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Ask John: Which Unlicensed Anime Are Potential Hits?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Question:
What are some anime titles you are surprised haven’t made it to America yet? They are titles that have been out in Japan for quite some time and exhibit many traits found in the most popular selling anime titles in the U.S. Titles that would be an almost sure-fire success if they were sold in the U.S.

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Ask John: Are We in a New Period of Robot Anime Prominence?

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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Question:
In the 2000′s I asked about the trend of classic mecha anime being produced at that time. Now in the 2010′s I noticed a sudden surge of new, original mecha anime being made. Captain Earth, Samurai Flamenco, Damidaler, Buddy Complex, Majin Bone, Gundam Build Fighters, Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun, Valvrave, and Nobunaga The Fool are among the many mecha-themed anime made within the past year alone. And now with the release of Bandai Namco’s “Super Robot Wars Z3″ for the PS3 and PS Vita, there seems to be a renewed interest in the mecha genre both in Japan and abroad. Do you believe we are reaching a second “golden age” of mecha just like it was in the 70s when Mazinger Z was released?

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Ask John: What’s John’s Favorite Anime-style Video Game Intro?

Monday, April 7th, 2014


Question:
What are your favorite videogame intros which mimic the typical anime intro format? Even though you’re more of an anime guy, I’m sure you’ve played more than your fair share of Japanese games and must have developed a few favorites over time that you’d like to share.

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Ask John: When did Hentai Become Mainstream?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Question:
Did hentai suddenly become mainstream when I wasn’t looking? First, you hear them casually discuss it in The Internship. Now, you see a giant robot with tentacles in episode 13 of Space Dandy which is clearly modeled after the Chojin in Urotuskidoji. So has what was once a sub-genre of anime gone legit? In the past, it was either the subject of ridicule, or the bane of the existence of regular fans trying to distance themselves from it because it “tainted” the rest of the medium. So is it just because live-action porn has become mainstream in Hollywood (ie Nymphomaniac), that hentai’s simply followed its lead? Or is it simply just a subconscious backlash against moĆ© and dating sim adaptations because they deliberately try to sugar-coat and de-sexualize the relationships of characters while hentai is more honest in its efforts to titillate the viewer?

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Ask John: Will the Hunter x Hunter TV Series Continue Into Filler Arcs?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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Question:
The Hunter x Hunter anime is closing in on the manga, with about 4-5 volumes of story left. So do you think it will follow its 90′s incarnation and simply be wrapped up before the manga ever finishes? Or will Madhouse also continue to adapt later arcs as OAVs as Nippon Animation did? Or do you also feel that the series as a whole might actually be heading to a conclusion soon, which is why the tv show was greenlit in the first place?

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Ask John: Where is the BD Release of Gothicmade?

Friday, March 14th, 2014


Question:
Why has Hana no Utame Gothicmade not been released on BD at all, even in Japan? All I think of as a reason is that Gothicmade designs and characters have been retconned in Mamoru Nagano’s life work, the Five Star Stories. I know Nagano to be quite the perfectionist and doesn’t like it when others have a say in his works, still this is baffling to me to have a movie been worked on for six or so years and then not have it released on BD/DVD.

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Ask John: Why do Otaku Hold Anime to Such High Standards?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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Question:
Why is Japanese anime held to such extremely high standards by international fans? After all, Japan isn’t the only country to re-hash an idea; Hollywood is guilty of that sin as well.

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Ask John: Has Globalization Harmed Anime?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Question:
Has globalization helped or harmed anime? On one hand anime has much more exposure than ever before, gaining fans from all over the world. However, this exposure has allowed the rest of the world to see more of Japan’s weaker productions thus reducing the amount of potential fans who were shielded in the past by American distribution companies.

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Ask John: Will there be More Usagi Drop Anime?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Question:
Do you think more Usagi Drop will ever be animated? The series seemed popular enough at the time to warrant more animation. Is it the jump 10 years into the future and the changing relationship between Rin and Daikichi that’s holding back more animation (as that change in the story might offend people)?

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Ask John: Could Japanese Book Vandalism Have a Backlash on Anime?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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Question:
Some anonymous group of thugs recently desecrated hundreds of copies of Diary of Anne Frank books in Japan. Could those Anne Frank book vandals in Japan hurt The Wind Rises’ Oscar prospects, and possibly threaten anime and manga’s viability in general? While the Japanese public’s reaction appears to be that of shock and disappointment, the incident still has perpetuated an ugly image of the country not seen since the days of serial-rapist Tsutomu Miyazaki. While Hayao Miyazaki has condemned Japan’s role in the war, The Wind Rises has already taken flack for its so-called “positive” portrayal of the lead character during that time. So do you feel there’s a threat of the film also being “Norbit’ed” by this crime? Furthermore, could this vandalism hurt sales in general the way that manji card almost did for Pokemon? Considering the anti-Semitic content in Angel Cop, could it, and therefore anime in general, be used as a scapegoat for the behavior of those douchebags?

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Ask John: Why is Anime Fascinated with Britain?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

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Question:
I’m been fascinated with British-style characters in anime, from Eru-Chan from Upotte!! to Darjeeling from Girls Und Panzer to my favorite, Alice Cartelet from Kin-iro Mosaic. There’s also English tea-drinking in various schoolgirl anime. What’s does British characters hold a special place in anime and manga?

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Ask John: Where did the Notion that Anime had to be Realistic Come From?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Question:
Where did the notion that anime had to be realistic come from? I was watching action and mecha shows when I was younger but not once did I think of anime as being “realistic.” Maybe more realistic than most Western animation, but I never got where the idea that anime was somehow more realistic. I did think anime was more serious when I was younger but realistic and filled with social commentary not at all. A generation of fans who got into anime that was shown through Adult Swim, Satoshi Kon and Studio Ghibli can’t be the answer.

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Ask John: Did Girls Cause America’s Anime Bust?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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Question:
It might be politically incorrect, but would it be inaccurate to attribute the early-to-mid-2000s domestic anime bubble -and its subsequent bursting- to wishy-washy American fangirls who treated anime as a fad, rather than a hobby? You know, the ones who, one minute, are into the Power-Puff Girls, the next, Lizzy Maguire and Hannah Montana, and now, Twilight and The Hunger Games. Hana Yori Dango, Full Moon O Sagashite, Kodocha, and Marmalade Boy. All shoujo-oriented anime which bombed over here to the point that they were never completed. Or, they just barely got to the end and still suffered from low sales. American fangirls generally only jump on whatever has the most buzz. As soon as the hype fizzles, they move on to the next fad. Thus, the only reason anime sold as well as it did in the beginning was because it was being touted as the “next big thing.” As soon as it became too “mainstream,” they stopped buying into it. So an inevitable market correction ensued. So, did fickle fangirls cause the anime crash of ’06?

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Ask John: What’s the Rationale Behind BD/DVD Combo Packs?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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Question:
While this question could pertain to any Blu-Ray released by U.S. distributors I will direct it towards the anime industry specifically. Why does the anime industry continue to package regular DVDs with Blu-Ray releases? It seems counter-intuitive to me in some ways. If I’m buying a Blu-Ray release I have no need for the DVD version. To me that’s just tacking on some additional cost for something I won’t use. On top of that I could potentially give away the DVDs to someone who wants the series and therefore the company might lose a sale on that particular release. I’ve heard the argument that companies do this to try to push people who still use DVDs to switch over to Blu-Ray. I might have believed this in the beginning when Blu-Rays were new but now that doesn’t seem likely anymore. What’s your take on it?

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Ask John: What Were John’s Favorite 2013 Shows?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Question:
Since you made a list of your favorite 2012 anime, I’m actually quite curious to know what your personal favorite anime of 2013 was.

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