Animax announce Winter 2014 simulcast slate

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The New Year is finally upon us! ‘Tis the season of taking the old stuff and hurling it out of the window because we’re ashamed of it, while bringing in the new pretty things! Animax UK have joined Wakanim and Crunchyroll by announcing titles that they will be streaming directly to us in this new anime season!

Arguably the biggest name on their slate is Nisekoi, a romantic comedy from SHAFT and Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Monogatari). Based on the original Shonen Jump manga by Naoshi Komi is about love hate at first sight – Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki despise each other from the moment they meet, but when they discover that they’re the heirs of two organised crime families on the verge of war, the most mismatched couple of the century have to pretend to be an item! To complicate things even further, Raku is still clinging on to a promise he made to a girl ten years ago, which is symbolised by the pendant he wears around his neck. You can read my review of Nisekoi’s first episode here.

The next announcement was the second season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. Kyoto Animation takes us back to the world of teenage delusions with this sequel series that sees Rikka and Yuta now secretly living together and Yuta having to come to terms with not only having a girlfriend, but one who’s a chunibyo!

Hamatora is the third of the new announcements. Animated by Naz, this supernatural series focuses on Nice and Murasaki, two “Minimum Holders” – people who possess supernatural abilities. Nice and Murasaki form a detective agency called “Hamatora” that is based in their local coffee shop and find themselves involved in a serial murder case – where all of the victims are Minimum Holders!

The fourth and final simulcast anime of this season is Sekai Seifuku: World Conquest Zvezda Plot from A-1 Pictures. The series follows Kate Hoshima, who was born with magnificent skills in her attempt to conquer the world. Does she have what it takes to uphold the legendary Zvezda Plot?

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Animax UK officially replaces Anime On Demand

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In April 2011, Viz Media Europe opened Anime On Demand, a streaming website dedicated to simulcasting a selection of Japanese anime to the United Kingdom and Ireland as they aired in Japan. Anime On Demand was responsible for giving British and Irish fans their first look at hit titles like Steins;GateTiger & Bunny and some of my personal favourites like Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (which is receiving a second season next month) and Tamako Market.

In October, Viz Media Europe and Sony teamed up to launch Animax UK, a new anime streaming service for the United Kingdom. When many people saw that a lot of Anime On Demand’s back-catalogue was available on the service and reflected on the inactivity of Anime On Demand, it became clear – but now it’s official. Today, Anime On Demand have announced that they have officially been replaced by Animax UK. Existing Anime On Demand users who use the discount code AOD-NOW-ANIMAX can get a 2 week free trial and 50% off their first month of the Animax service.

Animax UK offers not only TV anime catalogue titles like Bleach, Black Lagoon and Death Note, but also movies such as Berserk and Mardock Scramble – as well as simulcast titles including Beyond the Boundary and Coppelion! If you want to give Animax a try, then why not pop over to their website