Attention Naruto fans.
VIZ Media announced today that the latest installment of “Naruto Shippuden” will be shown free March 26 on its official Naruto Web site, www.naruto.com , the same day it will air in Japan.
Episode 101 (with English subtitles) can also be viewed in Canada but on www.Joost.com
VIZ points out that this is the first time the official U.S. Naruto Web site will air an episode with the broadcast in Japan. As the company says in its release: “The special simulcast is part of VIZ Media’s ongoing plan to bring hit animated properties and the latest content to its audience via the Web.”
I suspect it’s a way to bypass fansubs.
“Naruto” is a popular anime and manga here and in the land of the Rising Sun. Anime conventions always seem to have tons of fans dressed up as the teen-aged ninja Naruto or other characters from the show. OK the correct term for such a fan is a “cosplayer”.
Final parting shot from VIZ. Earlier “Naruto” episodes are available for free on several Web-based, video streaming outlets that partnered with VIZ Media, including HULU and JOOST. “Naruto Shippuden” episodes can be viewed for free on www.naruto.com