Ah, so you checked ONE title.
What Anime News Network links to on their site is more often just links from Crunchyroll or other sites. I just checked out their video section. One of their Naruto episodes is a direct link from Crunchyroll. That's not distribution. It's linking. If Anime Vice started video links from Crunchyroll, HULU, or FUNimation. That wouldn't make Anime Vice a distributor.
Sites such as Crunchyroll, HULU, or FUNimation often have exclusive contracts to be the main distribution points of animes and other assorted video.
I don't see why Anime Vice should be promoting another anime news and encyclopedia site. That's the job of this site. I don't think they would be promoting Anime Vice. "
" I would most definitely say, as a casual anime fan, that a lot of new anime is trying too hard to appeal to American culture and audiences. ... but its also they way the characters and stories develop, and I feel that the newer stuff is loosing some of that."A lot of that is driven more by the Japanese market ~ the more they have to rely on merchandise to finance new anime, the more interest in trying to get otaku to develop and attachment to a character. That means both less attention to storyline, and less character development that can risk people either not developing an attachment to a character right away, or else developing an attachment then being outraged at how the character develops.
" If you had checked Spice and Wolf instead, you would have seen that they stream it directly from their site. Indeed, their catalog display states clearly which are "Courtesy Crunchyroll", which are "Courtesy XYZ (via Hulu)" and which are "Courtesy XYZ". "