The Internet can be an unruly place. It’s kind of like the Wild West, if the Wild West were an Ethernet-Cable-fueled-lightning-fast-conglomeration-of-information-and-data. Even with powerful search engines like Google it can be hard to find what we want. In fact, sometimes the algorithms of these search engines sabotage our ability to get where we want. This is especially true if what we want isn’t in our native language. But despite these shortcomings the Internet is, and probably will continue to be, the greatest equalizer of our age. Never before in history has it been possible, or so easy, to find the answers to anything we desire. For example, now it’s possible to completely immerse ourselves in a language without ever leaving our chairs, let alone our country. Of course it isn’t as culturally enlightening but it’s certainly a one-up over those who had to learn languages in the past.
One of the major issues any language learner will face is the problem of variety. As humans we are biologically wired as creatures of discovery. What’s behind that bush, or in that cave, or in this nest, or on the next TV Channel? This is good because it helps us survive. But it can be bad for language learners who can’t seem to find anything new. I’m here to tell you I have found a panacea. I try to use the Internet with what I call an “Information Aggregation Strategy”. Why should we go looking hither and yon for what we want when someone on the Internet most likely gathered it all together in one place? We shouldn’t and we don’t have to.
May I present to you the mother of all sources for nihongo media entertainment.
This is a blog ranking with various sources of material. However, the first ranked choice, (１位）(ドラマ動画 YouTube無料まとめ) or (dorama douga YouTube muryou matome), is the main focus. As a side note the verb “matomeru” means (to collect or aggregate).
This site is a collection of what seems to be a limitless supply of Drama, Anime, 映画（movies), バラエティ(variety shows like arashi), and 音楽ＰＶ(Music videos). If your not too familiar with Japanese there will be a bit of a learning curve. However, the main categories are listed on the left hand side and across the top selection bar.
Alternatively you could always look up the name of something you want on Google, find it’s Japanese name on the wiki-article, and then post it into the search box of doramadougas.com. http://www.doramadougas.com/
Other notable sites I’ve been using extensively are:
(This has pretty much every anime you’ll ever want, including but not only all of the One Piece movies and episodes.) http://www.tudou.com/ http://bit.ly/Xf5jGE If anyone wants anything in particular I have an archive of everything I’ve ever searched and found. I might be able to send you the link of whatever you can’t find. Happy watching!!