Since we unfortunately don’t have any direct Japanese sources, and our Japanese is passable, but not quite good enough for us to be active on Japanese news forums and boards, we’re reliant on compiling our information based on personal experience based on Japanese media we’ve consumed as well as some dedicated websites that are focused on all things Japanese. Here are some of the resources we rely on:
Before Netflix was a thing, anime lovers had Crunchyroll. A website that streams anime and hosts manga, one thing that really sets Crunchyroll apart is that unlike other streaming sites and manga hosting sites that do so without licensing or permission, Crunchyroll obtains the rights to the anime and manga that they host on their site.
This is significant because it means that the artists and the studios behind the anime and manga we love are getting the support and compensation they need unlike pirated sources that distribute the material without compensating the owners. If we want to keep anime and manga alive, supporting the sources is a definite must. For most people in the west, Crunchyroll is the best way to do this.
Anime Web Turnpike
Probably the oldest anime fansite still online, the Anime Web Turnpike, or AniPike as it’s fondly known, was one of the first gateways that most people outside Japan had to anime and Japanese merchandise and culture. Most of the older fans of anime will often have fond recollections of the website and how it changed their view of anime forever.
The site has some ups and downs, being offline from time to time, but it still maintains a relatively active news feed. While rendered obsolete by the better search engines we have available to us today, it’s still worth visiting for the links to fansites and some of the more obscure anime sites, especially from the 90s and early 2000s.
In addition to these sources, we’ve found that one of the best sources for information is other fans of Japan and its culture. With that in mind, we’d like to invite you to consider submitting an article to us about your favorite aspects of Japanese entertainment and consumer culture. Alternatively, you can contact us to request articles that you feel need t be covered on our website.
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