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    Anime Review Roundup Update

    Anime on Demand... On Subscription

    I mentioned yesterday that Anime on Demand had been down for the weekend while it shifted to new servers and updated its front end interface. Last night it came back online, and with it a development that was quite dismaying, if not unexpected.

    From the beginning, Anime on Demand has stated its intention to move to a purely subscription model. The initial statement way back when was that episode 1 of each series would be free at an SD level on the site, perhaps one series per season would be streamed in its entirety for free at SD level on the site, and that simulcast episodes would be on Youtube for free for one week only. That was the initial intention.

    However, during its time affiliated with Anime News Network, all of its SD content remained free for all UK viewers, and over the past six or so months, that almost began to feel like the intended business model.

    Well, no more, as Anime On Demand is back, and it's buried behind a paywall, no episode 1s, no single series, and nothing on Youtube.

    Asked about it on Facebook, AoD has stated that...

    We're currently reviewing how free content will work, more likely back in line with what we originally said

    But later on Twitter when asked about free streaming.

    For the full series no, but there'll be more samples etc, just ironing that all out shortly

    As I'm an advocate for the free and legal anime option, I'll have to eventually delete the link to Anime on Demand at the right, but I'll keep an eye open to see what develops.

    UPDATE: Anime on Demand have tweeted that Episode 1 of each series is now viewable by everyone in SD and HD for free, and they're looking further into how to handle free content.

    Catch episode 1 of all shows on Anime on Demand, free of charge without a login now in HD or SD

    If you are considering subscribing, then it may be worth getting in before the pricing model changes next year, and right now Anime on Demand are offering a two week free trial to everyone.

    If on the other hand you are a cheapskate like me, lamenting the loss of a neat try before you buy option for your DVDs, then take solace in this music video...

    It's "Modokashii Sekai no Ue de" by Yui Makino, the second ending theme from Welcome to the NHK, the TV series being released by MVM on January 9th 2012

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