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The media provider SimulTV announced on Thursday that it has launched a new social anime video-on-demand streaming service. The "social TV everywhere" service will allow viewers to stream anime on "any web-enabled device." The service will feature a built-in voice, video, and text chat function, will have an online search bar embedded on the viewing screen, and users can also use Twitter and Facebook on the same screen while watching the shows. Users can also add other apps as plug-ins, such as Gmail, Yahoo, or LinkedIn.
The service will stream the children's sci-fi adventure CG anime film Happening Star, and will also stream Blue Exorcist, Durarara!!, and Fate/Zero. SimulTV noted it will expand its library to include more than 500 episodes of 40 anime titles. The episodes will be available for US$0.99-US$2.99 each. SimulTV also features subscription packages that range from US$5 to US$20 per month. SimulTV's subscription package allows users to watch 37 cable TV channels as well as other non-anime video-on-demand titles. SimulTV will also allow users to buy DVDs of select anime series directly from their viewing screen.
SimulTV will also livestream events from this year's Anime Expo, including industry panels, performances by Cell, Kaya, and Moonstream, the opening and closing ceremonies, and fashion shows. Anime Expo will be held from July 4-7 in Los Angeles. Those who purchase a subscription during Anime Expo either online or by using a QR code in the SimulTV screening room in room 405 at the convention, will receive a free 14-day subscription.
For a few months the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum located in Hyogo prefecture will play host to Macross: the Museum! This exhibition will go from June 28th until October 28th and features a full sized VF-1 cockpit (designed and overseen by Hidetaka Tenjin), a ton of artwork on display, and even a large sampling of Valkyrie toys set up like museum pieces. Attendees can also buy all kinds of event exclusive products like Macross CANcho cans with artwork of the three main captains (kancho) from Macross. Patrons can even enjoy lots of Macross themed food! For more information and pictures check out Gwyn Campbell's article at Macrossworld