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Ask John: Why are Doujinshi Allowed in Japan but Not in America?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Doujin
Question:
If doujinshi in Japan is perfectly legal then why not allow it in America too? I see no reason why Viz and others can’t allow doujinshi of Bleach, Naruto, One Piece or Hunter x Hunter to be traded. Why do the Japanese get to live large and enjoy the good life with endless doujinshi for Japanse anime/manga while we have paranoia and rampant lawyers and fear over in the States?

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Ask John: Why are Mikan Boxes so Common in Anime?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Question:
Many otaku and students of Japanese culture may be aware that oranges and tangerines are widely considered symbols of good fortune and are thus commonly served during New Year celebrations. Oranges are also particularly associated with the One Piece character Nami who is always obsessed with collecting wealth.

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Ask John: Why Don’t Anime Compete for Multiple Film Awards?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Question:
Why is it that, outside of The Wind Rises, anime licensors have never campaigned for an Emmy or Golden Globe Award? It can’t be because their shows are of the genre mold, since that hasn’t stopped The Walking Dead from being a contender. And it can’t be because they’re animated, since Family Guy, South Park, and The Simpsons have all been contenders in that category. So what holds back an anime series or film from being able to compete for those awards?

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Ask John: Is Getting Started in Anime Retail a Good Idea?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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Question:
A friend of mine is interested in selling anime merchandise online online. What are the factors that he should consider to make his business a success?

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Ask John: How Much Japanese Does an American Need to Know to Visit Japan?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Sumimasen
Question:
What kind of advice would you give to someone interested in visiting Japan but concerned about not speaking the language?

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Ask John: What Defines a Hardcore Anime Fan?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

OTAKU
Question:
What makes an anime fan hardcore? Most of the fans I talk with don’t even buy merchandise or DVDs and say they’re hardcore otaku.?

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Ask John: Why Hasn’t Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters Been Released in Japan?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


Question:
Why hasn’t Yu-Gi-Oh Capsule Monsters show been released in Japan yet? Yu-Gi-Oh The Movie Pyramid of Light was released in Japan back in 2005, so why not for Capsule Monsters show in Japan? Yu-Gi-Oh Capsule Monsters takes place between Grand Championship and Millennium Arc. Is it because of the storyline, or they just don’t want to release it because the Capsule Monsters show was too American since it was based on Mattel’s product?

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Ask John: Does Buying Ancillary Merchandise Actually Support Old Shows?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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Question:
Like a lot of fans in the digital age, I find myself buying a lot less anime than I did in the 90′s and early 00′s. Fansubs or officially sanctioned online streaming is just so convenient. However, being a fan of robot toys, I often buy merchandise based on many of the works I enjoy. My question is, does buying merchandise based on an anime franchise still support it, even if said franchise is no longer being animated and released?

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Ask John: Is Bringing Back Violence Jack a Good Idea?

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Question:
Considering all the blame media – video games in particular – gets for random shootings, is it a good idea for Discotek to bring back Violence Jack? Or will Violence Jack just be another under-the-radar grindhouse release that only anime fans in the know would care about, like Mad Bull? And in today’s world of casual Game of Thrones/South Park/FPS-type fantasy violence, does it even matter?

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Ask John: Why Hasn’t Disk Wars Avengers Reached America?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Disk Wars Avengers
Question:
Why do you think the Avengers anime hasn’t been licensed for American viewers yet? Is it too tied into that card game? Is it that Disney and Marvel won’t allow anyone else but them to distribute the series outside of Japan? Or are they simply afraid its quirky art style will hurt the image of the franchise and refuse to release it outside of Japan? Or are Disney and Marvel just waiting for it to reach a certain number of episodes before bringing it over here?

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Ask John: Why Do Japanese Studios Want to Approve English Dubs Lately?

Monday, June 2nd, 2014


Question:
Viz’s new dub of Sailor Moon is approved by Naoko Takeuchi herself. This is not the first time a creator, publisher or studio wants certain voice cast to be approved. In 2005 when Viz brought over Naruto studio Pierrot wanted to be very specific for the English cast. Why is that?

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Ask John: Will Fangirls Support the CCS & Sailor Moon Re-releases?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Question:
With the return of 90′s mahou shoujo heavies Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura to the U.S., a pressing question looms in the air: can the target audience – anime fangirls – be trusted to fully support both series without flaking? I know some people are using the successful re-release of their respective manga to argue that the demand is still there for the anime. However, manga is, by its nature, cheaper than anime, and hence more appealing to consumers. And while I don’t doubt Viz’s statement that there were many rival companies who wanted Sailor Moon as much as they did, the fact that those competitors weren’t as aggressive and determined as Viz to seal the deal might suggest a legitimate apprehension on their part, reflecting this same concern: will the most vocal advocates for Sailor Moon actually walk the walk when it comes down to literally putting their money where their mouths are?

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Ask John: Why Did Sailor Moon Take So Long to Get License Rescued?

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Question:
I was overjoyed to learn that the original Sailor Moon anime had finally had its license rescued by Viz and is getting the full treatment for its release including an uncut English dub in which the original author herself will be approving the voice cast. As well as for the first time having the Sailor Stars portion of the anime released in North America. While I have good memories watching Sailor Moon on Toonami back when it was a weekly block, I’ll look forward to how Viz handles the release.

I was wondering though why did it take so long to rescue the license for Sailor Moon? One theory that I have is that Toei wanted to get English speaking audiences (both older and potential new fans) familiar with the original anime while new Sailor Moon Crystal anime is being simulcast along side the release of the original.

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Ask John: What Makes Oniisama E… so Popular?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Oniisama E...
Question:
As we all know by now, Dear Brother/Oniisama e was successfully crowdfunded at Anime Sols with time to spare. What makes its success unusual, besides its age, is that up until the Viki stream it was primarily known to North American anime fans through fansubs. However, what also makes the situation very unique is that said viewers were willing to support an official release of the series. There are a lot of so-called fans who flaked out on official releases of other newer and flashier shoujo anime titles such as Sailor Moon and Kodocha. But Dear Brother was not a victim of that fickle behavior.

So I guess that makes me wonder. What makes it a “keeper” to those buyers? I’m not even sure if Right Stuf’s release of Rose of Versailles, which has the same author and director, generated as much enthusiasm as Sols’ crowdfunder for Oniisama e. Is it a nostalgia thing? Did it just come in during an opportune time when North American anime choices were extremely limited? Did the characters just connect with U.S. viewers more than other early 90s anime? Did it just blend in with the whole grunge trend of that time period? Was it a reaction to mediocre self-serving teen “dramas” like My So-Called Life and the original 90210? In summation, in your eyes, what is the mystique behind Dear Brother’s appeal?

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Ask John: Were the 1990′s a Bad Influence on the Anime Industry?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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Question:
Looking back, were the 1990s a bad influence on the anime industry?

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