Anime first made its big splash in the West when Astro Boy was localized in the early 1960s. Over the next few decades, productions such as Akira and Speed Racer managed to cater to the anime crowd. But it wasn’t until Dragonball and its follow-up, Dragonball Z, that anime started to gain widespread popularity. Fast forward to the present and you have a plethora of anime DVDs and conventions to take your fancy. However, one thing missing from the equation is a convenient, cost-friendly method of accessing your favorite shows. While buying DVDs has always been a fan-favorite, it can become expensive after a while. After all, you’d have to purchase each volume of each show, and even box sets are costly – not to mention the fact that television stations only dedicate a few hours weekly to anime shows.
So what’s an anime fan to do? The answer’s simple.
That’s right, Viz Media has just created the solution for your anime needs. Neon Alley is a channel that provides anime fans with 24 hours of all the shows they’ve come to love and enjoy. Uncut and dubbed in English, these high-quality shows are making their way to American and Canadian homes at this very moment. At a measly $6.99 a month, this subscription-based program via your PS3 is a one-stop shop for scheduled anime programming – 24 hours a day. And the best part? The channel will feature anime series produced and distributed by other companies, so you’ll never miss out on a show.
Here’s a look at what the interface looks like on your television screen.
A few of the shows slated to air on the channel are:
Inuyasha: The Final Act
Tiger & Bunny
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
What’s your take on Neon Alley? Are you sold on the idea? Even if you aren’t, sound off with a comment and let the mon0r staff hear your voice.