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Posted 1/21/12
I haven't visited Hulu in quite some time. I just always thought it had all of the same shows as the other legal sites...Although I do remember watching InuYasha on Hulu.

I'm watching some unlicensed stuff at the moment, but I am definitely going to look at their selection again.
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Posted 1/22/12
It does but that's the thing. It gets its content from pretty much everybody and in both languages. Whereas with Netflix you get a lot of stuff but usually only in English and with Funimation you obviously only get their titles. Though, some of their shows can go away because they do have to deal with all the distributors, so when one wants to release something on DVD they will probably take it down (but some can come back for streaming e.i. FMA: Brotherhood).

I really would love for older catalog shows to be licensed by someone and/or put on the internet legally through various streaming sites (Higurashi, Cowboy Bebop, Rurouni Kenshin, whatever). I would seriously pay at least $50 a month to watch older shows whenever as much as I want, in good quality, through official channels like Viz, Funimation or Sentai. Essentially Hulu but with a huge amount of older shows with equal consideration to dub and sub preferences.

It's quite a task for all that to happen but that really is what the future of anime viewing should be. The anime industry, like other similar industries, has gotten screwed for at least a decade in that most of their audience can watch stuff online for free. So why wouldn't they take a chance on bringing as much material online through proper mediums. Sadly, at the moment, it's still just a pipe dream!
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Posted 1/30/12
I'm with you on that...Especially Sentai-licensed shows....They have some really good series but not much streaming. And the out of print stuff from all the companies, like the Please Save My Earth OVA and aforementioned Higurashi. I would love to legally watch that. The DVDs are so ridiculously priced.

I think that the first way the industry can get it's act together is better pricing. Hey, I'm not asking for 10 DVDs for a dollar, but 12 episodes on 2 DVDs (of an old anime) for 60 dollars is just plain ridiculous.

Funimation is definitely taking a step in the right direction, though. They have almost their whole catalog streaming, and are quickly licensing series these days. Just what I want to see! Plus, the reasonably-priced "SAVE" DVDs aren't half bad, either!

- end rant -

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Posted 1/30/12
There are some distributors who are, like you said, moving in the right direction. Funimation being one of them. I always liked Bandai's releases too but I read a while back that they will stop distributing new titles.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-01-02/bandai-entertainment-to-stop-releasing-new-dvds-bds-manga
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Yeah, I saw that link before. It's kind of disappointing :/

At least they're not blaming it on fansubs....
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