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jenthehen



Joined: 23 Dec 2008
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:26 am Reply with quote
The first thing I watched on HiDive was School-Live! and it did not disappoint! I've been catching up on Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya which is fun and I watched a bunch of My Love Story. There are certainly a few kinks to work out with the interface, in my opinion (it can be clunky to get back to where you were and sometimes it flubs up saving your spot), but I've barely had any problems on my iPad. I can't wait until they offer a roku app!
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Animegomaniac



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:01 am Reply with quote
Princess Tutu has been an underground hidden gem for years; The only thing that I can think of that prevented the show from reaching the audience it deserved is the fact it's called Princess Tutu.
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MarshalBanana



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:18 am Reply with quote
Penguindrum must be region locked, as I can't find it. I was actually surprised that there was even region locked content on HiDive
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Chrono1000





PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 10:39 am Reply with quote
Princess Tutu is a good magical girl anime with a unique fairy tale setting. I would also recommend Log Horizon which is a good family friendly isekai show and Flip Flappers which is a great Yuri fantasy show. Also for those who like fanservice shows there is Monster Musume, No Game No Life, and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon.
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CatSword



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 11:14 am Reply with quote
I came here to shout about Princess Tutu, for some reason having low expectations for this ad. HIDIVE has exceeded those expectations. Smile
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Heishi



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:07 pm Reply with quote
Destiny of the Shrine Maiden is something I would consider a hidden gem. Sadly, like the Anime Network, it only has the dubbed version, which I feel just isn't as good as the subbed despite a pretty good cast.

Other hidden gems are Casshern Sins and Karas, but I haven't checked if they're there.
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LegitPancake



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:54 pm Reply with quote
Hidive certainly needs some work. I watched Monster Musume, and just about every time I played an episode, it defaulted to the censored broadcast version, and I had to manually change it back to home video version. I wish I could have a setting in my profile to force everything I watch to default to home video if it’s available. Also, I always have to set streaming quality to 1080p manually which is annoying, as it is always on Auto. Crunchyroll always stays on 1080p, so I want the same on Hidive.

Finally, their iOS apps are garbage. If you attempt to change the video quality to uncensored or change to English dub while watching a show, the app crashes Mad

@Heishi
Casshern Sins is licensed by Funimation, and is streaming on Crunchyroll subbed and Funi dubbed. Karas seems to be an unlicensed OVA and isn’t streaming anywhere.
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Spastic Minnow
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:36 pm Reply with quote
^^ And IMO Casshern Sins and Karas (Manga Entertainment) are pretty much better left as "buried garbage"

each to their own though.
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RangerDanger





PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:49 pm Reply with quote
Spastic Minnow wrote:
^^ And IMO Casshern Sins and Karas (Manga Entertainment) are pretty much better left as "buried garbage"

May I ask why you say that is? I’ve been curious on watching those two as it looks interesting, but after seeing this, I want to know if I possibly have missed something in my evaluation.
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Lord Vaultman



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 3:51 pm Reply with quote
Just hurry up with getting your Xbox app up and running HIDIVE and I will be there.
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xchampion



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 3:56 pm Reply with quote
Im subbing just so I can watch Ushio and Tora dubbed since I just found out its on the service. I hear it's a awesome show and is not talked about much.
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Spastic Minnow
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:12 pm Reply with quote
...I just realized that I may be confusing my dislike with the Casshern series with my extreme dislike for a grimdark cgi-overloaded live-action Japanese movie that preceded it. I think I tried the anime once and saw too much of the movie in it and gave up on it early.

My memory of Karas is from 12 years ago when it ran on the Encore Network in two "movies".
I remember it being a confusing spectacle. Once again, overblown with CGI (but not really horrible looking for that period) and the plot was just mangled and confusing. I do remember that the second half improved the extra confusing first half slightly.

In any case, My personal opinion is that neither are worth much consideration. Definitely not worth getting your hopes too high for. Both have ANN reviews though... and all rate them higher than I do
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RangerDanger





PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:59 pm Reply with quote
Spastic Minnow wrote:
...I just realized that I may be confusing my dislike with the Casshern series with my extreme dislike for a grimdark cgi-overloaded live-action Japanese movie that preceded it. I think I tried the anime once and saw too much of the movie in it and gave up on it early.

My memory of Karas is from 12 years ago when it ran on the Encore Network in two "movies".
I remember it being a confusing spectacle. Once again, overblown with CGI (but not really horrible looking for that period) and the plot was just mangled and confusing. I do remember that the second half improved the extra confusing first half slightly.

In any case, My personal opinion is that neither are worth much consideration. Definitely not worth getting your hopes too high for. Both have ANN reviews though... and all rate them higher than I do

Oh, okay. Thanks for sharing, though.
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Joshua Zarate



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:31 pm Reply with quote
LegitPancake wrote:
Finally, their iOS apps are garbage. If you attempt to change the video quality to uncensored or change to English dub while watching a show, the app crashes Mad

I really, really dislike that too. A massive update for that app cannot come soon enough. Unfortunately, I don’t own a computer and they still don’t have an app for PS4, so it’s currently the only option I have. Sad
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configspace



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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 7:12 pm Reply with quote
LegitPancake wrote:
Hidive certainly needs some work. I watched Monster Musume, and just about every time I played an episode, it defaulted to the censored broadcast version, and I had to manually change it back to home video version. I wish I could have a setting in my profile to force everything I watch to default to home video if it’s available. Also, I always have to set streaming quality to 1080p manually which is annoying, as it is always on Auto. Crunchyroll always stays on 1080p, so I want the same on Hidive.


How are they on providing the home video versions for their catalog? I remember they started out with none, then started adding them. Do they have them for subtitled versions too? I ask because previously on TAN, the few home video versions they provided were only for the dubs.
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