Sunday, October 28, 2012

After Hours Weekly News

First thing this week on After Hours Weekly News…


Everyone here at Midnight Anime Radio wishes you a happy (and safe) Halloween!

Sword Art Online PSP

This week, Namco Bandai announced that they would be releasing a special edition PSP of Sword Art Online that includes a bunch of goodies. First of all, it includes a soundtrack CD, a special booklet, a custom (and very sweet) PSP themed skin and some special content DVDs. This PSP is scheduled to hit Japanese stores on March 14th. The special edition PSP is going for 9,980 yen (about $125) and the standard for 6,280 yen (around $78). If you would like to pre-order one now you can head over to AmiAmi.

FUNimation and Xbox Video Team Up

Yesterday (Oct 26, 2012), Microsoft launched its new operating system Windows 8 and also announced that it would be partnering up with FUNimation to sell certain anime at a discounted price on their new platform called Xbox Video. FUNimation will be selling the first six episodes of Dragon Ball Z season one and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood season one at a discounted price until the end of January; around 50 percent off! Also, Xbox Live/ Windows 8 consumers will be able to download episode one of Samurai Champloo and FLCL for free.

Windows 8 also hit Japan this past week and many people lined up to buy it. One difference is that in Japan, the new operating system has its own anime girls! Here are some photos from Akihabara, Japan during the launch party.

Source: Scott Green

Massaki Yuasa’s Kick-Heart Anime Hits Fundraising Goal

In our previous podcast, we talked a little bit about this fundraiser that Production I.G/Masaaki Yuasa had organized and this week they were able to reach their main goal! The project also added new stretch goals on Wednesday and will add new features/content if they reach these goals. There’s only a few days left so if you have a chance you should check out their project and maybe consider donating!
Also, a Japanese/Thai  IT company Goopa launched a preview of their new crowd funding service Anipipo this week. This is somewhat like the website KickStarter but only focused on funding animated projects. This might lead to a new era where people are funding these anime projects instead of people that are only focused on making money.

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