Thoughts on the Disastrous Crunchyroll Reddit AMA

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It was a whole lot of nothing.

A few days ago the leading legal English anime streaming website Crunchyroll decided to run a so-called “AMA” on Reddit:

I’m Kun Gao, the CO-Founder and CEO of Crunchyroll, the global Anime streaming service, AMA!”.

This stands for “Ask Me Anything” and can be used by anyone from your everyday person to the largest of companies. Its purpose is exactly as the name implies – to let users ask relevant questions and learn something about the host – although when it comes to companies, or famous persons, its use begin to muddle. Continue reading

Anime I Love – Angel Beats!

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Angel Beats! was the first anime I cried to. No, scratch that. It was the first anime that left me utterly emotionally devastated after finishing the final episode. There had been emotional anime before, plenty of them in fact, but none hit home as well as Angel Beats! did. Continue reading

Why Do You Like Anime?

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Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you actually enjoy watching anime? These Japanese animated series that not too long ago were shrouded in mystery as there were very few legal alternatives to use? At first you may have come across anime on a whim, perhaps being introduced to it by a friend or discovering that a TV channel airs it. It could have been anything that piqued your interest to begin with.

But why did you stay? Exactly what is so fascinating about anime that we still continue watching? Surely, there must be reasons for it. Continue reading

Nisekoi is a Giant Tease of Fun

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Not too long ago an anime called Nisekoi came to an end. Adapted by studio Shaft from the manga sharing the same name, it was a harem anime in the purest of senses. Every episode more or less featured the most common clichés you can find in harem series and the whole premise – a forgotten childhood love – is built to create misunderstandings and hijinks. Not to mention how it throws in a forced fake relationship just for the heck of it.

It may sound like the most unexciting series ever created which is not difficult to understand – after all, there is only so much you can do with the barebones framework Nisekoi sets up – yet I still love every second of it. Continue reading

Being Behind on Anime is Actually Alright

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The winter season is about to leave and in less than a week the spring season will start. For the people who watch anime on a weekly basis this means a whole load of old is about to be replaced with an even bigger batch of new. The previous season will sink into oblivion while the new and hot series will be discussed frantically online. Continue reading

Nagi no Asukara and Hikari Sakishima’s Amazing Character Development

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This post contains minor spoilers on Hikari’s character development.

Nagi no Asukara has always been an interesting anime from a character perspective. Throughout the two halves of the series they have endured a lot of pain and actually changed as persons. Continue reading

Anime Not Receiving an Oscar is an Issue – But Not in the Way You Think

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Did you follow The Oscars this year? I personally never follow it, but that does not stop me from seeing all kind of mentions in newspapers or on the Internet. This time around, however, there was one little thing that caught my eye and bothered me for many reasons.

If you have some knowledge regarding the whole Academy Awards ordeal, then you might know that animation has never stood a chance against live-action films. In fact, only three animated films have ever been nominated for the Best Picture award. Continue reading