Crunchyroll adds ‘Moyashimon Returns’ to streaming lineup.

Following it’s original series, Moyashimon Returns has been unveiled as the latest addition to Crunchyroll’s Summer Season lineup. Here’s the info on the show direct from Crunchyroll:

MOYASHIMON RETURNS picks up where the last season left off as our protagonist Tadayasu Sawaki, a first-year college student at an agricultural university, continues to have the unique ability to see and communicate with micro-organisms and bacteria. Still alongside good friend Kei Yuuki, whose family runs a sake brewery, he develops an even deeper understanding of bacteria world with his special ability!”

Subscribers will be able to watch this show every Thursday at 6pm GMT (non-subscribers a week later.)

You can add to the other titles available to UK as part of this Summer season. CLICK HERE to find out about the show series on offer at Crunchyroll this season.

16 Summer Season Streaming shows available to the UK at Crunchyroll

The Summer season of anime streaming has officially begun so it’s about time we give you details on what titles are available to the UK as part of the lineup on Crunchyroll. There are 16 titles currently announced. Have a look at them below.

Total Eclipse
“In 1973, the invasion of an extra terrestrial life form, the BETA, began a war that has driven mankind to the brink of extinction. In an attempt to counter the BETA’s overwhelming strength in numbers, mankind has developed the humanoid weapons known as TSFs, deploying them on the front lines of their Anti-BETA War all across the globe. However, mankind still lost the majority of Eurasia to the superior numbers of the marching BETA. For nearly 30 years mankind has remained bogged down in its struggle against the BETA with no hope in sight. In 2001, development of next-generation TSFs has become a problem for Imperial Japan, who sustains the front lines on the Far-East. As a solution, the UN proposed a US-Japan joint TSF refurbishment plan as part of their “Prominence Project”. Yui Takamura, a member of the Imperial Royal Guard, is placed in charge of this project and heads to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuuya Bridges, a young soldier in the US Army, makes his way for Alaska as well. Little did either of them know that their encounter would forever change their destinies… Witness this exciting tale of human drama and robot action as mankind faces the brink of extinction”
Air date: Sundays  |  Watch it at Crunchyroll HERE
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Podcast Episode #40 – How to get from Dragonball Z to art boxes (and many topics in between) in under 100 minutes

The Anime Chronicle Podcast has returned to bring nearly 100 minutes of anime talk!

Join Jeremy Graves as he welcomes Andy Hanley & Seb Reid from UK-Anime to take you on a journey through a multitude of topics that include, but are not limited to, Dragon Ball Z finally getting a release in the UK and Blue Exorcist coming to the UK as a subtitle only release.

But that’s not all as there is also discussion the possibility of more Blu-Ray releases in the UK, news regarding the MCM London Expo (including the fact there will be a world exclusive “sneak peak” of the English language version of Welcome To The Space Show), the lineup for the BFI anime weekender in London, the lost world of DVD art boxes, many shows from the current streaming season and more!

It’s a packed show of anime discussion and it’s available right now!

Download – Right Click, Save As HERE | Download through iTunes HERE.
Duration: 1:39:18

First Impressions – Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (Eps 1-3)

This new feature for the Anime Chronicle known as ‘First Impressions’ is where we will, as the name implies, give you our first impressions on a particular subject. This will range from an anime series, to music from Japan, manga and who knows what else. We will also try to keep them as spoiler free as possible for you. Expect this new feature to appear frequently on the site. We kick things off with the new Naruto Spin-off program currently airing on Crunchyroll.

Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (Episodes 1-3)
Available to stream at Crunchyroll.co.uk

Rock Lee & Naruto

The world of Naruto is vast. With nearly 500 episodes and counting in the anime we’ve followed the quests of the young boy dreaming to be acknowledged by his peers, seen him grow through the many trials and tribulations that affected not only him on a personal level but others around him as well. Now we embark on a new engagement in the world of Naruto in the form of a spin-off series that sees the very popular supporting character, Rock Lee, come to the forefront in ‘Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals’.
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Kuroko’s Basketball, Kids On The Slope, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Queen’s Blade Rebellion and Dusk Maiden of Amnesia available to the UK via Crunchyroll

More additions to the already loaded spring season lineup of anime available to the UK via Crunchyroll has been unveiled in the form of the five series Kuroko’s Basketball, Kids ON The Slope, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Queen’s Blade Rebellion and Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. Check out the descriptions below for information on the these shows.

Kuroko’s Basketball
The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team.
The class that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called “The miracle generation”.
There was another player who all of them respected…

A legendary 6th player.

An up-and-coming power player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn’t good at basketball, in fact, he’s bad! And he’s so plain that he’s impossible to see. But Kuroko’s plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he’s none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation.

Kuroko makes a pact with Kagami to defeat the other members of the Miracle Generation, who have all played basketball at other schools.

A battle of light (Kagami) and shadow (Kuroko) begins!

New episodes will be added every Saturday at 7.30pm GMT with the first episode available to watch HERE.

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Three more titles added to Crunchyroll’s spring season lineup

Crunchyroll have revealed four more title that will be available to stream as part of their lineup during the spring season.

The three new titles are Sengoku Collection (Parallell World Samurai), Polar Bear’s Cafe and Saki. This brings the number of new titles available to view in the UK this spring season through Crunchyroll up to twelve. Below you can find information on these three shows.
For information on the other titles announced thus far please refer to our previous articles HERE & HERE.

Sengoku Collection (Parallell World Samurai)
This series revolves around many samurai who are accidentally removed from a parallel universe inhabited by well-known historic characters. Unlike the historical war period known to us, all inhabitants in this unique world look like high school girls. Coming from the medieval era and finding themselves totally amazed by everything they encounter in modern day Tokyo, the girls become best friends through their adventures.

The show begins tomorrow, Thursday 5th April, at 6.30pm GMT with a new episode being available every Thursday thereafter HERE.

Polar Bear’s Cafe
This series “revolves around a Canadian white bear that quits his boring job and starts a cafeteria near a zoo. He loves telling tall tales and always brags about himself. According to him, he was picked up by a human couple who owns a diner while he was drifting around on an iceberg. 

Though he has lost all contact with his Canadian family, he has discovered a new home in serving the diners’ clientele, thanks to the kind couple. His café is an embodiment of his personality. The place is always packed with many regulars, animals and humans, who are drawn by his charismatic magnetism.

Polar Bear’s Cafe will air every Thursday at Crunchyroll HERE.

Saki – Episode of side-A
Shizuno Takakamo and Ako Atarashi, members of the Achiga Girl’s Academy Kid’s Mahjong Club, invite the new transfer student from Tokyo, Nodoka Haramura, to come play with them. Kuro Matsumi, a student one year above them, and Harue Akado, a university student who is their coach, are there as well, and together they spend their days having fun and playing Mahjong. But when it’s time to go to middle school, Harue leaves for a pro team, and Ako ends up going to a different school. And then Nodoka transfers, and the group is torn apart. Time passes, and one day in her last year of middle school, Shizuno is watching TV when she sees Nodoka winning the national middle school Mah-jong tournament. “I want to play Mahjong with Nodoka again.

You can watch this show every Sunday at 5.35pm GMT beginning this coming Sunday (8th April) HERE.

We will keep you up to date with more streaming anime announcements when available.

Crunchyroll add four new titles including Naruto spin-off, Anime On Demand news coming soon.

Crunchyroll have been very busy these last few days revealing more additions to their already loaded lineup for the new spring season. (See our previous story on the first wave of titles added HERE.)

The four new titles revealed are

  • Naruto spin-off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals
  • You and Me 2
  • Yurumate3Dei
  • Saint Seiya Omega

Below you can details on each title and when they will be available for streaming.

Naruto spin-off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals
Watch out! This is a new addition to the iconic NARUTO franchise which represents Japanese animation. Ideal for those who are looking to stay a moment away from the breathtaking battle scenes and the serious ninja rivalry, the spin-off series offers an alternative Naruto world with all characters super-deformed and comically retouched. 

A spotlight is cast on Rock Lee, the prank-loving imperfect ninja kid who scores low with ninja techniques but who never gives up to achieve his goals. Comical happenings in the ninja village in NARUTO SPIN-OFF: ROCK LEE & HIS NINJA PALS are sure to attract a new generation of fans.

New episodes will be available to stream every Tuesday at 10.30 am GMT with episode available to view now HERE.
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Crunchyroll reveal new streaming titles: Folktales From Japan and Space Brothers

The spring season of streaming anime is fast approaching and Crunchyroll have already begun revealing some of what will be on offer via their service – see our posts for details on the previously announced OZMANyrako-san: Another Crawling Chaos & Hiro No Kakera.

First of all it has been confirmed the following titles will continue to be streamed into this new season

  • Bodacious Space Pirates
  • Fairy Tail
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • Poyopoyo
  • Recorder and Ransell
  • Sket Dance
  • The Knight In The Area
  • Fate/Zero

Following the March 27th broadcast in Japan this list confirms that Bleach, as previously reported, has come to an end. Whether this is a permanent end is still to be determined as the manga is still ongoing.

When it comes to new titles available in the UK you can add Space Brothers and Folktales From Japan to the forthcoming schedule.

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Crunchyroll launch official UK site

The legal anime streaming website Crunchyroll have expanded their horizons and launched an official UK portal to the service they provide.

The services available on Crunchyroll.co.uk mirror those on the Crunchyroll.com website, but is localised a lot more towards the UK market including a pricing structure in British Pounds Sterling (£8.99 a month for an All-Access membership and £4.99 a month for an Anime membership). Previously this was only available in US Dollars.

If you are already a paying customer to the service via their primary US website, have no fear as your subscription is not compromised in any way. You can login through either site without disruption.

Crunchyroll have made it clear they are looking to expand their service on a worldwide scale and this is clearly a big step towards that goal. Our friends over at UK-Anime recently conducted an interview with the CEO of Crunchyroll discussing this news. We strongly urge you to listen to the interview HERE so you can hear directly from the horses mouth, as the saying goes, what this means for UK users.

Crunchyroll adds Leiji Matsumoto’s “OZMA” to streaming lineup

Following the announcements of Nyrako-san: Another Crawling Chaos and Hiro No Kakera being included as part of their spring season lineup, Crunchyroll have revealed their latest addition to be the six-episode “OZMA”.

The program “unfolds on an arid and devastated future Earth, and involves the mysterious, giant and moving ‘“OZMA.’” An epic space opera that entwines exciting sci-fi action and a suspenseful story, anime godfather Leiji Matsumoto tackles the ultimate questions of life and existence.

For those unaware Leiji Matsumoto was the creator of Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Express 999 and Space Pirate Captain Harlock. A new version of the Space Battleship Yamato series, that first aired in Japan back in 1974, is in the works under the name of Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

The first episode of OZMA is available now. A new episode will be released every Saturday at 3pm GMT (4pm GMT after this coming weekend following the daylight savings time change in the UK).

The first episode is available to view HERE.