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The Darker Than Black contract has expired!


 Oh no! I'll never know the meaning of the title, now!
 Oh no! I'll never know the meaning of the title, now!

I guess the “contract” must’ve expired over night for DARKER THAN BLACK on You Tube, because the full 25 episodes that were previously available for streaming have now been scaled back to the first four only. Thus, I can no longer continue reviewing that show - - I can’t even continue watching it! So, my plan now is to finish up BACCANO! over the next week while I figure out what to watch and learn from, next.

Here’s the thing, though...

We’re going to select the next shows a little differently this time. I just love it when people talk about me, so you better believe I’m aware that the more vocal lunatics of Anime Vice have expressed a desire for me to watch brand new series. As I always say, I’m nothing if not the instrument of this community, so I’m going to put out this task to you all...

Find me a show which is available, in its entirety, for streaming through legal, official channels.

There. Simple as that. Post your suggestions in this talkback, or in the equivalent thread in the forum.  I know we’ve got some crafty minds here, so I’m going to leave the field totally open to you. If the majority wants me to watch a new show - - great. If they want a classic one - - fantastic. I have no preference aside from pleasing you. I’ll watch it and I’ll learn from whatever wins, but it’s got to fit the aforementioned criteria. If it doesn’t, then I’m just going to keep going down the list of votes until I get to one that does fit. That means that an individual who does his or her homework and follows the rules, might just their favorite show championed on this page. The playing field is, indeed, that level.

An exciting prospect, no? Let’s start seeing some suggestions then…!

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

Count_Zeroon March 26, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
As the Major League Soccer season has just started (Go Timbers!), how about Giant Killing? It's available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
Daniel_Newton moderator on March 26, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.
Clannad followed by Clannad After Story. I wouldn't mind an excuse to watch them again. 
MAKE IT SO!
damswedonon March 26, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.
I've got three recommendations 
  • The Tower of DRUAGA -the Aegis of URUK- Which is a action comedy show about teams of adventurers that climb a tower to kill a dark lord and find their fortune. It can be found at Crunchyroll HERE and is 12 episodes but has a second series as well.
  • Time of Eve is a 6 episode show with episodes that are about 15 mins. It is a SciFi show about a cafe that doesn't discriminate between Androids and Humans. It feels like a student film but I liked it. Very Philip K Dick. Also found on Crunchyroll HERE.
  • Finally Otome Yokai Zakuro the newest show it is about the westernisation of Japan and to maintain harmony between humans and spirits a agency is made using members of the army and half spirits. It is 13 episodes long and found on Crunchyroll HERE.
ninjadude853on March 26, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
Code Geass, You can watch it on Bandai's youtube channel. It's long, 50 episodes divided into 2 25 episode seasons, and right now they only have the first season, but it's a great show, and worth watching, 
 
Here's the youtube link, 
http://www.youtube.com/show?p=_ibnU74o6y4
 
It's about about an alternate world where Britain became a super powerful empire that controls the Western Hemisphere (all of it) and other areas in the world, It's set in Japan, 7 years after Britannia invaded, conquered, and renamed it Area 11. The main character is Lelouch, an exiled Britannian prince who meets a mysterious girl named C.C. (pronounced see-two) who gives him Geass, a power that allows him to mind control anyone he makes eye contact with. Lelouch proceeds to use this power to kick start a revolution against his corrupt, social darwinist father, the Emperor of Britannia.
 
Or, to put it more simply, It's V for Vendetta meets Death Note... with Mechs
Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamotoon March 26, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
Slayers... 'nuff said.
sickVisionz moderator on March 26, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
I think Darker than Black is on Netflix if you have it.

"

  • Time of Eve is a 6 episode show with episodes that are about 15 mins. It is a SciFi show about a cafe that doesn't discriminate between Androids and Humans. It feels like a student film but I liked it. Very Philip K Dick. Also found on Crunchyroll HERE.
  • Finally  Otome Yokai Zakuro the newest show it is about the westernisation of Japan and to maintain harmony between humans and spirits a agency is made using members of the army and half spirits. It is 13 episodes long and found on Crunchyroll HERE.
"
I second these two, especially Time of Eve and I'd add School Days.  It's 12 episodes and is very much love it or hate it, but I think it'd definitely be interesting.  Mitsudomoe and Panty & Stocking are two that I'd point out as well.  I might have missed them, but I don't think you've done many romance/harems or comedies.
YotaruVegetaon March 26, 2011 at 1:05 p.m.
Rideback - On Hulu/Funimation
 Jellyfish Princess- Available on Crunchyroll
 
Both are 1 season shows with a female as the main protagonist.
 

Mutant_Godon March 26, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.

code geass,  ruroni kenshin, yuyu hakusho
LordCravenon March 26, 2011 at 1:31 p.m.

Code Geass please! 
you can watch it on crunchyroll too i think
Daniel_Newton moderator on March 26, 2011 at 1:33 p.m.
It kind of sucks that almost all of us are voting for different things. 

@sickVisionz said:

" Mitsudomoe and Panty & Stocking are two that I'd point out as well. "

If Tom is up for comedy, then I'll send a vote Mitsudomoe's way, but I think he wants a more story oriented anime for his watch and learn articles. 

And as much as I'd like to see him posting articles on Panty & Stocking, I think that series might break his mind.
endaroundon March 26, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
How available via streaming does it need be?  I mean Darker than Black is still on Netflix.
Roldanon March 26, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
Well i'll choose some i've liked over the years: 
  
  • First Guin Saga - A fantasy show in the vain of Conan the Barbarian with a unique world and with a really big cast of interesting characters. You'll especially love it if you have a taste for Nobuo Uematsu. Find it here.
  • Highschool of the Dead - well the name says it all. Find it here.
  • and last Full Metal Panic - It's a mecha - military series that also has a lot of laughs and some really serious moments, it's great. find it here.
I don't know much about the first 2 shows since both are on the anime network which i'm not used to and i don't really live in USA so i don't know if all of the episodes are free or if it's just the first four.
damswedonon March 26, 2011 at 2:08 p.m.
@Newten said:

" It kind of sucks that almost all of us are voting for different things. 

@sickVisionz

said:

" Mitsudomoe and Panty & Stocking are two that I'd point out as well. "

If Tom is up for comedy, then I'll send a vote Mitsudomoe's way, but I think he wants a more story oriented anime for his watch and learn articles. 

And as much as I'd like to see him posting articles on Panty & Stocking, I think that series might break his mind. "
Speaking of breaking his mind I also wouldn't mind seeing him take on Gurren Lagann which is up on Manga Entertainment's Youtube account for US viewing. 
 
Also if he is willing to do a comedy-first show then I'd back him doing Panty & Stocking or Mitsudomoe series 1. 
 
Edit: Completely forgot that Tom had already done Gurren Lagann. Although I really should of deleted that part instead of writing this bit now that I think about it.
AgentJon March 26, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.
I really want to recommend Beck, as it's streaming on animenewsnetwork, but the dub is the only way worth watching, and they only have the first four episodes. You could watch it subbed, but that would be... less than ideal. So without a dub option, I really recommend Geass. I'll be interested to see what your thoughts are having already seen Deathnote. High School of the Dead would be great too, but wait till I'm finished, K? :P 
 
@Count_Zero
said:

" As the Major League Soccer season has just started (Go Timbers!), how about Giant Killing? It's available for streaming on Crunchyroll. "

Fucking Timbers. How fun was the game against Toronto today eh? Timbers are officially the worst team in the league. 
Dream moderator on March 26, 2011 at 2:40 p.m.
Let's see (note all links I make lead to the legal source material for said series):
- Slayers- Available through Funimation's Youtube channel.
- Gunslinger Girl- Funimation's Hulu channel.
- Monster- Viz Media's Hulu channel.
Count_Zeroon March 26, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.
@AgentJ: Meh. The season isn't over yet.
AgentJon March 26, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.
@Count_Zero said:
" @AgentJ: Meh. The season isn't over yet. "
Heh, I'm just giving you a hard time. Were you at the viewing party for the Colorado game? The Cascadia Summit?
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 26, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.
I checked the youtube channel of FUNimation, and they have done this to a lot of other series. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood among the list (makes me glad I finished editing all the wiki pages a while back). This also includes videos that had on HULU. The funny thing is that the videos still appear to be on youtube. When I checked the link of an older episode. It said the video was "Private". Not that is wasn't there. The weird thing is that their FUNimation Blog hasn't mentioned any of this. They are normally pretty open about their actions.
 
I know some pretty good series that are available through official streaming channels. Though, I would point out that you've never covered Naruto for this article and none of the BLEACH anime episodes. Not that I have anything against One Piece coverage. It's one of my favorites. Both BLEACH and Naruto are available via HULU. I know you normally prefer to do whole seasons of shows, but you could try a condensed story arc from either series. The length of story arc vary. Some can be long and some can be rather short. Naruto's Search for Tsunade arc takes place between episode 81-100. The Sasuke Retrieval arc, which has a lot of good action and story, is a landmark arc for the series. It runs from episode 107-135.
One Piece just completed the latest landmark arc for the series last week, The Marineford arc. It runs from episodes 457-490 A shorter arc would be the Sabaody Archipelago arc runs from episodes 391-405. All are available on HULU.

A new series from just last year that I really enjoyed was Okamisan. It's a basic romantic-comedy series that parodies European and Japanese fairy-tales. I wrote reviews for all the episodes. I pretty much described it as an anime version of Shrek. It's 12 episodes long and still available in it's entirety on youtube.
 
Code Geass is a great anime, but only the first season is online through official sources and the first season ends in a big cliffhanger. It really sucks Black Lagoon isn't on any official sources. FUNimation licenses that series. It's pretty damn mature when it  comes to violence. It's sometimes compared to Tarantino films. It SUCKS that VIZ Media got the manga. With their record of censorship and toning series down. I don't see why they even bother licensing such mature series.
 
You could try Soul Eater. That's a basic shonen action series, but it's 51 episodes long to the finale. It started mostly canon to the manga, but later into the anime is veered off and made up it's own ending. The best way I can describe it as what it would look like if Tim Burton made an anime. It's HULU available. 
 
Panty & Stocking is really good, but only if you don't mind really raunchy comedy. It's another GAINAX project, but pretty short at 13 episodes. It does some really awesome parody work.
 

My Recommendations

  • Naruto: Search for Tsunade Arc (81-100) on HULU
  • Naruto: Sasuke Retrieval Arc (107-135) on HULU
  • One Piece: Sabaody Archipelago arc (391-405) on HULU
  • One Piece: Marineford arc (457-490) on HULU
  • Okamisan (12 episodes) on HULU and youtube
  • Soul Eater (51 episodes) on HULU
 
I'd recommend some BLEACH arcs, but I'm still organizing what episodes they all fall under.
 
@damswedon:
He already did Gurren Lagann.
ninjadude853on March 26, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.
Three things to say
 
1. I'd like to plug Code Geass again ;)
2. If your gonna take Foxxfire's advice and watch a Shonen Series, make it Bleach, start from the beginning, and stop when the Soul Society Arc ends (somewhere in the 50s)
3. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It's about cyberized information-warfare specialized Cops in the 2030s. I do not know if it's available legally online, but i do know that Adult Swim plays it every early Sunday morning (at like 2 or 1 am) and that it's currently somewhere near the beginning of the first season. It's a great series
Lurkeroon March 26, 2011 at 5:24 p.m.
Have a look at these links. Unfortunately Claymore is not being offered by Funimation anymore but these are okay substitutes.
 
A lot of people have already mentioned Code Geass (25 eps) 
http://www.crunchyroll.com/code-geass-lelouch-of-the-rebellion#s=/code-geass-lelouch-of-the-rebellion/episodes 
 
I can also throw in Eureka Seven (50 eps) 
http://www.crunchyroll.com/eureka-seven
I can recommend a few more shows:
- D Gray man (51 eps available) 
http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=26
- Blassreiter (24 eps) 
http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=269 
- Black Cat (23 eps) 
http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=11
- Sgt Frog (51 eps) 
http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=223 
- Soul Eater (51 eps) 
http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=236

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