Remember the good old days when choosing what to watch on TV was a far simpler decision to make? Since there were only a handful of noteworthy TV shows, it was much easier to stick to one and watch it until the end. Nowadays, you’re lucky if you can finish one.
It’s good to have choices, but when there are far too many to choose from, you wind up deciding it’s better you don’t choose anything at all. This is the current conundrum facing most consumers with the amount of streaming services and various content now available to everyone who has a reliable Internet connection.
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When a show becomes a huge success, especially when it’s adapted from a popular book, there has been a persistent trend of studios wanting to find ways to extend the life of a show for however long they possibly can. The main motivation, though no one will admit it outwardly, is to make as much money off of the show while it’s still the hottest property on TV. Once the dollar signs start to become the central focus over the strength of the piece, a strong visual narrative that holds together well, you’ll start to notice how quickly a show gets run into the ground for the sake of more money.
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Television has changed dramatically in the last few years. Gone are those days when you had to either rush home to catch your favorite TV show at the time it airs, or setting up the VCR or TiVo to record an episode while you’re out. Digital streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have made it easier than ever before to watch your shows whenever and however you want. With the ease and accessibility streaming services have given us, is it trickier to really sit back and fully soak up the show we’re watching?
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Between fitting time to play video games and continuing my journey writing the first draft of my fantasy novel, I’ve also managed to squeeze in some anime viewing as well. With all my favorite TV shows on hiatus for the summer until the fall, except for Game of Thrones, it’s the perfect time to watch other shows I may not have a chance to watch during the week or weekends. Among the shows currently on my viewing roster are Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fate/Stay Night.
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Music is an emotional and universal experience. Its reach can be far and wide, has the power to bring people together, or it can inspire. Music gives us what we need in each moment. And just like music has the power to affect us in a meaningful way, so does meeting the right kind of people who will prove to be significant to us in some way, big or small. For piano prodigy Kousei Arima, music is the key to facing his personal demons and healing himself with the help of a fellow musician who brings back color into his life and a renewed passion for the piano.
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Stories about time travel often have a certain appeal people like to come back to again and again. The idea of either moving backwards or forwards in time, either to redo something you’ve done in your past or knowing where you’ll end up ten years into the future, is an ability all of us at one point or another would love to have. We all make mistakes we wish we could go back in time and fix or the curiosity of knowing how your life will turn out if you choose one path over another may make you better equipped at making tough decisions easier if you knew what the possible outcome would be. In the anime Erased, Satoru Fujinuma has a chance to go back to the past to prevent a series of tragic events from happening, while also altering his personal life and future in ways he never thought he needed changing and sometimes for the better.
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The conclusion to the first season of the uncut Sailor Moon aired last Monday through streaming services Hulu and Neon Alley. Being able to see the last two episodes fully intact and how it should have aired in North America when Sailor Moon first burst onto the scene back in the ’90s was what I have been waiting for my whole life. I wasn’t disappointed either and I found myself deeply affected by the whole viewing experience. Fair warning, the following post will contain spoilers. If you’re interested in watching the series or haven’t seen the episodes, I suggest reading this afterwards.
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The month of July has arrived which means the new anime reboot of Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Crystal, has also made its debut online over the Fourth of July weekend. The moment you watch the first few minutes of the opening sequence and have been a long time fan of Sailor Moon, you know this isn’t going to be your old school ’90s Sailor Moon anime you grew up with.
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