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Every anime and manga series has a variety of characters that fans love and hate. Each of them go through different levels of character development. Unfortunately, there are also a handful of characters that receive an unnecessary amount of hate. It gets to the point where other fans expect you to hate the character, without giving a valid or even justifiable reason why. One of these unfortunate characters is Sakura Haruno from Naruto.
I still remember when I discovered the series in its original manga form. It was at least a year after a friend showed me the first two or so episodes of the anime. At the time, I loved each character that I met and it was great meeting some fellow fans that went to the same school. Unfortunately, there were comments made that conditioned my opinions on Sakura. It became worse over time as I came across media that supported these negative comments. “Sakura is completely useless!! She literally does nothing to contribute to the series!! Why is she still in the series? They should just kill her off.” Soon, I began to agree with them and hate Sakura, despite the clear as day moments where her character developed. Thankfully, over time, I was able to cleanse my mind of those thoughts and re-examine everything with a clean slate. This is where this article comes into play, it is my analysis on Sakura’s character developement throughout the Chunin Exams.
The Written Exam
While there wasn’t much-involving character development, I did notice some instances where her attitude towards Naruto improves. For those that aren’t familiar with the series, Sakura generally gives Naruto the cold shoulder and can be aggressive towards him, all because she finds him annoying. However, just for a moment, when things look bleak with the chance of the team failing the exam, Sakura mentally shows compassion. Sure, there were a few moments where she mentally puts him down for not being academically smart, but this one moment did something. In any other situation, she would let him have it for making the team fail at any type of mission. Instead, she mentally tells him that it’s okay to give up, that they can always try again next year. Sakura showed that she was prepared to go down with him and no one would blame him. Heck, when Naruto straight up said that he wasn’t going to quit (which somehow led to them passing on to the next test), she cheered him on with praises. This is one of the rare moments where the viewers/readers are shown that Sakura doesn’t entirely hate Naruto and does feel a shred of respect for him. An interesting, yet unsurprising fact that I discovered, was that she’s smart enough to tackle some of the most difficult questions without cheating. And the whole point of the written exam was to cheat or gather information about the questions from the others…without getting caught.
The Forest of Death
If the written exam part of the Chunin Exams showed her levels of academic intelligence, the Forest of Death showed her ability to survive when the odds were against her. Sure, if Sasuke wasn’t so keen with catching on to everyone disguised as Naruto, things would’ve gotten significantly worse. However, this also taught her to not be too trusting of others. As time passed on in the forest, there came a point where Sakura had to take a stand to protect both Naruto and Sasuke. The team came face-to-face with an unexpected enemy, who would later play a big role in the series, that was too much for all of them. Even after an epic fight between this villain (later revealed to be former Hidden Leaf Village ninja Orochimaru) and Sasuke, Sasuke was over powered and given the Cursed Mark. Despite feeling helpless and terrified (in an incredibly real way), Sakura stood her ground and did everything in her power to make sure that nothing happened to the boys until they woke up. What became the next test of her abilities, was when a team of three ninjas from the Hidden Sound Village ambushed them in order to fight Sasuke. Obviously, Sasuke was in no condition to do anything, let alone fight. Fortunately, Sakura was able to set up some clever and well-constructed traps, and even when those traps didn’t work, this girl stood her ground. Sure, she was terrified and didn’t know what to do next, but she stood her ground.
When Rock Lee appeared to defend her, she could’ve taken this moment as an opportunity to grab her teammates and run (or even run to save her own skin), but she stayed. Even after the Sound ninjas’ took Lee down and she was once again next, Sakura fought with everything she had. What never ceases to amaze me was how she, with zero hesitation, cut her hair with a kunai knife while it was being used to make her submit to the enemies. Sakura’s hair was one of the things about herself that she took great pride in growing and keeping healthy for years. It gave off a vibe where she was willing to let go of something that she believed would raise her chances of being with her crush. Sure, Sakura doesn’t give up her crush on Sasuke, but it definitely showed that some sacrifices have to be made, and her hair was one of them. After that, she fought at least two of the three sound ninjas BY HERSELF and took every punch they (and kunai knife) threw at her like a champ. It got to the point where she was fully prepared to give her life away to protect Naruto and Sasuke, which isn’t something you see every day. Here’s the thing that made this whole scene so powerful: Sakura is fully aware that she isn’t as powerful as Naruto and Sasuke, but she was prepared to face what she did and she did it while staring death in the face. After she and some fellow Leaf Villiage ninjas get pummeled, Sasuke wakes up and goes on a cursed mark rampage. While everyone else is standing on the sidelines watching him destroy one of the Sound ninja, Sakura, with no hesitation, runs over and holds him back. This simple, but courageous action was what snapped Sasuke out of it. Honestly, this is one of the bravest things I’ve seen her do at her age, even I wouldn’t have had the courage to do what she did. And at the end of it all, she thanks Rock Lee, someone she found a bit annoying at first, for going all out to protect her and her team. In all honesty, The Forest of Death section of the Chunin Exams is where a huge chunk of Sakura’s character development blossoms.
While Sakura spends most of the time watching from the sidelines in this part, she still shows a good amount of growth during her fight with childhood friend and rival: Ino. The fight between these two shows not only more of Sakura’s fighting skills, but also allows us to see her becoming more independent. Back when they were kids, Sakura would always rely on Ino to protect her from bullies and to be her main source of self-esteem. By fighting to beat her, Sakura wants to show Ino that she’s not the same little girl. And in a way, she does. Sure, the fight ended in a tie, but Sakura didn’t hold back her punches. Even when Ino hit her with her signature Mind Transfer Jutsu, Sakura, through her powerful inner strength, pushed Ino out. When the two are brought to the sidelines (after their fight ends), Ino acknowledges Sakura’s strength by telling her that she has bloomed into a flower. This is a statement that I whole-heartedly agree, Sakura has bloomed into a beautiful flower, but one that also has plenty of thorns. After this nice exchange of words, Sakura and Ino make it clear that they’re still rivals (when it comes to winning Sasuke’s heart), but now they have more respect for each other. Even when they make small talk about their fight, Sakura doesn’t rub it into Ino’s face how she beat her jutsu or even the number of punches she hit her with. While we haven’t seen too many fight scenes involving Sakura (before the Chunin Exams), this scene shows that she is capable of being a good winner and accepting of her losses (even if she’s disappointed with losing).
All-in-all, Sakura’s character development, whether you think it did anything for her or not, was still quite something to see. The Chunin Exam arc offered a number of moments for her to grow and develop into the character she is now. Not only the Chunin Exams, there are a good number moments later in the series where she strives to be a better ninja and gain more useful abilities. Even if you still don’t like her after these moments, that’s perfectly fine. As long as you give valid reasons for not liking Sakura’s character, you can hate her as much as you want to. All I ask, is that you let any new fans to Naruto asses her character through their own eyes. If you don’t and push your own opinions about her, then they’re going to expect themselves to hate her without giving her a chance. All I have to say is: sometimes there’s more to a character than being “useless and annoying.” If you only use those characteristics, there’s a good chance that you’ll miss out on some important moments. Sometimes the character will acknowledge that they’re useless and use that to improve themselves. So the next time you first think about how a character is annoying or useless, think about Sakura and her greatest moments of character development. Now that I’ve shared my thoughts on Sakura and her character development, I want to know your thoughts. Feel free that share your thoughts in the comments below. The only other thing I ask of you is to respect everyone’s opinion, even if you disagree with their reasons. Until then, this is CuriousCat-13: signing off.
This year 2020 following the month of September Netflix has announced the Anime coming to the popular streaming service. The list is presented below.
A supernatural tale of action and demons as Rin Okumura the son of Satan, becomes a force of good against the legions of darkness. In the prestigious school of True Cross Academy Rin trains to become the ultimate warrior to save the world from an eternity of damnation. Upon its release date Rin will enter the famed arc of the Kyoto Saga.
Genres: Shonen, Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror
Releases: September 1st, 2020 Episodes: 39 Seasons: 2
Children of the Sea
A film that explores the life of Azumi Ruka as she spends the summer at the local aquarium. Once there she discovers the world of underwater sea life and the connection she has between two mysterious boys Umi and Sora.
Genres: Fantasy, Drama
Releases: September 1st, 2020 Director: Ayumu Watanabe
A science fiction piece that focuses on time travel. For Satoru Fujinuma its a matter of life and death for when he is framed for his mother’s murder. Satoru travels back in time but a little too early he goes back 18 years to discover his 5th grade old self. Now he must change the events of the past in order to save his future.
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Fantasy
Release: September 1st, 2020 Episodes: 13 Seasons: 1
Fate / Grand Order – First Order
A science fiction time travel story where Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight are responsible for saving the world from ultimate destruction. In order to do so the Chaldea Security Organization sends our heroes to the past to find the answer to save the unforeseen future of the planet.
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction
Releases: September 1st, 2020 Director: Hitoshi Nanba
The Promised Neverland
A story about children in an orphanage and one day the simple life they had is turned upside down when they discover the grounds carry a dark secret. Now they must survive in a house disguised to nurture them for something far more sinister.
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Drama
Releases: September 1, 2020 Episodes: 12 Seasons: 1
The Idhun Chronicles
Centers on the fire wielding teenager Jack and his companion Victoria as they endure the reign of the tyrannical Winged Snakes organization. Now, the two heroes must find their destiny in the land of Idhun and the potential to save the world.
Releases: September 10, 2020 Episodes: 5 Seasons: 1
Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Ash Ketchum, now a Pokemon master, returns home to Pallet Town with his faithful companion Pikachu. Once home he is employed by the incredible Professor Cerise to study the culture and lives of Pokemon starting a new journey around the world.
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Releases: September 11, 2020 Episodes: 24 Seasons: 2
A dark fantasy story that center’s on Ethan after his heart is stolen by a dragon, with the help of his friend Hannah the two of them set out across the lands to reclaim his very heart. Based on the popular Capcom video game released in 2012 of the same title “Dragon’s Dogma.”
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Releases: September 17, 2020 Episodes: 7 Seasons: 1
Sword Art Online
A long time running anime in recent years Sword Art Online expands with another season as the famous characters interact within Aincrad, a floating castle where players and avatars meet. But the players are trapped in the virtual world so in order to free themselves they must complete the game and to die in the game you die in real life. Therefore, Aincrad becomes a virtual fight for survival.
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 74 Seasons: 3
Check out these amazing animes as they are added to the Netflix roster ready to captivate audiences with compelling storytelling and characters. Keep on the lookout for more content within the following months as these shows and many more will expand the Netflix catalog and reach audiences all over the world.
Exciting News! Lezhin Entertainment has partnered with Anime-Planet in August of 2020! They will provide exclusive content for Anime-Planet’s online reading portal. A great way to read manga, light novels, and webtoons!
Lezhin will have hundreds of webtoon episodes on Anime-Planet’s that are exclusive to Lezhin Comics. Many popular genres will be featured such as BL, GL, romance, action, and much more!
“I’m excited for this opportunity to share the amazing webtoons we have at Lezhin Entertainment with a larger global audience. Anime-Planet, as a leading destination for webtoon information, represents an amazing opportunity to reach a broader audience with Korean webtoons.” –Jae Heung Jeon, President of Lezhin Entertainment’s US division
“We’re thrilled to have a chance to work with Lezhin on this project and to help promote their webtoons on Anime-Planet. Our users love webtoons, especially BL content that Lezhin is famous for, and we look forward to helping grow both communities while promoting the legal side of the industry.” –Kim Cameron, Founder
“Everyone at Lezhin Entertainment is really excited for this partnership with Anime-Planet! A-P is loaded with great features to track and filter their massive database of manga, webtoons, webnovels and anime. It’s always been wonderful to see all the interaction with Lezhin Comics titles on Anime-Planet and, now, having our titles on A-P feels like a leap forward into the community. We plan to work closely with Anime-Planet and keep bringing amazing webtoons to audiences around the world.”-Michael Song, US Content Lead
So we’re moving onto S1E2 of Golden Kamuy today.
Reminder that I am not trying to speak authoritatively on this group. I am just trying to convey what I have learned through studying firsthand and academic accounts through a century of materials.
This is also not a beat-by-beat retelling of each episode. These are just my evolving thoughts as I watch.
I’m a little over 7 minutes into the episode and there hasn’t been a whole lot of Ainu culture stuff yet. There was a little bit of talk about some Ainu traps and Ainu women being tattooed, so I’m just going to talk about the story. This article series is mainly focused on the cultural aspects, but I might need to talk about the plot a bit too.
The main plot of the series is basically a treasure hunt. The Ainu had a bunch of gold and hoarded it, but a Japanese man took and hid it. The only map to it was tattooed on prisoners. The only way to use those tattoos is to kill and skin the men then put them together.
It’s a frankly horrifying plot and the main male character, Saichi Sugimoto, is a ruthless veteran of the Russo-Japanese War. That’s not to say he’s entirely unlikable. The reason he’s doing it is because his best friend asked him to take care of his wife and pay for the operation that will let her see again.
So you can understand his desperation.
Even so, it is still pretty shocking to see how quickly and easily he dehumanises the prisoners for his own ends. I know this is very much a side effect of war too. You learn to devalue the lives of your enemies and see them as not human. Sugimoto is really no different.
And of course there is immediate tonal whiplash with Ashiripa, the Ainu girl, coming in and breaking the scene tension.
Then this cute bit.
And things get interesting very shortly after. A random soldier kills the prisoner they’re looking after and then attacks them. Sugimoto goes to kill him, but Ashiripa is very against it. The man manages to get away and Sugimoto nails him after yeeting his rifle at him.
Ashiripa asks what “Immortal Sugimoto” means and this is what he says in response:
Of course it’s “Don’t be killed.”
He promises he’s not a murderer but he won’t hesitate to kill someone if they attack him first.
It’s definitely interesting to see the core values and experiences that Sugimoto’s had versus the Ainu values I’ve read about. They do their best to maintain humility and value all life. One core belief is that of caring for the soul. They believe all things, living and non, have their own soul and contain an energy called “ramat.” Granted, it’s not a word that can be easily translated or defined (Munro). This leads to a highly complex system of beliefs that revolve around gods, ghosts, and demons.
This does lead to why Ashiripa is so against killing. The complex system of beliefs leads to anybody having a violent death can have a serious impact on the living. Without proper funeral rites, a spirit will cause innumerable problems. She’s likely trying to avoid these problems by not having him kill even though their own lives are in danger.
After that, they go to eat and the episode comes to a bit of a halt to outline how a specific dish is made called chitatap. It’s definitely interesting to see the food made firsthand. I know this is something a lot of people probably wouldn’t like, but honestly, I adore it. It does completely stop the episode to go into these cultural explanations. But the segue was at least natural and set up at the beginning of the episode.
But we come to something I haven’t come across in my studies.
I never knew they said these words of thanks to the food. It does make sense within the context of what I’ve learned.
The hearth is one of the most sacred things in Ainu tradition. Fire is the source of all life, granted by Kamuy Fuchi (though you may also come across “Grandmother Hearth” in certain publications). She transforms the raw materials of the earth into edible food. So here she’s thanking Kamuy Fuchi for the food she’s about to eat and likely as well as the lives of the squirrels lost so theirs can continue on.
The rest of the episode was pretty good story wise. They find and capture a second prisoner and get distracted by a rabbit, allowing him to escape. Sugimoto gives chase and they fall into a river. And the next scene is kind of hilariously dark because they know they have hypothermia and are trying to make a fire.
Of course, they get the fire made and the prisoner fills Sugimoto in on more of the plot.
We learn the best army division is also after the prisoners, setting up what I’ll assume to be our series antagonists.
All in all, a pretty solid episode and a step up from the first one.
Munro, Niel. Ainu Creed and Cult. Kegan Paul International, 1996.
I’m sure that, by now, most of us have run out of things to watch. Things have gone to some sort of normalcy for many of us, but the fact is that we should still stay inside as much as possible. Social distancing is important. Cases in the US continue to rise at a staggering rate. Safety precautions should still be followed as much as possible.
I’m sure we’ve all scoured through the entertainment that appeals to us. We’re bored. We feel like we’ve hit the wall for every bit that we’re familiar with.
Sometimes, going off the beaten path can be fun, though. Looking back in time at shows we’ve never heard of or at some more obscure topics that we didn’t know about is a great way to broaden our horizons.
So here are some suggestions for things to watch in no particular order from me!
ARIA is personally one of my favorite anime. It has three seasons with around 50 episodes plus a couple of extra OVAs. Honestly, it’s one of the perfect shows for a time as difficult as this. It’s part of a genre called “iyashikei” which roughly means “healing.” This is a subgenre of slice-of-life. It focuses on people living their daily lives. The trademark of the genre is the conflicts being small to nonexistent or even large conflicts somehow feeling very tiny. It’s the same sort of sensation you get when watching Studio Ghibli films, namely those like Totoro.
ARIA is focused around the lives of mainly three young girls, training to be gondola guides called Undine. It takes place on in the 24th century on a terraformed Mars, now called Aqua due to the sheer amount of water on it. The city they live in, Neo-Venezia, is a recreation of Venice which has been swallowed into the sea by that point in the future.
This anime is absolutely gorgeous even though the first season came out in 2005. Thankfully, due to a kickstarter, it was remastered and released earlier this year on Blu Ray! I unfortunately don’t own these myself, so I can’t really speak to the quality of it. But it also has been dubbed thanks to the same kickstarter. To attest to how beautiful it is, it was actually the trope namer for Scenery Porn on TV Tropes.
This anime whisks you away to a much simpler, slower lifestyle and lets you enjoy the beauty of Venice. If you’ve never been there, this is a good replacement. While it is focused on the life of Aika, Akari, Alice, and friends, that doesn’t mean it’s boring. This series delves into the fantastic with plenty of fantasy-esque elements. There’s more than one instance of time travel, magic, and more in the series. Cats are usually the culprits. (It makes sense in context.)
But, despite those fantastical elements and episodes, it’s mostly grounded and down to earth. One episode is literally just focused around going to an onsen that’s overtaken much of a mansion.
Iyashikei is definitely not for everyone. If you find slice-of-life boring, you’ll find iyashikei even worse. The pace is extremely slow and meandering. There’s generally no objective. The point is just to experience life. And ARIA is definitely that sort of anime. It’s quiet, simple, and extremely optimistic. Akari, the main protagonist, is your typical, wide-eyed shoujo protag. She can be a little bit of an airhead at times but she never reaches levels like Ui from K-On!
The characters themselves are also generally…very simple. Like I said, Akari is a typical shoujo protagonist and not much else. Aika is the typical stern friend that balances out the wide-eyed protagonist but still causes shenanigans herself. Alice is the little girl that’s trying to grow up fast but still gets caught up in childish moments.
But, honestly, that’s all a show like this needs. It’s less about the characters and extreme growth as more just about the experience. That’s not to say the characters don’t grow slowly and incrementally over time; they do. But it’s small, slow growth and nothing that 100% alters the fabric of who they are.
Now I’m putting these two together because they’re similar in content though very different in approach.
Both are historical cooking channels.
Townsends is a channel focused on a very specific point of history: American cooking from the 18th century when the colonies were just being settled. James is an extremely good host, having a calm, measured voice and upbeat personality. I’ve seen some people call him the Bob Ross of cooking (though I’ve also seen other I follow you YouTube called that). I agree he does have a Bob Ross-like attitude and temperament. You can just feel his absolute enthusiasm for what he’s doing and how much he wants to share this all of this with other people. I’m pretty sure historical reenactment is his job, considering he has a fully tricked-out 18th century kitchen in his backyard.
His approach to things is to do it as authentically as possible. Of course, most things he uses are modern reproductions of old utensils and such, but for the most part, he keeps things 100% straight. I have seen him bump things up to our technology level, mainly for people that’d like to do recipes but just don’t have the time to invest in doing it the hard way. The one that mainly sticks out in my mind is the portable soup recipe mainly because most people can’t spend days tending a stew. He taught how to do that in a slow cooker. I think a few other recipes were shown in one too. But outside of that? He does everything over a fire with wooden or metal utensils as best he can. Of course, this channel is huge with well over a million subs, but it speaks to the quality of his content.
TastingHistory is another channel in a similar vein, but he approaches it differently. He jumps around the world to different time periods while doing things in a modern context. That doesn’t mean his content isn’t pretty high quality, though. He’s only been making videos for five months and his production quality was already very high.
He takes the format of sitting at his table and talking about the recipe for a bit while doing it, then while it’s going, he’ll talk about the history of it in greater depth. His demeanor is extremely calm and open and feels fairly natural, all things considered. I personally find him to be a fairly engaging host.
Honestly, even if you aren’t a history buff but like cooking, I’d say check both of these guys out. Or even if you aren’t into either, still do. I find both hosts engaging simply for their demeanors. You may just find some new recipes to try and learn some new facts along the way.
Snakes may not seem like a geeky thing, but I think they are! I’ve personally loved snakes ever since I was a little kid. My uncle had two of them growing up and it made me a reptile lover for the rest of my life.
Even if you’re afraid of snakes, Snake Discovery may honestly be the cure for that.
Emily and Ed run this channel and are avid reptile lovers. They obviously mainly do snakes, but they also do geckos, anoles, turtles, and even have an alligator! As hosts, they’re extremely warm, personable, and really know how to talk to a crowd. Granted, it’s mostly Emily front of the camera more than Ed, but her ease there is really owed to the amount of educational programs she does.
The way they present information is extremely entertaining and easy to understand. They’ll often go into things like snake genetics, care videos, and a lot more. Most videos are packed with a ton of information, really brought to life by (mostly) Emily’s upbeat and friendly personality. A lot of people in the comments have attested to Snake Discovery helping them overcome their fear of snakes.
I know a lot of people would be tempted to click off videos like this to just listen to them, but don’t do that! One of my favorite running gags for them is the fact they make subtitles on the screen for what the animal is “thinking” in that moment. It’s so funny.
My personal favorite videos of theirs are those involving Rex, their alligator, and their hatching videos. Sadly, hatching videos only happen during the summer after breeding season, so it’s a treat when a new one comes along. It’s just so exciting to see what they get from each clutch.
So if you like snakes and/or are just interested in reptiles in general, give these guys a shot. They’re a huge channel at nearly 2 million subscribers (at the time of writing), but still, they’ve created an interesting community and I hope they catch your interest!
Over the last few years, Reaction Channels on YouTube have been hit hard due to copyright laws by COPPA and many new changes that are happening on the internet. What creators need to understand that it is extremely important for everyone to follow those changes and adapt to those copyright laws.
No matter how anyone views it, Reaction Channels are changing and HAVE to change. Taking content from an original source like anime and adding it to your commentary track isn’t how DMCA works. With new laws also launching in Japan all surrounded by copyright, creators have to adapt and also pay respect to original creators and sources.
An example of DMCA laws making an impact is KissAnime, a piracy website that streamed anime for years. The website which was recently taken down took original content from sources and streamed anime without it being an official streaming service like Crunchyroll, VRV or Funimation. Reaction channels that follow a similar format need to change their ways before 2021 when the new copyright laws will change how everyone consumes content.
We can get into the details about DMCA laws, but I’ll leave that to the professionals. Today the All Ages of Geek Crew and I are here to help creators and fans of those creators change their content in a positive way. Some people don’t even know about these new laws, and others are still avoiding them. This will be a way to help creators not only understand the importance of ever-changing copyright laws but also help them create much more transformative content for their audience. Here are a few tips and tricks to be sure you are following the copyright laws and a few companies who do this right!
All Ages of Geek’s Weeb Watch-a-Thon series follows a very simple format: Watch Alongs + Commentary + Analysis.
This format does not show the video of the original content. Instead, it gives the viewers a timestamp and countdown when we start the video, pause, and end. It gives an immersive experience for the viewer almost like watching a series with an online friend remotely.
We show no video from the original source and have no audio from that source playing in the background. Our content format is:
Host + Microphone + Camera (for video commentary) + Commentary and Analysis.
As the team starts doing more Watch Alongs + Commentary + Analysis (we have been trying to get Matt to create content too) we’ll be creating two types of content:
Video Commentary: For series much like you see on Patreon and YouTube already.
Audio Commentary: When we do LIVE shows on Discord and record our audio commentary to movies such as Lord of the Rings or Star Wars.
As a patron you get access to LIVE commentary track recordings for Movie Commentary Nights so if that’s something you’re interested in here’s where to access the events.
A perfect example of this Watch Alongs + Commentary + Analysis style is from two companies you may have heard of over the years called Red Letter Media and RiffTrax. They commentate, react, and analyze films and series, and give the viewers access to their recordings to sync up alongside whatever they are watching. Thanks to Matt, I’ve looked over these creators’ content and realized what an impact they both have on the Reaction Community and how that community should take some inspiration from them.
RiffTrax is an American company that produces scripted humorous audio commentary tracks intended to be played in unison with particular television programs and films, featuring comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett and others.
Red Letter Media, LLC, stylized as RedLetterMedia on YouTube, is an American film and video production company operated by independent filmmakers Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman. The company was formed by Stoklasa in 2004 while living in Scottsdale, Arizona, but is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as of 2011.
Reaction Channels can learn from this style and also improve on their commentating and improv skills. One thing many people have against Reaction Channels isn’t just the style of the video but how many channels do not commentate. If reactors were to change that format and give commentary just like Red Letter Media and RiffTrax do with their commentary tracks than many people would give more respect to the content.
Instead of just sitting silently watching a series give commentary! This will make the reaction much more transformative. You can even go as far to give a full review of the series you are reacting to, take notes, and give an analysis in an almost video podcast type stylization.
Do a Watch Along. It’s simple as long as you improve on your listening and analyst skills. We’ve mentioned above that it’s much more immersive when watching with friends, but also doesn’t harm any industry + encourages people to support the original source. Plus, it’s your commentary, footage, and audio. This is going back to what RiffTrax and Red Letter Media has done for years and is a great way to bond with your audience.
Many viewers are concerned about how they will sync up Watch Alongs if they are using mobile devices. It’s much easier to sync on your computers since you can have multiple tabs open but for mobile users, it’s much harder. So the AAOG Crew has done some research to find apps you can use to make this possible for you!
Stick-It! (Pop-Up Player) for Android (Recommended by Kat)
Grid-Player Local for iOS (Recommended by Chase)
Audio Share (App to sync up audio) (Recommended by Matt)
There are many streaming services viewers can do Watch Parties and binge-a-thons, and just like they do with their friends they can do the same with their favorite reactors.
These are the streaming services you can use to sync up your favorite Watch-Along commentary with.
As the internet changes it is up to creators to be responsible, change, and adapt to what’s to come. This change will also open new doors to the reaction communities around the internet to be much more respected and show a more transformative side to what their content can be.
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With the global pandemic still looming in the Big Apple, it has closed a lot of conventions this year, with Anime NYC being the latest to announce the unfortunate cancellation. Organizers of the big anime convention in New York shared the sad news to fans that they will be postponing this year’s festivities as COVID-19 continues to create problems in the city.
Anime NYC did announce that the convention is looking for some alternatives like online programming and other events in its place. Show director Peter Tatara shared in a press release about the news postponing the anime convention sponsored by Crunchyroll to November 2021. “I’m deeply proud of all this planning; however, as we near summer’s end, in light of both governmental direction and general public health advisories, a face-to-face event is just not possible at this time with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Tatara also added that the convention has teamed up with Anime News Network Connect for some online events to help fans connect with the anime industry during these circumstances. ”We’ll have more announcements, too, around additional ways we can celebrate our fandom while physically remote.” With Funimation and Crunchyroll doing their conventions virtually, it’ll be interesting to see if Anime NYC ends up doing the same to replace what would’ve been another big event at the famed Javits Center.
This year’s event would’ve brought guests from the popular Rooster Teeth web series RWBY for the first time at the convention as well as some returning visitors from some of the mainstream anime circuit.
Those who already purchased their tickets in advance will have the option to get a refund or have them roll over to participate in the following year. Anime NYC held its first convention at the Javits Center back in 2017. This year would’ve been the fourth year for the anime event scheduled for November 20-22. Organizers predicted that this year’s festivities would’ve brought in more than 50,000 attendees as Anime NYC has grown in attendance each year.
Anime NYC is currently scheduled to return to the Javits Center on November 19th, 2021.