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On 25/07/2020 at 17:43, Doctor Shark said:

Why is Dragon Ball Z so difficult to get hold of? I would gladly pay for digital downloads of Z or Kai, not to mention Super, but it's not available anywhere. I've never watched it before and fancied giving it a go. 

 

On 26/07/2020 at 18:21, kittygotwet said:

I had the same problem afew weeks ago,tried everywhere but ended up downloading a 150 odd gig rip off pirate bay,for how popular it Is you'd have thought it would be on Netflix or Prime 


Missed this a few weeks back. Super is on Crunchyroll, I think the rest might be. But historically getting access to DBZ in the UK is a nightmare. My Kai Bly-Rays are US region free ones, and when I was younger I literally paid someone on eBay for videos of it they’d recorded off the TV. I’m pretty sure it’s mostly available on DVD now, though pretty expensive. So there will probably be a deal to get it on Netflix in about ten years. 
 

Kai is the only way to watch it that’s worth the investment of time, and pirating it is probably the easiest way to get it. If anyone would like to know where they might acquire it from then maybe mention that out loud, I’m sure you’ll get a PM telling you ;) 

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1 hour ago, Broker said:

 


Missed this a few weeks back. Super is on Crunchyroll, I think the rest might be. But historically getting access to DBZ in the UK is a nightmare. My Kai Bly-Rays are US region free ones, and when I was younger I literally paid someone on eBay for videos of it they’d recorded off the TV. I’m pretty sure it’s mostly available on DVD now, though pretty expensive. So there will probably be a deal to get it on Netflix in about ten years. 
 

Kai is the only way to watch it that’s worth the investment of time, and pirating it is probably the easiest way to get it. If anyone would like to know where they might acquire it from then maybe mention that out loud, I’m sure you’ll get a PM telling you ;) 

 

Thanks man. I've read conflicting reports of Kai, but they mostly seem to be from people who've seen both and prefer the original for whatever reason. I think for me I won't know what I'm missing from the original and would probably therefore be fine with Kai. 

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I don’t understand the nostalgia for the original version, but I’m a manga reader first so a version that’s paced like that is my dream. I wish they would do the same to one Piece.

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Prompted by some discussion in the Mental Health Gaming Discord, I just picked up:

 

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My recollection is that the main story, Magnetic Rose, is beautifully animated but quite po-faced. Stink Bomb is more of a terrifying comedy with a superb ska soundtrack and the last short story is kind of an Eastern European political satire thingy. Looking forward to getting stuck in after a good fifteen years since I last saw the collection. 

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Started Great Pretender on Netflix, about con artists. Looks like it'll be good. Multi-episode arcs with each arc in a different city. They even got Freddie to sing the ending song.

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On 23/08/2020 at 14:58, JohnC said:

Started Great Pretender on Netflix, about con artists. Looks like it'll be good. Multi-episode arcs with each arc in a different city. They even got Freddie to sing the ending song.

 

It's trying to channel Cowboy Bebop a bit too hard but it's pretty good. The art is clean and the animation is good if little budget feeling at times. The story is not your typical Japanese tat even if the characterisations are. Worth checking out the first few episodes at least.

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Two completely different animals. Baccano is batshit crazy, gory as hell, and a real wild ride. It's the kind of over-the-top story that only anime does. However, it is really over the top - might be too much crazy, violent amorality for some people. I loved it back in the day.

 

I never completed Freedom, despite it being shorter - seemed OK, but just didn't grip me. Great art, much more solid SF storyline. Worth a punt if you like pure SF.
 

 

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Finished Great Pretender and yeah I feel its solid but wasn't blown away by it either. Firstly the use of color was great, character designs top tier and the music great. However, anime of the year is a bit of a stretch for me. Its definitely the most western anime I seen for a while, and mixed with the jazz soundtrack I can understand why people say Bebop vibes but personally that's just a lazy comparison. Overall first arc was good, 2nd arc was meh and 3rd arc was great  but it really depends how much you believe in the "heist" which at times really stretch credulity in how they tackle the solution and just too neat in general.

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On 15/07/2020 at 19:33, Arn Ironjaw said:

Ive just binged all but the last episode of Dorohedoro.

 

Love it all kinds of bat shit crazy but totally enjoyable, im going to saver the last episode until i can find the six ova episodes out there. 

 

It's also made me think i'll have to buy the manga now too as it's one of the best things that clicked with me in a long time. 

 

 

I finished watching this yesterday. Was a little disappointed at the lack of closure, but otherwise I really enjoyed it. Lots of cool character designs and I dig the art style. Anything else look similar? Fingers crossed that we get a second season soon. Have you managed to find the OVA episodes?

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Amazon keep quietly adding anime to prime, including quite a few older shows. Spotted Samurai Champloo, well worth a watch.

 

Plus Wolf's Rain, Promised Neverland, Erased, Outlaw Star, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and a bunch of really old stuff.

 

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Question for those of you with kids into Anime. 

 

My son (14) wants to sign up to aniwatch.me as his previous site shut down. 

 

I see from their landing page that they have Hentai on there and of course its an illegal site as there are no ads and no subs. 

  1. Is it a safe site with regards to general content or is it nefarious at all? 
  2. Do you anime parents feel its okay to let them sign up to free sites like this? My instinct is to pay for a sub to Crunchyroll for him as that seems like a legitimate way to watch loads of anime. Though he did say something about a 'watch with friends' option on aniwatch.me that seemed to be drawing him towards that even if I signed up to Crunchyroll for him. 
  3. Is the anime creator community more accepting of these sorts of sites then say, the movie industry was to movie torrenting? Or are there a lot of creators getting stiffed badly because people won't pay? My instinct is very much against encouraging him to use them and I don't mind paying but I genuinely don't know how people feel about it. 

Thoughts appreciated

 

Yigs

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On 04/10/2020 at 19:26, Yiggy said:

Question for those of you with kids into Anime. 

 

My son (14) wants to sign up to aniwatch.me as his previous site shut down. 

 

I see from their landing page that they have Hentai on there and of course its an illegal site as there are no ads and no subs. 

  1. Is it a safe site with regards to general content or is it nefarious at all? 
  2. Do you anime parents feel its okay to let them sign up to free sites like this? My instinct is to pay for a sub to Crunchyroll for him as that seems like a legitimate way to watch loads of anime. Though he did say something about a 'watch with friends' option on aniwatch.me that seemed to be drawing him towards that even if I signed up to Crunchyroll for him. 
  3. Is the anime creator community more accepting of these sorts of sites then say, the movie industry was to movie torrenting? Or are there a lot of creators getting stiffed badly because people won't pay? My instinct is very much against encouraging him to use them and I don't mind paying but I genuinely don't know how people feel about it. 

Thoughts appreciated

 

Yigs

 

I don't have a kid, but I would steer well clear of that. Looking at cartoon pornography (including hentai) was made a criminal offence under UK law somewhere in the region of ten years ago. The reasoning at the time was that child pornography was turning up on the internet with filters on them to make them look hand sketched. The wording of the law is extremely broad, and I remember at least one case soon after the law was made of a man being sent to prison for possessing cartoon pornography of Lara bloody Croft.

 

Also the Japanese animation industry is notoriously awful to its workers, low level animators often being supported by their parents as they earn less than a minimum wage job for insane hours. Sites like crunchyroll do share their profits with the actual Japanese studios, which is more than free sites will do.

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I've been watching GitS: Stand Alone Complex again recently (English dub too because it's actually superb) - they really don't make them like this anymore. Pervy treatment of the Major in initial episodes aside (and by today's anime standards, actually quite restrained), it's more interesting and better written and animated than anything I've watched in ages. I watched the movie again recently, and seminal as it is, I think the series is actually far better.

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Just watched GitS for the first time all the way through. Not quite sure why I've never finished it yet previously given that I love a lot of the top tier (read: well-known) anime, it just never gripped me particularly despite the incredible opening.

 

Anyway, it's blown me away. The plot and action and ideas are excellent, even if ripped off left, right and centre at this point, but it's the more reflective moments which I could feel leaving an aching impression of something I know I'll want to revisit again and again. The shots of the city in the rain with that stunning soundtrack or the diving scene, they're so beautiful and peaceful to me. 

 

I'll definitely get onto the sequel and SAC very soon. 

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I watched The Girl Who Leaped Through Time and Summer Wars for the first time today. Both excellent, even if Summer Wars is perhaps a bit too mad for the really touching ideas to really breathe.

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47 minutes ago, Marlew said:

Just watched GitS for the first time all the way through. Not quite sure why I've never finished it yet previously given that I love a lot of the top tier (read: well-known) anime, it just never gripped me particularly despite the incredible opening.

 

Anyway, it's blown me away. The plot and action and ideas are excellent, even if ripped off left, right and centre at this point, but it's the more reflective moments which I could feel leaving an aching impression of something I know I'll want to revisit again and again. The shots of the city in the rain with that stunning soundtrack or the diving scene, they're so beautiful and peaceful to me. 

 

I'll definitely get onto the sequel and SAC very soon. 


Sequel is s-l-o-w moving and really disappears up its own philosophical fundament. Not a patch on the first movie, despite some lovely CGI.

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