San Francisco-based VIZ Media, which specializes in Japanese manga and animated content, has launched VIZ Anime, a free-to-use interactive website and viewing portal for some of the company’s well-known animated series as well as new content, which will be added on a weekly basis.
VIZ Anime kicks off with more than 400 episodes from series such as Bleach, Buso Renkin, Death Note, Hikaru No Go, Honey & Clover, Inuyasha, Inuyasha: The Final Act, Naruto Shippuden and The Prince of Tennis. More series launching this year will be added to the site.
Interactive social networking tools, with the aim of fostering an online community, will allow VIZ Media anime fans to connect and discuss favorite shows and offer ratings and opinions of various episodes. New functionalities will be added regularly. Users will also be able to follow as many series as they like and choose to be notified each time a new episode is released, as well as keep track of the last episode they’ve watched.