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An Extensive History of Anime

CowboyNeal posted more than 11 years ago | from the getting-at-the-roots dept.

Anime 235

Ninja Master Gara writes "While it is a bit dated, Right Stuf has a fascinating set of in depth history of anime in Japan and the west and follows the development of both cultures, including landmark series from the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and beyond, the origins of today's major anime release companies, and commentary on various aspects of the industry and culture. While it is labelled an 'Introduction to Anime', it serves as a much more interesting look back for long time anime fans. Right Stuf also has a great timeline of important releases."

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235 comments

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311826)

fuck you, nigger. eat shit and die. nigger! [goatse.cx]

Re:fisrt reply to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311942)

suck ten dicks you white bread chicken shit mother fuckin' honky ass gay guy.

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311829)

FP!

FIRST TENTACLE RAPE POST (-1)

Trolling Thunder (639121) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311831)

Chalk up another win for the slashdot paedo crowd. You kiddie-fiddlers are pathetic.

ANIME IS FOR FAGS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311832)

Rick Austenson and Josh Havens like anime and they are fags!!

Anime and Apple - as gay as it gets! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311833)

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.

First post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311837)

If this is a first post, GO NILES!! RED HEADS ROCK!

If not, boo hoo.

I'll go one step better (2, Funny)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311839)

2015: Hentai beamed straight into my mind :)

Re:I'll go one step better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311900)

2015? I get that every time I close my eyes. The constant tentacles, ropes, demon bestiality, and hermaphrodites are beginning to become distracting. Well, the hermaphrodites are ok.

Hey! (2, Funny)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311972)

You leave Cartman's mom alone!

Re:I'll go one step better (-1)

GhostseTroll (582659) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311906)

A professor at the University of Mississippi is giving a
lecture on the supernatural. To get a feel for his
audience, he asks: "How many people here believe in
ghostses?" About 90 students raise their hands.

"Well, that's a good start. Out of those of you who
believe in ghostses, do any of you think you've ever seen
a ghostse?" About 40 students raise their hands.

"That's really good. Has anyone here ever talked to a
ghostse?" 15 students raise their hands.

"That's great. Has anyone here ever touched a ghostse?" 3
students raise their hands.

"That's fantastic. But let me ask you one question
further... Have any of you ever made love to a ghostse?"
One student way in the back raises his hand.

The professor is astonished and says, "Son, in all the
years I've been giving this lecture, no one has ever
claimed to have slept with a ghostse. You've got to come
up here and tell us about your experience."

The redneck student replies with a nod and a grin, and
begins to make his way up to the podium. The professor
says, "Well, tell us what it's like to have sex with a
ghostse."

The student replies, "Ghostse?!? From ah-way back there ah
thought yuh said "goatse." [goatse.cx]

*BSD IS DYING (-1, Troll)

Tuxinatorium (463682) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311956)

It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin [amdest.com] [amdest.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dbblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

ONE STEP BETTER!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312106)

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All I want to know is... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311843)

When did the Tenticle Penis first appear?

That's easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311920)

476 AD

Re:All I want to know is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311933)

Well, I know when mine first...sorry, what are we talking about?

A Simplified History of Anime (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311844)

1) Normal looking characters
2) Slightly pumpkinish characters
3) Quite pumpkinish characters
4) Very pumpkinish characters
5) Talking pumpkin heads

Why is anime so great? (2, Insightful)

Vidiot3k (612026) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311848)

Isn't it just a cartoon? Ok, ok, it's not a 'toon in a traditional sense, but still...

Re:Why is anime so great? (0, Flamebait)

pummer (637413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311870)

No, it's not just cartoons. It's cartoons that middle-aged men get off to.

Re:Why is anime so great? (0, Funny)

handybundler (232934) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311987)

"that middle-aged men get off to"

...as well as many /. editors.

Re:Why is anime so great? (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311873)

"Isn't it just a cartoon? Ok, ok, it's not a 'toon in a traditional sense, but still..."

Ugh. Let me ask you something, if anime is only a cartoon, why would it have such a following?

Perhaps a refphrasing of your question is in order?

Re:Why is anime so great? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311890)

It has a huge following because there is a huge amount of child molestors in the world.

DING DING DING (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311953)

You just won $64,000

Re:Why is anime so great? (2, Insightful)

slaker (53818) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312175)

You misspelled "AOL users".

I've watched Anime that's supposed to be good (Princess Mononoke or whatever it's called). I saw Akira in the theater. I've tried and tried to "get" anime.

I still don't see the point."Schoolgirl-raping tentacles" really AREN'T my idea of anime, but as a genre of storytelling, it has singularly failed to move me in any way. I've been more emotionally/intellectually/sexually stimulated by the advertising copy on the back of a box of breakfast cereal than I have by anything with big eyes, poor dubbing or sleep (snot?) bubbles.

Can an enthusiast PLEASE explain why this form is in any way comparable to more mainstream types of entertainment?

Re:Why is anime so great? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311925)

uhhh...why wouldn't it?

That is, is there something inherent about cartoons that precludes them having a massive following?

Anyway, it beats watching little ball bearings bounce around behind a sheet of glass all day.

Re:Why is anime so great? (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311948)

Slashdot has a huge following. So does NSync, B Spears, and Moby. That doesn't mean that they are GOOD. It means they have a huge following.

Re:Why is anime so great? (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312012)

"Slashdot has a huge following. So does NSync, B Spears, and Moby. That doesn't mean that they are GOOD. It means they have a huge following."

That'd be a good answer to my comment if I had said "anime is good".

All I said was that he had plenty of evidence already that it wasn't 'just a cartooon'. That's why I suggested he rephrase his question, sounds more like a troll than a question.

Maybe for the same reason cartoons do? (1)

zabieru (622547) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312200)

I mean... For my part, I like anime, and I'm not a big fan of cartoons. But I know a lot of people who LOVE 'toons. So not only do I reject the notion that something that's popular must be good, but I don't think anime is really all that popular.

Re:Why is anime so great? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311881)

it is a cheap cartoon that brings excitement into the geeks' daily lives

Re:Why is anime so great? (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311969)

"Isn't it just a cartoon? Ok, ok, it's not a 'toon in a traditional sense, but still..."

In an attempt to be more helpful than in my last post, here's Dictionary.com's definition of the word 'anime':

"A style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sex."

Basically, it's a type of cartoon, so you're half right. As for it being 'just a cartoon', I'd disagree. Though I myself am not a huge anime fan, it's easy to see its appeal. It's a lot more dramatic. It's also a lot more adult-oriented and rather imaginitive.

I'm surprised we don't have more serious cartoons over here. Anybody ever see the animated Spawn series on HBO? That was damn cool.

Re:Why is anime so great? (2, Funny)

dalassa (204012) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312021)

"A style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sex."

Someone just watched Dirty Pair didn't they?

Re:Why is anime so great? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312098)

it's easy to see what anime is compared to other types of animation, ok sometimes there's a gray area but most of the time it's easy to tell. but how do you define it? how do you quantify what anime is?

we can use a stereotype image, like the one strong bad uses, but even then not all anime have characters that feature huge eyes and a bean shaped head. how is anime such a general concept yet so distinct at the same time?

we can say it's a 'style of animation developed in Japan' but that doesn't say anything. to know what anime is you'd have to see it. how can you describe anime to somebody who hasn't seen it before?

if it's a stupid question, then give me the obvious information.

Re:Why is anime so great? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312083)

It's the slashdot girlfriend replacement.

Re:Why is anime so great? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312087)

The problem is, the term anime suffers the same fate that the term computer does.

There's computers (think fruity toys, like iMacs), and then there's computers (Mmm. Big Iron)..

To put it another way, there's, say, DragonBall Z, all those fruity shows about Super Power Magical Ultra Girl !! where the (insert eyeroll) 'heroine's' adventures consist of saving the world while deciding like, which guy to totally go out with!

Yeah. Those are just cartoons. Hell, I'll do you one better - they don't qualify as cartoons, even, they're utter garbage.

On the other hand you have, say, Evangelion.

Watch Evangelion with subtitles on (They change dialogue far too greatly in the dubbed versions), and pay attention. It may be animated. It certainly isn't a 'cartoon'.

Anyhoo, cartoons are, by definition, light and humorous and such. As it were, plenty of what people term 'anime' falls into that category.

The 'good stuff' doesn't.

Good deals (2, Informative)

XeresRazor (142207) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311859)

This isn't nearly as interesting as some of the bargain's they've been running recently. One of their higher-ups is a regular visitor in the animeondvd.com chatroom and usually pops up with insane new bargains to drain all our wallets every week or two. They had an insanely good deal going on almost-used cd's awhile back, a pack of 6 soundtracks that simply had marred cases, nothing wrong with the discs themselves and they were selling them for next to nothing, they clear out lots of older shows too if you missed them the first time around. Always a good thing to check right stuf's bargain a couple times a week if you're an anime fan.

Pardon me, but (4, Funny)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311884)

WTF is an 'almost-used' CD? It's one of those boolean things, like being pregnant, or so I have always thought.

Re:Pardon me, but (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312000)

Brilliant post. Too bad you don't have the +1 Karma bonus so more people might read it.

Maybe you should consider this "premier" slashdot account on eBay [ebay.com] .

TO anyone reading the above (0, Offtopic)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312030)

I do not normally respond to trolls, but in this case, I feel compelled to. That post is quite possibly the dumbest post I have ever seen. To anybody reading this -- I strongly encourage you not to bid on the above account -- please do not encourage the corruption of what slashdot represents by allowing people to buy and sell online handles.

Re:TO anyone reading the above (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312103)

Y'know, I think that's pretty much exactly what slashdot represents. Else why have highly visible user numbers and a fun score system to start with? Add the fact that the place is infested with Ayn Rand worshipping libertarian nutballs, and it's inevitable that accounts will change hands in "a fair exchange of money for labour".

Slashdot is about trolling. Everything else is window-dressing. Once you allow yourself to 'fess up to the guilty pleasure, it all becomes a lot more fun and makes a LOT more sense.

Geez, here you go: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312114)

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I can make Anime (1, Funny)

ewhenn (647989) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311861)

... just pass me a box of crayons.

Wow (0, Offtopic)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311935)

Sheesh, there must be some really touchy moderators around here. I thought it was genuinly funny.

Here is the eleventh post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311863)

that makes 11 worthless posts in another worthless /. story.

Pathetic americans... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311866)

...how can you expect to win a war when you watch animated girls being raped by animated tentacle penises?

Because (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311903)

...then we will all be masters of the dreaded Danza slap

Most important though.. (1)

faeryman (191366) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311882)

..is "Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend." First tentacle rape IIRC. Right?

Anime sucks! (-1, Troll)

Tuxinatorium (463682) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311889)

Every japanese anime I have ever seen sucks. Dragonball Z is stupid, Pokemon is even gayer, etc...

This just in... (3, Insightful)

Senjutsu (614542) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311917)

Crappy Anime is crappy! News at Eleven!

Seriously, you might as well say "All Sci-Fi movies suck!" just because of the incredible crapitude of Battlefield Earth.

Re:This just in... (1)

Tuxinatorium (463682) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311929)

Well then, why are the worst specimens the most popular?

Re:This just in... (3, Interesting)

cyranoVR (518628) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311966)

Well then, why are the worst specimens the most popular?

Why is The Jerry Springer Show so popular? Why is "Marry a Fake Millionaire" so popular? It's because the distributors decide that they can make the most money by appealing to the lowest common denominator.

Fortunately, shows like Evangelion and movies like Spirited Away come along and prove to the media Powers That Be that the "unwashed masses" actually have some appreciation for quality works.

BTW - anime fans, brace yourselves for lots of lame posts about tentacle rape and pedophilia. Articles on this topic seem to bring out lots of trolls.

Re:This just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312231)

I have tried converting a couple of people with grave of the fireflies (hotaru no haka), http://us.imdb.com/Title?0095327, and well, failed miserably. This film is the saddest I've ever seen, and if you read the comments at imdb, you'll see many agree on how incredibly emotional and sad this one is.

But.. these people.. while they did think it was good, it didn't have much emotional impact on them. You could say they're just a little cold at heart when it comes to audiovisual entertainment perhaps, but.. they both commented on how it didn't quite work as well as it could have because it was ANIMATED. In other words, some people just, for one reason or another, have big problems with really enjoying animation. Incidentally, perhaps these are the same people that cannot go to a museum and enjoy wonderful paintings of art? I know these two probably wouldn't, at least, but.. just a though that sometimes strikes me.. WHAT exactly is it that makes some people dislike animation as a medium? I've noticed, at least, that people who don't like animation don't generally like drawings/painting very much either.. maybe there's a connection there, who knows.

Re: Anime sucks! (Asian Pride) (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312059)

Got Rice? [pajonet.com] (May not be safe for work.)

Before I start reading.. (3, Funny)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311895)

... can somebody let me know if it covers tentacle porn? I might brave the Slashdotting...

Re:Before I start reading.. (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311992)

"Before I start reading.. ... can somebody let me know if it covers tentacle porn? I might brave the Slashdotting..."

Flamebait? Aww bummer. I was hoping somebody'd see the humor in my comment, not take it as a generalization about anime.

Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311904)

News for guys who can't get laid. Stuff that involves tentacle rape.

In Soviet Russia... (-1)

-1bynextweek (642604) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311911)

copycat artists produce an extensive animated history of YOU!!!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312029)

Wow. At first, I found you annoying. Now, I've grown a bit fond of you. Nobody ever replies to your posts, yet you still faithfully post your -1 trolls. Even though they are a bit lame, I salute you.

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312162)

Downmods are appreciated - I think there are about 8 to go 'til -25 (the lower limit). Alms! Alms for the troll!

I created another troll account and posted 20 vaguely crowd-pleasing comments in three days. The premise of the account was idiotic, but most of the posts went to +5, and the account had 50 karma in no time flat. It's far too easy to be modded up. Now getting modded down to -25 (or even -10) while still being *faintly* intelligent or funny (and without resorting to patently offensive lameness) - that's a challenge.

Or I could get a job. But no, seriously, mod me down. ;)

Cartoon Biography, not such a bad idea (3, Interesting)

sam_handelman (519767) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312070)

Actually, the parent is pretty funny this time. Piss him off by modding him up.

I'd like to see anime biographies, myself. My life story should be told the way it should have gone down - with ninjas, giant robots and pink haired bisexual schoolgirls.

As the production costs for cartoons continue to go down, and as the aggragate disposable income of the human race continues to rise (assuming it isn't squandered in senseless war, of course) I think you'll see real expansion of the medium. I'd like to see more educational/historical work, along the lines of the Cartoon History of the Universe and it's ilk, in animated form.

I'm a firm believer that educational material should be "targeted" at adults. Nothing then stops children from watching it. This is why the Cartoon History of the Universe is good (was good when I was a kid,) and all this supposedly-history-teaching crap they show on TV recently has been such crap (Hysteria, I think it is called, is sub-dreadful.)

It's not an inherent limitation of the form. TV is plenty childish without extra effort put in to dumb it down.

I'm surprised there is no cartoon network mention (3, Insightful)

sawilson (317999) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311912)

Cartoon network got me hooked on cowboy bebop.
Everybody I know think's it's absolutely amazing
and has gotten some, or at least stays up to watch
the show. What some people don't get about anime
is, it's a great way to put a great idea in front
of people for a lot less money than making a live
action dealio. You get that huge screen feel with
paper and ink. I saw a copy of the non-import
japanese version of the Cowboy Bebop movie go for
500 bucks on eBay a while ago.

Re:I'm surprised there is no cartoon network menti (1)

worst_name_ever (633374) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311947)

Cartoon network got me hooked on cowboy bebop. Everybody I know think's it's absolutely amazing and has gotten some

Hmm... at first I read that as:

1. Watch anime
2. ???
3. Get laid!

Funny you should mention that... (2, Interesting)

sawilson (317999) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311995)


"Hey baby, why don't you come over and watch some
bebop with me"

works a lot better than the old monteray jack
chicken quesadilla gambit taco bell seems to think
you should try based on their recent commercial.

Animefu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311919)

Animefu [animefu.com]

Ugh, I can sum Anime history into two sentences... (0, Flamebait)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 11 years ago | (#5311951)

See this cartoon character?

The Japanese want to shove tenticles into it.

Re:Ugh, I can sum Anime history into two sentences (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312089)

Woo! Look at me! I can make sweeping generalizations and sterotypes! Let's see.. American movies all have terrible foul language in them, all video games teach kids that killing people is fun, all Arabs are mindless killers- hmm, did I miss anything?

Someone hit this guy over the head with a clue stick or at least mod him down, eh?

Spanktacular! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311952)

I love tentacle pr0n!

tentacle masturbation (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311954)

I'm gay. I'm call myself a geek. I sit at home on Saturday night. I tune into the Slashdot chatroom and talk about Anime. I'm nobody's Valentine. Anime is my love. If a girl would like me I'd stop being gay. But I'd still watch Anime and suck my thumb.

Monday I go back to work at my "Sys Admin" job. I change the paper in the copiers and laser printers. Sometimes I reset the passwords that normal people forget.

+1 Insightful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312091)

How accurately does the last line describe most slashdot users?

Probably more than any of us would like to admit.

Yawn. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5311996)

Just because a person is into tech, doesnt mean they're into anime. Anime gets way too much press here.

Re:Yawn. (5, Informative)

WaKall (461142) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312032)

Sign in, and turn off the category in your filters. Problem solved.

It's sad that the people who aren't into anime always post in the anime threads about how they don't like anime; just filter it out guys.

Be warned... (2, Offtopic)

cyranoVR (518628) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312005)

The linked article, while informative (I didn't know Nadia was so popular, for example), is really just an infomercial for Right Stuf (an anime distributor).

So I'll offer a plug of my own. I like AnimeNation [animenation.com] ...they have a great news section [animenation.net] and a Q&A column "Ask John [animenation.net] ."

Wasn't Bambi an orphan? (1)

Smiths (460216) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312010)

and didn't Old Yeller get shot and didn't that Old Lion die. I know its hip to be condecsending and insult Disney, but at least make sense when you do it.

Regarding

"This, as Uncle Walt had taught us, was a medium for children, and children could not be trusted with an advanced concept such as death."

Re:Wasn't Bambi an orphan? (1)

ewomack (225766) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312232)

Yes he was, but Old Yeller was live action (ie. not animated) and that "Old Lion" was stolen from a previous Anime.

Some really funny anime out there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312034)

My favorites of course are here [pajonet.com] . Make sure you watch the 100 Grand Movie, it's hillarious...

News... its anything but (1)

t0ny (590331) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312049)

While it is a bit dated,

...as if 99% of what is posted as 'news' here isnt...

not a very good article. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312066)

I expected in depth info on various series, not a glance at "anime, its great its is sold by so and so!"

I just don't get it. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312069)

Most slashdotters do not like anime. Articles about anime rarely break 200 posts. Nobody gives a flying shit about anime. Yet, you fuckers keep posting about it. Give it up! If nuking the hell out of Japan would have saved us from this epidemic, then I'm afraid we've missed a valuable opportunity. Of course, we would be stuck with inferior American electronics, but at least we wouldn't have to look at this shit. It's so gay, that I'm starting to get a hardon for CowboyNeal. Jesus Fucking Christ. Somebody needs to tentacle rape those fucking Japanese perverts. They should be sold into slavery and be forced to burn all traces of that sick shit. It's too bad Hitler and Japan were on the same side. I mean, if Germany had invaded Japan instead of Poland, France, etc. we wouldn't have to worry about it. Too bad Hitler was too fucking greedy. Oh well. Only fags like Anime. CowboyNeal likes Anime. Therefore, CowboyNeal is a fag. Isn't he like really fat in real life, or is that just a running joke? Props to the goatse.cx ASCII troll, whoever you are.

the problem (4, Interesting)

a8f11t18 (614700) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312079)

with anime is there's too much of it =) I mean,
with 50++ NEW anime series a year, and a dozen new
movies and OVAs, who can either afford the time or
money to watch it all. Too bad, cause half of it is
usually better than most stuff on (american) cable
tv and hollywood.

why anime is so good? Well, for me, half the fun is
to admire the animation. Granted, anime is often
choppy and no that full of motion, but even simple
drawings can amaze me, in that I think it is fantastic
that we humans can draw that well. Other thing is that
if you watch something barely decent over a period of
8-9 hours, you'll end up loving it whether it's mediocre
or not, as it really grows on you in the end (also because
in anime, there's usually a storyline). Actually, anime
are often remarkable for their storyline, IMO, and that
only seems logical. Let's face it, there's often very little
ot none motion in a typical tv anime, so the only thing that's left is a good story and good characters. So I always like to say anime is a storytelling medium.

Other aspects of anime I like is the cultural difference. Japan is far less americanized than most modern countries I know of, and has an unique mixture of old and new that makes it all that more interesting. I also like the language.. don't understand much =D, but the language often sounds sort of poetic to me. And that's not only something I'm imagining I think, as I already speak 3 different languages fluently (although they're all indo-european languages, so what would I know =D).

agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312205)

both on that there's too much of :p, and that anime is firstmost a storytelling medium, often with very unique characters and settings. As someone put it: "Animation is great not only because it can mirror our world in innumerous ways, from indiscernible from the reality around us to something completely abstruse, but also because it can unhindered go beyond." Very true. And since motion costs a lot and takes away from all the other aspects, it is cut down, and the focus is instead (more often than not) on providing good stories with great characters in a world not easily realizible in a live action setting.

Also, there's usually not that much of a "score" either in anime, as that too is costly.. usually they stick with bits of music here and there. so.. not too much motion or music, and still people watch it like it's a religion. As said, It IS because anime is a storytelling medium with some unique advantages both in character and world design. The score is usually a lot more vast in even a lowbudget hollywood movie, and in every live action piece there's 1000 times the fluidity in motion of a typical anime series.. BUT.. YOU show me some interesting characters/story/setting there besides lord of the rings. Sure, a few movies here and there have it, but none can compare to the whackiness the japanese can bring forth in this medium.

Re:the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312246)

I watched anime-type animation when I was a kid (Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets, etc) and liked it okay. I'm probably too old to be considered relevant now as far as my opinion of today's anime productions go. I find it boring to even think about now, much less watch it. Also, I don't care what anyone else thinks about what I think, much less if they could ever watch me being bored whenever I see anime (and growing old (themselves too)).

My suggestion would be to quit idolizing Japanese anime and start making your own if you like it. Nothing similar will ever happen here if you don't try to do it. I won't (You should've already figured that out by now.

Re:the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312264)

we'll quit idolizing it when muslim quit idolizing mohammed and allah, when christians quit idolizing jesus, when budhists stop idolizing siddharta gautama (sp?), etc etc :D Anime is a religion damnit!! *shakes fist*

Anime is for paedophiles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312090)

If the shoe fits....

YOU BUNCH OF PEDOPHILE FAGGOTS!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312127)

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you know (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312178)

I don't get why people who are obsessed with goatse are always calling everyone else a fag.

If you're so preoccupied with a picture of a cornhole that you're willing to draw it in ASCII, you might be gay.

Anime Online (1)

foxalopex (522681) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312129)

I help run a local Anime club and in the last few years I've noticed that a great deal of "fan-subbed" anime now appears online on P2P filesharing systems. Particularily Direct Connect. It's particularility good if you're the type that claims to have seen everything you can get locally. This type of anime is sub-titled by fans and released sometimes days after it's showing in Japan. I've watched whole series that didn't make it to the North American market for years. :)

What would be interesting (1)

tmark (230091) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312132)

I'd like to see someone present the anime timeline along with a timeseries depicting the number of beatings administered by high-school bullies.

SLASHDOT SUPPORTS CHILD PORN!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312136)

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a couple of movies I'd recommend (4, Informative)

a8f11t18 (614700) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312137)

for people wanting to check out anime:

Movies:
- jin roh (2000/2001-something)
For anyone looking for something dark and moody. The drawing
style is realistic (no oversized eyes/breasts here), and the animation quality is really brilliant (studio IG know their stuff). The storyline is a little hard to follow sometimes because of the many different factions involved each with their own motives, but in the end, it's all very poetic and well executed. Also watch out for the soundtrack, by Mizoguchi Hajime; especially the theme melody is one of the best I've ever heard in any movie.

- sen to chihiro no kamikakushi / spirited away (2002/2003)
watching this at a cinema is truly a fabulous experience as it's like being swept away by thousands and thousands of brilliantly drawn paintings.. the visual qualities, at a cinema, are extraordinarily beautiful. Hisaishi Jo provides a great score, as usual, and all in all this is another masterpiece from the legendary writer-director-drawer Miyazaki Hayao. Probably gonna win oscar, too.

Re:a couple of movies I'd recommend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312252)

i'll have to agree on jin roh having a great theme.. it's one of the most haunting melodies I've ever heard. Especially when it plays in
the end credits like a proper song with those
"elvish :D" vocals and everything. Truly gorgeous song. It's called omega btw (the end song), so do a search for jin roh omega on kazaa or your favourite p2p tool and listen for yourself how beautiful it is.

Great movie as well, no complaints at all. I think it's a little pretentious, but in the end, it made me cry :) Yes, great movie. Poetic, too.

HEY SLASHBOT, GET YER DICK OUT OF THAT CHILD! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312147)

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What's an OVA? (2, Insightful)

MBCook (132727) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312157)

I'm sure I'll get moderated into oblivion for this, but I'm new to anime. So just what is OVA? It's mentioned tons of times in the linked article, and I assume it's a acronym, but what for? Is it like a made for TV movie? Or a miniseries? Or am I totally off base?

Re:What's an OVA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312191)

OVA/OAV = Original Video Animation (or Original Animated Video) is just a fancy name for a short anime series released only on home video. Different from a movie (which is shown first at a theater) or a TV series (which, obviously, airs first on TV). Generally they are longer than a movie, not as long as a TV series and the quality is usually somewhere between (of course those are just generalities, too- like anime in general there's great variety in styles, quality, etc).

Re:What's an OVA? (3, Informative)

moronga (323123) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312228)

So just what is OVA?

Original Video Animation. This refers to an anime (usually a mini-series) that goes straight to video. There isn't the stigma attached to it as with American direct to video releases, and most of it is somewhere between theatrical releases and TV anime, as far as the animation is concerned.

Re:What's an OVA? (3, Informative)

zabieru (622547) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312235)

It's like the opposite of a made-for-TV. OVA/OAV=Original Video Animation or the other way 'round. Think of it like Highlander and Stargate and all those movies that got made into TV shows, only the other way around. The OVAs are often either better or possessed of higher production values, though this is merely a probability--there are many exceptions. In general, the difference between a movie and an OVA is that a)movies show in theaters, and b)OVAs tend to assume that you're at least slightly familiar with the TV series, while movies are often quite different.

HEY SLASHBOT, KIDS DON'T LIKE DICK IN THEIR BUTTS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312166)

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Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312172)

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HEY SLASHBOT, QUIT WANKING TO KIDDIE PORN!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312182)

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HEY SLASHBOT, KIDS ARE INNOCENT! YOU PERVERTS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5312192)

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does anyone remember tranzor-z? (1)

sabinm (447146) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312219)

that was a great show. aphrodite and her "breast rockets"... bobo-bot..

Two things made anime mainstream (2, Informative)

MtViewGuy (197597) | more than 11 years ago | (#5312250)

After reading the article, I think we have to emphasize two important things that made anime much more popular in the 1990's.

The first is the rapid acceptance of the DVD format. Unlike previous home video playback formats, DVD's allow you to have multiple-language soundtracks and multiple language caption/subtitling tracks on a single disc. In one fell swoop, the entire debate of subtitled versus dubbed anime has been rendered moot. :-)

The second is the success of Bandai Entertainment in bringing over a good number of anime titles created by Bandai Visual and Sunrise (Bandai I believe owns Sunrise) to the US market. This really opened the floodgates for lots of anime titles to finally be sold in US-legal editions.

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