This is a guest post from Justin of Organization Anti-Social Geniuses.
So I recently thought of something partly inspired by Kai’s post involving his gaming set up, and I decided it would be best to write a post about it: how do you guys watch your anime? And when I mean how, I kind of mean the full details (hopefully, a comprehensive list):
Anime on Laptop
- I can only believe this is the most common way to watch anime: on the the computer. But with a laptop, I can just place it on my bed, table, couch, just kick back, and not have to sit in a chair to watch it on a monitor. Of course, you can also take the laptop with you wherever, and watch an episode of whatever you want on the bus or train. At best, this is my default way of watching anime.
Anime on TV (Roku, Xbox, PS3, etc)
- Of course, some like to expand their horizons and want to actually get the feeling of watching anime on TV just like in Japan or back in the days where anime used to be on TV. The best part is this is possible in a number of ways: either hook your laptop up to your LCD TV, get a Roku Player, or take advantage of the numerous ways to watch anime via your game consoles (Xbox, PS3, Wii), since they all have ways to watch anime online (like Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll). So while they no longer air live all the time, at least you can’t say there’s no way to watch anime on TV anymore. You can only say, “There’s no way to watch anime like you used to!”
Anime on your PC Monitor
- Now, it’s not like you can’t watch anime on your monitor, and where you can’t move it like a laptop (man, it’s been a while since I’ve done that!). In fact, if you get a comfy chair to sit in (probably one of those rolling chairs with an arm rest), it’ll probably be weird to watch anime any other way. Recently though I have been noticing a trend of multiple monitors (which, not surprisingly, surprised me!) in the past year or so, so that alone sounds like the ultimate anime watching setup, assuming it’s merely just for anime!
Anime on your mobile phones and devices (EDIT: And Tablets!)
- Of course, carrying a laptop is pretty taxing, and maybe even carrying a netbook too is not something you want to do. Welp, that’s why there are mobile devices that allow someone to carry something light while on the move. There are apps for devices (like the Kindle and Android) that allow you to watch anime on it, so if you get the best service on your mobile device, then that’s some way to watch an anime. You can also watch anime on your tablet (stuff like the iPad and iPhone, as aaeru pointed out), so that’s another light carrying device right there.
Anime viewed via projector
- Finally, the option that I remembered I had used while at my school’s anime club: the projector! You know, a nice, modern looking one that allows you to hook up your DVD or BD player to the projector and along with a screen, play an anime. Of course, chances are this is the least likeliest set-up unless you have a whole room dedicated to watching stuff on a projector, but this is definitely is a possibility.
Feel free to share everything you can possibly share about how you best watch your anime. Do you guys have a nice HDTV with surround sound and a way to watch anime on it? Do you have two monitors to watch one anime on one screen and one on the other (if you so dare)? Or do you just have a basic laptop that allows you to watch anime? Showcase how you watch your anime with pride. Or something like that!