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My plan to try and restart some sort of anime reviews before the end of the year have been stymied by a frustrating pinched nerve -- it's amazing how something that goes wrong in the back of the shoulder can cause so much pain in the tips of my fingers. In particular, the radial nerve of the right arm/hand, which causes all sorts of deep-aching pains in the arm that vicodin cannot even touch, means I can only sleep a certain way, and more importantly means that it hurts to click a mouse and hurts to type a few sentences at a time. Hence I am avoiding computer usage (other than casual browsing). It's an order of magnitude better now than it was before, at least. Hooray for growing old.

In the mean time, for the past few months I've been flying through tons of anime on Netflix -- a few good shows, but most of it ranging between bad, really-really-bad and terribad. Decent stuff includes Canaan and Ghost Hound, okay stuff includes Gunslinger Girl, Blue Drop, Corpse Princess. The truly awful stuff includes Air Gear, Rosario and Vampire, Dragonaut, Vandread, Moeyo Ken. Frankly, I *want* to so some sort of reviews for the awful stuff, because I have more fun writing those types of reviews. Guess that makes me a sadist, wanting to rip something apart rather than heap praise. There's just so much awful stuff to choose from, too!

Also in the past month, Netflix slashed their anime offerings, more than half of their remaining (already shrinking) catalog was dropped mid-month. And there's been no moves to try and beef up their catalog. No matter. Plenty of other options with much larger catalogs via streaming on Roku, including the 900-pound anime gorillas of Hulu and Crunchyroll, as well as a rather impressive selection via free streaming through Amazon Prime, also Crackle and Funimation's own channel. It's amazing how the availability of anime has changed so much just in the past five years, much less ten or twenty years (could anyone from 1992 fathom what today's media landscape would have been like?).

The only thing I don't like is the notable lack of back-catalog stuff. Looking for all the recent releases? Sure, most of it is just a few clicks of the mouse away! But try and find some anime show from the eighties or nineties? Yeah...not so much. Torrenting is about the only way to go for most of that stuff. And being the old fart that I am, that's the stuff I'm more interested in. Oh well, can't win them all.

So, until I can type for any length of time without having to take breaks to ice down my arm, I'll remain quietly in the background, spooling up the next episode of Humanity Has Declined to watch or somesuch. Happy holidays!


(Yoinked from Reddit)

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porsupah
Dec. 8th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Yipe! Is there treatment available/underway? That sounds ghastly!

As for anime on Crunchyroll/Hulu/Netflix/etc, is it all dubbed? I've rarely been able to really enjoy an English dub, though I recall Cowboy Bebop's wasn't bad. (As compared to, say, Evangelion, or *shudder* Tenchi Muyo)

Irksomely, it seems to still be the case that any anime I actually do want to keep, such as Summer Wars, is only available on physical media, which I'm rather uninterested in. True, it's easy enough to rip the disc, but I'd far sooner be able to hop over to somewhere like the iTunes Store and simply download it. (Similarly what preceded and succeeded it - TGWLTT is a fantastic work, so The Wolf Children must surely be at least enjoyable =:)
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