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Welcome everyone!

Sorry about this, I will finish this blog soon. I have class in less than 10 minutes.

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.

Past Quick Pick Manga Threads

1. Alice in the Country of Clover: March's Hare
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99
  • Amazon: $10.91
  • Rightstuf: $10.49

The March Hare in his own solo adventure! / Seven Seas is pleased to present Alice in the Country of Clover: March’s Hare, a oneshot volume that focuses on the whimsical character of Elliot March, Wonderland’s own March Hare. / Alice in the Country of Clover: March’s Hare chronicles the further adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Like the other New York Times bestselling books in the Alice in the Country of Clover series, this new volume is an oversized edition that features impressive artwork and color pinups. / In the country of Clover, romance blossoms between Elliot March and Alice. Elliot may have rabbit ears and a sweet smile to match, but as the second in command at Hatter Mansion, the headquarters of Wonderland’s mafia, he is a ruthless killer. Can Alice truly love such an adorable madman?

2. Volume 18
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
  • Amazon: $8.99
  • Right Stuff: $7.49

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand...or her life!

3. Volume 11
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
  • Amazon: $8.99
  • Right Stuf: $7.49

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Rin and his friends continue to investigate the Seven School Mysteries. Yukio watches as the Exwires take on the Academy’s ghosts, troubled by lingering doubts about his own feelings. Rin seems to be learning to control his power more, but is tapping his inner demonic fire going to be his salvation or his doom?

D.Gray-man [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
  • Amazon: $11.79
  • Rightstuf: $11.24

Allen has had his heart pierced and his Innocence pulverized by an assassin from the Clan of Noah. Allen is taken to the Asian branch of the Black Order to heal. He is keen to rejoin the battle, but he will not be able to fight again until he learns how to activate his Innocence and turn it into a weapon.

Collects volumes 7-9 in an omnibus format.

5. Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition]
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
  • Amazon: $11.56
  • Rightstuf: $11.24

The next Tenka'ichi Budokai martial art tournament is just around the corner, and an eager Son Goku can't wait to face even tougher fighters for the "Strongest Under the Heavens" title! Among the contestants are pipsqueak Chaozu and three-eyed Tenshinhan, deadly disciples of Tsuru-Sen'nin, the Crane Hermit! / As it turns out, Tsuru-Sen'nin is an old rival of Goku's teacher Kame-sen'nin (also known as the Turtle hermit). What's worse, Tsuru-Sen'nin orders Chaozu and Tenshinhan to kill the Kame-sen'nin disciples! Will crane style kung fu beat out turtle style? As these two martial arts schools duke it out in the tournament ring, things just might turn fatal!

Collects volumes 10-12 in an omnibus format.

6. Volume 12
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
  • Amazon: $8.99
  • Rightstuf: $7.49

The time has come for Takiko to assume the powers of the priestess and summon Genbu. As war and disaster break out around her, she must choose the three wishes that will save the Universe of the Four Gods. But according to prophecy, to summon a god the priestess must die...

7. Volume 6
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
  • Amazon: $9.74
  • Rightstuf: $9.74

The geeks shall inherit the earth in this New York Times best-selling series! / This is the sixth volume of an ongoing manga series that is sure to appeal to today’s manga fans in the same way The Big Bang Theory appeals to geeks. / Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies. / Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?

8. Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
  • Amazon: $8.99
  • Rightstuf: $7.49

Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassigned to the offi ce of her company’s diffi cult director, Kyohei Tohma. He’s as prickly–and hot–as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed...until she discovers that he’s a vampire!! / Kyohei has left the family firm to start his own business, and Kaya is at his side as his indispensible secretary…but only at night. By day she’s still the executive secretary for Erde, a subsidiary of the company Kyohei just quit. The increased workload isn’t a problem, but when the president of Erde discovers that Kaya is seeing an ex-Tohma Corp. executive, he starts to question her professional ethics! Will being vampire’s secretary put an end to her career?!

9. Zawsze in Love
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
  • Amazon: $6.31
  • Rightstuf: $7.49

Though Raku and Chitoge's false love is off to a rocky start, they have everyone fooled! However, Raku's still hung up on his childhood sweetheart and wears a pendant around his neck as a memento. But one big problem prevents him from finding the girl whom he promised to marry: he can't remember her name or face! / To further complicate matters, Onodera, Raku's current crush who also harbors secret feelings for him, accidentally overhears the two arguing over their false relationship!

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Welcome to the first week of March's anime DVD and Blu-Ray releases. I haven't watch any of these shows except Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. Shows I'm interested in Maria Holic and Nadia. Nadia's cover is very attractive, and after reading the summary, it sounds like a great show if you're in a mood for adventures in the high seas with a beautiful lady. Maria Holic's summary makes me wonder if I should try it. The poor girl gets hives from touching boys, and her best friend is a trap. It looks amusing to watch.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release.

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Past Articles

Aria the Natural - Collection Part 2 [Litebox] (Sub. DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $39.99
  • Amazon: $35.99
  • Right Stuf: $29.99

Akari, Aika and Alice continue to strive toward their goal of becoming Neo-Venezia's top gondoliers. As their skills improve, they find themselves faced with new challenges. On their journey to become Primas, the girls will have to paint a palina, serve as hostesses at the Festa del Redentore, and even learn how to be brave in the face of a dangerous passenger! Contains episodes 14-26.

Special Features: Aria Company Roundtable Discussion, Himeya Roundtable Discussion, Orange Planet Roundtable Discussion, Clean Ending 2, Cast Reflections on Aria the Natural Parts 1 & 2, Director Discussion on Aria the Natural, Trailers.

Casshan - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray and DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (BD), $49.98 (DVD)
  • Amazon: $49.99 (BD), $44.99 (DVD)
  • Right Stuf: $35.99 (BD), $29.99 (DVD)

When lightning strikes the prototype android BK-1, a new horror is unleashed on the world as the resulting monster Buraiking begins taking over all other robots on Earth, setting them against their creators in a massive orgy of planet-wide destruction! With humanity helpless in the face of the new Neoroiders and their mechanical armies, mankind's only hope may lie in the hands of Tetsuya Azuma, son of the creator of BK1, who transfers his consciousness into an android body to become a Neoroider himself. the ultimate robot fighter: Casshan! Now, together with his robot dog Flender and the beautiful Luna Uetsuki, the daughter of another scientist and wielder of the most robot-lethal gun on the planet, Casshan is on a mission to clear his father's name, avenge his mother's death, and save the Earth from the iron clutches of Buraiking! But things aren't going to be easy, not when you're three against thousands, and Buraiking has some shocking surprises in store that will rip Casshan's world in two! It's the ultimate blast from the past as the battle for the future pits the good bots against the bad in CASSHAN!

Dragon Ball Z - Season Two (Blu-Ray)

Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment Suggested retail price: $44.98 Amazon: $16.96? Right Stuf: $33.74 Having suffered heavy losses in the battle with the Saiyans and with Goku still recovering from his injuries, the remaining Z-Fighters must embark on a perilous journey to Planet Namek in search of the Namekian Dragon Balls. Unbeknownst to them, however, a powerful new enemy has set his sights on the same prize - the ruthless tyrant Frieza!

This new Blu-ray edition has gone through a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies from the film. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality, and the colors are bolder and more vibrant. Lastly, a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series was done to create a modern HD widescreen presentation! Contains episodes 40-74.


Voice Actor Interview, Dragon Ball Z Retrospective Part One, Textless Opening & Closing, U.S. Trailer.

Maria Holic - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray and DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (BD), $59.98 (DVD)
  • Amazon: $59.99 (BD), $49.99 (DVD)
  • Right Stuf: $41.99 (BD), $35.99 (DVD)

It's not easy to find the perfect girl, even when you're the same sex! Kanako thought attending an all-girls school would be the perfect way to meet the girl of her dreams, but after her hot new roommate turns out to be a guy in drag and catching the eye of the most popular girl in school only brings down the wrath of all the other similarly obsessed girls, she's not so sure!

Complicate things with a cat-eared dorm leader, her roommate's rude-mannered maid and identical twin sister (who attends an all-boys school, of course,) and way too many attractive girls of questionable persuasions and the question becomes whether Kanako can die from frustrated nosebleeds! (Life would be SO much easier if guys didn't literally give her the hives!) Will Kanako ever find a non-polar opposite of a compatible non-opposing polarity?


Special Features: Club At-X Interview, Special X-Mas Night - Amenokisaki Holy Night Festival, Japanese Commercial Collection, Japanese Promotional Video, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.

Myself;Yourself - Complete Collection (Sub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Maiden Japan
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
  • Amazon: $44.99
  • Right Stuf: $29.99

Before his family left the town of Sakuranomori, Sana Hidaka said farewell to his five best friends, thinking that he would never see them again. Five years later, however, he finds himself returning to Sakuranomori to finish high school while living alone in an apartment owned by his parents. Can the threads of friendship severed by time be mended? Will his friends even recognize him? Or have the changes in their lives as they've grown from children to teenagers made them into different people, pushing them even further apart?

For Sana and his best bud Syusuke, it will be strange enough. But with Nanaka, Aoi, and Syusuke's twin Syuri all being girls, things are going to get even more complex. That's to say nothing of the sometimes-shocking secrets that his four friends know through having lived them, and that Sana will only discover in crossing the minefield of lost years. What once was can never be exactly as it was in treasured memories, but what could be may become even more precious as life moves inexorably forward.


Special Features: Japanese Promo and DVD Spots, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.

Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray and DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $99.98 (BD) $79.98 (DVD)
  • Amazon: $89.98 (BD), $69.99(DVD)
  • Right Stuf: $59.99 (BD), $47.99(DVD)

The World's Fair, Paris, 1889. A young inventor crosses paths with an enigmatic girl and her pet lion. Suddenly they find themselves pursued by villainous trio intent upon stealing the magical Blue Water. Thus begins an epic adventure inspired by Jules Verne's masterpiece 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Join Nadia and Jean as they travel the high seas in search of Nadia's homeland and her past, their only clue the mysterious jewel Nadia wears. Can they unravel the Secret of the Blue Water before it is too late?


Special Features: Japanese Promos, TV Spot, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.

One Piece - Season 5 Part 6 (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98
  • Amazon: $16.96
  • Right Stuf: $29.99

The latest adventure kicks off with a battle between Fire Fist Ace and the dastardly Blackbeard. Flames collide with the crushing power of darkness as these heavyweights lay waste to an entire island. When the dust settles on their showdown, the scene shifts back to the Straw Hats who find themselves trapped in frigid waters – and hunted by a family of bounty hunters.

After their icy adversaries steal the Straw Hats' flag, it's all hands on deck to recover the precious symbol of their pirate pride! Chopper unleashes a Rumble Ball on a hockey hooligan, Franky unveils his Shark Sub in a clash with some pesky penguins, and Luffy goes toe-to-toe with a foe that's too hot to handle! Side by side they'll fight to the death – because a pirate without a flag is no pirate at all!

Contains episodes 325-336.

Special Features: Select Episode Commentaries, One Piece In the Booth with Luci Christian (Nami), Textless Opening Song, Trailers.

Space Adventure Cobra - Part 1 (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99
  • Amazon: $44.99
  • Right Stuf: $29.99

Seeking reprieve from a painfully ordinary 9-to-5 existence, mild-mannered office worker Johnson visits the TM Corporation, a company that sells virtual dreams.

In Johnson's dream adventure, he's the notorious space pirate Cobra! Accompanied by his android partner Lady Armaroid, Cobra fights the lowlife scum of the Pirate Guild by day and saves sultry sirens of space by night. After the journey is over, events unfold that bring reality into focus. His experience wasn't a dream at all – it was a reawakening of his buried past!

With the most feared weapon in the universe, the Psycho Gun, Cobra sets out into the galaxy in pursuit of love, fortune and fame!

While supplies last, customers ordering this set will also receive an exclusive chipboard artbox sized to hold both Parts 1 and 2 of Space Adventure Cobra!

Special Features: Interview with Buichi Terasawa, English Pilot Episode, Trailers.

Galaxy Railways - The Complete Series [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $29.98
  • Amazon: $26.98
  • Right Stuf: $22.49

In the future, mankind will venture to the far reaches of the cosmos using technologically advanced trains, perhaps the least likely method of intergalactic travel. The fleet of the Galaxy Railways transports countless galactic citizens from one exotic planet to the next, protected by the SDF, the elite force protecting the Railways Fleet against terrorists, meteor storms, and malicious alien life. / Manabu Yuuki dreams of joining the SDF like his father and brother before him. His mother, desperate not to lose her whole family to the infinite void of space, does what she can to derail his dreams, but Manabu is too much like his father and too stubborn to go back on his word. He boards the train to Destiny Station, where his own destiny has already begun.

Special Features: Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers.

Adult Releases

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Invisible Stud (DVD)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

What happens when you take a powerful invisibility potion and place it in the hands of a total pervert?

Hapless loser Mie goes from dud to stud overnight with the ability to make all his hottest dreams come true! For starters, he can now ogle all the lovely ladies inside the bath house - heck, if he plays his cards right, he can even score a home run or two!

But that's not all. With this magic medicine, he can peep around the women's academy at will, get even with his slut of a manager, and even spend a hot and steamy night with the girl of his dreams. But he's gotta be careful: each dose only lasts an hour, and who knows what'll happen if he gets caught!

T&A Teacher (DVD)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Be good, or you might get punished...

Everyone looks up to Ayaka. She's one of the most beautiful professors at the academy, with bright eyes, big breasts, and a brilliant smile. But she's got a tough side, too: she's coach of the Karate Club. Treat her well, and you'll be rewarded with all sorts of sexy favors... but get on her bad side, and you'll be flat on your back in no time.

So far, there's only been one guy bold enough to anger Ayaka: a brash new student named Togawa. One night, he finds Ayaka having a one-woman orgy in the gym shower room and decides to step in. Will Ayaka's temper flare up once again, or will she be swept up by her lustful desires?

Special Features: Art Gallery, Original U.S. Trailer, Trailers.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Coming to the States on March 8, 2014.

Plot Summary

Kiss kiss, bang bang! The arms race takes on a startling new development when the arms come with heads, legs and very feminine bodies attached! Yes, at Seishou Academy every girl is literally a lethal weapon, and they're all gunning for the top shot at getting their own personal serviceman! Needless to say, it's going to be difficult for newly recruited human instructor Genkoku to adjust to working with a living arsenal of high caliber cuties with tricky names like FNC (Funko,) M 16A4 (Ichiroku,) L85A1 (Eru,) and SG 550 (Shigu,). Especially since many have hair triggers and there's no bulletproof vest that can stop a really determined co-ed! He'll have to rewrite the operator's manual on student/teacher relationships, and pray that his job description won't include having to field strip and reassemble one of his cadets in the dark. But unfortunately (for him,) FNC's already thinking about becoming HIS personal weapon, and she usually gets what she aims for! Get ready for explosive situations, amour piercing rounds, cheap shots galore and one VERY shell-shocked homeroom instructor in UPOTTE!

Cast

  • Funco (FNC) - Genevieve Simmons
  • Ichiroku (M16A4) - Brittney Karbowski
  • Sig (SG550) - Emily Neves
  • Elle (L85A1) - Nancy Novotny
  • Ichihachi (AR18) - Juliet Simmons
  • Sako (SAKO Rk95) - Maggie Flecknoe
  • Galil (Galil AR) - Beth Lazarou
  • Agu (AUG A1) - Molly Searcy
  • Tei (T91) - Tiffany Grant
  • Fara (FARA 83) - Cynthia Martinez
  • Hachihachi (SR88A) - Allison Sumrall
  • Saa (SAR21) - Beth Lazarou
  • Faru (FAL L1A1) - Shondra Marie
  • Jiisuri (G3A3) - Chelsea Ryan McCurdy
  • Empi (MP5A2) - Brittany Djie
  • Springfield - Jovan Jackson
  • Ms. Fujiko (FG42) - Shelley Calene-Black
  • Garand - Andrew Love

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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.

Star Trek

Reviews

I'm helping eTragedy. Let me know if you need help.

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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.

CherryBomb

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:

  • BBC One - a tax-funded channel that is quite conservative, it features a lot of original dramas and a lot of reality television too such as documentaries, Eurovision, The Voice UK and one of it's most viewed series is Eastenders, a soap. There are no commercials on this channel. It also has a lot of sports coverage.
  • BBC Two - similar to BBC One, it has original programmes that are mainly focused on arts, culture and science. Although it does have shows that differ.
  • ITV - A lot less restricted than the BBC, it has more reality game shows, soap-operas and original dramas.
  • Channel 4 - Some people say its the rogue network. It's quite free in the shows it publishes, the shows tend to be a lot grittier, more outrageous with its comedy programmes and features a lot of original comedy shows.
  • Channel 5 - It features soaps imported from Australia like Home and Away and Neighbours as well as original reality shows.

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.

Dream

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.

EIHA

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.

etragedy

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 by and .

@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?

FinalDasa

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.

KingofAsh

To be honest, I don't really know. I mainly buy the DVDs.

Takashichea

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.

@CherryBomb:

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.

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