Toei, NEC Offers Online Anime Service in Japan
posted on by Evan Miller
On Tuesday, the Japanese Internet service provider BIGLOBE (pronounced similar to "Big Globe") launched an online anime subscription service with Toei Animation. For 1,554 yen a month (about US$13), subscribers will get unlimited online access to about a thousand television anime episodes.
The subscription program is the result of a partnership between NEC, the company that runs BIGLOBE, and Toei Animation. The service, which is called the "Toei Anime BB Premium Unlimited Viewing Plan," will make episodes from 15 Toei-produced anime available to subscribers each month. On the first of each month, two series will be removed and two new ones will be added. To commemorate the first month the site is in business, certain parts of the service will be available for free until the end of the month.
Many of Toei's most famous anime have been uploaded for subscribers in September. Some noteworthy titles include Fist of the North Star, Sailor Moon, Galaxy Express 999, Digimon Adventure, Ojamajo Doremi and Captain Harlock.
Toei has been offering a similar service on 4th Media, a service provided by Plala Network's FLETS broadband video company, since September 1.