The use of the Internet as a means of gaining access to anime for free or low cost, in a legal manner, has been something I have felt strongly about for a long time. To increase exposure and accessibility for titles through such means is a necessary step for companies to make, one that I am glad to see many doing. It is also beneficial for fans that want to watch anime without crossing into the legally grey area of fansubbing or the outright illegal realm of bootlegs.
For these purposes, I wanted to celebrate HardDoor’s 1st anniversary this week with a post on the subject, followed by a directory of sorts pointing towards websites offering anime content for free, or at the very least, a minimal fee, safely and legally. This was something planned before HD’s inception, but I opted to wait until the digital distribution movement matured more and offered a greater amount of services (and, well, I also needed the free time to do something like this). The article will be an updated and revised version of one I was writing for AnimeX before it closed down, whereas the directory/guide will be kept up to speed much as possible, with at least a monthly updating should there be any. Lastly, expect a permanent link to be placed on the sidebar of the blog later on.
Hope you will all enjoy, and happy hunting (and watching)!