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Where can I get the latest anime news and updates?
Depending on the type of anime news, readers will want to use different sources for the latest updates.
English-language anime news outlets are almost always tertiary sources.
What this means is that they often act as news aggregators and write content based on reports published by other Japanese media outlets and covering everything from anime to video games, and from music to culture. Each English-language outlet has its own characteristics: Anime News Network (ANN), which calls itself the Internet’s most trusted anime news source, is the oldest player in the field but has evolved far beyond anime news reporting.
It now covers video games, music, merchandise, events, as well as live-action media.
While this gives a broad understanding of the scope and reach of anime- and manga-based media, it’s easy for a reader to be overwhelmed with all the stories that are out there.
What ANN has done well in the past is supplementing its reporting with long-form content, such as specialty columns by its senior writers.
Some of this long-form writing was recently supplemented by Anime Now!, which was founded by the industry-supported Anime Consortium Japan, but that outlet has ended its service as of 2018. MyAnimeList News (MAL News), to which I was appointed managing editor in 2015, has traditionally reported on stories which are related only to MyAnimeList’s database entries.
What this means is that MAL News focuses on announcements of new anime, anime cast and staff announcements, manga announcements, and stories related to industry professionals—all subjects which make up the MyAnimeList database.
For our readers, this means they may not often get stories about the latest television drama adaptation of a manga series, or updates on the newest Final Fantasy video game.
In recent years, following MyAnimeList’s acquisition by mobile portal developer DeNA, we have tried to diversify our coverage through original long-form reporting, as well as MyAnimeList Featured Articles for guest columns. Crunchyroll News follows a similar approach to ANN over which stories it reports.
They include video games, music, and popular social media content.
However, many of its stories often include commentary, which may or may not detract from the experience depending on the reader.
It’s also important to remember that Crunchyroll is a content provider, so there will be times that its stories focus on anime titles which it has licensed from Japan.
Still, its news team is fairly independent and is not simply a public relations arm of the company. Otaku USA Magazine, despite a focus on its once-every-other-month print publication, also reports a majority of the latest anime updates on its website.
Much like MAL News, its choice of reporting is selective and not as broad-reaching.
It’s also highly dependent on other news sources such as ANN, Crunchyroll News, and MAL News. MANGA.TOKYO is a relative newcomer to the anime news reporting scene, so it doesn’t quite have the breadth of coverage that the outlets I listed above have.
Its advantage, however, is that it’s a Japan-based team which has access events in Japan.
This allows the site to produce event reports such as voice actor event reports, interviews with professionals, and so on. Honey’s Anime is another newcomer to the anime news reporting (and MAL News partner, as a disclaimer).
Although it also does not have the breadth of reporting, what I like about its style is it models itself after several Japanese blogs.
They create mascot characters who discuss news and provide side commentary in each article. Aside from the sample I listed above, there are numerous other, more specialized news outlets in English.
For example, there are outlets which have a heavy focus on reviews and anime newly licensed by North American distributors, such as The OASG.
There are also outlets with a region-specific focus, such as The Indonesian Anime Times.
Some anime news can even be found scattered across general news sites such as Kotaku, The Verge, Forbes, and more. However, remember that all of these outlets are largely tertiary sources.
They report from Japanese media outlets and other secondary sources.
English outlets above monitor information 24/7 on new announcements in the Japanese media.
Below are some of the Japanese sources that outlets like ANN and MAL News draw from: animate Times, owned by anime and manga merchandise retailer animate, covers both typical anime news (new announcements, staff and cast announcements, etc.) and merchandise news. Anime! Anime! is an independent news site focusing on original reporting and analysis.
Many of its articles are more in-depth than some of the Japanese sources which are simply rehashed from official press releases.
Its spin-off, Anime! Anime! Biz, focuses solely on anime as a business, reporting on industry events and seminars. Animation Business Journal, much like Anime! Anime! Biz, covers the business aspect of anime.
The reason the two are alike is because it was created by the founder of Anime! Anime! Biz.
What sets Animation Business Journal apart is the reporting of financial statements of anime production companies, such as Production I.G and Toei Animation. Comic Natalie, a division of the Natalie group of web news portals, focuses on manga news and news on anime adaptations of manga titles.
It also features in-depth interviews with various manga authors and anime production staff members.
Along with its sister sites Music Natalie and Eiga Natalie, it also reports news on anisong releases and live-action adaptations. Dengeki Online, owned by the Kadokawa group of companies, is one of the best sources of information on Japanese video games.
It also covers anime adaptations of those games.
Therefore, when a major event such as Tokyo Game Show occurs, Dengeki Online will often have the most updated announcements of those titles. MANTAN WEB, a web portal owned by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, covers many of the same stories as other outlets, but they are typically shorter and more concise.
Occasionally, MANTAN WEB will also publish exclusive interviews and original reporting. moca news, though largely a site which reprints press releases, presents them in a manner which is visually appealing. Lastly, social media (both English and Japanese) should not be underestimated in anime news reporting.
Twitter is an indispensable tool in anime news reporting, even if its stories often require additional verification.
On the Japanese side, the anonymous message board 5channel (formerly 2channel) are often the source of many anime-related news tips.
Some of those tips of proven to be erroneous, but there are also many that have proven to be true.
These social media postings are typically aggregated on what are called “matome” (summary) sites such as Yaraon!, Otakomu, Nijipoi, and so on. Anime and manga news come from numerous sources, and the lists above should give a sense of where all of the news stories come from.
What works for a particular reader will depend on his or her reading habits.