The app lets you set notification times when you want them, and even add a Today View widget to Notification Center so you can see upcoming shows in a single swipe.
Last weekabout three free first episodes of animated shows available on iTunes. I mentioned that My Little Pony seemed to be patterned after Japanese anime, and that the show wasn’t my cup of tea. Some of you suggested that I missed the mark on that show, that it contained wit that adult males would appreciate, and that the animation was top notch. Well, I watched it again. My opinion hasn’t changed. My Little Pony is not for me.
The problem is that while My Little Pony is not anime, it’s close enough in style that it turns me off. In general, I’m not a fan of Asian anime. I can’t take the big shimmery eyes, the cutesy sidekicks, the exaggerated expressions, the randomly place poignant pauses, or the odd fascination with large breasted schoolgirls dressed in extremely short plaid skirts.
I just can’t get into it, and I’ve tried. Now, before you fanboys and girls (my daughter among you) attempt to storm my heavily fortified compound situated in the wind swept plains of Southern Montana, hellbent on pummeling some sense into me, or at least forcing me to watch every episode of, let me point out that I said that, in general, I’m not an anime fan.
While may not share all the trappings of typical anime (No plaid skirted schoolgirls. Dang!), I own and have watched every episode. I’ve also enjoyed.
And while it gives me the creeps, I’ll watch Akira and Robot Carnival whenever I’m in the mood. I consider these shows to be the best of what anime has to offer.
The stories have depth (or alleges to have it), the animation isn’t cutesy, and while there is the occasional eye-shimmer, it’s not a random occurrence. True, all the shows I mentioned are over-the-top violent, and very serious, and even sexy, in a Jessica Rabbit kind of way, but that’s the kind of stuff I like. It reminds me of the the Chop-Suey kung-fu movies I use to watch growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, and even some of the more recent live action Asian movies, like. Slice ‘em, Dice ‘em, hack ‘em, and slash ‘em and let God sort them out.
And let’s not beat around the bush doing it. That’s my motto. I know that many don’t share my animated movie preferences, and that’s OK by me. “Live and let live,” is also my motto (unless you’re a bad guy, then eat cold steel). For those of you hankering for a heavy dose of Asian anime on the cheap, well, you’ve come to the right place because my other motto is, “Free is for me!” Remember Aeon Flux?
Not the starring Charlize Theron, but the very strange animated series about a dysfunctional Utopia. The show pushed the borders of what the censors would allow of TV. It also pushed the borders of what any sane person would watch without some sort of mind altering chemical enhancement. It was Aeon Flux that made me notice Adult Swim, a cable network of sorts that replaces the more juvenile Cartoon Network late at night, supposedly when kids are in bed. Adult Swim hosts all sorts of odd, adult oriented animation, some of it is Asian anime, but all of it kept censors gainfully employed. Install jupyter notebook windows. Aeon Flux is old hat these days.
If you tune into Adult Swim now you’re likely to find shows like, the critically acclaimed, and the very strange. And you’ll find a heaping helping of anime.
If you’re a fan and you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, the planets have aligned in your favor because there is now an app. The app is free and many of the episodes are free to view.
- вторник 23 октября