Take a look into the future with our upcoming slate of new releases for next week!
Fresh from the curse-ridden tar pits of Mondo Media comes a new VRV Exclusive series! The first episode of the darkly comedic Gary and His Demons released on Mondo’s channel here on VRV this past Sunday, and it’s a remarkably strong start for the series. The jokes all land perfectly, but what’s truly great about this first episode is the frankly tragic, extremely human drama underlying Gary’s absurd situation. Let’s take a look at what makes this show tick!
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.”
Hi, I’m Cayla! I work at VRV and I cry A LOT. One of the biggest contributing factors to this is the anime I watch, so I decided to make a recommendation list about just that: anime that make me cry.
The monumental Great Seto Bridge towers over the modest fishing port in Kurashiki, painting a stark contrast between the rural Japan of old and the modern day – making it the perfect setting for internationally acclaimed director Kenji Kamiyama’s latest movie, Napping Princess, which is available to watch now on VRV Select!
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.”
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!
The old wizard knew something big was brewing. For the past few weeks, every morning he had felt a dull ache in his bones, an ache, he knew, that signified some future calamity. He made his way up the winding castle stairway to his study housed in a rickety old turret. He had frequented the study even more than usual in his attempts to make sense of the ominous signs he had noticed. Poring over stacks of dusty tomes, he finally found the answer he had been looking for. Deep in the pages of a long forgotten book of prophecies, he found it, the words he had needed all along, the answer to his world’s salvation scrawled in ornate inkwork: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
Attention all spacefaring individuals, incoming transmission from Stargate Command. Please stand by.
The expansive science fiction universe of Stargate is coming to VRV! All of the theatrical films, television shows, and accompanying bonus material and featurettes will all be available to stream on VRV Select starting today, March 15th! Based on a speculative version of the present where mankind is linked to intergalactic civilizations through spacetime gateways, the Stargate franchise spans four movies and three television series, including the brand new Stargate Origins, released this year.
You walk to school using your normal route. Making your way down the neighborhood roads, you notice a stone well in the space separating two houses. Was that always there? You approach it, but suddenly stumble over a rock. You tumble into the well. You brace for impact with the ground… but it never comes. You fall and fall for what seems like an hour until, at last, you somehow find yourself outside again. But everything is… different. The architecture, the roads, the clothes people wear–all of it is different! Dazed, you stare around you and happen to spot a hooded figure. It approaches and hands you a scroll. Tentatively, you unravel it and read the words: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
Happy Wednesday, everyone! We’re halfway through the week, and tonight is the perfect opportunity to kick back with us and watch some super good stuff on VRV! But what if the sheer magnitude of AMAZING SERIES, MOVIES, AND FEATURES on VRV leaves you overwhelmed and unable to decide on something?! Never fear, I’m here to help!! I’ve formulated a big ol’ list of recommendations based on your own personal mood and needs! Take a look at the sections below, and I’m sure you’ll find something you love!!
It’s a work day and you have just finished your coffee when you get a call on your cell phone. You scan the phone number but don’t recognize it and end the call. A few hours later, after lunch, you check your email. There is a new message labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” You figure it’s spam, but as you’re about to delete it you get a call from the mysterious number again. You end the call and glance at your inbox and see five more emails each with the same subject line as the one before. Your heart rate quickens. You leave for home, the entire commute your phone rings. You turn it off. It still rings. You get to your apartment and check your mail. There is a letter labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” Hands shaking, you open the envelope and find a sheet of paper labeled “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
Hi there everyone! I’m currently loving plenty of anime series this winter season, but a recent tweet reminded me that Crunchyroll has also been stuffing itself with great new catalog shows all through this new year. Let’s dispense with the pleasantries and get right down to it: Crunchyroll has acquired some phenomenal shows recently, including some of my all-time favorites, and I’d like to give you all a chance to appreciate them too. Starting with one of my absolute favorite shows, here are some fresh highlights of the Crunchyroll catalog!
You’re waiting for the walk signal at a crowded city intersection. Your breath forms into temporary clouds before dissolving into the clear, frigid air. You hear a tinny, artificial tone and look up to see the sign has changed to ‘walk.’ You look down at your phone as you’re walking, weaving in and out of the vast surge of pedestrians ebbing and flowing like a living river. Halfway across the street everything falls silent. You crash into the person in front of you and look up, dazed, frantically apologizing. “I’m sorry, uh-” You stop midway through your sentence. The entire world is frozen. People, feet extended half-gait; birds suspended in flight; the ripples of a puddle caught in some strange temporal stillness–time has stopped. You stand there, for how long you don’t know, not even trying to make sense of anything, but simply taking in the reality of it all. You get up and begin to walk, haltingly, through the street. You see a child on the sidewalk, his rubber ball trapped halfway between his open hand and the floor. You reach for it, grab it, attempt to move it, but it is immobile as a building. You explore the city this way, experimenting here and there as you did with the ball, but everything is similarly stuck. After hours (days?), you collapse on a park bench. Looking at the morning sun (it’s been morning for so long) winding through the tree branches overhead, your phone suddenly vibrates. Shocked out of your reverie it takes a moment for you to even remember what to do in this situation. You grasp your phone and see that an unfamiliar app has opened, something called… “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
Whether you’re still in classes or have graduated into the working world, the spark of learning never truly leaves us and these carefully crafted films and series have all the benefits of study without sacrificing entertainment. Nothing else quite scratches that itch and the true documentary junkie is always hungry for any subject from nature, to culture, to true crime. Look no further, because we’ve got just the fix you need with six great documentaries you can watch right now.
In cartoons, it’s portrayed as the angel versus devil conversation. Amongst friends, it’s a joke you try to laugh nervously off. For every action we take, there’s a consequence – a misfire in our synapses, a large ‘what if I wasn’t so good? What if I was selfish?’ battle that wages back and forth in our brain, being pushed into the corner because that’s what being an adult means: making larger sacrifices for the greater good, and being responsible for your own thoughts. Let the Right One In begs to differ.