20 May 2013 | 10 comments
I was ready to hate Daisuki months before it even launched.
On April 15, I got a press inquiry from the anime streaming site’s agent. Although I’m not writing professionally for any anime sites right now, the blog title “Otaku Journalist” usually ensures I still get interview queries about new products in the anime industry.
The email header was just too good: “Japan’s FIRST legal Japanese anime distribution website.”
Who are they kidding? Any otaku who’s been on the Internet more than a day knows there are plenty of legal places to get Japanese anime, at least one of them based in Japan. There’s niconico, Netflix, Funimation, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and more.
I emailed several questions over to Daisuki PR. Chiefly of which was this:
“There are already four legal, streaming anime providers in the United States. How is Daisuki different or better than CrunchyRoll, Hulu, Netflix, or Funimation’s streaming anime services?”
This week, I finally got my reply:
“DAISUKI does not aim to compete with other existing sites, since our main purpose is to provide Anime legally. So, as long fans are watching Anime on legal sites, we are happy with that.”
All right, that sort of makes it sound like the original email title never happened. But it’s a good sentiment, so go on…
“What is special at DAISUKI: the Anime companies are our shareholders, so we receive long lists with Anime titles which are ready to be streamed!”
This is great, too! Some of the titles include Madoka Magica, Gundam Seed, and Sword Art Online. However, as Anime News Network has already pointed out, these titles all have something in common—they’re all available and streaming on other sites already!
Could there be more to this?
“Also, there will be a DAISUKI online store where fans can purchase limited official items. Thanks to our direct connections to the Anime studios we are able to provide exclusive footage, too, that can be only viewed on DAISUKI. For example, making-of material, video messages from the creators, etc.”
All right, so a store, same as Funimation and Crunchyroll. It doesn’t look like the store is available yet, but there is a giveaway with merchandise prizes going on.
I signed up for Daisuki over the weekend. Daisuki TV is a dead link, so I clicked on Anime Studios and was led to a video player. However, every time I tried to watch something, I kept getting a notice that “This player is unable to play this protected content at this time.” (This may be my unique problem, since Crunchyroll reviewer Humberto Saabedra was able to watch.)
At least I’m not paying for the privilege to not be able to watch shows. Daisuki told me “Watching most of the Anime content will be for free,” though they will eventually offer fee-based content. I just wish I could tell if there were commercials or not—if there aren’t, that gives it a huge edge over sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation where you have to pay if you don’t want ads.
For now, I don’t see Daisuki as a game changer or a “first” in any way. However, it is yet another way to watch anime cheaply and legally, and that makes it worth supporting. I’m just glad that Daisuki said “as long fans are watching Anime on legal sites, we are happy.” Because as supportive I am of legal anime streaming, it’s physically impossible for me to do it here.
Have you signed up for Daisuki yet? What are your first impressions?
8 May 2013 | 6 comments
I’ve got two part time jobs at ReadWrite and WordPress. Plus my smaller gigs at The Women’s Book and at Otaku USA. I’d say that adds up to a full time job plus overtime. On top of that, I’ll be married in 25 days, and keeping track of that feels like a job in itself.
These are all really good problems to have, so I’m not complaining. I’m just offering an explanation for my recent inability to stick to my blogging schedule lately. Or putting out any new vlogs or digital guides. (Though those are in the works, I swear!)
So instead of rushing out a post, I thought I’d share with you a few of the blogs I’ve been reading lately. Maybe you already read them; maybe these are brand new. Check them out:
Here you’ll find in-depth anime commentary that takes cues from psychology, mythology, and sociology. If somebody ever tells you they think anime is “just cartoons,” send them here! They examine the genre more like you would a college textbook than anything else.
Awesome recent post: Aku no Hana is Good.*
Although I don’t identify with any religious belief, I am a huge fan of Charles’ Christian anime blog. As somebody who also runs a blog with two topics, I think he’s accomplishing a difficult task well. He asks the tough questions and his anime-Christianity tie-ins never seem forced.
Awesome recent post: God’s Pursuit in The 12 Kingdoms
I don’t play games as often as I watch anime and read manga, so this is my only regular game related read. This group blog covers video games and gaming culture from an inclusive perspective, considering the rights of women, minorities, LGBTQ individuals, and the disabled. It’s also where I first heard about Long Live The Queen!
Awesome recent post: All Skulls On: Teaching Intersectionality through Halo
Probably the most comprehensive and famous anime blog out there. Founding author Scamp even made the Daily Dot’s list of the 10 most influential fans of 2012—and I didn’t even write it. Scamp has an eye for patterns and tropes in anime, and his critiques are spot on. Sometimes I’m not even sure what the heck I just watched until I read a recap here.
Awesome recent post: Oreimo season 2 episode 4 — What happened?
Thanks to my dwindling free time and Google Reader shutting down, that’s all I’m reading regularly right now. Do you have any suggestions for blogs to add to the list? Personally, I’d like to read your own, especially since you’re reading mine right now!
A reminder: I am opening up Otaku Journalist to guest posts. Interested? Read all about it here.
(Screenshot via Yuyushiki.)