Cartoon Network is teaming up with manga publisher VIZ Media to create Toonami Jetstream, a broadband site dedicated to streaming episodes of anime shows. The ad-supported site will offer free, full-length streams of shows that have been featured on the network's "Toonami" block of programming, as well as new shows.
Toonami Jetstream is set to launch on July 17, and will feature new episiodes of shows as well as an archive of past shows. At the outset, the site will offer the shows Naruto and Samurai Jack, as well as Hikaru No Go, MÄR, and The Prince of Tennis, which are currently not offered on US broadcast or basic cable television. Other shows that will be featured early on include IGPX, Megaman NT Warrior, and the all-new Zoids Genesis, with more shows to be added later.
"We were the first to stream, in 2001, full-length animé series online. Now, with this joint venture with VIZ Media, we will give our fans the chance to view popular shows on-demand and follow new series that cannot be seen anywhere else," said Paul Condolora, senior vice president and general manager of Cartoon Network New Media, in a statement.
"Toonami Jetstream will provide our current fans and new fans alike with unlimited opportunities to view our popular hit shows such as Naruto," added John Easum, executive vice president of VIZ Media. "It will also give us the opportunity to share with our fans an unprecedented variety of Japan's newest and most exciting animated series. We are thrilled to be expanding our strong relationship with Cartoon Network."
Hikaru No Go features a young student, Hikari, who stumbles across an old Go board in his grandfather's attic. The ghost of an ancient Go champion is unleashed and enters Hikaru's consciousness. Soon, Hikaru embarks on a quest to become the ultimate Go master.
In MÄR, a 14-year-old boy is transported into the fairy tale realm he envisions in his dreams, the World of MÄR. In MÄR, the boy must fight to save the world MÄR from evil chess pieces.
If you're a fan of tennis skirts, check out The Prince of Tennis, which tells the exciting story of middle-school tennis. When Ryoma Echizen joins the Seishun Academy tennis team, the cocky young lad must lead his team to victory.