Here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:
*Crunchyroll has announced that they will be releasing anime through downloads on Microsoft's Zune Marketplace. The videos available at the Zune Marketplace can be played back on Windows-based personal computers, Xbox 360 game consoles, and Zune HD mobile devices. Crunchyroll's initial offerings include The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Yoku Wakaru Gendai Maho, and Giant Killing.
*Crunchyroll has announced that the website will "exclusively" stream the Strike Witches 2 anime series within one day of each episode's premiere. Crunchyroll's streaming began on Wednesday, July 7, at 4:00 p.m. PDT. The simulcast will stream to Premium Subscription members in high definition on the same day as the Japanese broadcast, and will be available for free in standard definition one week later. The simulcast will be available in the United States and the rest of North America, South America, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, the Middle East, and Africa.
*Crunchyroll announced they will launch a simulcast of the anime series, Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells From the Sky. The simulcast will be available worldwide, except in Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. The series is an adaptation of a light novel series about an ordinary high school boy that meets an alien catgirl who needs protection from a mysterious government agency.
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Since the last newsletter, I made a change to the subject areas for the Anime site. I changed the "Anime Book and Soundtrack Reviews" section to simply "Anime Book Reviews." The soundtracks that had been included in this section are now included in other sections of the site. You can now find the reviews of Chobits 001 and 002, Eufonius' "Idea" single, the Noein: To Your Other Self soundtracks, Solua's "Yoake no Ashioto" single, and The Animatrix soundtrack in the "Current Anime" section of the site. The Voltron soundtrack was moved to the "Classic Anime" section of the Anime site. Daft Punk's Discovery album was moved to the "Space Battleship Yamato and Related" section of the site (since this is where the review for Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem is located).
This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is an overview article for the anime series, Golgo 13. The second is a review of Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel. I also added words from Golgo 13 to the list for the Anime word games on the site.
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This is either a very interesting move on Crunchyroll's part or a desperate one by Microsoft to get the much sought-after Otaku audience that Sony retains strongly.
The Zune Marketplace is essentially dead, which is why it is becoming a more unified front and changing names. They need the otaku audience since they don't get that many Japanese games (the ones true crazy fans love to death).
7 years, 7 months ago
why would you buy individual episodes of anime from the zune marketplace when a crunchyroll membership would cost roughly the same as buying 3 episodes each month (2 if you buy a year at a time)
I guess some people will just be excited to find haruhi in the zune store :/
7 years, 7 months ago
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