The Anime News Network (ANN) is a news website that covers anime, manga, video games, Japanese popular music, and other related cultures throughout Asia, the Pacific, and North America. The website features reviews and other editorial content, discussion forums where readers may discuss current events, and an encyclopaedia containing information on Japanese and English staff, theme music, story summaries, and user ratings for a variety of anime and manga.
Justin Sevakis started the website in July 1998 and ran the journal Protoculture Addicts from 2005 to 2008. Based in Canada, ANN maintains several versions of its news content intended towards audiences in four different regions: the United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and India.
Justin Sevakis established the website in July 1998. In May 2000, CEO Christopher Macdonald replaced editor-in-chief Isaac Alexander on the website editorial staff. Anime News Network debuted its Encyclopedia in July 2002, a collaborative database of anime and manga titles that also includes information about the staff, cast, and companies involved in its production or localization. ANN debuted a distinct edition for Australian audiences in January 2007. ANN started its video platform on July 4, 2008, with a library of anime trailers and its own news show, ANNtv.
The anime magazine Protoculture Addicts was formally involved with the ANN editorial crew in late 2004; the magazine began publishing under ANN’s editorial management in January 2005.
The site was named Web Site of the Week by the Sci Fi Channel’s online newsletter Sci Fi Weekly on September 7, 2004.
On August 7, 2017, a hacker gained access to Anime News Network’s domain, as well as some of the site’s Twitter accounts, including that of ANN’s CEO Christopher Macdonald and Executive Editor Zac Bertschy. Until the crew regained control of the original domain, the site was available as animenewsnetwork.cc. Macdonald released the complete narrative on how the domain was stolen in an article a few days after it was stolen.
Although the site is depicted in the anime as a specialized news network, it has lately been blocked in Saudi Arabia for allegedly containing pornographic material.
Anime News Network Overview
ANN has a 2.96 star rating based on 10 reviews, showing that the majority of buyers are unsatisfied with their purchases. Anime News Network is ranked 72nd in the category of anime websites.