@P.J. Why thank you.
I have been interested in anime and manga since the early 2000s, initially through Toonami and Adult Swim. I used to have VHS tapes filled with recorded episodes of Inuyasha, DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gungrave, and others, so I could keep up with storylines and rewatch. One of my fondest memories from those days was watching the Dark Tournament finals from Yu Yu Hakusho on purchased VHS tapes. At $20 a tape it was considered pretty pricey for a teenager, but from the mileage and joy I got, they were well worth every penny.
I mostly took a break from anime during my college years and young adulthood but got back into it recently. I subscribed to Funimation because I saw a clip from Keijo!!!!!!!! on youtube and thought I had to check it out for laughs. I was surprised both by the quality of the series and the accessibility and affordability of the streaming service.
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Why do Anime Dubs Use the "Same 12 Voice Actors?" (Youtube)
Excellent and informative video on this topic. Useful for sharing if anyone brings up this tired complaint.
What shows are you following this season?
Every simuldub season I tend to pick a handful of shows out of the bundle Funimation provides, and leave the rest on the backburner or followup if they receive positive attention. I tend to get overwhelmed with so many new shows being produced at once.
So what are you all watching this season, and how did you decide?
This season I chose:
I got into Urahara because Emily Neves posted this article on her Twitter feed, and thought it was worth checking out. I really like the unique art style and the lightheartedness of the subject matter. To my amazement, this show has been receiving really bad ratings. Anime Planet in particular has it listed as 1.76/5, which I think is absurdly low.
For King's Game, I kept seeing little updates about the script adaptation from Michelle Rojas, and decided to check it out out of curiosity. This show also has gotten really low overall ratings, which from the content, I can at least understand. So far, it's basically been like a bad thriller/slasher movie, where tons of people die gruesome deaths, yet as the viewer, you don't really feel too bad for them. Once you accept that it's going to be pretty low brow, it's actually really fun. I find myself unintentionally laughing at most of the death scenes, and am always entertained by how not-particularly-creative-or-smart these characters seem to be.
Kinohana Kitan I began watching as it first premiered, just on a whim. Some people just want to watch the world burn, others just want to watch little fox girls run a hotspring. Based solely on the thumbnail, the show has been almost exactly what I expected it to be. No complaints, though not particularly enthralling either.
Anime-Gataris is so far, in my experience, the most satisfying and enjoyable of the season. I got hooked on the show thanks to this scene. AGAIN this show has gotten fairly low ratings, which makes me dumbfounded. Much less a show than a PSA, it's a brilliant self-aware commentary on the anime fandom and industry trends. Every episode has been excellent. I love me some good satire!
I also watched the first two episodes of Ancient Magus Bride. This show obviously has a lot of hype around it, and it seems to be pretty mature and conceptually detailed. I'm not following it week to week, but I know I'll eventually binge the whole thing.
Last, I watched the first episode of Black Clover when Funimation hosted the premiere watch party. I think it could be an entertaining show to poke fun at with friends, but I don't plan on keeping up with it or binging it in the future. Seems a bit too, eh, youthy in my opinion.
Do you guys have any thoughts on these shows, or want to share a pitch for something you're enjoying?
RE: does any one know when or if Dubble talk will come back?
I liked the live discord chat / show party for Black Clover you guys hosted a few weeks ago. I'd be up for anything along those lines.
RE: does any one else have issues useing crome?
@Joeynator3000 I almost always use Chrome when watching on my computer. When the new website was put in place I had consistent buffering issues, but gradually those problems subsided, and now I can usually stream at 1080 no problem. I even have a low-end imac from 2007 that seems to handle it just fine.
That probably doesn't help you much, but maybe if we could find the difference between your browser and mine we'd have a clue.
RE: Why I boycott funimation
The thing about boycotts - they only have an impact if they're joined in large enough numbers for a business to experience a significant financial loss. You, and a handful of other people are like drops in the ocean, especially when it comes to subscription fees.
I don't think the vocal crowds that buy into this outrage are fans of Funimation's work anyway, or dubs in general for that matter. Given that, you may have particular preferences, but no individual has the financial weight to direct how a company works. Funimation is going to keep doing what they think will make their base audience happy.
Tips on converting anime-immigrants?
I have a friend who's never been into anime of any sort, not even Pokemon, not even Death Note. Most of the people I know actually fall into this category.
Awhile back I tried introducing him to a few things, but he didn't seem interested. In retrospect I think I overwhelmed him with too much, and maybe turned him off even more. Kind of how even the best food won't taste too good if you're just not hungry.
Just wondering if anyone has any insight into this sort of situation. If you've had that friend, sibling, or even your parents that you've tried introducing the medium to, and how it went.
In IT they refer to older people who didn't grow up with computers as digital immigrants, as opposed to the current generation of digital natives. The same concept can apply to anime. People who grew up watching DBZ or whatever develop an intuitive acceptance of the medium, but total outsiders can view it as weird, dorky, or too deep into nerd culture. The difficulty with introducing it to someone is that most shows take awhile to really get interesting, and if they never get hooked they won't come back to it.
I get that it's a form of entertainment that won't appeal to everyone, but I find that even people who "hate anime" will often make an exception for this thing or that thing so long as they give it a chance.