Except for a few occasions spent in the rooms of my friends, or in the boardroom of a friend’s place of work, I primarily watched anime on my laptop computer over the last 6 years – the period when I watched the most anime in my life thanks to its availability online, and the community that creates attention for the particular shows.
My laptop isn’t bad. It has a 17” monitor and can play many 1080p encodes, albeit not the newer 10-bit stuff. For a 4 year-old lower-end unit with few features (only 3 USB ports!) I still get a lot out of it. It’s really just not nice to use when friends come over wanting to watch anime or movies.
I intend to upgrade and build a proper desktop for my media purposes (I’m no gamer), but that’ll take me some effort, and most especially time – which is something I don’t have a lot of. Catholics culminate the “season” of Lent by “celebrating” Holy Week, and I’ve taken this opportunity to not to have to go to the office (but not necessarily not work, ugh) and implement an interim solution for my viewing needs:
I bought a 41” LCD TV on the cheap and set it up with a little box that plays .mkv files. The moment I set it up in my living room I did not set foot in my bedroom to touch this computer until I started writing this post.
Shopping for the best deal was grueling, taking me 2 days and through 4 stores (may not sound much, but I’m very busy so this kind of time does not normally exist in my life the past 6 months). What was fun was going through my 2TB HDD to play anime .mkvs in public. The comments from the salesmen who assisted me are precious:
They still make Macross?!?!
Wow, you have a lot of Gundam. I miss it. Gundam Wing is the best!
This is amazing in that I could really tell that people grow up watching anime over here. For many of them it wasn’t some kind of weird hobby. They were just cartoons that they were into when they were watching them. I loved how a small crowd assembled around the big TV in the showroom as I put it (and the O!Play media player by ASUS) through its paces by playing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
Even when I got home and our trusty manservant (he’s a young guy probably just out of his teens) and I set the TV up together I showed him lots of different anime – just to let him know that there’s a bigger world than Naruto and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED reruns on basic cable.
Now it’s going to be more fun having people over. I’m still going to need a home theater sound system to get the most out of this TV, but I’ll need to raise some cash for that – not easy while my daughter needs a lot of dental work thanks to her drinking milk formula (great for making her tall and strong, but fucks up her teeth). Still, I was able to have some good friends over last night and we made tacos and got drunk on Rum, then Vodka while marathoning some 10 straight episodes of Hanasaku Iroha. It’s great to rewatch anime in a big monitor.
Now I just wanna rewatch everything.