la Kill. He wasn't a big fan of mech series, but he loves any other anime series. He finds himself leaning towards shows with action, fan service, and fantasy. He loves sport and game anime like No Game, No Life and Kuroko's Basketball. He recommended me to check out Hikaru no Go.

Project-H Book panel started late due to the Megaman panel that started late as well. I came in around 10:30 PM. For the full details on it, please check out the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Project-H Panel (Part 2/2). It was pretty fun and embarrassing to watch a clip of Shocking Pink! in a crowd of folks. One guy kept making lewd comments which made me lose my composure.

I start laughing and couldn't stop to take notes on the panel. I attended the panel to get the Digital Sampler for PikaHyper. I gave my Digital Sampler to my friend who couldn't make it as well my poster. I got home around 1AM.

Day 4

I woke up late and got to AX at 11AM. I forgot to replenish my wallet and bring my memory card for my camera. I couldn't take any new photos for cosplay.

My friend Jose who I met again on July 3 on the metro and bus told me that the last day had discounts on merchandise. I didn't see much discounts. In fact, there wasn't much price changes. I saw the same price on some of the merchandise. Most new anime and manga titles were cheaper on Amazon and RightStuf. There are a few booths whose prices were cheaper, but I had to read it carefully. One manga store only did 25% off each manga if you want bought 8 manga volumes. There is not tax paid. Some booths have tax included. If I had a lot of cash or a big manga list to read, I would have benefited from the discount.

My last booth was the Kodansha. I bumped into Ben Applegate, who was the host of Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013. He didn't remember our community site's name which means I need to work harder to form relationships between Kodansha and Anime Vice. I didn't have time to talk with him about Kodansha and Anime Vice since he was dealing with customers.

Cosplay and Photos

I only took 2 photos. Sorry, I was still too shy in asking folks. The most sold out figure I saw was Asuna. She even beat Levi. The Gargantia art book was about 100 dollars. I thought of Acura Max when I took this picture.


On Day 3, I bought one gift for my siblings. I bought Deadpool ($10) for my little brother and Magi fanbook ($25) for my little sister. I wished I could have bought the Kingdom Hearts fan book, but the price was higher than Right Stuf. Sometimes, I don't listen to my cheapskate conscience when I bought Vinland Saga. At Kodansha booth, it was buy 4 regular manga titles for 30 dollars. An omnibus cost $15 dollars. I paid $20 due to tax. For Case Closed, Right Stuf was weird. The DVDs were $6 and I saw it had 6 episodes. The one I bought for 25 dollars had 25 episodes. It was roughly a dollar per episode excluding tax. I bought Case Closed Season 4 to see why fans love Ai Haibara. I never got to see the character on TV because the channel on the antenna box always skipped her episode which was an hour special.

Summary and Evaluation

My first time at Anime Expo was actually more fun than my 2nd time before I met up with Tom's gang and we play games. That was my best moment in AX 2014, playing Zombie games with Tom and Sam. I felt bad for my little sister who didn't get to enjoy her 2nd time. She loved the Blue Exorcist panel last year. This year was more packed while the panels overlapped so much. I didn't get to attend the SAO or Sailor Moon panel with my little sister.

Improvements Needed for Anime Expo

  • Anime Expo needs to fix the issues for this year. On the first day, a lot of folks were mad being cut off from picking up their badges. Not a lot of folks can make it in the mornings. It does a disservice to folks who paid for their badges ahead of time. The registration line was much shorter.
  • They need a phone charging station. I had to scour the walls for outlets. I couldn't sit by the wall due to fire safety issues.
  • They need tents. Since Anime Expo gets bigger and bigger with each year, the lines for the panel often takes place outside in the hot sun. It would be nice if they have tents to provide shade.
  • They need more dining areas. My little sister and I couldn't find space to eat and enjoy. We had to sit outside and against the wall.

Thank you everyone for reading this. I hope you guys and gals share your experiences for Anime or Comic Book conventions in Anime Vice. I really encourage it. It makes our site better when people embrace the inner nerd in them.

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Welcome everyone, this is an expanded version from the Condensed Day 3 of Anime Expo blog. Here, I go into greater depth of the panel, and I evaluate the panel on its selling its idea and reaching it target audience.

Key Speakers:

  • Luigiamania
  • Danica

What is Crunchyroll?

Before I talked about the panel, I have to explain what Crunchyroll is for new folks. Crunchyroll is a company that specializes in legal streams and simulcasts of anime, manga, and drama. It's one of biggest simulcast companies in the market. We have HULU, Daisuki, Aniplex of America, Anime on Demand, FUNimation, and Netflix. Crunchyroll specializes in targeting newer anime series from upcoming seasons, and its library for older anime series is smaller than HULU and Netflix. As of now, Crunchyroll is available for mobile devices, computers, and gaming consoles such as PlayStation 3.

Notes:I wish I could take a picture of the speakers in the future. I think that would be better, but I had crappy seating in both Crunchyroll and Project-H panels. My camera cannot zoom far enough and take a clear shot without flash.

Summer 2014 Simulcasts

I have a Crunchyroll's Summer 2014 Simulcasts blog added before this panel, so after today, I'll update it with announcements from this panel.

I didn't write down all of the information. Thank god, ANN has a news article.

Akame ga Kill
July 6 at 9AM
The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.
Survival Game Club!
July 7 ? Time
It revolves around Momoka Sonokawa, a girl who transferred into a certain girls' high school. The club she ended up joining at school was the "Sabagebu!," a club that conducts survival games.
DRAMAtical Murder
July 7 at 9 AM
The game's story centers on a young man named Aoba who lives with his grandmother on the island Midorijima. He works at a junk shop in the island's Former Residents District after Toue builds the Platinum Jail resort on part of Midorijima and forces residents to move. Aoba is content with his simple life but gets pulled into mysterious events unfolding on the island.
4. Blue Spring Ride
July 7 at 11:30AM
The story revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
5. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
July 6 at 12:05 PM
A romantic comedy story begins when high school student Chiyo Sakura confesses her feelings to her classmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Sakura is just a fan of his shōjo manga work. Sakura has to convey her true feelings while her relationship with Nozaki develops

I didn't include Persona 4 Golden Animation since that was announced days before the panel. Crunchyroll did a PV on it due to the hype this series has.

Misc Anime

  • Crunchyroll has announced it will stream the dub version of Toradora, courtesy of NIS America.
  • It will also stream all of the Original GTO series.
  • It will continue its back catalog of One Piece.


I had already included A Silent Voice and Inside Mari since this is old news. Crunchyroll brought these two manga series in addition to a new simulpub title, Ajin Demi-Human.


These are Crunchyroll's new acquisitions:

  • Galileo
  • Liar Game
  • Team Medical Dragon

Simulcast: Crunchyroll will do a simulcast for the new GTO live adapted series.

Recent Tech Updates

Crunchyroll did a 2.0 for phones. It will improve zoom in and zoom out features. It improves search engine's sort and filter mechanic. For manga, you can bookmark your pages. That's all I wrote, but there are more features I missed.

Sorry about that.


There are stickers of Crunchyroll's mascot, Hime-chan, and bracelets.


  • Luigiamania changed the name of Free to Free! Iwatobi Swimming Club due to their URL. This actually changed the anime's name and was used internationally.


Crunchyroll's two hostesses have done extremely well in catching their audience's attention while announcing their company's recent acquisitions and developments. The audience has been wonderful, enthusiatic and respectful in their responses.

The two series that had most audience roars were GTO and Persona 4: the Golden Animation.

I would say this panel was my best out of the two in my 2nd visit to Anime Expo. My second panel was Project-H Book.

Thank you for reading. Please visit Dream's Anime Expo 2014 Announcements thread.

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At FanimeCon, Crunchyroll announces that it will stream the new Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, starting on July 5 at 6:00 am ET which is the same time worldwide on the Niconico service. It will be a 26 episode series that will be stream twice a month.


  • Sailor Moon - Kotono Mitsuishi
  • Sailor Mercury - Ami Mizuno
  • Sailor Mars - Rina Satou
  • Sailor Jupiter - Ami Koshimizu
  • Sailor Venus - Minako Aino

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Re-Edit

Crunchyroll will stream the three episode compilation of the series starting on May 30 at 12:30 ET.


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Right now, this is a working Crunchyroll simulcast list. It will be continually updated. Once I have both Crunchyroll, FUNimation, HULU, and Daisuki simulcasts lists, I will have a full simulcast guide for the spring season in mid April.

Thank you.

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

The potentially twisted story of a girl who loves dogs, and a girl who loves cats, Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san features animation produced by studio Seven (Recorder and Randsell)


Regions are WORLDWIDE except Japan...

See CR article.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

The year is 1987 and 17-year-old Jotaro Kujo finds himself suddenly plagued by a ghost-like entity. Jotaro’s grandfather Joseph Joestar, a veteran of a fight to save humanity fifty years prior, arrives with his own supernatural aura and explains that this power, known as a “Stand,” physically manifests its user’s spirit and can be controlled by its user at will. The sudden emergence of these Stands is revealed to be caused by the revival of the megalomaniacal vampire DIO (the Joestar’s longtime enemy) whose awakening from his century-long slumber has triggered Stands to awaken down the Joestar family line, including in Jotaro’s mother whose uncontrollable Stand will ultimately kill her in a few weeks’ time. Jotaro, Joseph, and their allies have fifty days to locate DIO (using their Stands to thwart DIO’s network of devoted Stand-user minions along the way) and eliminate DIO himself in order to save Jotaro’s mother and prevent DIO’s ambitions of world domination.




Friday, April 4, at 9:30am Pacific Time, 1 hour after Japanese broadcast

See CR Article

Majin Bone

This story began before the Earth was born. Now, in the modern age, the creator of the unvierse, Majin, has revived suddenly. At the same time, visitors from the darkness have descended to Earth. As danger nears the Earth, three men pursue a young boy. “Is he a match? Could he really be humanity's last hope?” Ryuujin Shougo is your average high school student, spending his days in peace and quiet. But that peace and quiet is about to come to an end. “Dark Bone” appears before him. Dark Bone is merciless in his attempts to kill Shougo. It takes all of Shougo's skill just to avoid his strikes, but the monster catches up to him. The end seems near, when suddenly... A card that appears from deep in the ground. Shougo touches it, and an incredible event occurs! The card shines, and Shougo is wreathed in its light... “He's a match!” cry the three youths pursuing Shougo. From that light steps “Dragon Bone” – Shougo's transformed form. Why did Shougo transform? What is this “Card”? Who are the three men? Can Shougo beat “Dark Bone”? And what is the creator of the universe, Majin? A new legend is now beginning!


Majin Bone will simulcast Tuesdays at 4:00am starting with ep 2 on April 8. Episode 1 will be airing today, April 1 at 5pm, due to delivery of materials.


USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America (Central and South America including Mexico)


  • Crunchyroll
  • Credit to for giving me the news tip of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.
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Last Friday night when I got back home, I finished the Punk Hazard arc for One Piece. I can't post a lot of images right now. These two Shonen series I picked out were my biggest shows to marathon out of my Anime Experiences: Trying New Recommendations from Fellow Vicers project. For One Piece, I started out with the manga back in Summer 2012. I read up to Skypiea, and I had a long hiatus from reading One Piece due to being busy with college, wiki projects, and other Anime Vice projects. Until Toonami started airing One Piece's Long Ring arc in May 2013, I started watching it on Toonami. However, I got impatient and started doing a marathon on HULU.

For Toriko, it was for a wiki project. It was one of the biggest wiki projects in Anime Vice where it rocks the battle forums and wiki community. I started getting into Toriko around Fall 2013.

The purpose of this blog was to inspire folks in Anime Vice to share and to post blogs about shows they are doing a big marathon on. Please feel free to share comments and post blogs.

One Piece and Toriko Marathon Journal

*Don't worry, I don't put spoilers.

I found One Piece way addicting to watch than Toriko. Each weekday, I watch about 4 episodes a week for One Piece and 2 episodes for Toriko. In the weekends, I watch about 5 episodes of One Piece while working on homework. During Winter break, I watched a ton of One Piece. Toriko is a fun show, but it's not emotionally gripping. In the 80 episodes or so I watch of Toriko, no major character had died. Compared to One Piece, it was pretty heavy during Franky/Robin's moments in Water Seven arc and Luffy's moments in Marineford arc. I had to add one major One Piece character's death to my most tearful moments in anime.

One Piece

During Water Seven arc, there was a huge filler, recap arc on the Straw Hat pirates. This is a good arc for those who don't want to watch all these episodes of One Piece. It covers every backstory of the characters except for Robin and Franky at this point in the story. I skipped that after seeing the summaries on HULU. Of course, HULU does not have Thriller Bark arc or pieces of Robin's backstory. I was really angry at HULU. I'm a person who will not visit pirated sites, so I skipped Thriller Bark arc and read the arc summary at One Piece Wikia.

Each major arc in One Piece was great and pretty distinguished. Most Shonen series that progressed this far feels rinse and repeat because content is stale. One Piece was damn creative. Marineford, Luffy's backstory, and Impel Down was heavy with drama, sacrifices, freedom, and family themes. Punk Hazard, my most recent arc I finished, explores the drug abuse. I didn't expect that.

  • Simulcasts - From HULU to Crunchyroll

As you know I only watch on legal streaming sites, I got to episode 619 or 620. I saw Crunchyroll started steaming One Piece from that episode count. When I jumped from Hulu to Crunchyroll, I notice a big difference in video quality on my PlayStation 3. I watched all my shows on the TV if a show isn't on my wiki project, episode summaries.

  • Fall 2013 - Finished Water Seven Arc and skipped Thriller Bark Arc.
  • Winter Break - Finished Impel Down arc, Marineford arc, and Luffy's backstory with Ace and Sabo arc
  • January - Mid March - Finished Mermaid Island Arc
  • Mid March - May 2, 2014 - Finished Punk Hazard Arc


I stopped at the beginning of the Meteor Garlic arc. I loved Toriko. It had a Willy Wonka feeling when the narrator talks about the wonders of the Gourmet World at the beginning of each episode. Komatsu, Toriko, and the gang grew on me. Toriko's lack of blood shed and censorship reminds me of Fairy Tail. I did skipped to Cooking Festival arc to provide screenshots for my wiki editing teammates. I did go back and rewatch the episodes I missed. I even watch the filler arcs like the Santa one. They were short, so I didn't notice the filler feeling.

I had said a lot of stuff about Toriko in my past blogs, so this is why my take on Toriko is short.

Well thank you fro reading. I rushed this blog because I need to work on papers. Plus, the site is glitching a lot, so I couldn't do lot of wiki editing today. This blog was fun to do. I do random blogs to unwind from the stress of school.

Please post blogs on shows you guys and gals are doing a marathon on this year or last year. It will be great to hear your experiences.

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Welcome everyone, Crunchyroll has announced its first 3 manga series that it acquired for the simupubs. I will update this blog several times.

Inside Mari (ぼくは麻理のなか Boku wa Mari no Naka)

Written and illustrated by Shūzō Oshimi

A young man is a shut-in, with nothing to do but kill time. The sole pleasure in his life is following home an angelic high school girl he sees every day in a convenience store. Today, like any other day, he follows her, but… Shuzo Oshimi, the creator of Drifting Net Café and Flowers of Evil, continues to open hidden doors of the heart in this monthly serialized story!

Silver Nina (?, Shirogane no Nina)

Illustrated by Itokatsu Shimazaki

Shutaro goes back home to the country, after losing his job in Tokyo. To his surprise, when he opens the door to his family home, he finds a beautiful little girl with silver hair and blue eyes. Taking place in a city on a plateau, a tired young man and a beautiful half Japanese girl bring you a story of the slow, calming life in the country!!

Love Theory (?, Love Riron)

Written by Keiya Mizuno and illustrated by Masaki Satou

Even if I'm hideous. Even if I'm broke. Even if there's not one iota of sexiness to me. There HAS to be a way for me to snag my ideal woman. Masaki Satou (author of "The Ultra-Apathetic Spec Ops Squad JAP FIVE!") and Keiya Mizuno (head writer of "My Dreams will come TRUUUUUE!") come together for a hilarious, risque collaboration that just might help YOU find true love too!

Crunchyroll Simulpubs


Written and illustrated by Hitori Renda

Kanata and his friend Tokiji are ordinary teenagers in modern Japan. Mysterious deaths have begun to occur in their city, where the victim's head will transform into an animal face and explode. There are rumors about these strange incidents, but one day it happens at Kanata's school. Kanata is caught up in the incident and gains the special ability to "remove his limiter". This allows him to greatly enhance a single ability of his, but after he uses it, another ability will go out of control. He encounters a mysterious, beautiful woman in a black skin-tight combat suit named Shiki. She forces Kanata and Tokiji to become deeply involved in these incidents. Just what is going on? What mysterious organization is behind this!? A world-spanning conspiracy begins to unfold.

Star Light Woman
Written and illustrated by Rie Kanou

The fate of the Earth has been entrusted to a single woman! A new SF comedy series! As more and more witnesses report seeing UFOs, a plain woman named Hoshi is working late at her part-time job. But she has an important secret!

Is this Girl for Real!?
Written and illustrated by Tsutomu Mutsuki
Aliases: This older Woman is a Fiction!?, Kono Onee-san wa Fiction desu!?

Jun Yoshikawa is a boy with a manga artist for a mom. One night, he gets in a situation with a drunk stranger, Narumi Kawase, and decides to look after her. She becomes a live-in assistant at the Yoshikawa household as Jun takes care of her. This is an age-gap comedy about a pre-thirties, unfortunate beauty with no skills nor a job, and a perfect high schooler who helps out his mom and does the household chores as they live together.

Action Manga
Written and illustrated by Dat Nishiwaki

In order to return people that have turned into monsters from the seed of hatred, our hero in mask have sealed his fist… Action mask who also appears in Japan’s national comedy manga "Crayon Shin-chan" is transformed into ultra real and ultra cool character! Go action! His fist will crush the heart of the hatred!

King's Game: Origin
Written by Nobuaki Kanazawa and illustrated by J-Ta Yamada

"The King's orders are absolute. Fail to obey, and you will be punished." 30 years ago in the remote Yonaki Village, a black envelope is delivered to a single villager. The command inside threatens to draw the entire population into a terrible tragedy! Take a deep breath, steady your heart, and prepare for a shocking, terrifying survival horror adventure! The latest chapter in the wildly popular "King's Game: Origin" saga has begun. It all starts here!

Written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano

Ichigo Takano, the genius of the shojo manga world, returns with a new series! A suspicious man who claims to be God hangs around amnesiac high school teacher Kanade Natsume. Even though "God" is a pest, the divine one says that he'll (He'll?) help Kanade get his memories back. What is it that Kanade has forgotten? Who is this "God", really? Their strange cohabitation begins so Kanade can reclaim his lost "self", dreams, love, past, and all! Ichigo Takano presents

Written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano

"What can I do now to prevent a future without Kakeru?" In the spring of my second year of high school, I received a letter from "myself", ten years in the future. It urged the 16-year-old me to take action so I wouldn't have the same regrets...


  • Crunchyroll - Inside Mari, Silver Nina, and Love Theory
  • ANN - Inside Mari, Silver Nina, and Love Theory
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As some of you know, I live in Canada. You may also know that Hulu only streams to U.S. users. While sites like and Crunchyroll primarily stream to Canada and US.

BUT ever since the site-revamp of, some of its anime have switched to using an embedded Hulu video player to stream its anime. So for me, some of the anime I was previously able to watch on Funimation, I was unable to watch due to the new mandatory Hulu player for some anime (e.g. Psycho-Pass, Black Lagoon Season 2).

So until VERY recently, I kind of just let this slide, and presumed something might have been wrong with the site, not detecting that I'm from Canada and loading the right video player or something, or that it might get fixed eventually. Then I googled and stumbled upon a Hummingbird thread that suggested the extensions below to get around the region-lock.

LINKS (tl;dr, download extensions to by-pass region-locking)

  • MediaHint (this is what I use, simple and works perfectly)
  • Hola (was also suggested, it has more functions than MediaHint, so see if it's right for you)

P.S. I'm not sure if this violates site regulations? I understand we are a pro-legal-streaming site and anti-pirate site, so I don't know if this is the same as that... I mean if more people watch their stuff, shouldn't that mean more ad-money for them? Anyways my intentions are pure, I just want more people to enjoy their anime more freely, and maybe help out people who are in a similar situation as I was... and spread the love of anime. o3o

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!

Anime Vice Battle User of July 2014: Low

Congratulations to Low!

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL #1 -- Special Review

What was revealed about this reboot from the Anime Expo screening?

Anime Expo 2014 Recap

Vice Pit sentai squad assemble!

DRAGON BALL :: Should You Watch Dub or Sub?

Episode #11. Retro review. He's bringing THAT question up again?

SWORD ART ONLINE II #1 -- Special Review

I really, really don't like MMO's gettin' real.

NARUTO Ch. 683 Review

When things are at their worst, the only place to go is up,....right?

BLEACH Ch. 587 Review

The war has taken an unexpectedly disappointing turn in direction.

Anime Expo 2014 -- THE VICE PIT

America's biggest anime convention pulls Sam back onto the show. And wait -- who's this mysterious third guest?

Anime Vice Battle User of July 2014: Low

Congratulations to Low!

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL #1 -- Special Review

What was revealed about this reboot from the Anime Expo screening?

DRAGON BALL :: Should You Watch Dub or Sub?

Episode #11. Retro review. He's bringing THAT question up again?

ALDNOAH ZERO #1 -- Special Review

An info dump that... still smells good?

SWORD ART ONLINE II #1 -- Special Review

I really, really don't like MMO's gettin' real.

Anime Expo 2014 -- THE VICE PIT

America's biggest anime convention pulls Sam back onto the show. And wait -- who's this mysterious third guest?


This one will make you cry the manliest tears!

Anime Expo 2014 Recap

Vice Pit sentai squad assemble!

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