ADV launches the Anime Network.

Not content to be one of the largest anime import houses, the folks at ADV are now launching their own 24×7 Anime Network.

Alas you have to have Comcrap cable service and live in Philadelphia to get it as it’s part of a new Video On Demand service. Here’s some PR mojo ripped from the official website:

Initial programming will include both fan-favorite feature films and multi-episode series. Titles include Spriggan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Excel Saga, Martian Successor Nadesico, Gasaraki, Noir, Dai-Guard, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Orphen, Golden Boy, Sorcerer Hunters, Kimera, Ninja Resurrection, Tekken, Those Who Hunt Elves, Gunsmith Cats, Burn Up W and Samurai X: The Motion Picture.

Even dubbed into English, anime is nobodys cartoon. Anime is distinctly Asian, and explores the boundaries of animated moving pictures in ways that American cartoons never have. The distinctive style of anime is exploding into western pop culture, and anime titlesҗfrom Sailor Moon to Cowboy Bebopare beginning to appear on American television. The time is ripe for moreׅ

No word on what this service costs or when they plan to expand it beyond the Philly area, but the folks at TAN are already encouraging you to write your local cable company and bitch at them to get you the service ASAP. They even provide you with a handy-dandy locater thingy to tell you were to send your letter.

I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Wide Open West pick up the channel as long as they don’t charge an arm and a leg for it. If nothing else it would allow me to get caught up on some of the ADV series I’ve missed since I dropped out of collecting anime.

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