Freddie Wong battles Katy Perry for Super Bowl halftime audience

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During Sunday’s Super Bowl, millions of eyes will be glued to television screens watching Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz perform during the halftime show. But YouTube is making a play for some of those eyes with its own, live streaming halftime show, featuring some of the biggest names online.

The live stream, the company said on its blog, will include more than 20 YouTube stars. The show will entertain viewers with fake Super Bowl ads, musical numbers and stunts, according to Bloomberg.

Among the stars recruited by YouTube is Freddie Wong, the man behind the hit show “Video Game High School,” (VGHS) which Variety named as the best web series of 2013. Wong co-founded RocketJump, the production company that makes the series. RocketJump has clocked more than 1 billion views and 7 million subscribers through its YouTube channel. VGHS is also available through Netflix.

Forbes recently named Wong as one of Hollywood & Entertainment’s 30 Under 30, joining the ranks of Blake Lively, Zac Efron, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson. Another honoree from the publication’s list, Harley Morenstein, co-founder of web show EpicMealTime, will host the YouTube halftime show.

Just last week, Hulu announced that it will team up with Lionsgate, Wong, and the rest of his team for an original comedy series. The weekly 30-minute shows will give a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of a RocketJump video. While the release date has yet to be announced, curious fans will just have to catch Wong online during the Super Bowl for now.


Watch Jiro dream of sushi with Hulu’s latest movie additions


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Hulu is building up its fledgling collection of art house movies this weekend with a deal to offer Magnolia Pictures’ catalog. The team-up lets both regular and Hulu Plus viewers watch a slew of full-length features that might have slipped under the radar, such as Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall’s swords-and-sandals flick Centurion. The near future should bring a host of well-known (if not always popular) titles like Jiro Dreams of Sushi13 Assassins and Freakonomics.

This isn’t a huge expansion of Hulu’s library, but it may be just the ticket if you’re eager to catch up on more than just TV this weekend.


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Hulu sells its Japan operations to a local broadcaster, licenses brand name and tech


Hulu jumped into overseas expansion of subscription video streaming services around the same time as its competitors Netflix and Amazon, but now it’s taking a step back. New CEO Mike Hopkins announced one of his first big moves in a blog post, revealing that Hulu Japan has been sold to Nippon TV, one of the top TV networks in the country.

In Japan the Hulu Plus-style approach has been the only one offered, with a pay subscription opening up access to a mix of local and imported-from-the-US programming, including HBO. According to Hopkins, not a lot should change for subscribers. While Nippon TV will take over day-to-day operations and expand the content available with some of its own stuff, Hulu is licensing its brand and technology to the company.

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Psychological anime thriller “K” now available for a limited time on Hulu


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VIZ Media has announced a special limited run of thee psychological thriller “K” on the free, ad-supported Hulu video streaming service and the Hulu Plus subscription service for a limited time only.

The anime series K introduces fans to Shiro, an easygoing teenager content with just being a student –  until  his  seemingly  perfect life  is  suddenly  halted  when  a  bloodthirsty  clan, glowing red with fire, attempts to kill him in the streets. Unbeknownst to Shiro, he issuspected of murdering a member of their clan and will need a miracle to escapetheir vengeance. Miraculously, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami swings in andaids Shiro in his getaway, only to reveal afterward he is also after Shiro’s life. Now a hunted  man,  Shiro will  have  to  evade  the  clans  of  seven  powerful  kings  and desperately try to prove his innocence – before it’s too late!

The complete 13 episode run about a psychic war between seven kings is presented with dubbed English dialogue and will run until Wednesday, January 15th. Visit for complete details.

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The Five Anime of Fall 2013 You Should Be Watching

Kill la Kill


Currently at: Episode 7 (of 25)

Genre: Comedy, Fighting, Magical Girl

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: Searching for the person who killed her father, Ryuko enters a high school where the student council rules with an iron fist thanks to their superpower-granting uniforms. Armed with a superpowered uniform of her own, Ryuko must fight her way through the student body and defeat the student council president—the one person who knows the identity of her father’s killer.

Why You Should Watch It: If you’ve seen Gurren Lagann or Panty & Stocking, you know what you are in for with Kill la Kill. On one hand, it’s a slapstick comedy, mocking everything from the Japanese school system to fanservice in anime. On the other hand, it’s a series that embraces over-the-top action and uses it to take a magical girl anime to its most absurd extremes. Add in an amazing original soundtrack and it becomes a crazy ride that is just fun to watch.

Watch It If You Liked: Gurren LagannPanty & Stocking with Garterbelt.

Where You Can Watch It: CrunchyrollDaisukiHuluAniplex, b (UK)

Beyond the Boundary


Currently at: Episode 7 (of 13)

Genre: Modern Fantasy, Fighting, Romance

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: There is a world hidden within our own—one filled with supernatural creatures and the spirit warriors who battle those who get out of control. When Mirai, an outcast blood-bender, arrives in town in search of vengeance, she reluctantly befriends an immortal half-human—an act that changes her life forever.

Why You Should Watch It: Beyond the Boundary is the story of two outcasts finding true friendship for the first time in their lives. It deals with what it’s like simply to be born different and to be ostracized for it. But as interesting as their budding friendship is, it’s the setting that is the star of the show. Beyond the Boundary builds a compelling modern fantasy world by throwing you right into the middle of it—it forces you to figure out the rules of this supernatural world by watching the characters’ interactions instead of overloading you with exposition. And as it’s topped off with some of the most beautiful-looking animation this season, it’s definitely one to watch.

Watch It If You Liked: Red Data Girl

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll, Hulu

Nagi no Asukara


Currently at: Episode 7 (of 26)

Genre: Coming of Age, Modern Fantasy, Romance

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: There are two towns that border the ocean: one above the waves and one below. As the population of the underwater town begins to wane, their middle school is forced to close—causing the four remaining sea-human students to attend school on dry land.

Why You Should Watch It: While set in a fantasy world where some humans live underwater, Nagi no Asukara is an anime that tells a universal story: It’s about growing up. The kids in the story try to cope with the awakening of new emotions, all while learning the greater implications of how the world of adults actually works. On another level, it’s a story about racism and segregation and how the two perpetuate each other. It also gives insight into the problems stemming from a low birthrate and the gradual extinction of a native people. All in all, it’s a series that uses a personal story to which we can all relate to explore societal problems.

Watch It If You Liked: Anohana: The Flower We Saw That DayGargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll

My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy


Currently at: Episode 6 (of 10)

Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Romance

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: Normal high schooler Kanade finds himself under a devilish curse. Randomly, throughout his day, he is confronted with a series of multiple choice questions where he is forced to pick an option and then carry it out. Of course, the possible choices are never good and range from the embarrassing to the downright perverted—and they are completely ruining his life in hilarious ways.

Why You Should Watch It: Simply put, this anime is funny as hell. What makes it great is that it is full of layered humor. The first layer is the obvious joke—the absurd choice he has to make and then the awkward humor as he enacts it. The second layer of humor is how the people around him react in ways you would never expect. This makes nearly every scene doubly funny. And thanks to its crazy premise, you never quite know where it’s heading next.

Watch It If You Liked: Henneko – The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony CatBruce Almighty,Bedazzled 

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll

Arpeggio of Blue Steel


Currently at: Episode 6 (of 12)

Genre: Science Fiction, Military

Non-Spoiler Plot Summary: One day, a fleet of mysterious AI-controlled ships appeared in the Earth’s oceans and drove mankind from the sea. Now, seven years later, a former naval cadet finds himself the captain of one of these mysterious ships and wages a one ship war against the others to retake the seas.

Why You Should Watch It: Arpeggio of Blue Steel is a classic one-ship-against-the-world-style naval adventure with a sci-fi twist. It also has a great mystery: where did this nearly invincible fleet come from and why have they not only forced mankind off of the ocean but also destroyed all our satellites as well?

Beyond that, this is also the story about the evolution of AI as some of the ships have created a human-looking avatar for themselves in an attempt to understand humans (and thus retain an edge over them). Of course, this has countless interesting implications as the ships begin to experience humanity on a personal level.

Watch It If You Liked: Yamato 2199The Hunt for Red OctoberGene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll

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