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Ryu’s Site Review – Animax TV UK

Posted on March 1st, 2014 by Ryu Sheng | 1 Comment


Animax is one of the largest streaming sites around, rivalling Crunchyroll. For the longest time they were in separate rings though, Crunchy taking the west and Animax the east. Over the past few years however Animax have been spreading westwards, though without much fanfare. The problem they faced was the hold that Crunchyroll has on the anime streaming in the west. Crunchyroll however is heavily focused on America, with Europe being a back hander. this has lead to a lot of disgruntled European fans who would like to support legal avenues of watching anime, but are forced to fan subs because there’s no legal option available.

Yes there are several other anime streaming sites in Europe, but most of those tend to just be re-skinned Crunchyroll, sub licensing for showing in Europe.

Animax, who joined forces with Sony sought to bridge that gap, which they did; sort of.

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Site Review – Taking a look at CrunchyRoll

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |


So, for the one person out there who doesn’t know, CrunchyRoll (CR) is digital distribution for online anime. They legally host anime and TV Shows from Japan and Korea, and quite a few simultaneous casts, as in anime that’s available at the same time on CR as it is in Japan. The aim of this was to stop the fansubs of those shows.

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Site Review: Taking a peek at the new

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |

I’ve put off looking at the new eManga site both because it launched just before Christmas and the new year, which is family time. But also because i wanted to give them time to fix anything that may  have gone wrong.

I think it’s safe to do it now, so here we are. I’ll be up front and warn you now, I’m biased as hell when it comes to DMP, they’re probably my favourite publisher these days. And while I’ve been disappointed with the way they’ve handled their kindle editions, overall i have a very high opinion of them. So yeah, expect a lot of gushing praise, though it is deserved Open-mouthed smile

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Digital Manga Publishing goes Print on Demand….sorta

Posted on November 14th, 2011 by Ryu Sheng |

I have to admit I never saw this coming. Digital Manga are offering to reprint one of the most sought after manga of the past decade, Swallowing the Earth by Osamu Tezuka, but only if the fans pre-order the book to a certain number so as to help fund the project. As a reward, depending on the level of support the fan gives, there’s several levels of rewards.

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Ryu’s Musings – Zoom Comics (Online Reader)

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 by Ryu Sheng |

Zoom Comics is Seven Seas foray into online reading, and frankly it’s not upto the high standard I’d come to expect from Seven Seas, in fact it’s rather pathetic.

Given how late they are venturing into the online reader scene I would have thought that they would have spent more time researching their competitors, looking at how they did things, where they went wrong, and where they were right.

Apparently though they seem to have just stuck a few things together and decided to release it in the hopes people will like it.

Frankly, I’m not impressed.

Any sort of official read is a good thing, it helps kick the illegal ones in the goonies. However what we get here is a rather broken and confusing site that drives people towards the illegal site if only for their simplicity of use.

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Taking a peak at

Posted on April 12th, 2011 by Ryu Sheng |

I had planned to do a post on this later on, but a reply to a comment I made on Twitter irritated me so I wanted to do it now while I’m still feeling the wroth 😀

Anime-on-Demand is the new UK based legal anime streaming site. Unlike sites such as  UK Anime News who basically syndicate Crunchy Roll, this is a dedicated UK streaming site. When it was all announced I was (like a lot of people) dancing for joy and getting ready to whip my card out to pay a subscription.

What we have however is a site that frankly looks like a 15 year old slapped it together in their bedroom.

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