Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Anime recommendations???

I decided to give Netflix a try. They've got a free trial going on, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The concept is cool (i.e. ship you DVD's then you ship them back when you're done), but don't get caught up in their advertising that says "1 business day shipping". My DVD's are expected to ship in 2-3 business days. Regardless, I still thought it'd be worth a shot. Probably the biggest upside to Netflix is that you can get DVD's that you would normally be embarassed to rent at Blockbuster. And I'm not talking about porn (you can't get that at Blockbuster anyway), I'm talking about good, dorky Japanese animation. I've been out of the anime realm for a long time, so I'm calling on the Spoonhouse to recommend some great anime. Here's what I've ordered so far: the Trigun series; Samurai X; and Full Metal Alchemist. Sound off! Give your recommendations.

14 Comments:

Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

Full Metal is one of my favorites. Trigun rocks and Samurai X was "OK." If you haven't seen Cowboy Bebop, get it. That's on the top of my list. I also recommend Neon Genesis Evangelion if you want something VERY story driven and have about a week of free time. It's very long. OH! And Outlaw Star. (Again, if you haven't already seen it.)

29/8/06 06:25  
Blogger Matt McMinn said...

We;ve had netflix for a few years now (our queue has 188 movies in it right now), and when we were living in Fenton, we did have 1 business day shipping, each way: if we put a movie in the mail on Monday, we'd have a new one on Wednesday. In Hawaii and Ohio, we would get it Thursday, which I think is a combination of a farther away distribution center, and their policy of getting movies to you slower when you rent a lot.

29/8/06 06:28  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

Thanks, Jack! I've seen bits of pieces of Bebop back in the day (probably at your place), but I was most likely in a drunken stupor (circa 2000-2003) and I don't remember a ton.
I did see Outlaw Star- it was pretty good.
Not sure if I have the time for a marathon NGE, but I may give it a shot down the road.
Matt, looks like there's a netflix distribution center in Lansing, hence you got your DVDs in Fenton in one/two days. I'll have to see where my TX DC is- I may have to try and change my shipping address to my work address since I live in an outlying area and it usually tacks on an extra day for incoming packages to get to my rural post office. Also, any anime picks Matt?

29/8/06 06:46  
Blogger Matt McMinn said...

The only anime that I can recommend is the stuff that I've had for a while - Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Full Metal Panic. I haven't watched any more in a while.

29/8/06 08:49  
Blogger Cohort Mandibles said...

See if you can find Teknoman. That cartoon was cash money hoes. Don't bother getting the sequel (Tekkaman Blade II) because it sucked ass. The first one rules though.

29/8/06 09:32  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

Yeah, I checked and Netflix has Teknoman. I added it to my queue. One of the nice things about Netflix is that they have damn near everything (except for porn- I'll just order those from McMinn... McFlix). I guess that's why I wanted to try NetFlix. Our local Hollywood Video and Blockbuster suck royal hind tit- seems like all they have are 100 copies of drivel like "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days". And neither place has the Sopranos Season 5! What's this world coming to!!!

29/8/06 09:44  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

God, I love straight-to-video films.
Read this synopsis and tell me it doesn't sound just like something the Spoonhouse members wouldn't have made back in high school:

"An ex-special forces soldier takes a job as a bodyguard and finds himself battling it out with a powerful gangster rapper in this explosive action film. After fighting in Desert Storm, Phillip Sauvage is hired to protect a professional boxer and his family from a music industry kingpin who has a bone to pick with the pugilist. Not taking any chances, Sauvage hires a crack team of ex-commandos who will fight to the death."

Absolutely hysterical.
BTW, you can watch the teaser trailer here.

29/8/06 10:24  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

Si,
New releases rent out for about $4 a pop- and you might only have a couple days till they're due back to the store. With Netflix, the decent plans start at 14.99/month, which means all you have to do is watch 4 movies per month and it's already worth it. Personally, on a slow weekend, I can watch 2-3 movies easily. Not all of us have as busy lives as you do.

29/8/06 10:28  
Blogger Garble said...

Netflix is pretty cheap. We're happy with the 15$ plan. also there are no late fees and I don't have to bother going to the store to pick up a movie. So it saves time also. That movie summary was great.

29/8/06 10:32  
Blogger Cohort Mandibles said...

I'm going to give the free trial a whirl. I'm going to rent Teknoman, keep it, and cancel my account. That's the only DVD I can never find. Thanks Netflix.

29/8/06 10:32  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

Cohort,
That's actually not a bad idea. NetFlix says they don't charge people for the first (and sometimes second) "lost in the mail" DVD.

Also, I created an account under Mrs. Brannick's name and I'm having DVD's sent to my office address in a couple days. That means I'll have plenty of vids to watch this weekend when she's out of town!
The beauty is that you can cancel after a 2 week trial. That's just my way of sticking it to the man...

29/8/06 10:35  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

I just checked out the netflix site. I think the 5.99 or 9.99 plan would be the only one I could make worth it, at least during the winter months. I guess I can't sit still long enough to watch 3 or so movies during a weekend. And like Jim said, it will be great for renting dorky stuff that you wouldn't be able to get at the local video barn.

29/8/06 10:57  
Blogger Cohort Mandibles said...

Derrr, Jim said, "sticking it to the man...". So anyway, you could technically start a bunch of free trials, all with different addresses, rent your favorite movies, then cancel all the accounts. Sweeeeeet. Free shit here I come.

29/8/06 12:01  
Blogger Jizzoel said...

I have Netflix, and while it's pretty sweet, I waste my money some months. I'll sometimes have the same three movies sitting on my coffee table for three or four weeks, then I'll feel like watching movies again and go through 5 in a week. I've never had shipping take more than a day.

29/8/06 21:22  

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