Gonzo to stream shows online simultaneously with airing

From Anime News Network:

The Japanese media company GDH has announced that the YouTube, CrunchyRoll, and BOST online video services will be streaming new titles from GDH’s Gonzo animation studio — worldwide and on the same day as their Japanese broadcast. The video streams, which will be in Japanese with English subtitles, will start with The Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk (pictured at right) and Blassreiter anime series. Druaga premieres on April 4, and Blassreiter premieres on April 5.

All three video services offer their content via streaming, although GDH also mentioned “fee-based download of high-resolution movie files” in its press release. America’s Viz Media offered NTV’s Death Note episodes for download within half a year of their Japanese broadcast, but GDH’s new initiative is the first global, simultaneous streaming of multiple series from a major anime studio. GDH added that its “decision to provide its content globally in parallel with Japanese broadcast is an effort to offer equal accessibility and new viewing opportunities to fans around the world, while at the same time showcasing a legal online alternative to illegal file-sharing and downloading.” GDH also emphasized that these services are for foreign viewers only; the company already has deals in place to stream its content through services within Japan.

Well, this is an interesting development. Legalized anime watching on Youtube makes me happy. Plus, if the price is right, I don’t mind paying for their fee-based downloads, especially if it comes with subtitles as well.

While I can’t say the shows that Gonzo’s pushing out with this initiative catches my attention, but this is a good step forward for all of us, especially if it incites other companies to follow suit.

10 Comments

  1. Chumara Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

    Wow, this really is a major stepping stone. I wonder where this will lead

  2. Fat Cat Lim Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

    It’s a step in the right direction, but my interest for those two shows are kinda low. But since it’s free (I’m reading it that way), I’m willing to check it out. Hopefully more companies will take the initiative as well.

    I’m also curious to see the level of Engrish in the subtitles.

  3. Forceflow Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

    Now this is a positive step. Though how well it’ll turn out is going to be another story all together; crossing my fingers on this one.

    Depending on the quality this could really turn out to be something big. I wonder how the fansubbers are going to react to this news. Are they going to drop Gonzo shows or will they ‘full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes’?

  4. steelbound Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

    Very good news indeed.

    Neither The Tower of Druaga or Blassreiter were on my watch list for the spring but now that Gonzo is trying something like this, I’ll definitely give both a watch now. I wonder if there will be advertising attached to the free streams – if not, I’d be more then willing to watch a couple of commericals if that helps this effort by Gonzo work (though it’s probably difficult to find companies that would advertise worldwide but maybe some system that tailors the commericals to the country from which your watching would work).

    If the subbing is decent, which it should be, I think it will damper the amount of fansubs for these two shows and the amount of people who download them since it sounds like speed-wise they’ll beat all but maybe the very fastest speedsubs and I think the majority of people who watch fansubs would like a legal alternative that has the perks of fansubs without the limitations of watching anime on R1 DVD’s.

  5. FukitsuNaDouki Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

    I think this is how things should have been done.

    And, if you’re wondering who am I, look here.

  6. @Haha Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

    whoo… I like that idea! A stepping to for the anime industry. I won’t mind paying too if the anime is good. If this goes well, i believe we can prepare to watch more higher quality anime.

  7. bakaneko Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

    The difference is no more 2 days delays. However, I have to see the quality of the subtitles first. I don’t want to be overloded [sic] with some weird Japanese Engrish.

  8. arigatou Said,

    March 22, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    The Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk is a must watch anime among those two GONZO produced anime. The director is a big factor of reasons for watching it.

  9. Punktaku Said,

    March 22, 2008 @ 7:21 am

    Wow…. this is an amazing development. Gonzo are big enough to influence the rest of the industry. As long as the subtitles are good I think this is the future of the anime industry.

    Much like the music industry in which more and more bands are streaming whole albums or letting you download it for free.

  10. eiani Said,

    March 27, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    ahaha~

    Gonzo Digimation is behaving like Apple Inc: trying all different methods to sell their products internationally. Well, since Gonzo Digimation is a “Digimation” studio, it’s a no-brainer that they’re going “wireless” like the Macbook Air. Very, very, interesting.

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