Archive for June, 2016

How to Watch Anime on Your iPhone

June 25th, 2016

Apple’s iPhone has several apps available for anyone looking to indulge in anime on the go. There are several streaming and download apps that exclusively show anime and other Japanese television, as well as general streaming services that offer anime as part of their lineups. The shows that are available to watch, as well as the languages those shows are presented in, vary from one service to the next.

Anime-Specific Apps


AnimeLab is an anime streaming service available for both iPhones and iPads, as well as Android devices. AnimeLab is available in two pricing tiers: Free and Premium. Free users have access to current shows simulcast from Japan using English subtitles, while premium users also have access to a library of completed or older shows and the option to view shows dubbed in English.


CrunchyRoll is a multiplatform anime and Japanese drama streaming service. Available on iOS devices as well as Android, gaming consoles, Apple TV, Roku and many other devices, CrunchyRoll is offered in both ad-supported free and premium tiers. Free users can watch streaming shows not long after they air in Japan, as well as browse a selection from the CrunchyRoll library every month. Premium users can access the entire CrunchyRoll library without advertisements and enjoy new episodes sooner than free users.

Anime Network

Anime Network is a cable video on-demand service, which also has online streaming video. Anime Network is available on a wide range of platforms including gaming consoles and iOS devices. Available as both a free and paid app, Anime Network offers free full-length anime episodes, with paid membership offering a wider selection of titles. Anime Network offers titles in both subtitled and dubbed formats.


FUNimation is one of the largest North American distributors of anime and produces many of the English dubs distributed around the world. FUNimation offers both free and paid apps for iOS devices, which offer simulcasts of new shows and episodes from FUNimation’s dubbed library. The free version offers promotional episodes and clips and is supported by ads, while the paid version unlocks the entire FUNimation library for ad-free viewing.
General Video Streaming Services


Netflix offers streaming apps on a multitude of devices and platforms, including iOS. Enjoying Netflix requires a paid membership, but offers access to titles across every platform with a single subscription. Netflix’s anime library is more limited than anime-specific services, but it is updated frequently and includes access to other movies and television series.


Hulu is another streaming subscription service available on a large number of platforms including iOS. A paid subscription is required to enjoy the entire Hulu library, and even then some advertisements are included. However, the monthly subscription is a bit lower than other services and Hulu offers simulcasts of new shows from Japan. While Hulu’s library isn’t as big as anime-specific services, it comes with up-to-date streaming for the latest shows and movies.


Crackle is an online streaming service that is entirely free and supported entirely by advertisement. Crackle is available across many platforms, including iOS and has a rotating library of available shows. Like Netflix and Hulu, Crackle’s anime library is a bit limited.


Drawing Anime Ninjas

June 25th, 2016

Among the vast number of characters that inhabit the world of anime, very few rival the anime ninja. This can be intimidating to aspiring artists trying to reproduce one. However with some careful observation and a handful of steps, you will be able to craft your own anime ninja using a few drawing tools and a little imagination.

How to Draw Anime Ninjas

Observe. Drawing anything can be difficult without the right research and observation. In the same way, drawing an anime ninja is no different. Anime is a visual art style emulated by such TV series as Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon and Cowboy Bebop. The first step to drawing your own anime ninja is to watch anime. You can find these resources at many local libraries and online. Pay attention to how to how the ninja moves and how he or she is dressed. As you watch, allow yourself to sketch ideas and take note of things you like or dislike about the characters you are observing.

Pencil draw your character. After observing anime characters, it’s time to begin crafting your own anime ninja. Take out your drawing paper and pencil. Begin by drawing the outline of the character’s body. Depending on the character, its body may very in size. Do your best to emulate the strong bold lines of anime; however do not darken. Using your light penciled lines, fill in your character’s body outline with clothes. Traditionally, anime ninjas are dressed in tight black clothes and wear a mask. Do your best to duplicate this clothing.

Ink your character. To best bring out the anime style of your ninja it is important that you take your pen and trace over your penciled lines. Be careful not to lose your place and ink a line you do not wish to be black. Do not be afraid of drawing bold dark lines, as this is sometimes a trait found in anime. Once you’ve completed this step you can begin to darken the inside of the ninja’s clothes. Once again, be careful not to ink anything you wish to remain white.

Practice. You’ve done the research, you’ve drawn your character but somewhere along the line something didn’t quite work out. Perhaps your lines were too thick or not thick enough, or maybe your just sneezed during the process and drew a big fat line through your character. Not a problem. The more you draw your character the more refined it will become. When struggling with drawing your anime ninja one way to refine your character is to find a picture of an existing anime ninja and practice by copying this. Once you feel more comfortable drawing in the anime style, begin creating your own anime ninja again. Most importantly, have fun.