After nearly a decade on the internet, popular anime streaming websites KissAnime and KissManga were finally taken down, marking the end of free content for anime and manga lovers.
After Japan’s implementation of stricter copyright laws, KissAnime and KissManga were among the many streaming sites for anime shows, movies, and mangas that were taken down. “All files are taken down by copyright owners. KissManga and KissAnime will be closed forever,” an announcement made via KissAnime reads. “Thank you for your support. Thank you for those years.”
While the sudden closure of such streaming sites may have saddened many anime fans, there is still good news that comes with it. As the popular saying goes, “when one door closes, another opens.” (Read: 5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About ‘Weathering With You’)
Just recently, Japan’s top anime companies Toei Animation, Tezuka Productions, and other anime providers have announced that they will be working together to upload their iconic titles under one YouTube channel, called “AnimeLog” by Analyzelog.
AnimeLog on YouTube
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The AnimeLog initiative aims to have 30 companies providing 3,000 anime titles on YouTube by the year 2022—and the good news is that all of these titles will be free for viewing!
Notable companies that produced Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, One Piece, Digimon, Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, and Hunter x Hunter are reported to be sharing their beloved titles on AnimeLog. In fact, for its premiere, the YouTube channel will launch Black Jack, Future Boy Conan, and our beloved boy robot, Astro Boy! (Read: 4 Apps Where You Can Watch Original Filipino Films)
Currently, the YouTube channel already has 87.8k subscribers since it was launched on August 7. However, as of writing, AnimeLog is only available in Japan—but plans to subtitled content in English and Chinese have already been announced for overseas fans.
“There exists a problem of illegal video distribution service these days, but ‘AnimeLog’ will distribute only officially licensed animations and operate as a safe channel that families can enjoy together,” said Analyzelog in a statement.
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