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The Rest Of It: Free Anime, Free iPads

If that headline doesn't win you, I dunno what will.

As usual, a jumble of things that haven't made it into their own news posts yet: 
 

Anime:

  • VIZ has established a new site for all of their streaming anime, which makes use of Hulu-- so it'll be handy for those of you who don't want any FUNi all up in your stuff. (Kidding-- it'll probably be handy for those wanting to navigate through, say, Naruto or InuYasha).

  • Crunchyroll is giving away a free iPad. To be eligible, you have to become their fan on Facebook AND sign up for a premium membership-- but you can use the two-week free trial counts, so no purchase necessary. While you decide whether to try it or not, I'm going to go over here and watch the latest episode of Durarara (again). <3

     
  • Right Stuf is apparently going to carry the Big Bang Theory t-shirt that says "It's not cartoons...it's ANIME!" If I see any of you Vice Squad members wearing it at a con, I warn you: I will either hug you or shoot you. I'm not sure which yet.
 I can't decide if this shirt makes me want to kill people.
 I can't decide if this shirt makes me want to kill people.

Manga:

 

Live-Action: 



Conventions:


 91.8 The Fan's scheme is to put you to sleep and then draw on your face!
 91.8 The Fan's scheme is to put you to sleep and then draw on your face!

Misc:

  • Aaaaand here's the schedule for 91.8 The Fan, if you'd like-- it's Pokemon-themed this week. They've also apparently managed to score exclusive press rights to Anime Vegas (is no one else going? Or did they actually negotiate that? If the latter-- wacky).




Good morning, everyone! Looks like it'll be a sunny one in the Bay Area today, thank god. How's things in your neck of the woods?    
HeeroYuyon March 16, 2010 at 8:57 a.m.
ET's look at Priest has me gravely concerned. They say Paul is playing a warrior priest who is fighting vampires to protect his niece? Isaac (said priest) is never mentioned having a niece, or any living relatives at all for that matter by the time he's hunting the various fallen angels which are NOT AT ALL vampires. Here's to hoping the adaptation decay isn't horrible and that it still turns out to be a fairly good movie...
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 16, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.
So, when VIZ alters content, changes nationalities of characters, changes names of popular characters, or edits and translates poorly. All while offering no alternatives to their alterations. That's considered "innovative"? When 4KIds did the same thing. It was considered butchery.
Fan translators, that do it for the fun of it, are better and more dedicated to mangas then the people VIZ pays. Yet, they still wonder why people turn to scanlation sites.

I have checked out Crunchyroll a few times. Wasn't too impressed with their selection. Not that it's a bad site. Just far too often when I've visited they have had those annoying talking ads that say, "Congratulations! You've Won!" over and over.
 
The more I'm using FUNimation's site the more I'm liking it.
giaon March 16, 2010 at 10:49 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt: Surely you don't think 4Kids called their own projects "butchery" in their own press releases. =P 
 
I have a paid account at Crunchyroll, so no ads...and I find their selection pretty impressive, considering their origins. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants good, legal anime, especially if they want simulcasts. It's pretty cheap.
Lanon March 16, 2010 at 10:58 a.m.
Hey Gia you got me all excited for nothing. :P I knew it was more likely a chance to win; they're not giving 'em away to every person that becomes a fan or member b/c that would be silly. I like CrunchyRoll for the most part; they have many shows I enjoy watching both slightly older and new. Once I get my job lined up, I'm gonna extend my free trial into a regular membership just so I can watch anime the day it comes out. Though, I gotta say, they're player loads kinda slow, but once it's done everything's good.
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 16, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.
@gia said:
" @FoxxFireArt: Surely you don't think 4Kids called their own projects "butchery" in their own press releases. =P   "
Yeah,...quite true there, but the audience at large vilified 4Kids for it. Rightfully so. All people ever seem to do for VIZ is make excuses about why they can't be true to the original content.

I figured a payed account on Crunchyroll would remove those ads. They just don't make a great first impression when your first few visits to the site are an annoying experience. Talking ads in general are just a bad idea.
sora_thekey moderator on March 16, 2010 at 12:13 p.m.
0.0 "iPad"!   
<Goes and enters Crunchyroll>
 
@gia: There's an update on the whole iPad thingy:

Update: here's proof of our preorder



Update 2: To make it easier for people to enter, you can also do the following: Become a Fan of the Crunchyroll Facebook Page and mail an index card or post card with your Crunchyroll account name, real name, mailing address, and email address to: Crunchyroll, Inc., 340 Brannan St. #100, San Francisco, CA 94107. We must receive it by March 31st.

CorAutMorson March 16, 2010 at 12:35 p.m.
Do want free iPad.
giaon March 16, 2010 at 3:38 p.m.
@Lan: Their player loads slow as HELL on the PS3. But it loads, so I can watch delicious Durarara on my big ol' HDTV. Yum.
 
@CorAutMors: Yeah, I'd definitely take one for free =P
Daniel_Newton moderator is online on March 16, 2010 at 4:29 p.m.
@gia: OK I just looked here and Crunchyroll says there will be ONE WINNER, they aren't giving piles of iPads away, I knew it sounded too good to be true, unless I missed something?
Papasanon March 16, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.

Man, I took a quick listen to that 91.8... Good Stuff!  
 
I've been itchin' to get back on again as a DJ at my town's local radio station, so I can do an all-anime-related show. Listening to "The Fan" made that itch a little more... itchy.  
 
Maybe I need to make a phone call... 
 
Hmmmm...
Addfwynon March 17, 2010 at 11:57 a.m.
@Newten:  
makese sense, I can't imagine them giving away thousands of iPads for free, that'd be insane.
John_Martoneon March 17, 2010 at 6:16 p.m.
whoa, yeah, typo on Gia's part. I don't think CrunchyRoll is giving one away to everyone who signs up.
Addfwynon March 17, 2010 at 6:36 p.m.
@John_Martone: I think gia should honour her typo by buying all of us free iPads that don't win it.

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