HIDIVE to Stream the Fragtime Anime with Subtitles and a Dub

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin streaming the Fragtime anime on November 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST in Japanese with English subtitles and with the English dub. The anime will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, Scandinavian countries, Spain, and Portugal.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime, and it released Fragtime on home video in August 2020.

Source: ANN

How to Discover Anime

In this day and age of streaming, it’s easier than ever to discover new anime. However, the main thing is knowing what streaming services are available. This post will be focusing on the legal streaming sites that I know exist, and will not include any anime pirate sites. Crunchyroll: This site is by far one of the largest out there that’s devoted to anime. It’s available in a lot of countries, although what titles are available on the service varies depending on what country you live in. Viewers can watch anime on the service for free, but for simulcasts, they are not able to see the most recent episode (simulcast episodes are delayed a week for free users). Also, there are commercials in the streams. However, in order to remove ads and to be able to see the most recent episodes, there are three subscriptions tiers. As of this writing, there is the “Fan” tier that costs $7.99/month, the “Mega Fan” tier that costs $9.99/month, and the “Ultimate Fan” tier that costs $14.99/month. FunimationNow: FUNimation Entertainment has its own streaming service called FunimationNow. Ad-free streams are available to users for $7.99/month. While anime can also be seen for free, access to content is limited and there are also ads included in the streams. Before deciding whether or not to pay the $7.99/month, potential subscribers can try the service with a 14 day free trial. HIDIVE: HIDIVE focuses primarily on anime streams, and it is available to users for $4.99/month. However, there is the ability for potential new subscribers to experience a 30 day free trial before committing. Unfortunately, it appears that unlike Crunchyroll and FunimationNow, Hulu does not provide any way for free users to watch their streams. RetroCrush: This anime streaming site focuses on older titles, hence the name RetroCrush. You can sign up for a RetroCrush Premium account for $4.99/month. There is also a one month free trial available. Users can watch streams for free, but there will be ads included in the streams. Tubi TV: Tubi has a wide range of content, and there are anime titles included in their streaming catalog. No subscription is required to use this service, so viewers can watch the site’s titles for free. The trade-off, though, is that the streams include ads. Netflix: Netflix has a wide array of titles, including anime. While this service has been getting some anime titles as “Netflix exclusives,” there’s usually a delay between when the series is airing in Japan and when Netflix adds these titles internationally. When new titles are added to the service, they put an entire season’s worth of episodes up, which allows viewers to binge watch an entire season or an entire series. As of this writing, there are three subscription tiers for the service: Basic is $8.99/month, Standard is $12.99/month, and Premium is $15.99/month. You have to be a paying member in order to watch anything on the service. Hulu: Hulu also includes more than just anime. As of this writing, Hulu has three plans: “Hulu” is $5.99/month, “Hulu (No Ads)” is $11.99/month, and “Hulu + Live TV” is $54.99/month. A one month free trial is available. The only way to watch anything for free on Hulu is to utilize the one month free trial. Amazon Prime Video: Amazon Prime Video is part of Amazon’s Prime service, and there is also a standalone Prime Video membership. As of this writing, a Prime Video membership costs $8.99/month. An Amazon Prime membership costs $12.99/month. Amazon Prime includes more than just anime. Crackle: Crackle is a service that includes more than just anime. They provide their titles for free and no membership is required, but there are ads included in the streams. Unlike many of the other services mentioned here, you can’t simply search for “anime” to find the anime they have on the service. You have to basically be looking for specific titles. While streaming is the best and easiest way to go about discovering anime, there are still a couple of “old fashioned” ways of discovering anime through physical media. If you have a library or a library system that has DVDs available, there’s a chance you might be able to find an anime title, depending on the library. I’m fortunate enough to live near Seattle, Washington, and have access to the King County Library System. Pre-COVID-19, I could easily place holds on items from other branches in the system and have them delivered to my local branch to check out. Unfortunately, holds are more complicated right now due to the pandemic, so this hasn’t really been a feasible option in recent months. At such a point that this pandemic is under control, it might be worth it for you to see if your local library or local library system has anime DVD releases in its catalog. And for those of you in the U.S. who are insomniacs or just stay up late, there’s Adult Swim’s “Toonami” block on Cartoon Network that runs late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. In more recent years, the block has been starting to get more anime into its lineup that’s more current than what the block used to feature. While you may not be right at the cutting edge of current anime if you watch “Toonami,” it’s still a way to sample anime if you can stay up that late. Of the options, streaming is definitely the easiest way to go about discovering new anime, and for most of the streaming sites, you can access the newest anime coming out of Japan as a simulcast. I may have missed or not thought about some anime streaming sites. If you notice an omission, please let me know in the comments so I can add them to this post. Additional posts about anime:

HIDIVE to Add the OVA for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that HIDIVE will be adding the OVA for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II anime to its service on November 2, 2020. According to the report, the OVA will be available to viewers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Netherlands, Turkey, the Middle East, and Scandinavia.

The first season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? premiered on Japanese television on April 4, 2015. The second season premiered on Japanese television on July 6, 2019. The third and current season just launched on October 2, 2020.

Source: The Fandom Post

HIDIVE to Stream the Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom Anime Film

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin streaming the Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom anime film on October 5, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Spain, and Portugal. The film will stream in Japanese with English and Latin American Spanish subtitles.

Sentai Filmworks screened the film in select theaters in North America in September 2019.

Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom opened in Japanese theaters in June 2019.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE Adds the Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Anime to Its Catalog

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin streaming the Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito) television anime series on September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. The anime will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for home video and digital release. VIZ Media previously licensed the series in 2014 and released it digitally and physically on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America. Media Blasters also previously licensed the series and released it on home video in North American between 2009-2011.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Simulcast the Third Season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin simulcasting the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III anime on October 2, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, Turkey, the Middle East, and Scandinavian countries.

The anime will premiere on Japanese television on October 2, 2020 after a delay from July 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19.

Sentai Filmwoks has licensed the season.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Stream the Uncensored Version of the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? OVA

The Fandom Post is reporting that HIDIVE will begin streaming the uncensored version of the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? OVA on September 24, 2020.

Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? is directed by Hikaru Kaneko with Tear Studio handling the animation production. Kazuhiko Tamura worked on character designs.

Source: The Fandom Post

English Dub of the Wasteful Days of High School Girls Anime to Stream on HIDIVE

The Fandom Post is reporting that HIDIVE will begin streaming the English dub of the Wasteful Days of High School Girls anime on September 19, 2020. The series will be available to viewers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.

Wasteful Days of High School Girls premiered in Japan in Summer 2019. Sentai Filmworks will be releasing the series on Blu-ray on September 22, 2020.

Source: The Fandom Post

FUNimation Entertainment, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE to Stream the ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? OVA

Aniplex of America has announced that the ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? original video anime (OVA), titled Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo ~Ore-tachi no Game Set~, will begin streaming on Crunchyroll, FUNimation Entertainment, and HIDIVE on September 1, 2020.

Crunchyroll will begin streaming the OVA on September 1, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. HIDIVE will begin streaming the anime at the same time in the United States and Canada. FUNimation did not reveal a premiere time or streaming territories. The OVA will stream in Japanese with English subtitles, and it will be listed as episodes 13-15 of the ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? anime series.

The OVA serves as a conclusion to the television anime series of Rakuda and Buriki’s Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo (Are You Really the Only One Who Likes Me) light novel series, and it will ship on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Japan on September 2, 2020. The OVA was originally scheduled for a May 23, 2020 theatrical release in 10 theaters in Japan, but screenings were canceled due to the effects of COVID-19.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Stream the Wicked City Anime With Subtitles and an English Dub

HIDVE has announced that it will begin streaming the Wicked City (Yōjū Toshi) anime film in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub in the United States, Canada, and Mexico on August 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Sentai Filmworks acquired the digital rights to the anime. Discotek Media will release Wicked City on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020

Source: ANN