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US anime fans get new site

25/02/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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AnimeOnline provides news and social networking for anime, manga and Japanese culture fans.

There's a new online community and news resource designed to reach those interested in anime, manga and Japanese entertainment. animeOnline is headed by Rob Bricken, former editor of anime industry publication Anime Insider.

News articles and stories will cover anime, manga, videogames, music and all Japanese culture, and aims to be updated every day. Entertainment offerings on the site will include an uploadable video section, as well as actual anime episodes available for sale on the site.

"Anime is part of a very large entertainment industry in the United States and animeOnline will provide fans with a central location to get professional news, meet other fans and discuss the latest events," Rob Bricken told SFcrowsnest. "We are really excited to launch the beta version and start working with fans to make this the ultimate online destination for anime fans."

When asked how the idea for animeOnline came about, Bricken explains that while he had long seen the need for such a site it was Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment, who put things in motion.

"We are part of an industry that covers everything from anime, manga and video games to Japanese pop music," said Fukunaga. "Fans of this entertainment genre and industry flock to the Internet to find news and other people with similar interests. But there is no central point for them to gather and get information. That is where animeOnline comes in."

"Independence is crucial to any news organization, and for animeOnline it is essential for this site to live up to its potential and fill the need for professional news covering the entire industry," explains Fukunaga. "We hope that both fans and businesses will get behind animeOnline and help generate awareness for the entire industry."

Check them out over at http://www.animeonline.com

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