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Honey and Clover is on Netflix at last

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Back in the day I was quite disappointed that ViZ decided to issue the first season of Honey and Clover on DVD well ahead of the second half, because the story does not break into two neatly. Take it from here: no matter what Omo says, ef ~memo~ made complete sense without ef ~melo~. H&C makes no sense without H&C II. And to make it worse, ViZ clearly sat on the license longer than the realities of production dictated.

One way or the other, without much trumpeting, complete H&C is out on DVD and is safe to buy and watch. My own impression, oddly enough, was rather negative, but only because I disagreed strongly with some messages in it. It certainly was a quality production technically. H+C also induced bloging merriment. Good times.

UPDATE: Chris Beveridge twitters: “I swear, the Honey and Clover #anime must be one of the most dull and uninteresting shows ever.” It wasn’t my impression, but for people out there who put stock into his opinion, there you go.

Netflix stops streaming of a bunch of anime

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Via Nigorimasen comes the news of another bulk streaming shutdown, this time at Netflix. I never used the service, because it required Windows-specific software, but others did (I recall that Nick Istre watched Kurau that way).

We really need another DTO challenger like BOST (R.I.P.).

UPDATE: Nick elaborates, including this:

In truth, I had never used my computer to watch Netflix streaming video, but I have a Samsung Blu-ray player that can also do the Netflix streaming straight to my main A/V stack.

Behold the awesome power of this fully armed and operational market incumbent. The sort of deal-making between A/V equipment makers and the content distributors in the “consumer” space is largely ignored by forward-looking anime fan crowd, but every time I’m reminded that exists, I’m impressed that it’s even possible. If only this power were a force of good.

Blast from DVD Past

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Netflix sent me a DVD with v.1 of Yawara:

It may very well be my last rental DVD ever: Netflix brass hides no disdain for DVD subscribers ever since the failure of Quickster, when the unwashed masses made them to beat a hasty and expensive retreat. They did not forget, and they will do everything to get rid of us. Still, once set in its ways, the machine creaks on. This particular request sat in the account queue more than 3 years, and I am more than a little surprised that it was fulfilled.

Aside from that, how many of you heard about Anime Eigo? I heard it was a truly one-man company. Don’t like the garbage that FUNi licenses? Take action! Call Japanese studios and negotiate deals for masterpieces. Yawara ran together with Ranma 1/2 and had better ratings, BTW.