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10 Overlooked Animated Features (Article) - 8/10/2011 6:24:06 AM

Frazetta's art in FIRE AND ICE is remarkable; definately a must-see.

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH is a whole lot of fun, but doesn't exactly have the most cohesive or consistent narrative, really.  It's extraordinarily clever and fun to pick through, but the number of layers you have to get through to enjoy it all can become quite a task.

Ten Questions With Manga Entertainment UK (Article) - 2/16/2011 9:48:12 AM

Very informative.  Although I wish he had gone into more detail regarding the UK television market aversion to anime, and whether it's comprable to the concerns we have in the U.S.

NTV Buys Primary Stake In Madhouse (Article) - 2/8/2011 9:43:13 AM

interesting, considering that MADHOUSE was pretty much the first, quality, indie pen-for-hire studio to spring up some decades ago.

10 Biggest Bad Ass Anime Gunslingers (Article) - 6/2/2010 12:30:25 PM

Interesting list; most of the characters here have a rather specific history with their weapon(s) of choice.  Rally is a personal favorite of mine; she loves guns to her core, but isn't so reckless as to ever charge in someplace and cause a ruckus at random.

The Death of Anime (Article) - 4/26/2010 6:41:48 AM

The problem with the demand for "better product" is how cyclical the business really is.  One facet of the anime business is wholly or partly dependant upon another.  "Better product" cannot be licensed when the original copyright holders witness a depreciating retail value for their content overseas.  Additionally, "better product" is less likely to be published in a retail climate where the return is infinately halved with the proliferation of unauthorized copies.  More to the point, your likelihood to receive "better" voice-over performances is far less so when the motivation for licensing groups to finance them, decreases. 

Anime Industry Continues to Throw Darts (Article) - 4/16/2010 1:38:25 PM

Interesting to touch on the on-going dilemma of online retail/distribution, the unlimited choice.  On the rare occasion a consumer heads to a particular network with a particular purchase in mind, chances are greater the consumer may feel overwhelmed at the broad lack of order and categorization, and feel reluctant at making any sort of purchase at all. 

This of course, feeds into a few other concerns: balancing competetiveness with/versus flooding the market altogether; and that ominous footnote of monitizing video content, which is still two rainbows and a shooting star away. The former will require some introspection on the part of business planners struggling to keep up with the wavering and immeasurable demand of a market ravaged by terrible yield management; the latter will require a bit of the quasi-opposite, where the nimble might do well to strongarm branding partnerships to fill the gaps left open by the out-of-date technology.

10 Greatest Anime Detectives (Article) - 3/23/2010 8:10:46 AM

Good list, although it's a shame there's only one female noted here. 

Shunsaku Ban is a fun character... he's a warm and kind guy, but he isn't afraid to put up his fists if the situation calls for it.  His demeanor is a bit beguililng, and he's a lot tougher than most will take him for.

10 Anime Cancelled Before Their Time (Article) - 3/16/2010 7:06:16 AM

Unfortunately, there are usually higher-quality items in this graveyard than in others.  A few of these items I wholly recall, but completely forgot about -- like FULL MOON.  Also, I'm sure there are titles a lot of fans think might fit in here, but probably shouldn't (but not of their own fault)... I don't think many people were aware of Geneon's massive subtitled set releases of CARD CAPTOR SAKURA when they were published, for example.

KODOCHA was a great series, but I'm still thankful that FUNimation released as much of the series as they did.  I really wish the SAINT SEIYA property caught on, but I suppose that's wishful thinking... since it belongs to a segment of anime science fiction rooted in a bygone era that somehow survives across multiple media channels.  My feelings are the same for ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS.

10 Anime Series That Need a Reboot (Article) - 2/16/2010 7:07:43 AM

It would be hilarious if they enacted a re-do of SAILER MOON but decided to incldue all of the original character designs for the animated series... long dresses, capes, guns, masks, and so forth...

10 Romances In Anime (Article) - 2/11/2010 6:57:36 AM

Wonderful list; the subject matter might serve as fodder for a good book some day...

Regardless, the history behind some of these sub-genres is fantastic; the evolution of genderbending and gender roles for example proves surprisingly deep.  On the other side of the same coin however, the meteoric rise of and influx of glorified adolescent yuri or inecst of the past ten years,  I have found rather shallow more often than not.

A lot of the relationships, however, can be whittled down to nestling together a couple of puzzle pieces... in the Magical Girlfriend category, the reason Belldandy and Keiichi are a perfect couple is because innocent Bell-chan and reliable K1 are each the type of shy and humble people who would otherwise be walked over by any other, normally aggressive person.  If either of the two are to mature, their partner is obligated to come along with them, less they risk losing the one they love.  Perhaps this is why the AH! MY GODDESS movie has such good characterization... when Celestine muscles his way in, Keiichi has to step up his bravery while yet keeping true to himself.


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