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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Anime Primer, Anime Suggestion Trail, Manga, Manga Monday

Manga Monday: EXCLUSIVE interview with Kit Windsor of Foxy and Wolfy: CHAOS

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Libraries, Intrigue, Foxgirls in wheelchairs, Lolita style and secret societies!   That’s the at-a-glance description of Foxy and Wolfy: Chaos, a manga-style indie comic conceived and written by Kitsune Windsor.  The creator of Foxy and Wolfy took some time to talk with Anime Binge about some of the more unique aspects of the shoujou comic, as well as some anime inspirations and recommendations of his own.

[NOTE: MILD UNMARKED SPOILERS AHOY]

 

Kitsune Windsor:  I’m Kit Windsor, nice to meet you!

Anime Binge: Let’s talk about “Foxy and Wolfy” first.  It struck me as REALLY interesting that one of the two main characters (Wolfy/Amaya) was born in Iran… can we talk about it just a little?

Kit W.:   Sure, there are a few reasons why.  One is that my prom date and friend was from Iran and experienced some of the life and everything.  Also being LGBT is very dangerous, so [I] modeled Amaya Bellerose after my friend, a strong Iranian lady.

I made Amaya come from Iran to show that they have great people.

AB:  That’s really great!  I love that the main couple are completely devoted to each other.

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Kit W.: It plays a big part later on, the spiritual bonds

AB:  That makes sense. Actually, you have a lot of different characters with cultural ties, and two of the three main characters are wheelchair bound. It plays very naturally in the comic. How did it come about?

Kit W.: I myself have muscular dystrophy and use a wheelchair daily. Misaki represents doing your best with what you have and enjoying life.

Roza is severely disabled, but lives happily. She flirts, is smart and just a human being…

Both parts of me.  They’re meant to show disabled as just people

AB:  They really add texture – and having them both there as a part of the main trio doesn’t put all the pressure on one character to be “the girl in the wheelchair”. They’re both equally unique in their own ways.

Are there any big things happening at F & W Central?

Kit W.: Currently making book 0 to better explain our world and it will be ready Valentine’s day [2017]. Then updating book 1 and will be ready by June. Then Kickstarter for book 3 late May.

We want top quality.

AB: Ah! Prequels are a great addition to a series.

Kit W.: New style is amazing.

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AB: Actually, I’m going to take a second to gush a little bit. The black and white art is beautiful, but the coloring to the books so far has been really lush and amazing. Why did you (and your team members) make a decision to include a colorist with the launch? Has it been worth it?

Kit W.: Color versions are for Kickstarters and Gofundme only, we have a new colorist as the original was too busy. She’s an awesome lady.

Some prefer our b/w.

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AB: I can completely understand – most Manga is exclusively in B&W, so it makes sense.

Let’s talk a little about inspiration. Foxgirls, Kitsune, and spirit stories are sprinkled throughout Japanese folklore – do you have a story or an anime that you feel influenced your team?

Kit W.: F/W has deep inspiration from Sailor Moon, D. Gray Man and Madoka. To smaller degree Inuyasha and Fairy Tail.

Also, I love Ghibli.

AB:  Ghibli is SO cool.  I can see Sailor Moon, for sure.  I’m a little surprised to hear D. Gray Man, though.

Kit W.:  See, Alan walker wanted peace so bad.  Everyone else didn’t.  Misaki started her group for peace; they pay dearly for their unpopular views one day.

AB:  It sounds like it’s going to be intense.

Kit W.:  It will, we have a lot planned.

AB: The lush visuals and rich illustrations reminded me of Trinity Blood – are there any “vintage” shows that you’d recommend? Classics worth introducing to new would-be anime fans?

Basically, what is your “Anime Primer”?

Kit W.:  Record of Lodoss War is vintage, I really enjoyed Trinity Blood.  Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Shinsekai Yori, Ranma ½, Escaflowne, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away.

And Berserk.

AB:  Cowboy Bebop and Trigun were two of my first ones.

Kit W.:  My first one was odd.

AB:  Which one was it?

Kit W.:  Nuku Nuku and Ninja Scroll, as a kid.   Ninja Scroll was a bit rough.

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AB:  I’ll bet!  Mine was so odd I had to look it up to see if it actually existed or not – AND if they qualified as anime. (Spoiler alert: They did – Superbook and Flying House.)

Kit W.:  I like obscure.

AB:  Obscure can be fun.

Let’s say someone has read ALL of Foxy and Wolfy.  What would you send them to go watch while the team works on your next book?

Kit W.:  Shinsekai Yori, Madoka, Aijin, Inuyasha, Ranma, D. Gray – All of it.  F/W is about differences and racism.

AB:  It’s hard to keep a cast diverse but easy to keep them all the same.  I really appreciate that you are willing to tackle those questions with your characters.

So, last question: When I first contacted you, I was curious about a few things.  One was how your team got in touch with each other – are you a remote team, were you buddies in real life – how did it come about?

Kit W.: Actually, I started hiring concept artists and slowly built a team.  The [B&W] current artist asked to join.

AB:  Kit, thank you again so much for taking the time to chat with me!

Kit W.:  Thanks for taking interest.

 

 

 

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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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Anime Primer, The Binge

Robotics; Notes – The Anime to Watch When You’re Frustrated with Pokemon Go

The world is afire with exclamations about Pokémon Go this weekend.  Similar to the real-world platform of Ingress, Pokémon Go superimposes Pokémon for your catching pleasure with the help of an app-based system.

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While Kotaku appears less-than-impressed with the launch (laggy early gameplay doesn’t give the best impression to hardcore gamers), adults and kids alike in the US have been throwing imaginary pokeballs at the adorable monsters they have come to love from over 15 years of games, TV shows, and other general merchandising.  Let’s face it, they outstripped or outlasted Pogs, Tamogotchi, Digimon, and Furbies thanks to their immense following and world-wide connection.

Sharing in the spiritual connection between AI and tablet/phone games to their users is the IRUO interface in Robotics; Notes.

Granted, Kaito Yashio does the standard “superimposion” of silly things like cat ears on his friend (and by all rights co-main character) Akiho, which has been pretty standard since Instagram filters hit the scene.

As the series is set “Ten Seconds into the Future” – 2019, to be exact – there is a secondary interface which allows a more immersive, Ingress-esque experience that leads to a world away from the “Big Robot” experience you have come to expect from DVD covers like this:

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To use his tablet to pick up sensors, Kaito has to move his camera over the area around him, which is fed information about the surrounding area. (For example – when his camera picked up that a whale washed up on a beach, it appears to provide a public service warning, etc.)

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Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the story focuses on both homage and deconstruction of the “Big Robot” genre, but I absolutely recommend a watch or re-watch for anyone over the age of 16 who has gotten a foot cramp after wandering over hill and dale for Pokémon without getting better at the aim of their pokeballs.  Or because the server failed again.  Either one, really.

(SPOILER WARNING:: There is an on-screen death, hence the high-age warning.  Younger watchers may be advised, but the rating is closer to PG-13 for the rest of the series.)

 

HAVE FUN, AND GO GO GUNVARREL!!!

(*- Original source not tagged/found – will update if found)

By the way, have you had any success catching anything? Comments below!

 

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