It has been two years since this column began. Since then series have been re-commissioned and other have been made viewable elsewhere. This column is a quick list of updated information.
For anyone who failed to realise, the article on Feline & Lupine (No. 100) was an April Fool. No such series ever existed, even in pre-production. The drawing used to illustrate the image was created by Peruvian artist Bokuman, and the two characters in the picture are actually based on my actual transgender American lover Jason (not his real name) and myself. The outfit Jason is wearing (see the colour picture) is one he actually has, made by French fashion label Kiss Me Kill Me. The outfit my character is wearing is my own attempt to create a male version of an outfit in the Kiss Me Kill Me style (sadly they only really have women’s clothes at the moment). Thanks to everyone who helped me create this hoax.
Here is a full list of series re-commissions either yet to be aired or new to the column. This section ignores serial series that always have new episodes made, normally every week.
- Junjo Romantica (No. 5) – A third series will be aired in July.
- Attack on Titan (No. 11) – Two compilation films have been made. The first, Crimson Bow and Arrow was released in Japan in November 2014. The second, Wings of Freedom, is schedule for release in June 2015. A two-part prequel OVA (Original Video Anime) called No Regrets began in December 2014, with the second part to be released later this April. A live-action Japanese film is also in production, scheduled to be released in two parts, in August and September 2015.
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (No. 14) – A new spin-off anime called The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan begins on 3rd April, but it looks like it will not be legally streamed in the UK.
- Free! –Iwatobi Swim Club (No. 17) – Following a successful second series last year, a new prequel film entitled High Speed! – Free! – Starting Days is to be released in Japan in December 2015.
- Hetalia: Axis Powers (No. 26) – A sixth online season has been commissioned.
- Strike Witches (No. 72) – A three part OVA is in production, which started in September 2014 and will finish in May 2015. A third season has been commissioned.
- Girls und Panzer (No. 81) – A new movie will be released in November 2015.
- Lupin III (No. 90) – A new TV series starts this April.
There are plenty of anime currently available via online streaming in the UK. Here are the main websites. Please note that these website might not stream all the episodes and some series are split over more than one website.
- Crunchyroll: currently streaming at least some episodes of Black Butler (No. 10), Attack on Titan (No. 11), Bleach (No. 15), Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (No. 17), Sword Art Online (No. 34), Durarara!! (No. 48), Fairy Tail (No. 52), BTOOOM! (No. 54), Cuticle Detective Inaba (No. 65), DRAMAtical Murder (No. 66), Humanity Has Declined (No. 71), No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular! (No. 85), Love Stage!! (No. 87), Yu-Gi-Oh! (No. 88), Cardfight!! Vanguard (No. 89), Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (No. 94), Naruto (No. 95) and Moyashimon (No. 98).
- Animax: currently streaming at least some episodes of Death Note (No. 8), Bakuman (No. 9), Bleach (No. 15), Code Geass (No. 22), Black Lagoon (No. 32), Durarara!! (No. 48), Fairy Tail (No. 52), Magi (No. 67) and Vampire Knight (No. 75).
- Netflix: currently streaming at least some episodes of Death Note (No. 8), Black Butler (No. 10), Attack on Titan (No. 11), Fullmetal Alchemist (No. 13), Pokemon (No. 25), Sword Art Online (No. 34), Gurren Lagann (No. 50), Fairy Tail (No. 52), Robotech (No. 64), Vampire Knight (No. 75), Blue Exorcist (No. 77), Kill la Kill (No. 80), Ghost in the Shell (No. 83), Yu-Gi-Oh! (No. 88) and Blood Lad (No. 92).
- YouTube: You can find legal streaming channels for Manga Entertainment and Funimation. There you can find UK legal streaming for at least some episodes of Astro Boy (No. 1), Ouran High School Host Club (No. 3), Junjo Romantica (No. 5), Fullmetal Alchemist (No. 13), Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (No. 17), Martian Successor Nadesico (No. 23), Hetalia: Axis Powers (No. 26), The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (No. 30), Aria (No. 35), Strike Witches (No. 72), Baka and Test (No. 78) and Ghost in the Shell (No. 83).
- Other: The latest (but only the very latest) episodes of the latest adaptation of Sailor Moon (No. 63) can be streamed legally on NicoNico.