The New York Times has an article in today's paper which gives some insight into how and why mainstream services such as Hulu and Netflix and cable channels look at anime, as anime such as Naruto: Shippuden appears on the most watched list alongside major TV shows such as Glee. Read on for more tidbits from the article.
On October 15th, Netflix added several hundred Asian movies to their streaming service. Among them was the live action adaptation of Kengo Hanazawa's boxing manga Boys on the Run, Seijun Suzuki's Pistol Opera, Yôjirô Takita's When the Last Sword is Drawn, and, for anime lovers, the four InuYasha movies and Bleach: Memories of Nobody. More details after the jump.
Well, that didn't last long. There was a major customer reaction when Netflix raised the price of its plan that combines online streaming and DVD by mail rental, and that outcry grew louder when Netflix decided to split the mail rentals into a separate service called Qwikster. Now, that service is no more. Story after the jump!
Hayao Miyazaki's 2004 Howl's Moving Castle is now streaming on Netflix, the chronologically ordered first four episodes of Rental Magica is on YouTube, and a stack of Sentai Filmworks anime have been added Hulu. Details after the jump.
Netflix Co-Founder and CEO Reed Hastings updated the company blog today to say that they are splitting up the streaming and mail service into two separate companies. If you're excited about renting videogames from a company formerly known as Netflix in the same way you have been renting DVDs, bump this jump!
On the heels of the recent addition of a stack of sci-fi anime, Netflix's streaming service has added a pair of titles that FUNimation recently released on DVD: fantasy comedy Baka and Test and Rideback, the anime adaptation of a mecha manga from alt anthology that offers the distinctive combination of ballet and politics.
The Sentai Filmworks release of Angel Beats is now being offering on Netflix's streaming service. The anime is based on a Key game, but more action oriented than other Key titles like Kanon, Air or Clannad. Check out the details after the jump.
Critics are calling Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins one of the best action movies in years. 1966's The Secret of the Urn is a classic cinema adventure of Tange Sazen, a maimed ronin first introduced in the 1920's who serves as a model for characters likes of Blade of the Immortal's Manji. 1964's Revenge (Adauchi) serves as a rebuttal of over-idealized samurai movies from social realist filmmaker Tadashi Imai. Check out details on the three movies streaming on Netflix after the jump.
In it's yet post at the time of writing, but the classic Star Blazers localization of Space Battle Ship Yamato is listed Netflix "new choices to watch instantly" feed/coming soon. Check out the details on this and more Netflix streaming anime after the jump.
The Korean live action drama adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's Shonen Jump urban action manga City Hunter is now featured on Netflix streaming service. More after the jump.
Netflix's streaming service had added the chambara scratch classic Samurai Champloo and less than classic, but still memorable mecha versus bugs Blue Gender. Hulu has added, or rotated in, a slew of new streaming anime from the highly recommendable Macross Plus to the far less highly regarded Sword for Truth. Details after the jump.
Netflix's streaming service has added the hyperactive comedy Excel Saga, Sgt. Frog, visual novel based Tears to Tiara and Xam'd, a Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist) series with an interesting history. More after the jump.
Netflix's streaming service has added 10 new anime series to its offering, including Hero Tales - based on the manga by Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa, Oh! Edo Rocket - based on a stage play by Gurren Lagann writer Kazuki Nakashima and Moeyo Ken, based on a game with with designs by the legendary Rumiko Takahashi. More after the jump.
Netflix has been a hot topic of late, with everyone sounding off on their rate increases. Putting that aside for a moment, the streaming service has just been added to a much smaller screen, as it's now available on Nintendo 3DS. More after the jump.
English language dubbed episodes of Gonzo Digimation and Keiji Gotoh's Kiddy Grade and the anime adaptation of CLAMP's Chobits, released in North America by FUNimation, are now streaming on Netflix's instant service. More after the jump.