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The Anime Marathon vs. The Weekly Simulcast

Deep in the murky past, the most common method of (legally) watching anime in the US was buying physical media. The format changed over time from wallet-draining VHS tapes to single DVDs, then mercifully to reasonably priced box sets. What you got and how much you paid for it varied from year to year, but one thing was always true: once you bought something, you could (and probably did) binge-watch the whole damn thing. With the advent of streaming simulcasts, we now have the option of watching a new episode of a series each week, just like one might do with new episodes of American TV. With these two options having co-existed for over five years, now seems as good a time as any to ponder how each method influences the viewing experience.

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