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December 15, 2012

NHK Radio Show Lists Top 10 Anime Heroine Finalists

NHK's Shibuya Anime Land radio show announced on Friday the 10 finalists who will compete to be crowned the number one anime heroine in the past 50 years.



Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura)


Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)

Haruka Amami (The IDOLM@STER)

Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)

Yui Hirasawa (K-ON!)


The poll celebrates the half century since the premiere of Japan's first major broadcast of anime with the airing of Mighty Atom (Astro Boy). Fans voted for their favorite heroines to create this finalist list. These 10 will then compete for the top honor in a live radio show on January 2.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, ANN

Major Google+ app update launches, including new photo + event features

Android Central Android Central Android Central
Google's been on a roll with software and feature updates this past week or so. Today's update of Google+ for Android brings more changes and awaited updates. Highlights in this release include new photo features, including better Photo sphere support, and integration with the newly-launched G+ Communities feature.

The new Google+ app will land later today, along with new features for the desktop version of Google's social network.
  • New photo stuff -- Instant upload now offers up to 5GB of  full-sized photo backups. Photo sphere panoramas recorded on Android 4.2 can be viewed on devices running Android 2.2 or higher.
  • Events and communities -- Communities support for the mobile app. And it's now possible to send messages to individual event guests and see who's opened invitations.
  • Hangouts -- Now only 150kb of bandwidth is required to participate in a hangout.
  • General improvements -- The ability to edit your profile on-the-go, new "subtle" notices when new posts arrive, and improvements to the posting menu. 
  • Google Now integration -- Birthday notifications through cards on Google Now, including G+ links to wish the person a happy birthday.
  • Other goodies -- Animated GIF support and a lock screen widget for Android 4.2. Also, new "mood" posts based around a gallery of emoticons.

How many anime series have you watched?

I asked the Anime community on Google+ yesterday again with another question and this time is was 'How many anime series have you watched?'

Here were the options:
A. 0 - 49
B. 50 - 99
C. 100 - 999
D. 1000 - 8999
E. OVER 9000!!!

Obviously though, the last option is just there for laughs and I don't think anyone would have watched that much anime. Most people were in the C category with A being the next popular option.

How many anime series have you watched?