Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Future of Anime

A Report on the Tokyo International Anime Fair - New York Times.
It's plainly no great pleasure anatomizing anime for people outside otaku culture; the plots and characters sound stupid when you spell them out, and it's much more comfortable for fanboys to be around people who just get it. But Mr. Sato indulges the naïve questions because he is determined that his work find an audience outside Japan, among what he refers to as the "foreign otaku." Already American audiences know his work from "Cowboy Bebop" and "Ghost in the Shell" on the Cartoon Network. Where Mr. Ishihara's sloganeering concerns Japan's primacy, Mr. Sato's rallying cry comes closer to "Otaku of the world unite."

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