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Is Watching Anime Too Expensive?

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Welcome back to this series of re-uploaded columns from my work with my college newspaper. One of the topics I covered on my column was the cost of anime as a hobby. While there are certainly a lot of modern conveniences that make watching anime easier, for those who would rather not resort to illegal streaming, it can still be expensive. I hope you enjoy the read.

One of the most deceptively difficult questions to answer about anime over the last few years has actually been “where do I watch it?” Most people would reason that since media of all kinds has become significantly more accessible that anime would follow suit. While this is true generally speaking, much like any hobby that isn’t rock collecting, the dollars start to add up after a while. 

First, it is worth acknowledging again that, relative to just 15 years ago, it is definitely easier to watch anime. Before, if a show came out that someone was interested in, they would have to either buy an expensive box set or pirate the anime online in terrible quality while also risking the safety of their computer. Now, most people do not have to think twice about this.

However, the advent of movie and tv streaming has brought both solutions and also new problems. While getting a large number of shows for a set monthly price is a totally reasonable bargain, the model begins to unravel once a large number of similar services start to emerge, each carrying their own unique libraries. In fact, one might say that the problem streaming services set out to fix has been revived in a new way. 

As time has gone by and the popularity of anime has gone way up, many of these same streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, as well as anime exclusive services such as Crunchyroll, Funimation, and HiDive! are also looking for a piece of the pie. Even Amazon a few years ago wanted a share of the market and attempted to cash in with their service “Anime Strike,” which cost five dollars a month extra on top of the existing Amazon Prime fee.


Exclusives have also become a significantly bigger part of the streaming service appeal, and the same is holding true for anime as well. Netflix made a huge effort early on to cash in on anime’s upward trend, and it does appear to be paying off, as the company owns the exclusive rights to an increasing amount of hot-topic shows within the community. 

Companies like Crunchyroll are also beginning to dip their toes into exclusives as well, with a number of Webtoon crossovers including “Tower of God” and “God of High School.” These shows have also turned out to be relatively popular among fans. Funimation, while not as focused in that area, does corner a large part of the market for English dubs for many of the most popular long-running and seasonal shows, including “Black Clover,” “One Piece” and “The Promised Neverland.”

This further division of popular shows among various streaming services means that anyone looking to keep up with what is new is going to have to pay a fairly hefty price. This has led to many figures in the community talking about a potential rise in piracy if companies begin to raise their prices too much. 

The streaming wars will probably continue to rage on for some time. Companies will continue competing for the various series which draw the most eyes in the short term. Long term, however, it may just be the case that being an anime fan, or a fan of tv and movies for that matter, continues to get even more expensive. It might be that streaming just becomes the new cable. 

How do you all feel about the cost of anime? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to also check out the column I uploaded last week about “Tokyo Godfathers” and Satoshi Kon.

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This Week in Anime: Live-Action Bleach, InkyPen, and More…

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I’ll be honest, this week was a lot more interesting for me than the last few weeks. Sure, we got some new anime releases, and as always people writing some awesome stuff, but a lot of interesting things have been announced this week, and I’m just generally excited about what’s to come.

New Releases

Here’s what’s new when it comes to shows.

Shonen-Jump Rom-Com “We Never Learn” Gets TV Anime

Source: Goboiano.com

On Monday, the official website and Twitter account for the TV anime “We Never Learn” Announced new details about the project. Among these new details are the director of the show, who will be Yoshiaki Iwasaki(The Familiar of Zero, Love Hina). It was also revealed that the screenwriter will be Go Zappa, who screen wrote “Chronicles of the Going Home Club” and that Masakatsu Sasaki will be the character designer. Sasaki has previously done character designs for “Saki” and “A-Channel”

The show’s story will follow a well-educated boy hoping to successfully tutor two girls in order to get them scholarships. The only problem is that the two girls want to study outside of their talents. One is a science nerd who wants to study Liberal Arts, and the other is a reader who wants to be a scientist.

Fairytail Website Releases PV for Upcoming Series Finale

The official website for the Fairytail Anime released a Promotional Video for the final season of the fairytail anime. The video, shown above, gives small details about the new series, like character costumes and a glimpse of the actual story, among a cut of action scenes from the show.

Simultaneously, the site also released promotional art for the next season. The art depicts Natsu and Zeref, two characters who, in the last season, were revealed to be related.

Zeref and Natsu

The series is slated for a release this fall, with the first episode being released in October.

Bleach Live Action Movie Coming to Netflix

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In a video that came out last week, Netflix announced their list of new arrivals for September. The most interesting reveal on that list? Bleach. According to the list, the live-action adaptation of bleach that was released in Japanese theatres earlier this year will be coming state-side. The movie will be released on Netflix on September 14th, according to the same video.

The live action movie covers the first major arc of the Bleach manga, known as the Substitute Shinigami Arc, because of its focus on the main character Ichigo Kurosaki.

New Service “InkyPen” Coming to Nintendo Switch


A new service called “InkyPen” recently announced that they would be available on the Nintendo Switch. The service is, surprisingly enough, a comic streaming service. As they write on their website, “InkyPen allows you to read thousands of comics from a wide selection of publishers and artists on Nintendo Switch. All content is available upon subscription, no premiums, no piecemeal content.”

This information is also interesting for another reason: the service seems to only be available on the Nintendo Switch. According to the Press Kit available on their website, The Switch is the only device on which the service is accessible.

The Price per month will be 7.99, and will give readers access to over 10,000 different comics and graphic novels, including many different manga series.

Article Shoutouts

Here are so awesome articles from around the web this week.

What’s up with Crunchyroll?

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews gives a bit more of a sober take on the recent debacle surrounding Crunchyroll, including their first-ever original series “High Guardian Spice.” Short, but definitely well written. Go ahead and give it a read.

Japanese Literature?

Over on BiblioNyan, there is a great article about 5 books for newbs when it comes to Japanese books. I’ve definitely been more interested in reading Japanese literature, and the books they describe definitely sound awesome. Check it out.

What do you guys think about this week’s anime-related news and featured articles? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support The Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

This Week in Anime: Death Note, Vinland Saga, and More…

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This week has a pretty diverse but short amount of news. Some of it you may or may not have been expecting, and some you might have already known about. Either way, let’s get into it.

“Death Note” Film Made by Netflix to Receive Sequel


It was announced recently by Netflix that a sequel film to Adam Wingard’s 2017 Death Note adaptation is in the works. Currently, not much is known about the film, including whether or not Wingard will return to direct it. However, Greg Russo, a writer for “Mortal Combat” and the upcoming “Resident Evil” movie, is currently working on the script.

Many were unsure of the potential of a sequel to Netflix’s live-action rendition of Death Note because of the film being met with middling reviews. However, Wingard had previously pitched the live action version as a trilogy but was given a single movie instead.

Kakegurui Second Season to Air in January 2019

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It has been confirmed this week that Kakegurui’s second season, which was confirmed for production earlier this year, is scheduled to be released in January of next year. The announcement was made in tandem with the announcement for a second season of the show’s live-action drama counterpart. It has also been confirmed that all of the previous staff will be returning for the season and studio MAPPA will again be handling the production.

The story of Kakegurui centers around a school where your ability to gamble determines your social status, and if your really bad, you might even become a slave. However, none of this scares the school’s newest transfer student, Yumiko Jabami, who sets out to have the ultimate gambling experience.

 Crunchyroll to Release Original Content Through Elation Studios


Elation, the parent company of Crunchyroll and VRV, announced yesterday that they would be opening a new division dedicated to creating original content. Named Elation Studios, one of the divisions first projects will be an original series on Crunchyroll named High Guardian Spice, a show about four girls going to school in order to be Guardians, protectors of the magical realm.

Elation Studios will be headed Magaret Dean, who formerly worked at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and is the current president of Women in Animation. The Studio’s first project High Guardian Spice is being created by Raye Rodriguez, who has said that he’s been a lifelong anime fan. Audu Poden, the director of Animaniacs, will be mentoring Rodriguez during the show’s production.

Vinland Saga Staff Revealed

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The official website for the production of the highly popular manga Vinland Saga announced on Monday the show’s key staff and released a visual for the show. Shuhei Yabuta, who has previously directed Inuyashiki, will be directing the show, and Studio Wit, responsible for Attack on Titan and The Ancient Magus Bride, will be handling the production. Additionally, the animation director for Hunter X Hunter Takahiro Abiru will be handling the character designs.

The story of Vinland Saga centers around Thorfinn, the son of one of his clans greatest warriors. However, one day his dad is killed by a mercenary group, and in order to get his revenge, Thorfinn joins the group. This decision gets him involved in the possible overthrow of England.

Article Shoutouts

And now for this week’s awesome articles

Anime Clubs?

Chloe from The Spooky Red Head wrote about her recent experience in an anime club at her university. Not to give any spoilers, but her experience wasn’t exactly positive, to say the least. Still, a fun an interesting post, and one you should definitely give a read.

A City of Gold?

Mel from Mel in Anime Land released their OWLS post today and talked about an anime that I was not aware of called “The Mysterious City of Gold.” Also very much worth reading, so you should check it out.

What do you guys think about this week’s anime-related news and featured articles? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support The Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

This Week in Anime: 10-9-17

Welcome back, everyone, to another installment of This Week in Anime. I’ll be honest, I thought this week was going to be a bit boring. Not really sure why, but that changed very quickly with some events that happened earlier in the week. Anyway, Let’s get into it.

Crunchyroll Gets Hacked by Outside Operators

Source: Crunchyroll.com

It’s fair to say that the team at Crunchyroll had a bit of a hectic day on Saturday. Around 9:00 A.M., Crunchyroll’s Twitter account tweeted that the website was unsafe to access at the time, saying “we are aware of the issues and are working on it.”

The “issues” they were referring to was a hack that downloaded malware onto users systems. This hack reportedly disguised itself as an update to Crunchyroll’s video player that featured Goku in the promotion. After downloading the file, users got ransomware that encrypted the data on their hard drive so that they could not access their files. It was later confirmed by Crunchyroll that users had been redirected from Crunchyroll.com by outside attackers to a different server that prompted the Malware download.

Crunchyroll later tweeted that the problem had been fixed, around 11:30 A.M. It is unclear how many were affected by the attack.

AHO-Girl Manga will be Ending in December.


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Source: AnimeforWorld.com


Mangaka Hiroyuki announced on his website Saturday that his popular Manga AHO-Girl will be ending in December. The Bessatsu Shonen Magazine will announce the Manga’s ending in their December edition, which will come out on November 9th. The Manga will conclude with the 12th volume.

P.A. Works Revealed to be Paying Workers 22% less than McDonald’s Employees


Source: Crunchyroll.com

The debate about animator pay has been a hot-button issue in the anime industry for a while. Many starting animators get paid less than minimum wage, and there have even been projects aimed at helping struggling animators with affording living costs. Studios have argued that they simply cannot afford to pay anymore because of the competition from studios in other countries like China.

It was recently revealed that Progressive Animation Works(P.A. Works), the studio behind popular shows like Angel Beats and Charlotte, but out a request for work with pay starting at just 770 Yen/hour, roughly 6.75 an hour in U.S. dollars. Many people criticised the studio’s behavior because the McDonalds in the area pays 980 Yen/hour, about 8.60 U.S.

Shinichiro Watanabe Reportedly Working on a New Project.


Source: Wikipedia.com


Fans have theorized about what could possibly be happening after Director Shinichiro Watanabe announced a new project. Last weekend while the director was attending a panel at Madman Anime Festival in Melbourne, Austrailia he teased a new project. It has been reported that he is working on music already with Studio Bones, but other details have not been revealed.



I Just Saw The Ancient Magus Bride, and I’m Excited

Yesterday, I went to the Crunchyroll Anime Movie Night and saw The Ancient Magus Bride, and It was probably one of the best viewing experiences of an anime I’ve had. Rarely do I get to view anime in theater, and, in fact, this was only my second time seeing anything anime on the big screen. The first time was going to see the amazing Your Name.

Before they showed Magus Bride, Crunchyroll gave a sneak preview of its upcoming original film Children of Ether. Now, based on the clip they showed, I’d have to say that I’m a bit skeptical. The story seems like its going to be enjoyable, but the directorial debut of Lesean Thomas overall is not promising. The animation was a bit wonky in a lot of places, especially in the fight scenes. It was just a ten minute clip, though, so hopefully the whole movie will be better.

The main event; however, did not disappoint. The first three episodes were an absolute masterpiece, to say the least. Of course, I can’t speak for the quality of the show beyond episode three, but based on the show so far a drop off in quality is not likely. The animation was on par with most other Studio Wit productions, and the colorful art pallet fit perfectly for a show about magic.

The characters have also been a delight. Chise, while not having done much so far, seems to be genuinely growing from her experiences with Elias, and because of that it looks like she will be able to adequately deal with her past. Elias is a bit more shrouded in mystery. His motives on the surface seem ok, but I get the feeling there is a lot more going on in the mage world then what the story, and more specifically he, is showing us.

The Music is by far my favorite part of the show so far. The soundtrack has what I would describe as a more regal feel to it, which makes sense considering the show is set in England. A lot of the tracks have large horn sections which I like a lot, and I hope to see that trend continue.

If there was a line to buy tickets for the hype train, then I would be first in it. I’m genuinely hoping that the show doesn’t disappoint, because what we got in these first three episodes was amazing.