Despite that we had a conflicts in our wiki scope, I try to work on benefiting both sites. With Screened closing down on March 14, 2014, I have to save the wiki pages that my teammates and I have worked on. Though, I cannot save the Star Trek wiki pages. It's pretty sad because a lot of wiki editors have poured hours of their energy in the wiki. It's not just wiki editors, it's everyone, reviewers, bloggers, etc.
For me, when Anime Vice has the Whiskey Media sale out, most of my teammates (usually the high school ones) will jump to the Animanga Wikia. That's why you see me working in the Animanga Wikia. I tried to maintain contact with all my teammates across the former Whiskey Media sites and the Animanga Wikia. Don't worry, everyone. We keep on working like we always do.
I don't have a lot of time. If you want to help transfer anime wiki pages from Screened to Anime Vice, let me know.
Thank you everyone.
I'm helping eTragedy. Let me know if you need help.
Welcome everyone! I'm Taka, your hermit in this community. I say hermit because I haven't seen a lot of movies or TVs. That will change. I started this thread because back in Anime Vice, I did cultural interviews with individuals around the world. I wanted to promote cultural diversity and awareness. I learned a lot about their outlook on anime in their culture. If you're interested, see Vice Pit: Around the World. I interviewed folks from UK, America, Holland, and Uganda. I wanted to do this with Screened but in a more roundtable discussion format.
I'm from England in the UK.
We mostly watch American imported shows, that's what dominates most of our channels. Our main channels are:
Those are the TV channels that most of the UK watches, I myself, have always preferred American television and it's really annoying that we have to wait longer to get them. :/
@etragedy: Aaah really? - that's pretty cool! I remember when we only had the main 5 channels. Now we have 100's, depending on who provides your television subscription service. With mine, we have way too many channels. Although now, because everyone has to have digital TV, everyone is guaranteed to have "Freeview" where you simply just buy a digital TV box in store and you have a set number channels, about 60+ so people now watch shows outside of the top 5 channels.
Doctor Who is still very popular, but what mostly dominates is reality shows, Strictly Come Dancing (UK's Dancing with the Stars) and X-Factor (although slipping in ratings, it's still very big) are probably the most watched here. And of course the soaps, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks. Everyone seems to watch those, although I really don't like them. & yes, those three shows are still very popular here, so many people watch Sherlock and everyone seems to be talking about Downton Abbey, although I haven't seen either. Also, it should be noted that two of the biggest shows on TV here right now is "Made in Chelsea" and "The Only Way is Essex" - reality series about socialites in their 20's.
Channel 4 (and E4, Channel 4's offshoot aimed at teenage to younger adult viewers) tends to show a lot of U.S. imported shows such as: Glee, 90201, Agents of SHIELD and also created the popular Skins and Misfits.
@takashichea: I'm not familiar with the British dubbed shows! - I used to watch anime online, in either American dub or with subtitles, but most British audiences really do prefer British shows, and so it's understandable that they'd prefer a UK dub. I remember as a young teen/child watching Escaflowne, Naruto, Cardcaptor Sakura and Tenchi Muyo on the kids channels in the American dub, which I loved. But those shows aren't on TV anymore.
@takashichea: The Brits are quite a narrow minded society, I'm one of them so I can say it! - so it's right to say that Anime probably won't even be generally popular here. I remember quite a few years ago there was a great Anime TV channel that I loved, but it didn't last long before it shut down. The dominance is probably football, Brits love soccer/football to death.
It does shock me how different the UK perspective on TV is compared to America and other countries. As a country, you could say British TV is not afraid to be racier and more controversial than US shows, but even though that's the case, it's scared to delve into accepting Anime.
To a good extent, I'm quite oblivious to current trends with movies and TV shows that have come out in recent years. I think I can owe much of that to my binging on anime over the past few years in my spare time, which I had plenty of while I was seeking work while unemployed. This is likely to change sometime in the next year as I'm starting to wind down on my exposure to anime thanks to the increasing difficulty I've had over the past year of finding anything that can get my interest out of the medium.
I live in Austria, which has something like six main-TV-stations (There are more, but mostly unnoticed). The lack of Austrian TV-Stations can be made up by German-TV, which offers much, much more variety.
Sadly most movies/series are german dubbed, the German/Austrian viewership dislikes subtitles in general.
While sometimes German/Austrian movies are shown on TV, most of the series and movies are from the USA.
I grew up in one of the original TV markets in the U.S. A lot of early broadcasters got their start in my city. Originally there were 3 networks (CBS, ABC and NBC) and two UHF stations, one of which was the first PBS (public) station in the U.S. Originally all were black and white, but when I was still a toddler most stations went to color and we got our first color TV set. About a decade later we got cable television in the area. It was controlled by a switcher box connected to the TV by a cord (no wireless remote control). This was the early day of cable TV and channels like MTV and HBO were new. Much of the cable badwidth was not used - there were a lot of empty slots and the technology was underutilized. Even back then there was the ability for interactive TV through the box (up to five 'choices') but I only remember ever seeing one interactive TV show and it only lasted a couple episodes.
As part of the cable monopoly's deal with the city they had to provide public access to the airwaves. That is where, as a teenager I first learned television lighting, camera work and studio directing as well as field camera operation. I took the classes to help a friend's dad produce a TV show about real estate investment. That began my long career in film and television.
Though I have mostly worked in TV, my true love has always been movies. Today I live in a rural part of North America with no movie theater, and we still do not have digital cable in this area. We do have old fashioned analog cable TV and I have a Blu-Ray player with an Internet connection. Mostly I just watch movies on DVD or through streaming services like Netflix.
Ironically when I was a kid growing up in the midwestern U.S., there were only 5 channels yet people spent hours watching TV every day. Now we have access to hundreds of channels and most people I know, including myself spend relatively few hours each week watching over-the-air TV.
Currently I am doing research on International media, so this thread is very interesting to me. Especially the responses byand .
@CherryBomb: Last time I was in London was about 25 years ago. There was only one BBC channel (or maybe two). And it seemed like almost nobody watched TV. I'm guessing there's pretty much hundreds of channels by now?
I'm also curious what shows are most popular. Back then in the U.S.A. we only got 'Doctor Who' late at night in reruns, and I loved that show. But given how long-running the show was, I was surprised when I went to England how many people didn't watch it, or hadn't even heard of it. It wasn't until I went into Forbidden Planet (science fiction bookstore) that I actually found people who watched it. At the time 'EastEnders' was all the rage. I hated that show, but I think there was probably some cultural divide.
The most popular BBC programs in the U.S.A. in recent years seem to have been 'Doctor Who', 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock'. Are/were these as popular there?
I live in Florida, in the US. When I was really young we had basic cable before downgrading to just the big networks (NBC, ABC, local channels, ect.) around my high school years.
When I got to college, some cable channels were included and I've kept cable ever since.
It's almost always the basic package and almost always for only a handful of channels and not much else. Being able to watch baseball in the summer and football in the fall are two big reasons I haven't unplugged completely and transitioned to Netflix and Amazon Instant only. It also provides good background noise, which is 90% of the reason I ever have my TV on.
For awhile there was only one choice as a cable provider. Eventually companies like Verizon, Comcast, and others moved in.
To be honest, I don't really know. I mainly buy the DVDs.
I used to lived in the rural districts of Battambang miles away from the capital city which had more access to TV. I had Charter during middle school for a year. That was when I first accessed anime from Tech TV and the International channel (now known as AZN channel). The International Channel was interesting because I got to learn more about countries like Singapore. We chose Charter because it had the Khmer channel. Somehow, Charter cut off our cable. Dad refuses to buy any cable provider because of how Charter treated our neighborhood which was predominantly Hispanic and southeast Asian demographic. When I was in college and moved to a better neighborhood, family got Verizon Fios because it had access to the Khmer channel. This channel was better because it stream news and TV from the old home country.
Before my interviews (UK part 1 and 2), I used to think that anime was hot in the UK just like the America. When I did my interviews, I was surprised how the anime market in the UK was niche and small. Supreme Marvel shared that foot ball was all the rage in Liver Pool. He said that anime would not reach main stream potential just like the states. Nowadays, anime became more niche and more accessible on the internet. TV doesn't help promote anime.
Didn't mean to delve into anime. I just couldn't think of any other questions. E tragedy is a better interviewer. I'm such a TV noob. I'm pretty fascinated by the UK and their culture. It's becoming a melting pot (culturally diverse) or it already became a melting pot.
Thanks guys for sharing your stories! I enjoy reading them. I hope everyone enjoys sharing their stories. This will make Screened more diverse and tight knit.
Well, it’s 2014 already but we wanted to remember this past year by pointing out the men and women who have helped contribute to this site.
We speak of those brave few who dared to review television series, movies, and independent features. We’d like to thank all of those who stood up and shouted out their opinions and thoughts loud and proud. But there were a special few who went above and beyond the call of duty and so we’d like to highlight our best and brightest by recognizing them and their selfless work.
First up is CherryBomb, our SuperReviewer! She’s been around the site since 2010 and is a major forum contributor, fashionista, and blogger. She’s contributed quite a few reviews in the past and even though her numbers have dropped slightly this past year, with only 10 reviews; we expect that she’ll stick around to post some more for 2014.
She’s a very broad minded reviewer who is a true professional who breaks down each film into good and bad parts and an objective summation of it all. Congratulations Cherry!
Excessive tweeter, blogger, and occasional writer of stuff, jackanderson is one of our Super Reviewers for 2013, having contributed no less than 11 reviews. His reviews are long, rambling page of plot summaries interspaced with his personal thoughts and details about what was good or bad about each movie as it progresses. He’s also one of Screened’s biggest bloggers too and maintains his own Twitter @CallumPetch.
Active since 2010, VioletEyedDragon is one of our most highest ranking members with a massive amount of forum posts and spends most of his time selflessly expanding our wiki pages in vast detail. Even with all that going on, he still found the time to post 14 reviews throughout 2013, making him one of our Super Reviewers! He loves crafting beautiful reviews peppered with images interspaced with his prose about the facts, flaws, and good points to each movie along with comparisons to other films.
One of Screened’s Staff Members, Mitch is a bit of a quiet sort but even so, he’s managed to post 16 movie reviews earlier this year when he isn’t contributing to ShowBuzzDaily, making him one of our Super Reviewers. He appears to be concentrating on that and has been somewhat less active lately but we hope that he’s still around to express his professional opinion on films.
Mitch is a very detailed reviewer who meticulously breaks down each movie and even details a lot of background information behind each and every film. Otherwise, he is a fairly easy going and generous reviewer who rarely gives too low ratings for his reviews.
One of our Champion Reviewers with 22 reviews to his credit this year; TheLawnWrangler has been around since 2010 and is an inveterate blogger with long, detailed, and massive blogs. Much like his blogs, his reviews are massively detailed and complex where he picks apart each film and gives us the nitty gritty.
Self proclaimed movie fan and future ruler of the world, MrMazz is one of our site’s Mods and when he’s not plotting world conquest, he managed to post 25 reviews on Screened this year, making him a Champion Reviewer! For his tireless effort, he’s earned our undying appreciation although we demand to know just what his views on taxation and medical insurance are first. For his reviews, Mazz gives detailed information and his blunt viewpoints interspaced with his interpersonal thoughts about each movie and where it right and where it went wrong.
A fairly recent addition to Screened having just joined in 2012, biggest_loser is one of our Top Reviewers for 2013. A passionate reviewer with an awesome 50 reviews, he has a poetic way of describing characters. He’s a reviewer who picks out key scenes, characters, and actors in addition to talking about major trends and ambiance of the movie.
Our second Top Reviewer is SnowyMountain who just joined in 2012 but already has made an impressive benchmark this year with 83 reviews. He has a wide range of interests including sci-fi, fantasy, and anime but he’s especially fanatical about superheroes which compose most of his reviews.
As a reviewer, he’s very interpersonal with his comments and likes to bring his experiences of watching the shows as well being blunt, straight forward, and getting to the point quickly. He’s known to point out the flaws in a movie such as music, special effects, or voice acting and break them down.
Worst Shows Reviewed in 2013
And last but certainly not least is our greatest Top Reviewer! None other than the Man With An Opinion on Everything! Despite having only joined in 2010, etragedy is a major contributor to the reviews on Screened. The man is a machine, providing prolific reviews on not just major films but also independents, documentaries, foreign, and art films. In this year alone, he wrote 161 Reviews! He writes short reviews with key points in his conclusion, talks about trends in movies, and is an avid reviewer who engages with the reader. Many thanks etragedy for helping expand Screened.
Inspired by Taka's Top Anime Vice Reviewers of 2013, SnowyMountain asked Taka and Acura to team up to do the same project for Screened.
Note: The spacing for the bullets are messed up because posting from Gdocs with fonts cause the coding in Screened to mess up. I'll take care of the excess bullet spacing at the end of the day.
Hello everyone, Sentai Filmworks just announced shows that they have acquired. Check out this list to see if your favorite anime got picked up.
I might not be able to finish this list or anything. It's for the site. Just trying to promote industry news.
For Amnesia, Samurai Bride, and other future anime shows that have an English dub, there may or not be a dub trailer due to availability. I will try to post every dub trailer news in this community.
When the heroine regains consciousness in an unfamiliar place, she has suddenly lost all memories of everything that happened before August 1. What is this place, and what was she doing there? Who is she, and what sort of life had she lived?
Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
It is said that a stony cat standing in a hill can make our dream come true. Asking for their wishes, the protagonists come to a hill and ask for their wishes to the cat. Then, for some reason or other, a high school boy loses the face he wears in public and his nickname becomes a pervert prince. A cute girl is deprived of her true feelings... The cat makes mischief to their relationship better and worse. What will become of them?
Dog & Scissors
One day, Harumi Kazuhito was killed in a robbery. However, his fascination with books allowed him to miraculously come back to life - as a dachshund dog. As he lamented his loss of ability to read books, before him appeared a sadistic woman, Natsuno Kirihime, who used scissors as a lethal weapon. But, not only can she hear Kazuhito's thoughts as a dog - she also happens to be a novelist he was a huge fan of. What is to become of this dog's life?
Zettai Boei Leviathan
There lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters, until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished. Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls, alone, really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match! Get ready for the ultimate monster showdown as alien takes on dragon while the scales of fate hang in the balance in LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE!
Fifteen years have passed since the war between humans and demons began. The human army that charged through the gate into the demon world managed to take one of the demon clan's vital strongholds, but left an opening for the demon clan to occupy part of the humans' territory. Frequent skirmishes between humans and demons in the intensely cold southern kingdoms have caused everyone much suffering and confusion.
Some guys wait their entire life to meet the girl of their dreams, but high school freshman Rihito is already living with FOUR of them! And they're (almost) always ready and willing to help him with whatever difficult task their "Master" needs to be handled. So, how did Rihito get to be so lucky? Well, while Hina, Ann, Ines and Rene may not be exactly high maintenance, Rihito does have to make sure that they're lubricated regularly and their batteries are recharged. That's because they're Shinki: tiny, six-inch high, customizable androids. But don't let their tiny size fool you. These little ladies have more than full-size intelligence and emotions, and since each one would prefer to be Rihito's favorite, there's sure to be a little mechanical friction! Get ready for sparks to fly as these battery powered princesses take charge of Rihito's world in BUSOU SHINKI!
Things seemed to be going so well for Muneakira Yagyu. On top of dealing with Jubei, the immortal samurai warrior who fell out of the sky and into his arms and lips, he used his ability to awaken the latent power of a female samurai with a kiss to successfully juggle a handful of very powerful, very female master samurai, AND led them all to victory against the minion of a great evil. So was it too much to ask for a little break in the routine of saving Japan? Apparently it was, as another great evil has appeared in the land, this one even stronger than the last. However, that's the LEAST of Muneakira's problems, because with all the women he's kissed in order to awaken their latent samurai powers, the inevitable has finally happened. Someone's taking the long walk down the aisle with a samurai girl! It's going to be a REALLY old fashioned wedding and any resistance by the groom will be totally feudal in SAMURAI BRIDE!
Welcome everyone to the last week of February's manga releases! This week's manga catalog for North America is light.
Luckily, I have read both Blood-C and Fairy Tail.
For Blood-C, if you love vampires, gore, and butt kicking gals, this manga is for you. I only read the first 2 volumes of Blood-C, so I can't really say much without spoilers.
For Fairy Tail, it's one of my personal favorite Shonen manga. If you don't mind the over usage of Nakama and lots of fan service, this manga is for you. Fairy Tail has fairly short fights and story arcs. It's easy to get in. For you guys and gals who are looking for a serious Shonen manga, Fairy Tail isn't for you. Fairy Tail is a light hearted series.
Please enjoy the releases we have this week. All comments are welcome.
Note: I forgot to include Blood-C last week. I was overwhelmed by college studies. It was released on Feb. 19.
Disclaimer: I'm not selling manga to you guys and gals. This blog is to promote the manga industry by getting you guys and gals to support the official release.
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Plus, I stole some English covers from PikaHyper, a great mod from Comic Vine. He probably knows I do.
|Blood-C Volume 3|
As the ruse of her small-town life comes crashing down around her, Saya Kisaragi uncovers the mastermind behind a huge plan to deceive and test her! Katanas clash in this vampire-battling saga, taking the story right up to events in Blood-C: The Last Dark!
|Fairy Tail Volume 35|
When Minerva of Saber Tooth sadistically thrashes Lucy to within an inch of her life, Fairy Tail vows vengeance! Their chance comes at the climax of the fourth day's events. It's Natsu and Gajeel vs. Sting and Rogue, the old dragon slayers against the new! Can the stadium contain the sheer power of these wizards' fire and iron?