YouTube Rents More Anime Network, Funimation Videos

posted on 2010-04-22 23:44 EDT
AN posts Glass Mask, Appleseed iPad app; Hulu said to charge for old episodes

The YouTube streaming website has officially launched the full version of its rental store on Thursday. The Anime Network video-on-demand service and the North American distributor Funimation both have videos for rental through the service. Both companies had actually been using the rental service since January.

14 anime series are currently available for rental:

From Funimation

  • Sands of Destruction
  • Darker than Black
  • Heroic Age
  • Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-
  • Shigurui: Death Frenzy

From The Anime Network

  • Destiny of the Shrine Maiden
  • Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
  • Dokkoida
  • Tears to Tiara
  • Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story
  • UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie
  • UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie 2: December Nocturne
  • UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie OVA
  • Burn Up! OVA

Both Funimation and The Anime Network's rentals are listed at US$0.99 per episode. The rental versions of the Funimation videos are currently English-dubbed, but English-subtitled versions of each series are still available in their entirety for free. Funimation is also streaming the first few dubbed episodes of each of its series for free. Similarly, the Anime Network is streaming the first episode of each of its series for free, unless the series is a one- or two-episode OVA.

The Anime Network has also announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the anime series Glass Mask on its website's online player this week. The company noted it will also be streaming the following episodes this week:

  • Clannad episode 9
  • Clannad episode 10
  • Glass Mask episode 1
  • Little Snow Fairy Sugar episode 23
  • Maria Holic episode 12
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena episode 35
  • Special A episode 21
  • Supergals episode 49
  • Tears to Tiara episode 19
  • The Skull Man episode 10
  • To Love-Ru episode 13
  • You're Under Arrest TV Season 1 episode 29
  • Yozakura Quartet episode 3
  • Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao episode 4 (will go live on Friday)

The Anime Network has also announced that it has released its first iPad application: Appleseed Special Edition. The app includes the Appleseed film, wallpapers, clips of each main character and detailed information, character development and back story. The app is available for US$7.99.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper's blog reports that the American video website Hulu plans to test a subscription service as soon as May 24. Under the service, the five newest episodes of certain television series would be made available for free, but for users to watch previous episodes, they must subscribe to a service called Hulu Plus that will cost US$9.95 per month.

Source: Read Write Web

Image © Suzue Miuchi • Hakusensha/MASK OF GLASS Project

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