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Spring 2018 Anime Selections

Here are some impressions, as per usual. On a personal note, I recently signed up for HiDive, and it doesn’t have Apple TV support, which is what I use to watch probably 75% of anime these days. It also doesn’t have Chromecast support, which is what I use to watch ~15% of anime these days (only usually because I’m at a friend’s house or Apple TV is having issues). The two technology platforms are kind of interchangeable, since I use both at home for various things. The rest of the time I watch either on my phone (because I’m on an airplane) or on my PC (because I happen to be in front of it), in that 10% remainder. It also means HiDive is kind of worthless to me right now.

The problem with HiDive is that it doesn’t support how I watch anime most of the time. If it takes less effort to me to XDCC some files and watch it on Apple TV via Plex, than load up the video I want on HiDive, cast my whole phone, then hit play, this competing product is just a waste of my time that happened to cost money. Would it be OK for me to subscribe and not use it? I guess so. For now, the only real way to watch stuff on HiDive, short of inside a browser, is that I can dial up a video on my phone and stream my phone Airplay/Chromecast-like, but this sucks if all you have is your phone, and not a second device to play with in your living room. It is very much a first world problem, but this entire blog is more or less a first-world-issues only site.

That’s not even mentioning all the bugs in the Android app. And how the web version is making the same mistakes that plagued FUNi’s website back when they were solo on the streaming. Anyways.

On a less ranty, but still ranting, note, I picked up the EN version of BanG Dream game, administered out of Singapore. It’s perfectly fine and provides an updated experience than my first run-ins with the original JP version so long ago. They fixed most of the tuning issue with stamina usage and event point system. The more fleshed out exchange system now has some balance with grinding up character training mats. There are more songs you have access to right out of the gate, if just the newer covers alone.

Playing it also reminds me what I didn’t like about the game, which is having to put up with songs you don’t like or don’t want to listen to during multiplayer. This is why I almost never choose Random for song selection, anyway. Oh, and the usual abusers in the game that coast or outright cheat.

Then again, I get why some people instant-disconnect after the song selection screen. I really don’t have to want to put up with one more listen of Shuwarin. I’ve not fallen that far yet but it’s getting close. It would be really great if the game lets you blacklist a few songs!

OK, enough sidebars. Here are the initial offering (which is bound to shrink as the MLB season wears on).

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…This Fully Armed and Operational Comedy Station!

Revisiting Full Metal Panic – Fumoffu is timely, I guess. Enough to blog about.

Kyoto Animation’s new comedy, Lucky Star, has the attention of some people. I think. Not sure.

A while back (over a year ago now?) a popular media retail chain was closing. I raided one of their more urban stores and found some volume 1+box combos eating dust for a low price. As a small reward for having finished school and enjoying a few days’ worth of break, I watched it on the television. It would be the third or fourth time I braved the overly energetic tsun-tsun performance of Satsuki Yukino with otherworldly antics of an animated counter-terrorist.

With the strange word of the director change for LS, it occurred to me to check just how funny Fumoffu is rather than my rosy memory of how it was. Two birds in one stone, right? I also feel kind of bleh lately. Too much staring at the computer either for WoW or anything else…

And it’s funny still. It no longer has that shock factor to it, because I remember too much of it (as the series is quite memorable). But also because you need an audience to watch that show with; watching it by yourself is a little… Like eating a meal alone, I suppose.

The sharing nature of a piece of anime was something that Kyoani does well to imbue into their works. Even that random dance sequence… Someone must like that stuff, and it shows.