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Welcome everyone! Here are the Crunchyroll simulcasts for the winter 2014 season. My teammates and I will post more trailers for you. We're just getting started. I will post a guide for the winter 2014 season tomorrow.

Saki – The Nationals

Plot:

Saki – The Nationals is the third series in the mahjong-themed anime, continuing the National Tournament that was started in Saki Episode of Side A. Director Manabu Ono continues to direct the third entry, with Studio Gokumi, who also animated Saki Episode of Side A, returning as well for animation production. The cast returns with Kana Ueda reprising her role as Saki Miyanaga, Ami Koshizumi starring as Nodaka Haramura, Jun Fukuyama as Kyotaro Suga, Rie Kugimiya as Yuuki Kataoka, Ryoko Shiraishi as Mako Someya, and Shizuka Itou as Hisa Takei. Miyuki Hashimoto will be singing the opening “New SPARKS!” and the ending song “Kono Te ga Kiseki wo Eranderu” will be performed by Himematsu High, Miyamori Girl’s High, & Eisui All-Girls School.

Simulcasts and Territories:

Simulcasts start streaming every Sunday starting on January 5, at 10:30a.m. Pacific Time for its premium members, with free members able to watch one week later. It's available to Crunchyroll’s audience worldwide ex Japan.

Recently, My Sister is Unusual

Plot:

The latest entry in the “my little sister” genre, Recently, My Sister is Unusual is based on an original manga written and illustrated by Mari Matsuzawa. As usual, the story features a younger sister named Mitsuki Kanzaki who goes to live with her step-brother Yuya Kanzaki after her mother remarries. However, the hijinks start once Mari becomes possessed by a ghost named Hiyori Kotobuki, who must fall in love with Yuya in order to pass on… The cast features newcomer voice actress Chinami Hashimoto as Mitsuki, Junji Majima, also known for his roles as Itaru Shiodome in Nagi no Asukara and Ryuji Takasu in Toradora!, as Yuya, and Yui Ogura, Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi in HENNEKO and Yuuko Kanda in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, as Hiyori.

Simulcasts and Territories:

Simulcasts broadcast every Saturday starting on January 4, at 8:00a.m. Pacific Time for its premium members, with free members able to watch one week later. It willl be available to Crunchyroll’s audience in the following territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition (special)

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…

Simulcasts and Territories:

Crunchyroll users will be able to enjoy this special episode right alongside all the other fans around the world on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:00am Pacific Time.

Mushi-Shi

Plot:

“They are creatures only known as ‘Mushi,’ whose abilities range well into the supernatural. While their existence and appearances are unknown to the humans around them, there are a few like Ginko who is a ‘Mushi-shi’ that travels around to investigate and find out more about the ‘Mushi.’ During the course of his discovery and understanding, he helps those who are troubled by the Mushi themselves…” Fans from the original series can expect to hear the familiar voices of Ginko, the Narrator, and Adashino-sensei respectively portrayed by Yuto Nakano (Casshern Sins, Detroit Metal City), Mika Doi (One Piece, Air Master, Rurouni Kenshin), and Yuji Ueda (Honey and Clover, Chobits, Love Hina).

Simulcasts and Territories:

Simulcasts broadcast on Saturday, January 4 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time for its premium members.

Seitokai Yakuindomo *

Plot:
Our story here circulates around the Osai Academy, formerly an all-girls private high school which has recently been integrated for both genders. Our protagonist, Takatoshi Tsuda is pushed into becoming the vice-president of the student council, where he is the lone male member surrounded by 3 beautiful girls.

Simulcasts and Territories:

Simulcasts broadcast every Saturday starting on January 4 at 10:00 am Pacific Time. It's available to U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, and Central and South America.

Nobunaga the Fool


The planets of the East and the West were once connected by the Ama-no-Hashidate. The culture that built it was destroyed countless years ago, and the two planets have had separate histories ever since. On the Western planet, ancient culture is experiencing a renaissance after a long period of war. Jeanne Kaguya D'Arc, a girl from the Western Planet, was prophesied to be the Savior of the World at her birth. With Leonard Da Vinci, she lands on the Eastern Planet, where Nobunaga "the Fool" longs for the power to change the world, as his planet is still locked in a war where many heroes vie for supremacy. When these two people meet, the culture of both worlds will be transformed.
Simulcasts airs every Sunday starting on January 5, at 12:15 PM Pacific Time. It's available to the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand.
5. Wake Up, Girls!
??? - ANN announced that Crunchyroll and Animate TV would be streaming it.
6. Soni-Ani SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION

Plot:

An original anime based on gaming company Nitroplus’ popular mascot, Sonico, Soni-Ani SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION features the titular character in a comedic slice-of-life series. Sonico’s backstory has her as a college student who somehow also manages to juggle being a model, game character, and a musician in a three-piece girl band as the vocalist and guitarist.

Simulcasts:

Every Monday starting on January 6, at 9:00am Pacific Time

Territories:

USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, France, and DOM-TOM, Andorra, Netherlands, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.

8. The Pilots Love Song

As a beautiful daughter of the noble family del Moral, Fana was proposed by Prince Carlo, who is the crown prince of their country Levamme. However, since Levamme is at war with Amatsuvian, the marriage had to wait until the war ends. Meanwhile, as a bestado, the lowest caste in Levamme, Charles had always dreamed of flying and eventually became the ace pilot of the air force. Although he was often mistreated, a glorious chance came about when the Amatsuvian bombarded del Moral's home in order to get rid of the future empress. Charles was then entrusted with the top secret mission of delivering the princess to the prince.

Simulcasts:

Every Monday starting on January 6 at 7:00 am Pacific Time for its premium members with free members getting it one week later.

Territories:

This series will be available to users in the following territories: United States of America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, German speaking Europe, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark.

9. Pupa

Based on a manga series written and illustrated by Sayaka Mogi, Pupa tells the story of a brother and sister who both become infected by a virus that transforms the sister, Yume, into a flesh eating monster when hungry, and giving the brother, Utsutsu, superhuman healing and regenerative powers. In a relationship where one takes and the other can give, thus begins the story of Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa…

Simulcasts:

every Thursday starting on January 9, at 12:30p.m. Pacific Time

Territories:

USA, Canada, and Latin America. every Thursday starting on January 9, at 12:30p.m. Pacific Time

10. Engaged to the Unidentified

Based on an original comic written by Cherry Arai, Engaged to the Unidentified is a slapstick romantic comedy centering around 16-year old Kobeni Yonomori, who lost her memory of her childhood due to an accident. On her 16th birthday, she is introduced to her fiancé for the first time, Hakuya Mitsumine, who not only saved Kobeni’s life when she was injured in her childhood accident, but may also not be human…

Simulcasts:

every Thursday starting on January 9, at 6:45a.m. Pacific Time for its premium members

Territories:

Engaged to the Unidentified will be available to Crunchyroll’s audience in the following territories: USA and Canada

11. Hōzuki no Reitetsu

Plot:

“Hozuki is the aide to the Great King Enma. Calm and super-sadistic, Hozuki tries to resolve the various problems in Hell, including a rampaging Momotaro and his companions. However, he also likes spending his free time on his hobbies, such as fawning over cute animals and raising ‘Goldfish Flowers.’”

Simulcasts:

every Thursday starting on January 9 at 11:00 am Pacific Time

Territories:

U.S.A, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Turkey, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Europe, Middle East, and Arab League.

12. Strange+

Based on an original manga written and illustrated by Beruno Mikawa, Strange+ is a comedic slice-of-life anime with a dash of mystery thrown in as well, focused on a boy named Kou who’s searching for his brother Takumi. However, once finding him, it appears that Takumi has started his own detective agency and has no intention of going home, and so Kou decides to join his brother in the agency as well.

Simulcasts:

every Thursday starting on January 9, at 9:30a.m. Pacific Time

Territories:

Strange+ will be available to Crunchyroll’s worldwide ex Japan.

13. Oneechan ga Kita

Tomoya’s father remarries to another woman, giving him a stepsister, Ichika. However Ichika is 17-years old and has completely fallen in love with her stepbrother who is only 13!! Families will collide in the most unusual fashion this season, in the new anime short: ONEE-CHAN GA KITA!”

Simulcasts:

every Wednesday starting on January 8 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time for its premium members

Territories:

ONEE-CHAN GA KITA will be available to users all around the world except in Japan.

14. Magical Warfare

In this modern magic action story, Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past. Due to certain circumstances, he formed a "fake" couple with his childhood friend Kurumi Isoshima, but otherwise, he lives a normal life. However, one day, he comes across a girl named Mui Aiba, in a uniform he has never seen before, collapsed on the school campus. This encounters changes Takeshi's destiny completely. Mui tells Takeshi that she is a magician, and she apologizes, for she turned Takeshi into a magician, too. What Takeshi once knew as one world is actually two — one world where magicians live and the other world where humans live.

Simulcasts:

every Thursday starting on January 9, at 12:30p.m. Pacific Time

Territories:

USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Sources

  • Crunchyroll (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • ANN (1, 2, 3, 4)
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Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

Release Date: Dec 31, 2013 7:00am Pacific Time at Crunchyroll

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…

For a list of Winter 2014 trailers, please check out the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads because all anime trailers are converted into discussion threads with the exceptions of OVAs and Movies.

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Hello everyone, welcome to this week's manga releases! It's the last Quick Pick manga edition for this year. We're wrapping it up with Attack on Titan, one of the best manga series this year, and a reverse harem series based on Quin Rose's otome games.

Note: For the manga covers, I wasn't able to get a decent English cover for both Attack on Titan and Crimson Empire. I'll replace them soon.

Previous Quick Picks

This Week's Manga Releases

Attack on Titan Volume 10 "Fortress of Blood"

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Release date: 12/31
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

With no combat gear and Wall Rose breached, the 104th scrambles to evacuate the villages in the Titans' path. On their way to the safety of Wall Sheena, they decide to spend the night in Utgart Castle. But their sanctuary becomes a slaughterhouse when they discover that, for some reason, these Titans attack at night!

Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble Volume 3

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Release date: 12/24
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble is a shoujo manga series by QuinRose, the creator of Alice in the Country of Clover. Simultaneous to the release of Crimson Empire Volume 3, Seven Seas will release the newest installment in the Alice series— Alice Love Fables: Toy Box—which includes a 30-page, never before published Crimson Empire story.

From the time she was sold into servitude as a young girl and told by a handsome demonic figure that she had a destiny to fulfill, Sheila’s childhood was anything but easy. After joining an assassins’ guild to undergo rigorous training, Sheila is later taken in by the dashing Prince Edvard to serve as both his housemaid and bodyguard.

As skillful as she is with a blade, Sheila hasn’t a clue when it comes to courtly romance. While she uses her talents to help Edvard win the throne, can she stave off the many admirers who vie for her heart?

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Welcome everyone! FUNimation has released news of its Winter 2014 simulcast guide. Usually, FUNimation announces its simulcast guide during the first 3 weeks of the anime season.

This list will be updated. My teammates, Acura Max and BigHeart711, and I will continue to provide coverage and trailers for the new season. I will compile a winter 2014 guide soon.

Thank you.

1. Noragami
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Produced by Bones

Yato is a minor deity who lacks even a single shrine. In order to build his own shrine, he scrawls his cell number on the wall of a downtown bathroom telling people he will help them in exchange for a 5-yen offering, becoming a self-styled "delivery god." Hiyori, the daughter of a respectable family, is almost in a traffic accident, but is rescued by Yato. This causes her to become a "hanyou," a person who can easily lose her soul. She chases Yato down, and they begin to work together. Yato also finds a boy named Yukine who becomes a "sacred treasure" that can be used by a god. The three of them battle "you" who bring harm to humans as Yato's hidden history is gradually revealed.

2. Space Dandy
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Parody, Comedy
  • Produced by Bones
  • Also streamed by Toonami!

Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!

4. Maken-ki! Two
  • Genre: Ecchi, Harem
  • Produced by Xebec

The students of Tenbi Academy are back for round two! What trouble will Takeru get himself into for season 2? You’ll just have to watch to find out!

5. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural
  • Produced by Production IMS

Inari is a cheerful girl with a crush on the coolest guy in school, but she can’t seem to confess her feelings to him. When a goddess blesses her with the ability to shapeshift—much to the chagrin to the spiritual world—can love bloom for the young girl?

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Welcome everyone! This used to be called Quick Picks because my teammates and I used to do this together. We would pick some DVDs and Blu Rays that we were interested in just to promote a certain franchise.

This week, we have Sentai Filmworks and its two beautiful series. These will make great Christmas gifts if your friend, co-worker, or family member love the romance anime series, give Say I Love You anime series a try. If they love cute, satirical, comedic anime series, try the Humanity Has Declined anime. Merry Christmas everyone!

Previous Quick Picks

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Humanity Has Declined - Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • SRP: $59.98

For years, declining birth rates have forced what's left of the human race to cede more and more territory to other beings who have appeared to take advantage of the emptying ecological niche. Now, only a handful of humans remain among the remnants of civilization and Earth is dominated by faeries - tiny, ten-inch tall creatures of surprising intelligence. But humanity's importance isn't over quite yet, as young Watashi learns as she makes the decision to return to her hometown and assume her grandfather's position as an arbitrator between the races. Unfortunately, the job isn't going to be anywhere near as simple as she expected, and it's going to take wisdom far beyond her years to achieve her most important mission. It's not about how often you fall and fail, it's about how often you get back up and try again, and the human race still has a lot left to accomplish.

Humanity Has Declined - Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • SRP: $49.98
Say "I love you." - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • SRP: $59.98

Friends suck, and trusting someone is just setting yourself up. That's the lesson Mei Tachibana learned after her heart was ripped out and only a shell was left where a girl used to be. But unlike so many, she found an easy solution: she'll never make another friend. Ever. Okay, maybe that's not as easy as it sounds, but it's worked for Mei - or at least, it did until handsome, charming and annoyingly popular Yamato Kurosawa came along. For some freakish reason, he seems to like Mei. He even gave her his phone number! As if she would ever call him. Except she did. But only because she needed help. Still, he came. He actually came. And now things are getting way too complicated. Mei's no princess in a tower. She's not waiting for a knight in shining armor to rescue her. So why did he have to kiss her and confuse everything? And why are those three little words so hard to say?

Say "I love you." - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • SRP: $49.98
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