News Flash!, The Binge

News Flash! Crunchymation Rising

It’s that time of year – the time when we put up our phones and quit playing Pokemon Go for the winter and find warm blankets to hibernate under.  It’s Anime-and-Chill season, or rather, AnimeBinge season.  With winter breaks coming up, Thanksgiving Holidays in the US, an other holidays around the world, there’s no better time to hunker down and watch a show that you’ve been meaning to get around to.

With that in mind, we thought it might be a good idea to bring you a little news from the anime world.  If you already have a Funimation or Crunchyroll subscription, you should have already gotten some updates about this.

Funimation + Crunchyroll = better subs on Funimation and new dubs on pre-subbed Crunchyroll shows

But what does this mean for the average fan of either format?

  1.  Funimation is taking on the role of distributor of the merchandise and video releases for the two companies at this time.  (Crunchyroll will no longer be offering purchase/pc download options for videos on their own site)
  2. Some Funimation subs will be taken down (standard rotation – think of how Disney never releases their entire movie collection in one year – they parse them out to create scarcity), and others will be replaced by Crunchyroll versions of the subtitling.
  3. This is not an official merger.  Since it’s a distribution partnership, they could disentangle and go their separate ways whenever they feel like it, and neither of them should necessarily lose any traction in the anime distribution circuit because of it.
  4. They’re hoping that the simulcast season will be tighter with the merge, and have been throwing around the phrase “within 2-4 weeks of broadcasting”… but they are putting emphasis more on the expanded capability of having a broader skilled team to create amazing work.
  5. The subscription for Funimation does NOT cover the  streaming services available at Crunchyroll (with their free vs premium service) and Vice Versa.  Funimation lowered the price of their premium plan to help subscribers buy both subscription plans (the Crunchyroll plan and Funimation Premium plan)

 

(And if you know all of that already – that’s PERFECTLY FINE.  But: I’m looking to add more content to the blog, and I’m really curious – what have you been watching?  What series are you excited about?  What do you think about Miyazaki’s choice to – AGAIN – come out of retirement?  Leave me your comments, I’d love to hear them!)

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The Binge

Election Day Special: Anime to watch after you go vote.

Ahem… if you are in the US, Go vote. 

If you are not in the US, we at AnimeBinge are sorry that we’ve been all preachy about voting this year.  And weird with our candidates.  We’re so sorry, that we decided to compose a list of imaginary ballot issues in hopes that you will forgive us for this weirdness that happens once every four years.

Why?  Because #betterfictionalcandidates should have never had to exist, that’s why.  So why not embrace it.

But Anime Bracket did that better.

We’re not mad about it.  But, as usual, we do have a few series to suggest.

Le Chevalier D’eon

On the run from the law, D’eon is accused of the death of his sister – Lia de Beaumont.  Something sinister is at the edge of this mystery – possession, zombies, obsession, politics…  how was D’eon to know that his life would become so weird, so quickly?

  • Reasons to watch:
    • Great to compare/contrast with newer anime – some of the frames are very carefully staged, with hand-drawn animation.  Also worth contrasting with Pilgrim’s Progress
    • One of the best EARLY examples of a strong female protagonist in anime
  • Reasons to avoid:
    • Intermittently S….l….o….w… pacing.
  • What to watch instead:
    • Glass Fleet
    • Revolutionary Girl Utena

Castle Town Dandelion

Eight kids. One throne. Sounds like a set-up to Game of Thrones, anime edition.  Well, you’d be wrong.  This one’s a slice-of-life magical-teen edition.  In a world with a polite monarchy, the kind townspeople decide to choose a king.

  • Reasons to watch:
    • Twins, Fanclubs, Idol stories, School arcs, Magic
  • Reasons to avoid:
    • A frustrating amount of “panty shot” jokes
      • (But they’re an anime staple and there are less of them at the end, so YMMV)

Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Go read this review, because it’s pretty on point.

Anime Binge is working on ramping up posts again.  What anime are you watching post-election?  What are you excited about coming out?  We’d love to hear your comments!

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