By distro sites, I’m talking about licensed distribution [stream] sites for Naruto Shippuuden.

Crunchyroll [CR] got permission to stream Naruto Shippuuden legally and for free starting January 8. If you received shinji’s e-mail last December, he impliedly mentioned that streams won’t be made available immediately to free users. Much to the fans dismay, they can only access the free stream 6 days after its airing in Japan. Only those [who have money and] purchased an “Anime Membership” can watch it on the same day it airs in Japan. >.> So don’t get fooled by the title of this ANN article: Naruto Shippuden Available Immediately for Free Viewing on Crunchyroll

Another site got legal license to stream Naruto Shippuuden subbed in English, joost.com. But just like CR, the next episode will be uploaded one week after the episode’s broadcast in Japan. :))

And the streams are not downloadable.

Quoting shinji:

Update 12/10/2008: For people asking whether it’ll be downloadable or not, sorry, it’s streaming only, I couldn’t get permission to do downloads. But the streaming quality is better than download quality, so why download? Image There are concerns about people pirating it and putting it on Bittorrent or whatever. We could also do DRM but I know people don’t like that. Image

I download Naruto Shippuuden episodes for my brother to watch. Now if made to choose between CR’s licensed HD stream and HorribleSubs’ [a fansub group] HD release, why would I pay $5/month for something I can’t download and archive in my computer. Plus, HorribleSubs release is 1080p way better compared to CR’s 720p.  XP

And about this, “But the streaming quality is better than download quality, so why download?” gah, since when did a stream become superior in quality over downloads? and nothing beats MKV’s conveniences — chaptering [enables you to skip annoying repetitive OP’s and ED’s], best quality-file size ratio, etc.

I just hope they don’t use scripts/subs made by fansubbers in their videos. They don’t want people to be laughing at them because they used the free subs by fansubbers they despise for distributing their copyrighted animus, do they? Ahahaha! no, they don’t.

*1 1,678,208 ONE PIECE 50
*2 1,645,128 NANA -ナナ- 19
*3 1,209,551 のだめカンタービレ 20 / Nodame Cantabile 20
*4 1,188,881 NARUTO-ナルト- 43
*5 1,081,575 鋼の錬金術師 19 / Full Metal Alchemist 19
*6 *,874,153 BLEACH-ブリーチ- 34
*7 *,863,240 HUNTER×HUNTER 25
*8 *,815,648 花より男子 37 / Hana yori Dango 37
*9 *,649,089 君に届け 7 / Kimi ni Todoke
10 *,632,495 D.Gray-man 15
11 *,631,968 PLUTO 6
12 *,630,147 バガボンド 28 / Vagabond 28
13 *,626,445 名探偵コナン 61 / Meitantei Conan
14 *,613,934 家庭教師ヒットマン! 20 / Kateikyo Hitman Reborn 20
15 *,534,624 おおきく振りかぶって 10 / Ookiku Furikabutte 10
16 *,529,210 黒執事 4 / Kuroshitsuji 4
17 *,524,031 銀魂-ぎんたま- 24 / Gintama 24
18 *,513,007 桜蘭高校ホスト部 12  / Ouran Koukou Host Club 12
19 *,453,193 リアル 8  / Real 8
20 *,452,793 よつばと! 8 / Yotsuba&! 8
21 *,451,942 ×××HOLiC 13
22 *,432,563 デトロイト・メタル・シティ 5 / Detroit Metal City 5
23 *,428,611 聖☆おにいさん 2 / Sei-Onii-san 2

Yay! Nodame banzai! fu~

The other mangas on the list are expected to be there. gah, naruto, bleach, reborn, d.grayman and one piece. But I was surprised to see Hana Yori Dango in top ten. O.O