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Crunchyroll Site Simulcasts PiPoPa, Skip Beat! Anime

posted on 2009-01-10 17:45 EST
Children's virtual reality story, shōjo romantic comedy with English subs this weekend

The Crunchyroll media distribution website has begun streaming episode 40 of the Web Ghost PiPoPa vritual reality anime to its Anime Membership subscribers on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET, which is within an hour of the episode's airing in Japan. The television series began airing in Japan this past April under the name Net Ghost PiPoPa. The series stars Yūta Akigawa, an elementary school boy who lives in a city run entirely by computers. One day, he opens a phone email message that sucks him inside his mobile phone and into "net space." There he meets three mysterious creatures named Pit, Pot, and Pat — PiPoPa for short. The four go on adventures between both the human world and the net world.

Crunchyroll will then stream episodes 13 and 14 of the Skip Beat! shōjo romantic comedy on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The television version of Yoshiki Nakamura's Skip Beat! shōjo manga premiered in Japan in October. The story centers on a teenager named Kyōko who followed her childhood friend Shō to Tokyo as he pursues his show business dreams. Despite playing housekeeper for Shō, Kyōko overhears Shō dismissing her as a boring nobody. Furious, Kyōko vows to also become an actress and "defeat" Shō. Viz Media published the 16th of the 20 current volumes of the original manga in North America this month.

Image © 2008 Net Ghost PiPoPa Committee, TV Tokyo
© Yoshiki Nakamura, Hakusensha/Skip Beat! Production Committee


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