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More Anime College and University Courses Being Offered

CowboyNeal posted more than 11 years ago | from the homework-on-vhs-and-dvd dept.

Anime 284

Ninja Master Gara writes "Anime News Network reports New York University is offering a new courses on the anime industry and culture. Anime is slowly expanding from University Clubs into mainstream college courses, many of which begin at the 'What is anime?' level. Several Universities and Community Colleges already offer similar courses, or incorporate anime into existing studies." If any school decides to offer a course on the Gundam series, I'd be happy to teach a class.

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Anime Is Shit (-1, Troll)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148567)

Anime is for guys who can't get laid. I hate it with a passion. Stop watching it you asshats!

Re:Anime Is Shit (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148576)

Where is my anime course, I want apreciating Ghost in the Shell, and I WANT IT NOW NOW NOW!

Re:Anime Is Shit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148590)

How can they wank to sailor moon? Something seriously wrong there. Give me tentacle rape or forced gang rape sex. Sex so rough, you need shoulder pads!

Re:Anime Is Shit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148616)

ANIME IS TOTAL SHIT!!!!

Re:Anime Is Shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148997)

Finally, a post that makes sense. Why are all the good posts always modded down to -1?

Bachelor of Arts in Anime coming soon (5, Funny)

absurdhero (614828) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148568)

Imagine what an effective work force we would have if people promptly said "Hai!" and could cheer with "Yatta! Yatta!" :)

Re:Bachelor of Arts in Anime coming soon (5, Interesting)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148745)

When I was in college (www.vt.edu) a few years back, I attended some of the local anime clubs from time to time.

I say some because there were three total university recgonized, bona-fide, clubs at that school. They each had separate meetings, which mostly comprised of 6-hour long screenings of non-stop anime. That's 18-hours a week, of nothing but the best in Japanese sci-fi, drama, comedy, fantasy and the occasional kids show.

Now was was really interesting about all this interest in Anime, was not the shows themselves, but rather the interest in Japanese culture they fostered. The clubs featured regular weekend clinics for language and culture courses and interest groups. A few club members even took trips to Japan regularily.

The fact that universities are starting to recognize this kind of love for culture (not just entertainment) seems like a perfect way to diversify the curriculum. It's about time!

Re:Bachelor of Arts in Anime coming soon (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148772)

This course requirement is scary:

ANM 205: Pedophilia in the modern world, how to live as a successful pedophile in today's society by enjoying Japanese cartoons with your neighborhood's children.

Faukin' Trolls! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148571)

Trolls rule this board, man. We fucking rule you. Bow down to #trolls!!!!!!

what about (5, Funny)

zephc (225327) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148572)

what about hentai class?

"I still gotta take Tentacle Rape 203 next term"

Re:what about (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148649)

No, You'll be a 6th year senior taking Wanking to Sailor Moon 102 for the 5th time. Wanker! :) :) :)

Re:what about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148655)

LMAO
if i wasnt too lazy to log in i would mod you up for that one.

The prospect of taking a class on hentai... (5, Funny)

Peterus7 (607982) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148716)

Makes me want to go to NYU.

Hell, the prospect of getting a B.A. in anime arts gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, that will probably contrast nicely to the bitter cold of sleeping in a gutter if I get that degree.

Re:what about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148971)

I took a class on Anime at a major college -- and something like half the coursepack was on hentai. It was funny to see all the anime fans come out to that one. Not the world's best lecturer, but how often can you say that you're "doing work" while watching anime?

RIAA needs to plug the P2P hole at colleges (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148574)

Here's one hole that needs to be plugged.

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Re:RIAA needs to plug the P2P hole at colleges (1)

adamruck (638131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148591)

thats not anime!

Re:RIAA needs to plug the P2P hole at colleges (1)

tuba_dude (584287) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148708)

Jeez...That's hilarious. Talk about tentacle rape and then 'plugging the P2P hole.' Accidental humor at it's finest.

MOD UP (+1, Informative)!!!!!1! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148603)

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My initial reaction (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148578)

If any school decides to offer a course on the Gundam series, I'd be happy to teach a class.


Geek.

Re:My initial reaction (2, Interesting)

NitroPye (594566) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148594)

Hey Gundam is a very indepth and creative series, there are so many ways to anaylize the gundam universes. Every gundam series has its own message, so good, plus giant fighting mobile suits.. cant get much better then that

Re:My initial reaction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148799)

Have you tried friends? There are countless to choose from. Most of them have a message. Plus, if your friends are large angry penguins they will be giant fighting suits!

Anime Course (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148589)

The college I attended, Earlham College (www.earlham.edu), offered a course in anime for some years. Unfortunately they stopped offering it a year or two ago. I'm glad to see that course such as this are appearing at other Universities.

Re:Anime Course (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148776)

Guess what? We dont care. Thanks for wasting 10 seconds of my life.

Re:Anime Course (5, Funny)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148821)

Excellent! An anime course. This could round out my course schedule next semester of finger painting, shadow puppets, and nap time. I knew we were paying those big bucks for a college education for some reason: Cartoons! Woohoo.

Just kidding, calm down all you anime fanatics. If I can watch Star Trek then you can watch cartoons featuring scatily clad Japanese chicks of questionable age. :-)

Re:Anime Course (1)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148845)

watch cartoons featuring scatily clad Japanese

Damnit, Slashdot needs an edit-post function. Anyway, take that as you will. Should be scantily, but I'm sure some of them are clad in excrement. It is a geek's fantasy afterall and people have all kinds of fetishes. Ick.

Re:Anime Course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148946)

I'm slightly dyslexic, and if there's anything funny about it, I just found it.... I din't even notice that there was anything wrong with that sentence.... BTW, there's this kool little button @ the bottom called "Preview" made specially for situations like this. =)

my Anime is so hard (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148612)

Dear Apple,

I am a homosexual. I bought an Apple computer because of its well earned reputation for being "the" gay computer. Since I have become an Apple owner, I have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new Apple computer as a way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more software which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.

with much gayness,

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

"Anime classes at your local tertiary institution" (1, Redundant)

ATAMAH (578546) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148615)

>I'd be happy to teach a class.
Id' be happy to be in the class. But i doubt i'd make a career out of it - a career which could pay my bills. But thats just me:) And once again - it would be a fun class to attend.

Here's something for the Survey level class (3, Interesting)

Cyclopedian (163375) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148625)

For all you people that want to see the funny part of anime: Dare to be Stupid [smoonstore.com] .

For the advanced course, I would recommend a mix of Evangelion and Memories (especially Magnetic Rose and Cannon Fodder).

For the Phd degree, submit a one page dissertation explaining the reason for the plot developments in the Excel Saga [animefu.com] .

Re:Here's something for the Survey level class (2, Informative)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148739)

For humor, try "Golden Boy". If you have not seen this series, find it. It's a tremendous paradoy of the worst (or best, if that's your opinion) aspects of anime. My friend showed me this gem about 2 years ago.

WTF is this? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148637)

Moderations: 20% Flamebait, 30% Insightful, 50% Informative


Looks like the editors don't want it to be obvious when the expend hundreds of their unlimited mod points bitchslapping a thread anymore.


~~~

More Enema Courses Being Offered (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148642)

Dear Apple,

I am a homosexual. I bought an Apple computer because of its well earned reputation for being "the" gay computer. Since I have become an Apple owner, I have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new Apple computer as the way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more software which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.

with much gayness,

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

yay!!! got in first this time (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148643)

First post!! YAY! gotcha!

fantasy (2, Interesting)

adamruck (638131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148645)

I would have thought anime would have already been part of college, under art somewhere. Kinda like cartoon sketching or drawing, only with a particular style.

Re:fantasy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148829)

Wow, what an interesting post!! Please go away forever.

Reminds me of... (5, Interesting)

Tuxinatorium (463682) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148646)

This reminds me of the Star Trek courses [csuchico.edu] that several colleges have had over the years. What a laugh riot. One syllabus I saw was basically watching 3 select star trek episodes a week, discussing them in class, and writing 5 papers analyzing them over the course of the semester. But still, that would be a great way to fulfill a GenEd humanities requirement or whatnot.

At my school... (5, Interesting)

httpamphibio.us (579491) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148660)

I go to Western Washington University [wwu.edu] in Washington state and the Art History 270 course (India, Japan, China) taught by Momi Naughton takes an entire lecture period to talk about anime with a self-professed anime maniac, whose name I forget. He goes way back to influences such as Hokusai and brings basically the entire span of what we learned in the class and how if affected the development of anime. Quite interesting...

sure, this is usefull (0, Flamebait)

SpacePunk (17960) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148662)

As usefull as a course in Navajo rug weaving or reed baskets.

Yup, that anime course will make it more likely for the person to get work!

They might as well have an ass picking class, or a class on boogers. Be just as usefull.

Re:sure, this is usefull (0, Redundant)

Raiford (599622) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148798)

Not to troll but I am going to anyway. I really long for the days when people took courses at universities in electrical, mechanical, chemical engineering, math, computer science and such. Just how useful will coursework in Anime be in say 10 years.

I guess I thought the same thing about rap music in the 80s and it is still around.

In Soviet Russia... (-1)

-1bynextweek (642604) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148668)

well, okay, we mostly didn't have anime.
But if we had, the giant tentacled robotic aliens would have violated YOU!!!

Anime Sucks (-1, Flamebait)

MisterFancypants (615129) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148671)

Badly drawn, poorly written.

Anime sucks the big donkey cock.

Re:Anime Sucks (1)

adamruck (638131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148701)

wow... when comments like that get modded to plus 3 informative, something is really wrong.

Re:Anime Sucks (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148709)

Actually, it's BOTH Informative and Insightful.

Re:Anime Sucks (2, Informative)

adamruck (638131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148728)

nothing like donkey cocks to be informative and insightful.... im sorry but im tired of seing anime sucks posts. If you hate it that much, then go to the preferences and check the box labeled anime.

Saying that it is poorly written or whatever alone doesn't constitute being informative or insightful.

Re:Anime Sucks (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148727)

Especially considering the majority of Slashdot readers are fat middle-aged men whose only joy in life is infact wanking to the aforementioned hentai. Perhaps this is just their obscure method of social denial, and a way to escape the horrifying truth that they will probably forever continue the sub-existence that they have been living out for decades.

Re:Anime Sucks (1)

amigaluvr (644269) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148729)

heh yeah right like superfriends or marvel are any better as you say?. I do like the stories but it is the unique artwork that set's anime apart from all other animation. It has style and a 'feel' thats more original than the other load of crock that passes for entertainment

Re:Anime Sucks (0)

darxyde (607706) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148847)

It has style and a 'feel' thats more original than the other load of crock that passes for entertainment

Yeah! go tentacles!

Re:Anime Sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148935)

Huh?! No, I'm not saying "Superfriends" or "Marvel" is any better than anime. I'm saying it's time you people GREW YOUR ASS UP AND FOUND FUCKING JOBS! Anime may be fun for an 11 year old child, but once you hit 12 you should be thinking about other things than flying robots and schoolgirl rape (well, unless it's real-life schoolgirl rape -- but cartoon schoolgirl rape is lame).

GET SOME PRIORITIES!

Re:Anime Sucks (-1, Flamebait)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148730)

Depends on your taste in art, as a whole, and how you percieve entertainment. I don't expect blockbuster scripts in my animated sci-fi, and I don't always expect to see pioneering art forms in my cartoons.

But hey, that's just me.

Re:Anime Sucks (0, Flamebait)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148853)

My post was the only well constructed and non-judgemental arguement in the bunch. $50 says that the mod that got me for flamebait is this guy's boyfriend.

Now that's flamebait (a post with obvious intentions to furiate, frustrate, and nuture further ill-willed posts), you fat geek. Make a note grasshopper.

Re:Anime Sucks (4, Insightful)

CCIEwannabe (538547) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148916)

Go and get the whole series of NEON GENISIS: EVANGELION , watch it with the 2 movies afterwards and then come back and say anime sucks...

You know... (4, Funny)

Mac Degger (576336) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148672)

...in the Netherlands, that would be part of what they call a "pretpakket": basically something like a university degree in macrame. It's stupidly silly.

I heard education in the US sucked, but it's another thing to see it confirmed.

Re:You know... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148775)

Hey, fuck you. You can thank the US education systems for Slashdot, the internet, automobiles, etc. Now, I must say, SHUT THE FUck UP and go back to SOVIET Russia, Nigger.

Re:You know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148952)

> Hey, fuck you. You can thank the US education systems for Slashdot ...

Oh, THAT explains the atrocious spelling, poor grammar, and duplicate posts on Slashdot. :-D

Re:You know... (1)

SunPin (596554) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148941)

While I'm not as annoyed as the AC, I think you are a troll and you don't know what you are talking about.

Education, as in kindergarten through 12th grade, certainly has major problems throughout the system but university level higher learning is top-notch, pays well and lures the finest minds in the world into abandoning their home country.

Even beautiful Western Europe.

So get a grip, get a clue and get lost.

Ought to be an advanced course (3, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148699)

Understanding anime should be an advanced course for writers and artists. The stylistic conventions are different from Western practice, but not incomprehensible. They can be studied and taught. Read Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics". (Skip his later Internet book.)

Anime As A Valid Cultural Influence (5, Informative)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148705)

Course Description:
Anime (V33.0709) This course introduces students to the rich world of Japanese animation or anime, its form and style, history, popular genres and themes, major authors, and fan culture. We will explore the popularity of anime in relation to the cultural conditions of contemporary Japan and to the context of cultural globalization which is radically transforming the way audio-visual images are produced and consumed.

It's kind of nice to see that Anime is finally being recognize, after so many years, for it's massive cultural influences all over the world. It's gone from being a somewhat-maligned form of geek|children's entertainment to a full-fledged industry/art form. I think it would be interesting to see what's up next on the platter? Maybe the entire geek world can be examined for it's influences on modern culture. Think about it this way: someday your kids could be reading literature in school that includes archived Slashdot posts your doing now! Well.. considering how many "hentai tentacle rape" posts are bound to pop up here... maybe not.

Re:Anime As A Valid Cultural Influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148770)

its form and style

Sigh. Yes, imagine if it had several forms and styles.

history,

Someone made an animated cartoon. It was copied, and the copying hasn't stopped.

popular genres and themes,

* (Pre-)Teen-girl stuff (colourful horses, cute boys, nice friends)

* (Pre-)Teen-girl stuff. For adult men.

* Sci-fi.

* Sexual perversions.

major authors,

Doesn't matter. Everything fits the stereotypes, no need to differentiate between authors.

and fan culture.

Intended audiences: Japanese children, Japanese dirty old men.
Fan culture: Western retards and social rejects.

What a load of speculative bullshit.

Re:Anime As A Valid Cultural Influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148930)

ok, you're intitled to your opinion that anime sucks. i'm all so glad u told me all about your hatred for anime. my life is now complete.
BTW, why are you reading the posts about and article about a subject that you are apparently do not like?

"New York University is offering a new courses ... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148712)

Hopefully, they are offering a grammar class too.

Re:"New York University is offering a new courses (0)

darxyde (607706) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148860)

Me fail english? that's unpossible!

Strange (0, Offtopic)

Jaegar (518423) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148717)

Having a whole course devoted to anime makes about as much sense to me as seeing Microsoft adds on a site that's never followed the Redmond two-step that closely.

On second thought, disregard everything I said.

A wealth of education potential (-1, Flamebait)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148719)

Now all college students will have the luxury of learning how to script creative stories concerning octopus demons, feces, and Catholic school girls.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148722)

You teach school anime

Slashdot h4x0r3d! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148724)

Someone's put some nonsense about industrially produced crappy comics for Japanese children (and retarded Western adults) on the front page of Slashdot.

Plz fix k tnx.

Yup, see in it Austin... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148725)

At the University of Texas at *Austin* last fall was a full course focusing on just anime taught by Dr. Susan Napier of the Asian Studies Center there. (Dr. Napier did a guest lecture at Dr. Gossin's course last spring when we taught "Nausicaa" for the second time.) Dr. Napier has been invited as a guest lecturer at Harvard this spring and will be reteaching the anime course there. Yes, they're actually officially studying anime at *Harvard*! (Prepare for hell to free over after classes start there in a few weeks..... )

As for the complaint about the lack of college level books about anime (in English, that is) that's true. But Dr. Napier has completed her book "Anime from 'Akira' to 'Princess Mononoke'" and it will be out sometime this spring or summer. This will be the first college level analysis/literary criticism of anime available in English.

I'll give you one guess . . . (4, Interesting)

White Shadow (178120) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148742)

From the course at umich [umich.edu] :
A key feature of any episode of Sailor Moon is transformation. Choose one morphing scene from any episode or film version of Sailor Moon. Describe in concrete terms how the animators render this transformation in time and space. ... We want to emphasize that there is no necessarily correct answer for this topic; the success of your paper will lie in its specificity in analyzing the work of the animators, and the argument you mount---no matter how speculative---concerning the relationship of the animation and its probable viewers. ...
Hmm, let me guess what the teenage boy viewers are thinking when they watch these transformation . . .

Anyway, it would be a fun paper to write. Although, if I were teaching the course, I would open it up to a transformation sequence from any magical girl anime (Hime-chan's Ribbon, Card Captor Sakura, Saint Tail, Devil Hunter Yohko, etc). It might also be interesting to speculate about why animators decide to use the transformations with such repetition. Is it simply to reduce the amount of new animation per episode or do they think it provides continuity between episodes?

it had to happen (5, Insightful)

Suchetha (609968) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148746)

we have had courses in Star Trek, Star Wars, Wine Appreciation and whatever.. but the point is here.. what will this mean for your future..

i am not arguing that people need not be given a grounding in the arts, far from it.. but lets face it folks, this is POP ART.. i doubt that other than the history of anime, this "course" can teach you anything that you and your friends can't learn by just sitting in front of the tube for a few brews and talking about it..

the point i am trying to make is that there is a LOT of art history out there.. stuff that people take for granted.. stuff that people don't BOTHER to learn...

Colleges are offering this kind of course to make you pay for a course that will not mean anything on your transcript (unless you are going into the anime field) and is nothing but grade padding.. in the same vein you may as well take a course in Britney Spears

don't get me wrong .. i am a big fan of anime.. its just that i think that a college course on it, while cool, would be a waste of money (yours/your parents/your state's) and time that could be better spent (on girls/brews/parties)...

Suchetha

You are WRONG sir! (3, Insightful)

cdf12345 (412812) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148781)

The fact that it is art is what makes it logical to teach a class on. Early philosophy teachers used popular poetry, and film schools today use feature films as point of example and discussion.

Why is anime any different. There is a wealth of ways one could approach the class. First you could look at the original artwork, in it's native culture. Then you can look at the citizen's response to it. Or you could examen foriegn audiences and their interest in the genre.

There is probably a great deal to learn, the best way to become wise is to teach yourself how to think, not what to think.

"Only when you are looking for them will the Red spades and Black Diamonds appear" - Ray (Christopher Lloyd, Interstate 60)

EXCELLENT POINT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148800)

mod that first reply up!

Did the author just hit Google with... (4, Insightful)

KNicolson (147698) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148747)

"anime site:.edu" [google.com] ?

Anyway, I wonder how much they will be teaching what they think anime should be, versus what it really is? I ask as I've read this book on Takarazuka Revue [amazon.com] which describes it basically as a hot-bed of azn lezbo tranny pr0n, whereas everyone Japanese who I've spoken to (including my wife, who studied at the associated drama school and college) says it's just fantasy escapism, especially because the average real-life Japanese man is so crap, the otokoyaku[*] provide an idealised view of what men could be.

[*] Obligatory Japanese word inserted to pretend I know what I'm talking about.

Gasaraki and film in general (4, Interesting)

frozencesium (591780) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148749)

Come on...this series needs a course devoted to it. I mean mechs, spirituality, politics, culture? I'm sure everyone else here will probably either say Lain or Neon Genisis Evangelion.

of course...the anime art form is something that should be studied. for one, it offers some great content and social/political messages that wouldn't be accepted in "mainstream" media. second, artwork and story telling go hand in hand. after all, isn't that what artwork (of any form) is supposed to do, to speak to the viewer and convey some message/story?

anyone who flames me saying that hollywierd puts out decent artwork hasn't been to the theaters lately. most of it is tripe. it's entertaining yes, but it's still tripe in an artistic sense. of course there is the rare gem out there, but it's not often that people can (or care to) recognize the difference. for this reason film classes in general (including anime classes) are a way to help people gain some perspective and recognize art for art, and not just art for the sake of entertainment.

after my first film class i couldn't watch any movie in "pan and scan" anymore. it helped me understand composition, writing, story telling, and substance...something which is lacking in most of the "modern" world.

-frozen

film class (0, Offtopic)

cdf12345 (412812) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148896)

I loved my film class, got to watch classics like mr. smith goes to washington and It Happened One night, I really appricaite film so much more now,

Re:Gasaraki and film in general (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5149010)

" most of it is tripe. it's entertaining yes, but it's still tripe in an artistic sense."

The same holds true for anime, though with ahime, the metric arseloads of crap aren't even entertaining.

There's a few rare gems out there. Same with Hollywood.

The only real difference is that you don't see the actual actors in anime, you only hear their voices.

anime (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148755)

Aminininme is SHIT. Cowboy, you couldn't even fit through the fucking door of the classroom, so shut the fuck up. Lardo.

Anime's roots (3, Insightful)

Quanza (25456) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148759)

I just wonder how many people realize where the word "anime" really comes from. For those who never knew, `anime' is really just the Japanese-truncated pronunciation of the American word `Animation'. So it amuses me that "anime" now essentially signifies "Japanese cartoons", when in truth everything from Batman to Donald Duck are "anime" as well.

gotta love how cultures mix and bounce things around.

Re:Anime's roots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148794)

Man.... shut the fuck up. We're not interested in etymology here.

Re:Anime's roots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148890)

For those who never knew, `anime' is really just the Japanese-truncated pronunciation of the American word `Animation'.

Really? Never would have guessed it! How silly of us not to have figured out the painfully obvious. Bet you felt very smart telling us what the rest of us knew instinctively.

Re:Anime's roots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148969)

Eat dirt.

How about an official one? (3, Informative)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148771)

anime-juku [anime-juku.com] offers web-based anime production courses in english and japanese.

they have a trial course that you can try if you got a graphics pad.

I got the link when I was browsing around studio Ghibli [ntv.co.jp]

Plucky (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148808)

Dear AnimeProducers,

I am a homosexual. I bought an Anime movie because of its well earned reputation for being "the" gay animation. Since I have become an Anime owner, I have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new Anime as the way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more anime which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.

with much gayness,

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

I wish... (1)

boola-boola (586978) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148814)

...that UT had an anime class. I need one more elective credit for graduation. Would be nice, although, I wouldn't know what college they would put it under.

Re:I wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148851)

Otakon [otakon.com] will have as a guest this year Susan Napier of the University of Texas.

Mac Degger (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148827)

is a nigger sympathizer!

Parent +5 INFORMATIVE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148836)

Informative!

at boston university (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148838)

we have a jaanese culture class that touches on anime :-p

Re:at boston university (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148849)

Why don't you touch my anime? By that I mean, touch my penis. Please.

Re:at boston university (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148987)

What the fuck is "Jaanese"? Let me guess, you're at the top of your class!?

Trolls! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148865)

Rise up! Rise up! Come, my brethern (on my face)! Why am I the only troll trolling? GET A FUCKING move on. You don't have to spend all night in the bread line in Soviet Russia.

Otakon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148874)

Most anime conventions are great places to learn about anime and asian culture. This yeat Otakon [otakon.com] has so far announced Frederick Schodt (author of various books on anime and manga) and Dr. Susan Napier of the U of Texas.

I am so glad... (-1, Flamebait)

Arandir (19206) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148891)

I am so glad I went to a university that did not, does not, and will not teach such stupid classes. My degree is still be worth something.

All of the rest of you, please, please, please go major in anime. That way when I'm old, I'll have no worries about young punks straight out of college taking over my job.

possible final exam... (5, Funny)

ice-nine (149145) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148893)

Essay question (90 minutes, no open books):
Explain FLCL.

Anime 101 (3, Insightful)

NeoMoose (626691) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148919)

Considering that it can be called a valid art form as any other form of hand-drawn animation is then it's hard to see why there is anything wrong with this at all. In fact, I find it interesting that something like this wasn't already in place.

Sure, anime hasn't been very mainstream up until recently, but I have seen some absurd art classes in my life. I'm not lying, but I have seen classes advertised as being "Studies of Hungarian Art from the 13th Century". Well, a class on anime can't do much worse, can it?

Re:Anime 101 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148989)

The difference is students are going to be taking courses in anime to fill requirements because they're popular. I really doubt students flock to courses such as Hungarian Art. The problem is that courses such as these will displace more worthwhile ones. Why take that class on art appreciation or philosophy when you can just go watch cartoons?

Great article about the importance of Anime (2, Interesting)

cdf12345 (412812) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148923)

remember this? It was posted on /. a while back

http://www.kampo.co.jp/kyoto-journal/media/anima te d.html

Albuquerque, N.M. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148931)

"The suicide bombings have increased. There's too many of them." --George W. Bush, Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 15, 2001

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/i386/ 5. 0-RELEASE/floppies/fixit.flp

Ummm.... ok, tis called talent. (1)

Egekrusher2K (610429) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148943)

Oh, there is a career in anime, you just have to be one of the best. You can't be a mediocre artist and try to get into something big enough to pay your bills with. You have to be top notch, just as with any other form of art.

Education need not be boring! (2, Interesting)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 11 years ago | (#5148978)

A lot of people see this sort of thing as a huge joke but I don't. Studying something in-depth that revolves around entertainment is really no different than a kind of community service. By being well educated about a specific form of entertainment, you become a better creator of that form of entertainment, improving the quality of life of those who indulge in this entertainment. As such, you help the industry evolve and improve faster. The concept of taking an Anime college course will prove to be quite beneficial to the Anime industry itself, I think.

Heh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5148984)

I wish I could have taken joke classes for general education/other requirements..

Man, would I have loved "Ethics of Quad Whoring" or "The Sociological Nature of Counter-Strike".

That's about all any anime course will amount to.

Don't get me wrong, I've watched enough anime in my time. (Woot, Gundam.) But coursework about anime is even more useless than majors related to Tolkien's languages (See crazy UK schools).. At least studying Quenya will give you experience in linguistics. ;)

Good anime comes from Japan, and, I hate to pull the race thing up, but it's done by Japanese people.

Americans are only good for poor translations, subtitling, and acting like they hold mastery over the Japanese language because they can say 'hai' and 'baka'. :P

The Dumbing Down of education (0, Insightful)

sakusha (441986) | more than 11 years ago | (#5149014)

I remember in the early 90s when my university had a major Japanese film studies department. Now all the serious scholars have moved on to serious Ivy League schools like Columbia or Princeton, leaving the "film studies" department dumbed down to the level of anime studies. I'm not surprised that serious scholars are desperate to move to schools that take film seriously.
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