Anime Attack, The Binge, Wildcard Wednesday

Six Ways to Binge your Anime

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1 – Take it with you

While most binges are spontaneous and happen in one’s spare time, if there’s a series that you’ve been meaning to watch, you might try out mobile apps for Crunchyroll and the like.  If your commute is longer, you can watch your show on the bus, etc.

2 – Make it a double feature

There are TONS of Anime movies out there that are out on DVD and available through Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Amazon.  If you have a local DVD store, they may have a few of the older ones available for rent.  Pick two by the same group, or with similar/contrasting themes, and have fun!

A really easy and common double feature/film binge is to pick a studio and watch two of their films in a row.  (Studio Ghibli has enough films for a proper bender, but it’s not recommended for the faint of heart.)

3 – The Flight

(In Seattle, craft breweries will usually have a way to try multiple flavors at one sitting, and it’s usually called a “flight.)

Watch episodes one and two of at least three different anime. If you hook in, pick which one to watch all the way through next time.

4 – Anime Club

You don’t have to binge alone – if you’re part of a high school or university you may have an anime club already, or may be able to start one.  Anime Binge was founded by a proud member of MEK Theta Sigma – a combination Anime Club and fandom community at Webster University

5 – Pick a Shorty

Most 12 ep anime series can be polished off in one day.  Some of them don’t have a proper ending (no renewal) and some are just perfect and require a second watch later to really get the gist (FLCL is a great example).

6 – Plan a day and time, and ATTACK!

Some anime series just aren’t built for distract-able people.  You can’t watch Stein’s Gate and still get the full gist if you do dub only with only watching occasionally.  Or sub only with only watching occasionally.  You will miss hint after hint of the wider story if you do.

 

One final note… In defense of “The Bender”
While you don’t necessarily want to binge the entirety of a 12 season anime in four days, there’s a perfectly legitimate excuse for The Bender – You always wanted to, and now you have, and don’t you feel better now that you have?

It’s difficult to maintain a “Bender” if you’re the only one doing it. You will have questions that you don’t have the answer to mid-season, you will have epiphanies that you can’t share with anyone else because they won’t get it.  Let AB know if you’re going to attempt a Bender and we’ll do our best to attack it with you in parallel time.  Tag us on our Facebook and let us know what you’re up to!

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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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