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The Story of Anime’s First Blockbuster

A city of the future then, and of the “now” today. An oppressive metropolis lined with flashing neon. Relentlessly tough streets ravaged by teenagers consumed in a cycle of violence and debauchery intrinsic to their dystopian society, an ethos of cataclysmic revolution seeping up through the sewer grates and into the street.

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Gary and His Demons: A Hellishly Funny Take on Office Drudgery Comes to VRV

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!

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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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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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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!

Stargate Origins

Your Weekly Guide to VRV 3/19/18 – 3/25/18

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.”

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Stargate Comes To VRV. Yes, All of It.

Attention all spacefaring individuals, incoming transmission from Stargate Command. Please stand by.

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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. 

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV 3/12 – 3/18

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.”

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What Should You Watch on VRV Tonight?

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!!

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Your Weekly Guide to VRV: 3/5 – 3/11

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.”

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New Anime in the Crunchyroll Catalog!

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!