Anime out of context: Erwin Smith for president?!

I’m going to open this post with two points that I’m imagining many people will have also asked. Firstly, what would happen if you were to take an anime or manga character from their show/manga and put them into the real world? Would they be as effective? Could they act in the same way or would they have to adapt?

The second point I’d like to bring up is the swathes of political disillusionment prevalent in much of society. Only 57.5% of people voted in 2012 US presidential elections – that means 2 out of every 5 eligible people couldn’t be bothered to vote. Now I’m not American (damnit I’ve never even been there), but I do believe I have thought of a solution that anime and manga fans the world over will approve of: Erwin Smith, leader of the Survey Corps, for president.


I know what you’re thinking… it is a good idea, right?! Just to prove it, let’s go through some of the good points of a Smith administration and some (vague) allusions to the other contenders:

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How to legally watch anime (UK version)

So you’ve been watching anime on your favourite not-quite-legal streaming website for a while ago and a strange feeling hits you – guilt. You might not feel any guilt but you might just be surprised at the free and affordable legal ways in which you can access and contribute to your favourite hobby. For you folks living in the UK, I’m going to go through streaming services as well as online and high street stores that distribute anime.

Online Streaming

The first step for anyone looking to move away from the dark side of anime viewing would be to find a free ad-based streaming service. In the UK we’re fairly well served by several streaming services that offer various series free of charge.


Perhaps the first port of call for streaming is the omnipresent Crunchyroll. After a while in anime world it might feel like Crunchyroll dominates your browsing history but it does so with good reason as it holds most titles that haven’t been licensed by Funimation.  The service is free with ads or available to subscribe to as a member from £4.99 a month which gives you access to new shows a week early as well as getting rid the ads. Downsides are the lack of English dubs.


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