ok, Crustyroll got it again.

but you won’t get your shitty streams unless you pay me bucks. –love, shinji

still, only in hell will I pay for lossy shitty streams. lol same goes for Naruto streams.

quoting the ANN article:

The Crunchyroll media distribution website has announced that it will simulcast Gonzo’s Shangri-La science-fiction anime and Aniplex’s La Corda D’Oro ~secondo passo~ high school music anime series to its Anime Membership subscribers within an hour of each episode’s Japanese airing this spring. Shangri-La will premiere on April 6, while the first television special for La Corda D’Oro ~secondo passo~ will premiere on March 26.

The Shangri-La anime adapts Eiichi Ikegami’s novel about what happens to Tokyo when global warming turns the city into a tropical city in the middle of the 21st century. To reduce the temperature at the heart of the city by 5°C (9°F), the city is being reborn as the world’s largest forest city. However, despite the flow of refugees to the new city of Atlas, there are not many residents who can actually live in this sanctuary for the elite. Moreover, anti-government guerillas are attempting to stop the forestation. An English version of the official Japanese website for the anime has launched this week. The staff includes director Makoto Bessho (Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Armitage: Dual-Matrix), series script supervisor Hiroshi Ohnogi (Arjuna, Noein – to your other self), and character designer Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Last Exile).

Crunchyroll will also begin streaming the first La Corda D’Oro anime series, La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~, on March 20. Both La Corda D’Oro anime adapt KOEI’s female-oriented romance simulation game franchise of the same name. Their stories center on a girl named Kahoko who receives a magical violin to compete in her academy’s elite music program with a bevy of handsome males. Viz Media will publish the 10th volume of Yuki Kure’s manga version of La Corda D’Oro in North America next month.

Crunchyroll will mark the back-to-back airing of two Naruto Shippūden episodes on March 26 by streaming the first of the two episodes, episode 101, for free within an hour of its Japanese airing. There will be no new episode of Naruto Shippūden this week in Japan or on Crunchyroll due to a pre-emption.


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.