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Get a Quick Cartoon Fix: The Top Five Titles from Go! Cartoons

Need more cartoons in your life but don’t have time to get married to yet another running series? Go! Cartoons was made for you.

The short anthology series features 12 stand-alone episodes of new animation, each only around five minutes long. That’s plenty of time to meet the unique cast of characters and get a sense of the setting, but still short enough to fit into your watch list without too much fuss. The only down side? You may find yourself getting attached to some of the characters and wishing for more!

Watching the entire series will only take you an hour and some change, so we highly recommend it. But if you’re gunning for an extra quick fix, allow us to introduce (in our own opinion, anyway) the top five shorts Go! Cartoons has to offer.

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For Sale (It Haunted): A Listing of Haunted House Films on Shudder

We’ve all been there. You find the perfect place: spacious, high ceilings, swimming pool. Sure, it’s a little pricy, but perfection doesn’t come cheap. The only catch: your realtor forgot to tell you it was built atop a Native American burial ground that was also the site of a tragic quadruple murder-suicide-black magic ritual. Before you know it, the kitchenware is floating down the hall, your TV is demanding a blood sacrifice, and an unfriendly spirit has taken to watching you on the john.

It’s the worst.

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What to Watch After Dragon Ball Super

If you found yourself caught up in the habit of watching Dragon Ball Super on a weekly basis, you’re probably still feeling a colossal void in your schedule. There was something downright comforting about following Goku’s journey, especially during the high-stakes final run through the universes-shattering Tournament of Power arc. Now that we’ve had some time to soak it in, the lack of Dragon Ball Super feels more deflating than ever.

Don’t let it get you down, though! While nothing can perfectly match the electrifying heights of Akira Toriyama’s world of Dragon Ball, there’s plenty of anime out there for those looking to scratch a similar itch. So, prepare your watch list accordingly, and get ready to commit to a few more ground-shaking journeys and the unforgettable characters that make them all worth taking.

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What Do I Know About… Sword Art Online?

For someone who doesn’t watch a lot of anime, I know a whole mess of anime-related facts—chalk it up being online in 2018, which has also inculcated in me a wealth of knowledge about professional wrestling, mobile games, and vaping culture. But the truth is, I can name the anime series I’ve watched on two hands. I grew up on the mainstays of Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, graduated to some rented Slayers VHS tapes as a teen, and more recently have gotten into shows like My Hero Academia and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

But again, even though I haven’t watched most of the classics or contemporary hits, I know things about them. I know about the dragon maid lady. I know about the big robots people have to kiss inside to make them go. And I know about the man who punches real good.

So I thought I’d do an experiment—I’d ask Twitter to pick a show for me, write what I thought I knew about it, watch a few episodes, and compare fact with fiction. I gave Twitter three options, each shows I’d heard about but never seen: Sword Art Online, Darling in the Franxx, and Boruto.

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Midnight Void: Silent Rage

There are films on Shudder that simply belong to another place, a place reserved for the indefinable, the indefensible, the irredeemable. Cinematic slime banished long ago to a dimension that’s only to be visited at the midnight hour. So leave your humanity behind, embrace the social mutant within, and enter the Midnight Void…

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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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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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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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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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Top 5 Dragon Ball Super Tournament of Power Defeats Worth Savoring

Even if you haven’t seen a single moment of Dragon Ball Super (what are you waiting for?!), it should come as no surprise that it’s absolutely full of earth-quaking battles. The power levels of these fights blew past their limit about 100 episodes ago, so it’s safe to say the currently-running Tournament of Power arc is completely off the scales. With the series barreling toward its conclusion, now is the perfect time to take a look back at some of the most bombastic defeats that have rocked the DBS world since the pint-sized Zen-oh-sama duo decreed it into action.

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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!

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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!!