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#1 Jul 24 2009 at 1:36 AM Rating: Good
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I've been going through a bit of an anime binge lately. Well, okay, a massive binge.

As I was browsing TVTropes today, looking for more anime to add to the ol' Netflix queue(I recently bumped up from a 4 at a time subscription to an 8 at a time one in order to get more anime more quickly), I came across a video that made me interested in checking out a series I had just read about. Unfortunately, the series isn't available on Netflix, so I went over to Wikipedia to see if there were any plans to release it on DVD in the US soon. Nothing was mentioned about that, but it was mentioned that it's available on a site called Crunchyroll, which I had heard some of you talk about around here before.

My roommates and I are planning to hook a computer to the TV in the living room(as soon as my roommate's new comp comes in, his old one will be going in the living room for Hulu watching, among other things). Considering that we have an HD TV, I'm thinking having access to the HD streams might be worthwhile. What I don't know is whether the shows on there would be worth it or if there are other services which offer the same thing for free/cheaper. I'm also wondering if any of the series available only to paid subscribers are worth it.

So, anyone use the paid subscription and can give me some info on it or have a suggestion of another service that's worth checking out?
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#2 Jul 24 2009 at 2:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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I've refused to use Crunchyroll since the last few episodes of Tower of Druaga that were *supposed* to be released on YouTube were stuffed with the most annoying, eye-bleeding text ads for it ever, and then cut short.

So, personally, I think they're a bunch of satanic koalas with tentacles.

Just downloading it not an option?
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#3 Jul 24 2009 at 2:24 AM Rating: Good
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Just downloading it not an option?


Ever since I got a virus from downloading(P2P filesharing) some stuff back in the day, I've been too paranoid to download anything that isn't from an official site or a program run by a corporation that has an interest in keeping things like that out. However, since it'd be a computer that's only for watching stuff, it might be worth looking into. Suggestions on downloading programs/sites to try?
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#4 Jul 24 2009 at 3:15 AM Rating: Good
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Can't go wrong with Tokyo Toshokan. I've gotten terabytes worth of anime from them, and almost no problems. Only problems I have had was getting what I was collecting from different groups, and having to go back and getting it a second time.

(You'll need a bittorrent client, of course. I use utorrent.)
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#5 Jul 24 2009 at 3:28 AM Rating: Decent
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There are ways to be safer with downloads.

I don't have a paid subscription for Crunchyroll so I can't comment on the higher quality streams, but the basic stream is fairly watchable. Hulu also offers some anime, so you might check there.

I use mininova primarily, and while it's not perfectly safe, most anime there is unlikely to be infected, especially those with high seeds. You can also read through comments to see if people are having any sort of problem with the file.
#6 Jul 24 2009 at 11:33 AM Rating: Good
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I have a subscription to Crunchyroll. I think it looks good on my HD screen in higher definition, which is available on some of the simulcast shows. It's a good service with a decent variety of anime. I'm not against paying for stuff. 7 bucks is two lattes so it seems pretty cheap to me.

Edited, Jul 24th 2009 3:33pm by Annabella
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