Alan Smithee

Saved By The Anime

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Up until this month, I had been living without using Netflix to fill the void of on demand entertainment. What made me change my mind on using the service was that so many Anime license companies like Viz and Funimation have decided to stream the bulk of their shows to Netflix subscribers…so now I have a reason to live and even more, a reason to catch up on my anime watching.

Yeah that’s so deliciously melodramatic, I get that. In all honesty, I watch probably an hour a day at the most of my Netflix streaming but the sheer amount of shows that you can watch is staggering. From just Viz Anime we’ve got the following series to watch:

  1. Bleach
  2. Naruto
  3. Hikaru No Go
  4. Honey and Clover
  5. Nana
  6. Inuyasha

From Funimation there are just as many if not more!

  1. Fullmetal Alchemist
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  3. Sekirei
  4. Corpse Princess
  5. Claymore
  6. Intial D: First Stage
  7. Fruits Basket
  8. Witchblade
  9. Robotech
  10. Samurai 7

There are literally thousands of hours of anime that you can be watching right now on Netflix with more being added all the time. I’m going to suffer from overstimulation before I actually get through it all.

The worst part…is that if you’re an anime purist like me who prefers that your anime be in the original Japanese language with English subtitles, you’re out of luck. I haven’t ran across a subtitled series yet on the service, but a few of the movies have been in original Japanese though, so there’s a silver lining to that cloud.

I have to be honest with you all here, for a guy like me who gave up on collecting anime when the move to DVD happened (all of those hundreds of VHS movies now worthless!), I don’t see myself ever buying these series to own, but the fact that they’re on Netflix has me happy and guilt free that I don’t have to resort to paying out of the pocket (much) to watch all I could want.

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