2013 is ANN's 15th anniversary. Justin Sevakis launched Anime News Network in July 1998 with an article about Disney's 1999 theatrical release of Princess Mononoke. In order to celebrate our 15th anniversary, we decided to redesign the look of the site.
We wanted to make the site more usable on different devices and screen sizes. Rather than creating a crappy mobile redirect, we went for a single responsive design that would adapt the site to almost any screen size, and a set of menus that actually work on touch devices.
In my opinion the front page is a mess. It's fluid while the single pages of content are fixed. Images take up so much room.
The allow social logins and custom layouts now, though.
Sidebar content seems to very seriously enhanced for greater focus.
The forum still used phpBB2...
Navigation bar is cluttered with links with the massive drop down menu they added.