The Otakusphere: My DVDs are attacking me, Crunchyroll sucks and my obsession with classic Southern cuisine

If there’s one thing I like about living this close to the “South” it’s fried chicken. Oh yeah, nothing beats stopping into the local grocery store and seeing boxes of the stuff laid out for me like pre-packaged heart attacks. Which is probably why I found Hinano’s post on buying merchandise interesting because I own two wall scrolls. That’s it.

But I have a ton of DVDs. I mean I have them coming into my bed and attacking me in the middle of the night. That might be the reason I don’t have much merch.

Or it could be the fried chicken.

Speaking of DVDs, Atama Ga Warui put some final words on the obituary for HD-DVD. But you know, I can’t see me buying a Blu-Ray player anytime in the near future. Maybe it’s because I’m a closet Luddite. These new fangled technology things secretly scare me. What happens when my collection becomes obsolete? I couldn’t imagine having to buy all of this stuff again. That’d be crazy. Like I said, they’re starting to form political parties on my shelf.

And just as I’m about to complete the party of Gekkostate, they go and announce a Eureka 7 movie. Really? I haven’t even finished watching the series (I’m waiting for that last disk to come out before I do.) It makes me feel completely inadequate. Really I just will need to go hang my head in shame.

Well for that and the fact that I heaped loads of love on Crunchyroll and they fricken pulled Tower of Druaga. I’m sure that those liars and thieves over there have some really good reason why they played with my heart. (Okay, they might really have some good reasons that I don’t know about.) But then again, maybe they don’t. But you can still watch it on YouTube or BOSTTV. I’m not necessarily sure which one I support more. I’d love to support BOSTTV more, but I’m a little low on cash this cycle (I spent my extra buying anime and fried chicken.)

I don’t have a good transition for this, but CCY reminded me about something I really want to write about one of these days. Basically that it’s okay for a series to be good. It doesn’t need to be radical or amazing; it can just do what it does well and move on down the line. Granted people won’t talk about it in five or six years. But they might…

Oh yeah, and double reminded me that summer is still coming to Baltimore. Man, I hate summer here.


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  1. Frankly, I like Crunchyroll. They help me watch some anime everywhere. With that move, however, I have doubts with regard to their aims, really.

    Oh, and be glad that you at least have DVDs. In a country like ours, the only DVDs that exist are HK bootlegs, and these are also expensive.

  2. What Michael said about bootleg DVDs in my country is quite true. It sucks to be in a 3rd world country but what can we do? Move to Canada? (Really tempting.)

    On the other hand, if ever I do get a house of my own and a satisfying (more importantly high-paying) job only then will I think of buying DVDs. First on my list are the Marimite DVDs because I am sure they will never be on Blu-Ray.

    So you should still count yourself as lucky for having access to DVDs and other stuff. And for being in a favored region code too. ^_^;

  3. I know what you mean about merchandise. With money tight, I prefer to buy ‘actual product’.

    Mind you, Exia gunpla is probably the only legal way I have of supporting Gundam 00. Perhaps I should splash out on a few boxes, my poor modelling skills notwithstanding.

  4. Down here in Nashville, they have this restaurant that serves fried chicken WITH waffles. It’s like a dream come true.

  5. The only anime DVDs I have are either JP’s or the lame DVDs I won from 2007 Anime Next AMV contest (like oh boy To Heart volume anime I watched 8 years ago!)

  6. I’d prefer summer to how it is now, living 10 min away from DC in MD myself. 😛

    And I shudder to think about how much I’ve spent on my anime and anime-related purchases.

  7. @Michael – I have mixed feelings about them. Granted, I’m not a big fan of that article ANN did on them. But the fact that they don’t pull stuff down unless they get a request to do it, not really something I support. But I understand your side too. I mean if there was a CR for the Phillipines – that I would support.

    @hayase – I can understand. And trust me, I am grateful that I live in America (criminally insane President non-withstanding). I more meant to poke fun at myself than anything else.

    @The Animanachronism – Yeah, they stop me at the door of the model shop and say, “Um… another tube of modeling glue? And you still haven’t built that three piece model kit.” I think the only model I ever built sucessfully was the USS Enterprise from Next Generation.

    @bakaraptor – That sounds disturbing… yet strangely good. Maple syrup and chicken, the best of both worlds 🙂

    @Hinano – Wow? To Heart? And volume three nonetheless. That’s just silly.

    @TheBigN – I dunno. Hot and humid just sucks the life out of me, one step at a time. And then it feels like it never ends. I guess I’m a bit more used to WA state when it gets over towards the end of Sept. I didn’t even feel like I had a winter 🙂

  8. Personally, I can’t wait for more anime to be released on bluray! More episodes (theoretically) per disc means I’m a happier man.

    Regarding your comment about a show not needing to be “radical” or “amazing,” I agree and would like to add to that if I may. I hear a lot of times people bashing a show because it doesn’t “bring anything new” or isn’t “innovative” or is “cliched.” I think what is important is how the everything is executed. If an overdone cliched storyline or plot is done well, then it doesn’t matter if it isn’t “innovative,” “new,” “not cliched,” “radical” or “amazing.” It’s just fun to watch, and that’s all that matters in the end right?

  9. FYI, the Crunchyroll version of Druaga 1 is back up. I’m not impressed with their streaming stuff– the quality is uber-choppy. But the downloadable is pretty acceptable.

  10. @niku – I agree. I mean I like shows that combine elements well or are executed well. But I have never thought a show has to be all that and a bucket of chips to be a good show.

    I’m just not looking forward to having to buy a new TV for the new Blu-Ray player that I’ll have to buy in a few more years.

    @ gia – That’s for letting me know. I’m not as impressed with how they’re handling the streaming. Honestly as far as that goes, YouTube is probably the best quality for the lowest price. I don’t really have the money for BOST right now. Even though I’d love to support them.

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