This is Tuned In, a series about all the weird and interesting ways we interact with anime, and the diverse opinions we have about it.

If you’re a watcher of anime, you’ve probably heard of this little streaming service called VRV (pronounced verve). If you’re a bit confused, it’s okay. A lot of people usually are. To clear things up, I had a chat with Khahil White, the Events Manager for VRV at C2E2 this Saturday. The streaming service debuted the VRV Gallery, a 40-foot long tunnel showcasing the work of different artists as well as a giant statue of Catbug from the show BRAVEST WARRIORS. With only one day of C2E2 left, this is one experience you don’t want to miss!

VRV has been around since 2016. It features content from a variety of websites such as Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, and over ten more. For $9.99 a month, fans can watch all their favorite content in one place right as it comes out. And what’s even better, you can download your shows and watch them offline, allowing you to bring the fun with you everywhere!

If VRV were a real place…

“For this gallery, we had to do something special for the show. This is actually the first time we’ve done anything this big for VRV. We commissioned some artwork from some artists we know. We sent them three versions of our logos and our cubes and they recreated those into the pieces you see here,” said Khahil White.

The tunnel features the art of Jenn Woodall, Nashi, Frederator, Mondo, Michael Manomivibul, Ben Passmore, and Ian Bertram. It offers a full experience for maximum enjoyment. Fun pop music plays in the background while VRV shows are projected onto some of the pieces. Con-goers have the opportunity to walk through the gallery and immerse themselves in the world of VRV. These artists were answering one question: “If VRV were a physical place, what would it look like?”

When asked, “Why feature original art? Why not, perhaps, feature some fan art of some of VRV’s shows?” Khahil had this response: “We’re an online website. We’re pop culture, and fun paradise is our goal. So that’s why we decided to do it this way. We could have just done a ten-by-twenty booth. But that’s been done. That’s cool, but we knew we could do something much cooler instead.”

Since I could never truly describe how wonderful the art was, you can check them all out in the slideshow below:

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To the hesitant watcher

Probably the most important question anyone could ever ask is, “Why should I subscribe?” Khahil has the answer for you. “For ten dollars a month, you gain access a variety of partner channels. You get Crunchyroll and Funimation. Do you like horror? There’s Shudder. Science stuff? There’s Tested. All of that under one roof for ten dollars a month? It actually works out really well. If you like any two of those sources, I highly suggest it.”

Are you worried about losing your SimulCasted or SimulDubbed content? Don’t sweat it, VRV has your back. The shows transfer over to VRV as they appear on their original streaming service. There’s some content that hasn’t been added to VRV’s roster just yet due to licensing, but no fears. VRV is working hard to make sure you gain access to all your favorite shows.

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Still not sold? Khahil understands. There are a lot of different ways to stream your favorite shows, which is why he suggests the free trial. For thirty days, you gain unlimited, premium access to all the channels VRV has to offer. “See what you like,” he said. “If you don’t like it, cancel it easily.”

Leave your mark

If Khahil had one word to describe VRV, it would be nerdspace. “I’m going to have to make a word up because that’s the world we’re working in. If you like comic shows, then we’re an obvious fit for you.”

Don’t miss out on this chance to experience VRV in the real world. Can’t make it to the tunnel? Make sure to check out their lounge about 100 feet away. Sit, relax, and even charge your phone, all while checking out some clips from VRV’s shows. But if you really want to take it to the next level, get a Ber(ger)zerk burger with a glass of The Dragon Ball Super at the Hyatt next door. You can see the full menu here.

But out of all the things they have to offer, you definitely don’t want to miss signing your name on the giant VRV logo. Just don’t forget to wave to Catbug on your way out.

Featured image courtesy of VRV Facebook.

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