Post Reply Moving to Japan - How to Get Anime Legally, Events, Etc.?
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Posted 11/8/17 , edited 11/9/17
So, I might be moving to Japan next year (Tokyo or Yokohama), and I was curious about a few things. I didn't know where else to ask about this, since asking about legal streaming on most other sites (like Reddit, Tumblr) would just get me responses like "lol just pirate it." I don't want to do that. (I'm sick of getting downvotes on Reddit over things like that...)

But like, by definition pretty much, users of this site don't live in Japan. So like... if you've come across any guides to things like this, or if you know any sites where people might be able to answer, that would be helpful.
I can read Japanese alright, but not great (like N3/ intermediate). I haven't been able to find a site that's like a basic guide to any of this in Japanese, or that felt like it would apply to a foreigner. I'm going to have a student visa at first, then hopefully get a job that will get me a work visa, so in either of those, I'll have a residence card, not just a tourist visa.

So here are my questions:

1. How do you get anime legally in Japan, other than buying discs? I get the sense that there are a lot of different streaming sites, and that they're more expensive/restrictive than the US ones. I also see a ton of people watching Shonen Jump anime on Youtube on their phones on the train, those fansub uploads where the episode is like 1/2 of the video area, so with the phone held vertically, the episode is like literally the size of a thumbnail... obviously I don't want to do that for several reasons, but it gives me the impression that there's nothing as easy as Crunchy.
I'm not intending to get cable... but is that the only way?

2. Any advice about finding anime-related events? I know generally how to find the big ones where they announce sequels and things like that, by following the series' official twitter. But like, smaller events, at Animate stores and things like that... how do you find out about them, how far in advance do you need to get tickets, how much are tickets? I know fan clubs are a huge thing. And what about non-series-specific things?

I'm also interested in finding artist friends, since I draw and write... I've tried pixiv, but it's hard to talk to people there, especially since my Japanese isn't great (and my art isn't that great either... ^_^; ) My pixiv is https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=9263369, if you know a group or something like that, to link to...

so yeah, just, any advice on sort of, getting situated and getting involved with people over anime things in Tokyo.
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Posted 11/8/17 , edited 11/9/17
for watching anime:
1. Amazon Prime for the equivalent of $30 / year
2. anitere (ch.ani.tv from tv tokyo) (free version only lets you watch the 1st episode and the last episode of currently airing series - about 1 week behind tv schedule
3. niconico
4. Gyao (Yahoo! anime)
and a few others.
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Posted 11/8/17 , edited 11/9/17
I don't know much about streaming, but most anime is broadcast on TV like a normal show in Japan. There are some special channels, but most should be basic cable sorts of things.

So you'd need TV and a powerful programmable DVR that can record multiple shows at once.
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Posted 11/8/17 , edited 11/9/17

marklebid wrote:

I don't know much about streaming, but most anime is broadcast on TV like a normal show in Japan. There are some special channels, but most should be basic cable sorts of things.

So you'd need TV and a powerful programmable DVR that can record multiple shows at once.


This is what I'm saying, I'm not going to have any sort of TV in my dorm.
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Posted 11/11/17 , edited 11/12/17
Uhh... if you don't read Japanese, I can't help you too much on otaku events in Japan. If you do...
http://animetas.jp/
http://ketto.com/

Getting anime subbed in Japan will likely be close to impossible. You'll have to use TunnelBear or something to make your connection look like it's from the Americas to stream from American servers. To just get said anime (not subbed), namealreadytaken's posted stuff above. There are Japanese streaming sites, and it's slowly becoming more mainstream there. I still get the feeling streaming is in its infancy there though.

Oh, and if you do attend a fan event, I'm pretty sure cosplay is change on site. As in, don't get on the train with your costume on, and find a spot to change when you get there. Trains can get pretty crowded.
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Posted 11/14/17 , edited 11/14/17
I'll add Netflix to the list (they actually have alot of anime compared to the US version).

I'm assuming following their social media pages (even if that is a generic answer), I usually go to motorcycle meet-ups when I'm there so thats what I mainly rely on.
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Posted 1/12/18 , edited 1/13/18
i am stationed out of yokosuka japan and the only way i can watch crunchy roll is through US WIFI here on base the moment i use something else it will not work so you need to figure out how to get US WIFI like Americable otherwise you are going to need another source for the shows.
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