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How do you discover NEW anime? -- BURNING QUESTIONS

Whether through word of mouth or sailing into a pirate bay, we gotta find this stuff somehow, right? Or is there a wrong way to go about this? Draw me a map, Straw Hats!

In Burning Questions, Sam Weller pontificates on, ruminates upon or investigates into any and all anime and manga topics.

PREVIOUS QUESTIONS: Has an anime ever made you CRY? Do Power Levels Even MATTER in anime?

One of the biggest concerns I have in writing and doing videos for Anime Vice is making sure I’m on the pulse of the community. Of course, staying on the pulse as I balance my other jobs and often having scant time to dedicate to it is difficult, so hopefully the pulse doesn’t stop while I’m gone.

So straight up tell me: How do you discover new anime?

Anime was something I discovered as a kid through pure chance. I inferred that those clean looking cartoons that weren’t made by Disney had to come from somewhere. When I found out that place was Japan; I was hooked. Through video game magazines like Diehard Gamefan; I found out what all those animated cut scenes were trying to imitate on the Playstation and Sega CD. I remember especially how they would tile screenshots together in film strips bordering the articles.

Seeing screencaps of a near naked Asuka yelling in her Eva insertion tube thingy absolutely blew 9-year old Sam’s brain away. “How are those cartoons NAKED?!” I’d exclaim to no one in my room.
Seeing screencaps of a near naked Asuka yelling in her Eva insertion tube thingy absolutely blew 9-year old Sam’s brain away. “How are those cartoons NAKED?!” I’d exclaim to no one in my room.

Importing was new to me back then, and living in the mid-west I had no access to tape trading that I knew of. As I got older, I followed what other titles to buy from magazines like Animerica and Newtype USA (Both defunct sadly). Though with the latter, I always found their previews and reviews to be a bit impenetrable and for the hardcore only. I suppose that’s what happens when you are the English version of a VERY Japanese publication. But it did give me my totally UN-embarrassing pinup of STEEL ANGEL KURUMI that I kept for over 4 years.

I wouldn’t even say I started developing my own taste until after high school, when it became easier online to read a variety of anime reviews and see clips from a bunch of different titles. Just by noticing the stylistic commonalities I found out why I liked certain shows because of the mechanical or character designers. Until then, I had based everything I knew about new and noteworthy anime solely off of American distribution. Once I found out that anime in Japan had distinct quarterly seasons, that the type of content depended on channel and time slot, it started getting pretty complex!

This is an example of REALLY getting into your new show.
This is an example of REALLY getting into your new show.

Probably the strangest way-- or would that the best way?-- that I've found a new anime to watch is through those AMV Hell series of videos on YouTube. There is soo much stuff to crib through and recognize that it was kind of an endless Where's Waldo search of shows when I first found them. Even if they constantly referenced AZUMANGA DAIOH. Crassness aside, they still stand up as anime soul food when I want to turn my brain off for an hour or so.

In general, I find any type of anime music video or fan project pretty enlightening to the scope of anime. Chances are, if someone has spent hours editing a complex video, they've probably scrubbed through more anime than the average fan.

So how about it, Vicers? While it’s inevitable that some of you will mention sailing your ship through torrents of rain to reach new anime safely in the bay; I also want to know if you import anime from Japan when it comes out. I will include manga in the conversation if that applies to you, as well.

Also, if you have some NEW titles to recommend, why don’t you do it below? It could also just be new to me!

Sam Weller is a writer and actor who's scribed for shows like FIRST EDITION, GEEK THERAPY, and most recently BATGIRL: SPOILED. He also really likes anime. To know what is going to happen next, follow@cravesam

Kino88on March 13, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.

these tragic, tragic, tragic, psychotic little brats will haunt me for rest of my days, thanks guys....

I read reviews online when I can, but in all honesty I spend a lot more time digging through old stuff (classics and cult alike) than I do catching up on the more current titles, but for every 5 or 6 shows' I select at least one new cutting edge piece that has the Otaku critics buzzing, and for that reviews are often my source, In fact my current love affair with Black Lagoon is all thanks to a certain bad ass anime website I happen to be on while typing this :)

GokaiRedon March 13, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.

Well i'm often trawling the internet to watch them or find something new, then as soon as they get collected to half priced, I'm throwing my money at it.

sickVisionz moderator on March 13, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

I just look at whatever comes up on Crunchyroll or gets so much buzz that I hear about it while dicking around on the interwebs. Mainly Crunchyroll though. I don't watch fansubs and I generally fall off of anything on Hulu even if I like it because I don't have Hulu+ so it isn't always convenient to watch it (I can watch CR on PS3 and Smartphone while Hulu requires me to plug my laptop up to my TV which used to be the norm for how I watched CR but now feels really limited and a pain in the ass). If it's not on Crunchyroll then I'm probably not going to watch it anyways so that's my default. They'll announce something and I see if it's visually appealing or if there are names and companies associated with it that tickle my fancy.

DocHauson March 13, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

ADTRW and /a/ (to a certain extent) are good sources for me to find out what's worth watching and what is not. From there I preview a couple of episodes from the ones that look interesting and decide whether or not to continue.

New titles to recommend? Well off the top of my head Shin Sekai Yori ("From The New World") and Jormungand were pretty good. Binbougami-ga! was a fun show to watch if you can stand the many jokes about breast size. Gintama is showing new episodes again, and even though its hundreds of episodes the continuity rarely matters so you can jump into almost any episode without worry.

YotaruVegetaon March 13, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

It's easy to discover anime that's new, but how I discover old anime I've overlooked or didn't know about is if they're mentioned on anime podcasts, or maybe I'm reading an article and an anime is mentioned in it, I'll check it out.

Marshal Victoryon March 13, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

I find anime threw this site more often than not. Every now an then ill on a vid site browse catagories to find something new. Will hit http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/http://www.crunchyroll.com/ an http://www.hulu.com/#!tv/genres/animehttp://www.hulu.com/#!movies/genres/anime plus http://www.rightstuf.com/rssite/main/

Also will look at peoples anime lists on this site to .Started my own while back http://www.animevice.com/profile/marshal_victory/lists/ full of poor spelling an gramar but mostly means well... mostly.

stuff thats not getn alota of attention..

This winter seasons been a let down for me but good find Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited that Acura_Max pointed me tword. I had watched Zettai Karen Children but this new season is a deeper, a bit darker love letter to xmen of the 80s in a way.Good stuff for us old comic collectors.

Just found a oldie City Hunter almost like lupin 3rd but trigger happy.

Found Patlabor from the http://www.animevice.com/news/top-5-greatest-mecha-anime/6745/

Seen The Vision of Escaflowne 1st episode after reading one of Tom Pinchuk long coments about the show. Got the complete series on dvd.Now i have to get better dvd/blue ray player software :/

Watching Case Closed an i am still amazed cartoon network screwed it up for america. This should have been huge here.

CapeBarneson March 13, 2013 at 9:42 p.m.

Ah, GameFan. If only I had more issues. And Animerica, and NewType USA. Good times.

I just look around my online sources, or a swap meet. If something looks remotely interesting to me, I get it or stream it. Simple enough.

Petiewon March 14, 2013 at 9:53 a.m.
Usually I'll see a dicussion or a screenshot/promo art for an older anime and just decide to go and watch it on a whim.
There're tons of fan made season charts for new series, so before the season starts I have a look through and decide on what I want to try watching. If a series is getting a lot of discussion I'll often give it a look too.
takashichea moderator on March 18, 2013 at 3:16 a.m.

Before Anime Vice, I had my little sister who check out the manga series. When I get interested in the ones she check out, I watch the anime version of it as well. During my first year of Anime Vice, I follow the people who had similar tastes which is shonen. Usually, I watch older anime series that I didn't get to watch fully in my teenager years, the Toonami, Kids WB, and Fox Box days.

In 2012, and I started doing spring trailers, Spring Anime 2012 Trailers Anthology Blog. I started to get interested in new anime series. From that point on, I've been trying new anime series from that season and onward since I kept doing trailers with my teammates.

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