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Why the New Sonic Comics Rule: A Fan’s Perspective

As a kid, I’d get so excited whenever my family would take me grocery shopping. No, not because of the potential snacks I’d try to sneak into the cart and definitely get caught for, but because I’d run straight to the magazine section looking for one thing: Sonic the Hedgehog comics.

I naturally always looked forward to the latest issue simply out of my love for Sonic, but there was something that Sonic comics achieved that separated it from other franchises. Comic publisher Archie Comics was able to take the success of a gaming icon and build an entirely reimagined, expansive universe around it, turning Sonic the Hedgehog into the longest running (and fastest running) comic series based off a video game character ever. Since I started reading, hundreds of more issues followed and it felt untouchable.

However, after 24 years of a prosperous Mobius, it was announced that SEGA of America concluded their publishing partnership with Archie.

This news was heartbreaking. What would happen to Sally Acorn? Rotor the Walrus? Bunnie Rabbot? And god forbid, what would we do without Antoine? Years of canon (amidst the reboots) would be lost, and I along with many others couldn’t help but feel it was an end of an era.

In typical Sonic fashion, he didn’t go down without a fight. SEGA of America announced that they would be partnering with IDW Publishing to release an all-new Sonic comic. It was comforting knowing that there were more adventures in sight, but what could we come to expect from them?

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Let’s Get Freaky: Japanese Horror Waiting for You on Shudder

Spring is here, the birds are singing, and the weather is (slowly but surely) getting nicer. And you know what that means: time to pull the curtains, turn out the lights, and scare ourselves silly.

Just because we’re half a year away from the Scary Season doesn’t mean there’s isn’t time for some freak-outs. And if you’re a fan of gory, psychological Japanese horror, there’s plenty waiting for you in the depths of Shudder and the other channels on VRV. We’ve plumbed the depths of the catalog to find just a few freakishly fun offerings to get your spine tingling.

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Everything’s Coming Up Cannes in MUBI’s Slate for May

Leading curated streaming platform MUBI announced today its May release slate featuring films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. Next month, as the world of cinema turns its attention to the French Riviera, MUBI pays tribute to the work that has electrified Cannes in years past, with ten stunning films from the likes of Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrea Arnold, and Lars Von Trier.

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Altered Beasts: When Animals Attack on VRV!

An insidious entity lurks within the dark recesses of VRV. An unholy apparition, an indescribable thing from the depths. Ancient texts — inked in blood and bound in flesh — prophesied its arrival. They called it…Shudder, the premier human-curated horror streaming service, its vast catalog of films waiting to be unleashed upon humanity like a plague.

Terrifying, no? But that’s why I’m here: to guide you down the shadowy corridors, holding a cobweb-covered candelabra up to one horror sub-genre at a time. So join me, join me and gaze at the horrors of… When Animals Attack!

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What to Watch While Traveling

Travel is hard, y’all.

Whether you travel for business or for vacation, travel is tough. There are people all around, unfamiliar places, delays, and scheduling conflicts everywhere. If you’re flying, there are the plane delays, the long lines to get through security, the more tedious lines to get on the plane, and the endless, existential sitting around that is the actual flying itself where you’re hanging out in a metal tube avoiding gravity for hours and hours! And then, once you land, there is more waiting to get to the gate, to deboard the plane, to find your taxi or subway or bus…

You need a lot of patience to travel anywhere these days. So what do you do to fill the time? We at VRV have got you covered. With our mobile app, you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want. Cool, right? But what to watch? You don’t want to get so engrossed in your show that you miss your flight. Nor do you want to lose the thread of your show when the announcement comes over the loudspeaker that your plane is suddenly leaving from a totally different gate. Watching VRV shows out in public, while traveling is a different beast than watching them from the comfort of your own home. Check out our list of favorite travel shows and share yours in the comments!

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV – 4/13/18

For the past few weeks, you’ve been hearing strange noises out in the corn field near your house. A strange crinkling, almost like wind tangling through the corn stalks but more… organized. At first you couldn’t find anything amiss, but one day you find that many of the stalks of corn have been broken and lay limp against the ground. Day after day, you wake to more and more stalks breaking. There’s something inside telling you that there’s something intentional about this, like there’s a secret message if only you could see the entire field from above… Little did you know, miles away in the sky, someone piloting a small crop dusting plane could see just that. The bent husks finally revealed their message to the bewildered pilot: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”

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How Attending a Convention Alone Changed My Perspective On Fandom Forever

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on behalf of VRV. I’ve always loved the rush of energy at the thought of going to a convention. Every time I go to a con I want to bottle the feeling of excitement and joy I get just from being in the convention space. The feeling is infectious, and watching is spread through a crowd of people dressed in everything ranging from handmade cosplay and inflatable mascot suits to craft foam armor and a Batman cowl, is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced.

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D&D & VRV: How the VRV Office Plays Tabletop Games

“In the distance, you see a looming figure emerge from the sandstorm: a minotaur, easily ten feet tall, riding atop a monstrous black rhino. He’s charging right at you.”

It was finally happening. What started as a simple whodunit mystery intended only to span a few sessions quickly grew into a conflict that took almost a year to resolve, and now, at long last, the players were face to face with the Big Bad I had been teasing for months. I brought the lights down, turned up the music, and let loose the gravelly roar I had been practicing for weeks:

“I am Woebringer, master of a thousand beasts! I will tear the armor from your flesh, and hang it as a trophy in my halls… and your weapons, I will give to my slaves!”

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Getting into One Piece the Easy Way: A Beginner’s Strategy Guide!

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga is the long-running Shonen Jump flagship that shows no signs of slowing down at any point. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that Oda said we’re likely only a little over halfway through the overall story, and we’re talking about a series that’s been running weekly (for the most part) since 1997. That adds up to around 900 chapters of manga and, at the time of this writing, 88 collected volumes. If that’s not overwhelming enough, this has all made it to the small and big screen along with new material for a whopping 829 episodes of anime.

No, wait, come back! Sure, you may think getting into One Piece at this stage is way beyond a tall order, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. With the right mindset and, of course, some free time on your hands, you can easily dive right in and immerse yourself in the world of Luffy and the Straw Hat pirates. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge yourself, here are a few tips to help with that first step.

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV 3/26/18 – 4/1/18

After a long, arduous day at the office and a particularly hellish commute, you finally make it home to your apartment. All week, you’ve been thinking about an old video game you used to play, and tonight is the night you finally have time to break out your old game system and relive a bit of your childhood. After a bit of setup, and with pizza in hand, you’re all ready to go. You power on your TV, blow dust out of the cartridge, and turn the system on. For the first few levels, it’s exactly as you remember it. The sword slashes feel just as satisfying as you remember them and you even remember where a few hidden items are located. But, as you progress through the game, you start to notice that things are a bit peculiar. It’s just small glitches at first–a bit of garbled dialog text or a misplaced graphics sprite. But soon the glitches get worse. Characters appear with no eyes, the leaves of trees render as red instead of green, and areas begin to shift and change when you revisit them. You become increasingly frustrated, but continue to play, feeling almost strangely compelled to continue. The graphical glitches take a more and more macabre turn until trees look as if they are made of skin, ghastly faces appear in every window, and all of the water appears rust colored. Suddenly your TV goes black, and a line of text appears: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”

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A Highly Scientific List of the Cutest Animal Documentaries on VRV

Being a journalist is an extremely difficult job. Every article you write requires deep research, an objective eye, careful critique, and huge amounts of patience.

To that end, I have made the great sacrifice of subjecting myself to several hours — yes, literal hours — of video courtesy of VRV’s CuriosityStream channel, to find and distill for our readers the cutest animal documentaries currently available on our streaming service.

It was a sacrifice, dear reader, but one that I am willing to make for the sake of journalism.

What follows is the result of my research, presented completely objectively and heavily researched for the highest possible level of accuracy.

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4 Great Titles From the Man Behind Devilman Crybaby

Today is the 53rd birthday of Masaaki Yuasa, one of the most recognizable directors in the anime industry for his unmistakable visual style. This June will be the fourth anniversary of the founding of his studio, Science SARU, with Korean animator and director Eunyoung choi, which has released its first fhree productions in the last 12 months, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Lu Over The Wall, and, most recently, Devilman Crybaby. Whether you’re a longtime fan of his work or want to know what all the recently craze surrounding his name is all about, you can celebrate his birthday and his inspirational career with us by checking out some of his other amazing works on VRV!