Anime in the U.S. days after Japan

Things are brewing in the anime industry that's got this girl pretty ecstatic. In a similar goal as Bandai to bring anime and manga to the U.S. as fast as possible after it is aired in Japan, Viz has dramatically accelerated its release schedule for both its "Naruto Shippuden" anime and manga releases. Anime episodes will begin streaming in the U.S. on the official Naruto.com website within days of its original broadcast in Japan. On the manga front, it will be a couple of months after Japan's volume's release until it reaches the states.

Twenty-four of the uncut, subtitled "Naruto Shippuden" anime will be made available on Naruto.com in the first 2 weeks of January -- kicking off on January 2nd, with 8 episodes, and another 8 added each Friday, until the catch-up is complete. Beginning on January 15th and every Thursday thereafter, a new episode will be added, only days after its broadcast in Japan. [Source: ICv2]

Viz has just promoted itself as a major leader in the anime industry. Could this be the start of a wonderful growing trend? My wishful thinking for the past 20 years is finally on the verge of becoming reality.
P.S. On an unrelated note: Happy Birthday, PS3!!! It's been one hell of a 2 years, lots of ups and way too many downs than I would have liked. Here's to another great year with hopefully no more exclusives going down the drain.

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