I was perusing through some of the recently added tv shows on Hulu the other day (I have Hulu Plus so I can watch on my devices), and noticed that some live action Japanese tv shows have been added for (I believe) the first time.

They seem to be shows also available on the “DramaFever” web site, so let’s hope they catch on and more tv shows become available legally outside of Japan.

I’ll list the shows I’ve found down here and add to it if I see more activity.

In addition to now having the Pokemon and Pokemon Origins shows among tons of other anime:

AKB48 NE-Mouse TV  ”AKB48ネ申テレビ” (Season 1) – which is a variety show starring the ubiquitous AKB48 singing group and hosted by grouchy comedian Hiroiki Ariyoshi.

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You can also find the following dramas:

Future Diary – Another World  “未来日記 Another:World”

future diary More Japanese Shows on Hulu Including Dramas and AKB48

Last Cinderella  “ラスト・シンデレラ”

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Mischievous Kiss  “イタズラなキス Love In Tokyo”

Hours of my Life ”僕のいた時間”

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A Clinic on the Sea  “海の上の診療所”

Switch Girl!!  ”スイッチガール!!”

switch girl More Japanese Shows on Hulu Including Dramas and AKB48

Now, I haven’t seen these yet, but they are in my queue and I’ll be on the lookout for more.

Also, if you are not in the US and looking for a cheap way to access Hulu and american online tv, I recommend trying Hotspot Shield which can also be used on iOS devices and others. Hotspot Shield Elite

One of Hayao Miyazai’s most beloved films, “Kiki’s Delivery service” is set to be released as a live action film in March of 2014.

The original animated version was released in Japan in 1989, and then dubbed and released in the US by Disney in 1997.

It is, simply put, the story of a young witch named Kiki who ventures away from home to spend a year away from home and find her vocation as witch with her best friend, a black cat named Jiji.

The Disney dubbed version features some well known actors including the late, great Phil Hartman as Jiji the cat, Kirsten Dunst as Kiki, and comedian Janeane Garofalo as Ursula a painter who befriends Kiki.

16 year old Fuka Koshiba won the role of Kiki. Kiki’s mother and father will be played by veterans Rie Miyazawa and Michitaka Tsutsui. Machiko Ono will play the bakery owner, and Ryohei Hirota as Tombo.

 

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The first poster released also shows a shot of Jiji her cat and best friend.
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We have yet to see anything more than a teaser trailer that just shows a view of flying over a forest ending with the still shot from the poster above, but there is a web site up at: http://www.majotaku.jp/

The film also has a twitter account at: https://twitter.com/majotakumovie