Daisuki.net, the anime streaming site brought to international fans by seven Japanese anime companies, officially went live today. That being said, I’d consider it a “soft opening”.
The site already has some series up. However, the episodes are not complete for each title. The anime titles included in today’s launch are the following:
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Sword Art Online from Aniplex
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED HD Remaster and Mobile Suit Z Gundam from Sunrise
- Lupin the Third from TMS Entertainment
- The Prince of Tennis OVA – The National Tournament from Nihon Ad Systems (NAS)
Some of you are probably wondering if there are region-locked titles. We tested the site and found out the users from Singapore are not having issues. On the other hand, users from the Philippines are only able to view titles under Sunrise. The site did mention that the availability of the videos vary per country. I asked the support team about it and with a prompt response, they told me that none of the episodes are region-locked. Since the statements are contradicting each other, this is something I have to clarify.
Users can already register for a free account but note that the registration process is a bit unstable. I tried to register a few minutes after its launch but it took a few hours for the confirmation e-mail to arrive in my inbox.
Daisuki.net is presently holding a giveaway campaign. A total of 1000 prizes will be given to lucky users. If you do succeed in registering for an account, you can apply for the available prizes via this page.
The new anime streaming site has a long way to go if you compare it with other streaming services such as Crunchyroll. Let’s just hope that they will offer a competitive lineup and will cater to a wider audience worldwide.
How’s your Daisuki.net experience? We’d love to know.