An Explanation of the Downtime

Nami Thinking

Hello readers,

As many of you know already, we’ve been down for the past day or so. So, to dispel questions, I’d like to clear the air and give the honest explanation of what happened.

In plain English, we were hit with a denial-of-service attack. Someone, or something, caused a rush of traffic that created enough load on the server to throw red flags at the host, prompting them to pull the entire system down. The past day, I’ve been working with our host’s security team to see how this happened, and how we can prevent it from ever happening again. No data was lost, and, because we don’t collect information, nothing of value that could have been gained was gained.

And, to be honest, that’s all that there really is to it. This was a truly unfortunate turn of events, and I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. I hope that you will continue to read, and continue to join us as we head toward the future. We have an exciting week of content ahead, with live coverage of Anime Boston this weekend, and articles on the recent launches of Daisuki and Anime Sols (among other happenings in the industry). I hope you look forward to them. And, more important, I hope that we continue to be one of the names you trust in anime.

Thank you for reading and, more important, thank you for your years of support.


Mike Ferreira

editor-in-chief, Anime Herald

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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