Three (anime related) things that happened yesterday and which I wrote up brief commentary on while not working on my season summary. Fortunately, Maid Dragon is stretching into next week so I can justify giving myself a few more days to work on it.
After the jump, Ghibli, Gundam, and Amazon…
Ghibli Film Festival this summer!
In response to the success of the Spirited Away special event last year six Ghibli films will be shown as part of a Fathom Event this summer and fall – Totoro, Kiki, Castle in the Sky, Nausicaä, Spirited Away, and Howl’s.
We’re pretty lucky, a local indy theatre has been working their way through Ghibli’s oeuvre… so I don’t know how motivated I am to go see these. If they’re screening at a local theatre (as Spirited Away was last year), fine. But otherwise I’m not sure I want to drive to Seattle. (The theatre such things generally show at in Seattle is an hour and a half away! Not to mention the costs of gas, bridge toll, and meals.) Except for Nausicaä, I’ll definitely drive to Seattle for Nausicaä.
I’m not sure what it says about me that I’m more comfortable with Ghibli in dub than I am with sub. Maybe because that’s how I first encountered them?
Speaking of Ghibli, last week we went and saw Ocean Waves at the aforementioned indy theatre, and were disappointed. The setup was interesting, but the execution was lacking and ultimately the story just petered out.
Crunchyroll adds G Gundam!
Crunchyroll has been adding Gundam series left and right over the last few weeks… and now they’ve added a piece of cheese that’s close to my heart – G Gundam! I watched G back when it aired on Toonami in the early oughts, and loved the heck out of it. With considerably more developed tastes, I wonder what I’d think of it today? Though it is part of what eventually lead me to becoming the otaku I am today, I’m not sure it would stand up to a rewatch, especially since at 49 episodes it would be a serious investment of time.
OK, maybe a few select episodes. (Checked ’em out and they’re subbed… not what I was hoping for. But they’re still cheesy.)
Amazon and anime…
It appears that the much-anticipated Sword Oratoria will be airing on exclusively on Amazon Strike, and the ‘net is awash with moans and gnashing of teeth. Between Netflix hoarding episodes until they can release them en bloc and Amazon Strike’s double paywall, Western anime fandom is pretty unhappy right now…
Though I am loath to say this, the world is changing and you’re looking at the future of streaming anime. All three Big Boys (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) have dabbled over the last couple of years, but now I think the tipping point has been reached… The Big Boys and their deep pockets are here, and they’re here to stay. Anime is a growing niche, and one thing the Big Boys are very, very, good at is exploiting niche markets. (It’s one of their main leverage points over network TV.) Crunchyroll and Funimation already knew this, hence the ‘Crunchymation‘ partnership last year.
It’s hard to say what the fallout will be (bar more wailing and gnashing of teeth), because they can hardly bring more anime over. In an average season we already get the majority of new anime likely to be interesting to anime fans in the West, and all three already have respectably deep back catalogs…
We’re lucky in that we use all four video services, and (so far) Strike has had something each season to justify the additional five bucks a month… But if you don’t have Prime, then you’re looking at justifying $15/mo and that’s pretty steep even with all the other benefits Prime brings. (Which you’d already be paying for if you wanted them.) If you want to hit all four services (that is, not doubling up on Crunchymation), you’re looking at (depending on the plan you pick) upwards of $45/mo. That’s a pretty big hit.
Thus endeth an experiment in breaking out anime news from the weekly posts… Let me know what you think, about the news or the format/experiment.