westworld season 2



anime strike ends



So Amazon had this thing called “Anime Strike” where you could pay to get access to anime simulcasts, similar to Crunchyroll’s service. The only problem? You had to pay for it in addition to paying for Amazon Prime. Understandably, most anime fans were extremely critical of the service, especially once they learned that Amazon got exclusive streaming rights to a lot of popular and/or highly anticipated new shows.

Well, after a bit less than a year of service, Amazon is ending it and simply merging its library into Amazon Prime! In other words, Anime Strike subscribers now save $5 a month to get the same access, Amazon Prime members who didn’t want to pay the extra money can now watch all this anime with their base subscription, and non-members now only have to consider getting Prime to gain access to the Amazon anime library instead of having to pay for both! A definitive win for anime consumers who are against exploitative business practices.

end of 2017 update

Been a long time since my last post. Here’s what happened in the last couple months:

* Grinded hard in both Fate/GO JP and NA for various events
* Watched lots of anime
* Played a little Ixalan
* Read a bunch of books (Oathbringer, The Name of the Wind, lots of light novels)
* Watched all of Stranger Things 2 and Punisher (both great, highly recommend them)
* Hung out at GP Portland to get some Planechase cards signed
* Had my car broken into during dinner, backpack stolen, which included all my Planechase cards, all my Ixalan prize packs from prerelease, my trade binder, my GP Minneapolis Zendikar deck box and sleeves by rk post, various other things
* Replaced my car window
* Interviewed for a new project in Nashville and got it
* Prepped for and went on site to Nashville for 2 weeks
* Geeked out over new Monster Hunter World stuff, played the open beta a bit
* Went to San Francisco for Christmas to meet my new niece!
* Got back yesterday night, picked up some fun packages that I Tweeted about above

Now, what’s coming up next?

* Going to a cabin for New Year’s to hang out with friends, play board games, hike and stuff
* Going back to Nashville in January for a week
* Picking up Monster Hunter World on January 26th and isolating myself from society for an amount of time
* Reading all the light novels and manga
* Pining over lack of Brandon Sanderson books
* Pretending I’m going to pick back up my web writing but not actually doing it
* Pretending I’m going to try to seriously learn Japanese again but remaining at casual/glacial pace

Hope everyone out there had/has a good holiday season! Here’s to hoping 2018 is a less shitty year than 2017 was!