Asian Drama Streaming Updates – July 14, 2015
Welcome to the updates of streaming Asian dramas, movies, and anime with English subtitles for the week of July 14, 2015.
Crunchyroll continues to add to it’s summer lineup. Now added or coming soon is Million Doll (a young girl with a special ability to make idols famous by blogging about them decides to make Fukuoka-based idol group Iotrio a success no matter what), Himouto! Umaru-chan (Umaru is seen as the perfect sister who is kind, intelligent, popular, but in the privacy of her own home she’s a lazy slob who leaves all the work for her brother), SCHOOL-LIVE! (4 school girls and their adviser find themselves to be the sole survivors of a zombie attack and must try their best to survive at their school), Danchigai (Based on a four-panel manga, this anime follows Nakano Haruki who lives with his four sisters in the same apartment complex), My Wife is the Student Council President (based on the ero-comedy manga by Nakata Yumi, this anime follows Izumi Hayato who dreams of becoming class president only to lose out to Wakana Ui who shows up unexpectedly claiming to be his bride), and Japanese drama Ultraman X.
Whether you’re up in arms like some Asian drama fans or if you can care less like me, DramaFever has added a small lineup of British dramas. Now available is the always awesome Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle version of Pride and Prejudice, Dickens’s Little Dorrit, the somewhat interesting Miss Austen Regrets (a telling of Jane Austen’s life as drawn from her own letters and diaries), and Upstairs Downstairs. Oh, and Tess of D’Urbervilles. I’ve only watched P&P and Miss Austen Regrets. I’ve read lots of Dickens’ novels, but never Little Dorrit and I’ve never watched or read Tess of the D’Urbervilles which is kind of funny considering I studied English. Of course, I left my English literature education incomplete by studying nothing after the reformation of the what…1600s… From what I can tell, no new Asian dramas or movies, but they continue adding new episodes of their simulcasts and newly added dramas.
Hulu has added some new anime. Quite a few actually. And…why am I excited about this? I had no idea they made an anime adaptation of a beloved manga series, so I’m kind of excited to give it a try. Now available is Gangsta about two men who somehow manage to juggle working for bot the mafia and the police; Hetalia: The World Twinkle (continuing the Hetalia story); Zatchbell! (Every thousand years mamodo descend to earth to conduct the ultimate battle to choose their king. Each mamodo needs to be paired with a human to perform their powerful spells); Snow White with the Red Hair (based on a manga, this anime follows a young pharmacist with red hair who flees from her country’s prince to a neighboring kingdom where she garners the friendship and interest of a prince there); Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace (a series of murders at a middle school attracts a genius detective and a student volunteers to help his investigation); Overload (a popular MMORPG is about to go offline for good, but veteran player Momonga refuses to log off and decides to use his skills to become the new overlord of the game); Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (phew, what a title!); Castle Town Dandelion (Akane competes against her 8 siblings for the throne while being monitored by cameras 24/7); Chaos Dragon (the constant warring of two countries sends a guardian god spiraling out of control so a small group of heroes rise to save the day); Aquarion Logos (a new series inspired by the classic mecha series of the 70s & 80s); Bikini Warriors…enough said; and finally Seiyu’s Life! (based on a manga by a popular voice actress and the creator of Hayate the Combat Butler, the story follows the strange little happenings in the voice acting industry).
Now on to Netflix! They have added no new Asian movies or dramas. That’s rather rare. Well, not the drama part, but the movie part. Also adding nothing new is Soompi TV (another non-surprise there).
In case you’ve forgotten, KBS World TV does stream variety shows and Asian dramas (mostly weekend or dailies). They currently are streaming new episodes of Save the Family (starring Jae Hee), House of Bluebird, Love on a Rooftop, and Cheer Up, Mr. Kim! (starring Shinhwa’s Kim Dong Wan). Also, don’t forget to check out their streaming variety shows, music programs, completed dramas, and drama specials.