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Yowamushi Pedal Season 3 to begin airing on January 1st, 2017

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The airing date of the third season of “Yowamushi Pedal” was announced on the main website.

The first episode of the third season will begin airing on January 1st, 2017.

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Meanwhile, NAMCO will have a grand opening of the Yowamushi Pedal cafe titled “Cyclist Cafe & Bar: Sideroad” (as part of CHARACRO) in Akihabara on May 27th.

“Love Live! The School Idol Movie” and “Shirobako” take top honors at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2016

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Congratulations to Grand Prix Winners -at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival. For movie – Love Live! The School Idol Movie and for TV Series: Shirobako.

“Gintama” takes home the “Anime Fans Award”.

2015 Anime Viewership study

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Anime! Anime! recently released their 2015 study of anime viewers and where most people tend to watch their anime.

The majority of people tend to watch their anime via free delivery service as expected but it also shows how the percentage of those who prefer to watch via a paid service.

Also, a comparison of those who watch their anime via Blu-ray/DVD rental.

Nico Nico Douga was the most popular online site to view anime, followed by YouTube and third was GyaO.

More teens viewed anime watching on YouTube (Nico Nico Douga – 33.8% versus 36.2% on YouTube), while those in their 20’s preferred to watch on Nico Nico Douga (59.5% on Nico Nico Douga vs. 13.5% on YouTube).

As for paid service, D Anime Store and Bandai Channel did very well but there is an age difference as most Bandai Channel viewers were older and D Anime Store were younger.  Also, the subscription price for both services come into play as D Anime Store has a monthly fee of 420 yen, while Bandai Channel charges 1080 yen.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu are starting to make their presence known as Amazon Prime charges 3900 yen per year.

As for viewing on a video game console, majority of the people watch on their PS3/PS4 (27.3%), Wii/Wii U (16.3%) and XBox 360/One (1.5%).

Studio Ghibli’s new animated film “Omoide no Marnie” (When Marnie Was There) announced

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Studio Ghibli has announced their new animated film slated for 2014 “Omoide no Marnie” (When Marnie Was There) based on the modern classic by Joan G. Robinson.  The film will be directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa, director of “The Secret World of Arrietty”.

Click here to visit the website for “Omoide no Marnie”

“K” will be released on Blu-ray/DVD combo in the US on Feb. 25th (2014)

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Fans of the anime series “K” will be thrilled to know that Viz Media will be releasing a special limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo of “K” on Feb. 25, 2014.

According to Viz Media:

An extensive collection of bonus material makes this K release a must-see for anime fans. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will come packaged in a luxurious collectible specialty print chipboard box holding the art booklet and disc case. Limited Edition combo pack extra features include: VIZ Presents an Interview with KANAME☆, an insightful segment with one of Japan’s most popular professional cosplayers during his first-ever U.S. guest appearance to celebrate the debut of K at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in 2013; a KANAME☆ as Fushimi Photo Gallery; special K Day Events and convention highlights from Anime Expo including the VIZ Media K panel with cast, staff and special guests; exclusive English cast and crew interviews; the series’ original Japanese and English trailers; and clean opening and ending segments (with English translated and subtitled options), next episode previews and more.