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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!

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Martial Arts History Reborn: Why “Shaolin” Is a Must-See Kung Fu Flick

A powerful man does horrible things, finds himself hoisted on his own petard, and must learn kung fu in order to atone for his ways and find peace. If the story sounds familiar, there’s a good reason — well, several good reasons, actually.

The 2011 Shaolin is a martial arts epic starring performer-of-all-trades Andy Lau as Hou Jie, a clever but hotheaded warlord whose ambitions get the better of him. After slaying a rival taking refuge at the Shaolin Monastery and mocking the monks before he leaves, he sets out to eliminate another enemy. But Cao Man, Hou’s second-in-command, double crosses him. And before long, Hou has nowhere to seek refuge but the very place he killed a man not long before.

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The Art of Anxiety: Why “Living in Oblivion” Will Blow Your Mind

There are lots of ways a piece of art can be “mind-blowing.” The easiest is to create something that looks weird and makes no dang sense. And that’s probably the easiest way to go about it — because making something not make sense doesn’t actually take a lot of work. But one of the hardest, and most effective, is to create something extremely personal and extremely relatable under the weirdness. Something that, when you step back from it, makes complete sense.

Living in Oblivion starts out as one, slowly pulling its strings together and becoming the other over the course of the movie. Because somewhere between the flashbacks, the explosions, and the apple-wielding dwarfs, there’s something a lot of us can relate to: the anxiety of doing our job well.

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Filling the Documentary Junkie’s Fix

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.


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Dark Affection: Emotional Intimacy in the Harsh World of Let the Right One In

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.


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The Game Changing Story Behind Rooster Teeth’s Sci-Fi Opus

Lazer Team is a rollicking sci-fi adventure that manages to translate Rooster Teeth’s signature charm into a feature film format. The film is much more than a fun viewing experience, it’s also a bit of a film industry anomaly! What did Rooster Teeth do differently to market their movie? HOW THE HELL did they secure a $2.4 million budget?! In what ways was this project different than your typical indie film? These are the questions we’re answering today!

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Profiling the Film Giants of The Director’s Chair

Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair is like the Super Smash Brothers of contemporary filmmakers—seeing people from all across the film industry come together with Rodriguez for an intimate chat has an oddly similar appeal to the all-star fighting game. We wanted to shine a light on some of the amazing creators featured on the show, so we decided to profile the careers of some of the talented film greats featured on the show!

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Film Buff Week is Coming

Did you know VRV has a lot of good movies? Like… A LOT of good movies? Well it does, and we wanted to highlight them with a weeklong celebration of cinema called Film Buff Week! Every day starting tomorrow and running through Sunday, February 18th, we’ll be highlighting a different genre of movie that’s well represented on the site. To mark this LOVELY EVENT, I decided to list out some of my favorite films on VRV below!

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Highlights From The Amazing Career of Cat Agent’s Kent Osborne

Today marks the premiere of Season 2 of Mondo’s Cat Agent, and to celebrate, we wanted to highlight its creator: Kent Osborne! A true Jack of all Trades, Osborne’s talents for writing, directing, producing, voice acting, and songwriting are spread over a storied career spanning more than 20 animated series, movies, and television shows. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of his impact in the world of entertainment!

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A Beginner’s Guide to the McElroy Brothers

Maybe you stumbled upon a funny clip from their podcast. Maybe you’ve seen some of their video game journalism work. Maybe you have some friends who cosplay characters from The Adventure Zone. However you went about it, you’ve probably encountered some form of content created by the McElroy Brothers. This post will serve as a guide for those looking to dive even deeper into the media empire created by Justin, Travis, and Griffin!

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Life After Adventure Time

In April of 2010, a new Cartoon Network series premiered and changed the landscape for American cartoons in a huge way. The surreal and wonderful world of Adventure Time was a labor of love brought to life by numerous artists and writers working under series creator Pendleton Ward. With the tenth and final season wrapping up this year, we wanted to take a look at some of the creators behind the series and highlight the new projects they’ve worked on!

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Flash Animation is Good Actually

Hi, my name is Mel and I run VRV social. I’m here to tell you that flash animation is Good, actually. If you’re like me and the many others who grew up with the internet, I know that when you hear the words “Adobe Flash,” you immediately think of hours of amateur animation on Newgrounds.

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If You Liked The Adventure Zone, You’ll Love This

A lot of people love the Adventure Zone. love the Adventure Zone. As someone who had little interest in tabletop roleplaying games beforehand, listening to Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy weave a disarmingly charming and lovely story out of their play sessions really opened my eyes to how special these games can be. If you’re caught up with TAZ and need something else to fill that hole in your free time, I’ve got a list of shows that provide something for all types of fans of Taako, Merle, and Magnus!

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Your Science 101 Course

Did you pay attention in science class? Chances are, you answered no, but never fear! We’ve got you covered with five shows that will get your scientific knowledge up to snuff! Whether it’s bite-sized university courses, a fantastical voyage through time and space, or using science to explain our favorite comics and video games, these series make it fun to figure out how the world works!

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This Week in VRV—Week of 1/21

Hi there, everyone! We’ve got another exciting week of new things for you to watch here at VRV, headed by a brand new science-based show! MinuteEarth explains the mysteries of our world in digestible, snappy chunks, and we’re proud to welcome it to the VRV Select family. Let’s get into what’s coming to VRV!