Let's talk anime.

iTunes has something licensed by Funimation for $5 a season (sometimes half season) almost all the time in their Limited Time Prices row, refreshing every other week, and they should survive any future licensing issues. My Hero Academia and Dr. Stone feature at the moment, with Attack on Titan being featured in the previous two weeks. Some things I do still get on Blu-Ray, but only the ones that for lack of a better term, spark joy.

PlayStation's digital store frequently has sales on funimation titles too. I have all of Outlaw Star in both English & Japanese, (they didn't offer the Japanese language initially, and I picked it up cheap nearly a year later) Mob Psycho 100, & Recovery of an MMO Junkie, plus several more. But I only purchase them when they're on sale under $8 each.
That being said, Sentai Filmworks had an amazing deal [like 60-90% off] on physical media around Christmas, so I haven't gone completely digital yet, having picked up Ushio & Tora (in a fun collector's edition), Grimoire of Zero, & Parasyte -the maxim- on Blu-ray for extra cheap to add to my existing collections of physical anime.

Amazon Prime in my region had tons of anime, but suddenly pretty much everything on there disappeared.

I've bought a fair number of Blu-Rays in the relatively recent past--mostly things that were either very difficult to find (legitimately) streaming or were favorite shows that I didn't want to lose access to. I haven't been buying as many lately because I'm trying to limit the physical stuff I cram into my apartment right now, but that applies across the board, not just to anime.

I've received some as gifts, but the last discs I bought for myself were from the Skypiea arc in One Piece, which was 2003 I believe...

You, my friend, were one arc away from arguably the best run One Piece has ever had.

Grenn wrote:

You, my friend, were one arc away from arguably the best run One Piece has ever had.

Oh, I've watched every ep and read every chapter. It's my favorite anime. I just mean that was the last physical disc I bought.

ukickmydog wrote:
Grenn wrote:

You, my friend, were one arc away from arguably the best run One Piece has ever had.

Oh, I've watched every ep and read every chapter. It's my favorite anime. I just mean that was the last physical disc I bought.

Oh. Well, I'm sorry for Husbandosplaining One Piece, then.

Grenn wrote:

You, my friend, were one arc away from arguably the best run One Piece has ever had.

Well, one manga arc... the anime goes through two filler arcs and destroys that one manga arc before it gets there. Seriously, the Davy Back Fight was a great arc in the manga and as bad as the filler arcs in the anime. It doesn't help it is proceeded by what is arguably the best filler arc in the anime.

Mantid wrote:
Grenn wrote:

You, my friend, were one arc away from arguably the best run One Piece has ever had.

Well, one manga arc... the anime goes through two filler arcs and destroys that one manga arc before it gets there. Seriously, the Davy Back Fight was a great arc in the manga and as bad as the filler arcs in the anime. It doesn't help it is proceeded by what is arguably the best filler arc in the anime.

The only thing I can do to save face is say that I NEVER include filler and to pedantically point out that Aokiji shows up at the ending of the Davey Back arc and that it was this that pushed Robin to leave and Luffy to develop Gear Second.

One Piece 963 Oden vs Whitebeard

Pretty much hated nearly all the flashback episode in Wano but liked this episode. I think it is because I find the Whitebeard pirates interesting and don't care at all about the samurai. I hope they stay with the Whitebeard pirates for a bit.

I haven't read the manga but I think the intro song to Attack on Titan is something that will happen. Maybe not the very end but near the end if not the end.

Just a guess from the intro

Spoiler:

So we know they have airships now. We have also seen titans dropped onto a battle field. In the intro we see titans falling from the sky. I think this type of attack will be repeated but with a twist. In the intro stuff is blowing up in colors. I think the titans are going to explode instead of going on rampage. They will be titan bombs that explode and release a gas that traps whatever it touches into rock. In the intro we see all the titans trapped in rock.

Erwin will somehow be able to pass his abilities to the titans and command them to use that rock ability on impact.

Or maybe it is just random images. We seen giant animals in other intros and those have never shown up.

Prederick wrote:

Rewatching GITS:SAC, and it's better than I remember while all of my old criticisms (the Major is hyper-competent to the point of removing any drama/conflict, Hooo-boy does it give "Kid who just finished a Philosophy 101 class" vibes) still feel valid.

Finished season 1 last night, and GOOD GOD does this show love the sound of its own voice. Like, it owns it, but MY GOD some of the dialogue.

Also, was something lost in translation? Because I'm lost on some of the worldbuilding they've done. They're up to WWIV in-universe, but not a whole lot of information gives you details on the conflict. Also, I'm entirely unsure how Section 9 works, beyond "is a Government Black Ops group, with tons of funding and apparently zero oversight whatsoever."

Spoiler:

Also, I could not stop laughing at the idea of the Department of Health sending a hit squad to kill people in the know about Season 1's scandal. I have no idea what powers the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has in Japan, but even in a futuristic dystopia, the idea that the same people in charge of Worker's Comp claims are hiring hitmen to murder people is absolutely hilariously ridiculous. Like saying that Kathleen Sebelius was going to have someone killed for knowing too much about some pharmaceutical merger.