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.

Watching Crunchyroll @ Work

I love the fact I can watch Crunchyroll during my break at work.  I’m not limited to watching on my phone either.  I hook my Droid Razr to the TV using a HDMI to HDMI micro cable.

Listen to Me Girls, I’m Your Father!

Sora Takanashi

The Takanashi sisters are adorable beyond compare!  This was a heartbreaking anime with moments of comic ecchi thrown in to break the tension. You’ll watch and worry what will become of three sisters.

I loved this show, the moe characters, and music.  Yui Horie (Raika) sings the ED and Eri Kitamura (Miu) sings the OP.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

More Crunchyroll passes

If you’d like to try Crunchyroll, you’re free to use these passes. Go to Crunchyroll and enter these codes when you sign up.

Crunchyroll Passes
Type Expires
#1 5VJZBU7BJ5H All-Access Guest Pass – 48 Hours 11/9/12
#2 F5J56CMRR49 All-Access Guest Pass – 48 Hours 12/9/12

Kanamemo: A touching comedy

Kanamemo is a story about a girl named Kana who becomes homeless after losing her grandmother–the only family she had. So it’s off to a tragic start and similar to Fruits Basket in that respect. She ends up meeting an unusual group of girls. I won’t go into detail except the lesbian couple is cute, especially Yume. Yume has a bright friendly smile. She’s sympathetic and gives her lover little kisses when they’re together. Their relationship is light and cheerful–a pleasant change from Strawberry Panic which I’ve stalled on due to the burdensome relationships.

Mika Kujiin
Mika Kujiin

Unfortunately, the story leaves some unfinished business. One of my favorite characters is Mika who befriends Kana. She makes herself out to be cold and uncaring but she’s really sweet. She also claims to be from a upper-class family but there’s hints something’s seriously wrong with her situation. And so the story ends without us knowing what’s going on.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Using HDMI on the Samsung Droid Charge

I’ve been watching Crunchyroll on my phone which comes in handy when I’m not home.  The screen is a bit small which leads to eye strain after prolonged use.  I was curious about using the phone’s HDMI.  The Samsung Droid Charge (SCH-i510) comes with a HDMI port.  You’ll need a HDMI to HDMI Type D (micro) cable.  The micro HDMI resembles your phone’s micro USB cable.  You’ll also need a 1080 capable HDTV.

Initially, I purchased a Sigmac 15″ HDTV (480-1080i) for my phone however no video appeared.  The TV flashed 1080i once hooked up but no picture.  Then I purchased a Samsung T22B350ND 21.5″ LED.  It worked fine.  I was watching Squid Girl on a TV screen 5 times bigger than my phone’s with easy to read subtitles.

Picture Quality

Don’t expect 1080 HDMI quality.  It’s not even DVD quality.  It sort of looks like a low resolution YouTube video with jagged lines and pixelation.  The only purpose the HDMI serves is to screen capture your phone and enlarge it to your TV screen.

Quality comparison of Droid Charge HDMI
Quality comparison of Droid Charge HDMI (View image @ 100% for detail)