Cecilia D’Anastasio

So I read a blog by Cecilia D’Anastasio who claims anime is misogynist, racist and needs to conform to Western standards. First, Miss D’Anastasio can fuck off. Anime is not hers to change. No one is forcing her to watch it. Have you not seen all the examples of racism in American animation? After watching 15,000 episodes I can honestly say anime remains fairly respectful of women and minorities. Anime is not afraid of tackling social issues such as exploitation and human trafficking. Numerous anime deal with a strong female protagonist–Those are my favorite!

Don’t change anime. Don’t make it Western because I’ll hate it. Don’t do us any favors.

サマリー: Cecilia D’Anastasio はアニメと日本の文化を嫌っている。彼女はキリスト教徒の信仰とモラルをアニメに反映させて欲しいと思っている。

Choices before anime existed

I’m 50 years old. Animation was bland 40 years ago. Not much to choose from and no internet. If I was lucky, our antenna would catch channel 20 and show something unusual called Kimba the White Lion (ジャングル大帝). In college I discovered something amazing called anime. I wasn’t used to seeing animation beautifully drawn with captivating, emotionally charged storylines.

1973, Ace o Nerae!, Super Friends
1973, Ace o Nerae!, Super Friends

1975, Dog of Flanders, Grape Ape
1975, Dog of Flanders, Grape Ape

1976, Gaiking, Scooby-Doo
1976, Gaiking, Scooby-Doo

It’s the present and I’m overwhelmed with the amount of anime available. I feel robbed and cheated of my childhood.

Influential anime, Gunbuster, 1988
Influential anime, Gunbuster, 1988

Disenchanted with streamed anime

Funimation’s streaming is just horrible (constant buffering, pixelation). There’s a strategy some some web sites use called “miserable users” designed to drive away unwanted users–That’s exactly what Funimation’s streaming service is like. You experience so many glitches and playback problems on Funimation that you want to leave. I’m going to start watching more BDs and DVDs to save my sanity. Streaming technology is still half-baked to be enjoyable or practical. Streaming is a last resort.

Funimation streaming service review

I’ve been a Funimation.com member for 2 years now. Their streaming started out ok. They hosted their videos from Hulu. I hate Hulu because of commercials and poor video quality. Funimation started hosting their own videos and that’s where the trouble started. They advertise SD, 720 and 1080 streaming. I’ve routinely experience trouble streaming at 1080 and there’s times video will constantly be interrupted at SD.

My current internet speed is 62 Mbps which should be more than sufficient for HD streaming. I tried to watch Shimoneta ep. 6 at 1080 but playback was constantly interrupted. This was an ethernet connection. I had to watch on SD with a few interruptions due to buffering.

Funimation’s streaming is terrible. I’m also paying $8.00/month for this. Crunchyroll doesn’t have these problems. I watch their videos at 1080 without problems most of the time.

Streaming anime on Funimation

Barakamon
Barakamon

Funimation hosted their anime no Hulu (known for their obligatory adverts) which was an immediate turnoff for me.  Since then I discovered Funimation is hosting anime themselves.  A paid membership will get rid of commercials.  Barakamon was the first show I added to my queue. I’ve also added other shows not available on Crunchyroll like Psycho-pass, Dangan Ronpa, and To aru Kagaku no Railgun.

Latest CDs from Japan

My Tenso package arrived today.

Latest CDs from Japan

Watching anime on my new 80″ tv

I replaced my 50″ Pioneer Elite plasma with an 80″ Sharp AQUOS LED.  I like the picture better on the plasma–The picture was clear and bright at any angle.  You have to be sitting directly in front of the LED to see clearly.  Also, the Sharp’s color seems unnatural.  It takes some getting used to.  The Sharp is perfect for anime though.  It’s nice watching Crunchyroll on a tv this big at 1080i.  I’m using a Mac Mini.  You might see it below the screen.