Re: [gundam] What next? (Was Re: Even more Tomino interview)
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 19:09:22 EST

In a message dated 2/16/99 10:26:58 PM Mountain Standard Time, writes:

<< Essay question: What other anime stereotypes are left to topple? Or,
 put another way: What's holding the genre back? I'd say fan service, for
 starters, and that's a sacred cow even Evangelion was cautious in tackling...
 -- Mark

only been in last few years that TV producers have taken a chance on prime
time animation like King of the Hill, or the new shows like Dillbert and
Family Guy. If it weren't for the Simpson's being so successful nine years
ago, we still wouldn't have any non-child oriented animation on TV. As to
movies, again only in the past few years has a non-Disney related animation
ever really been successful to an American audience. The use of CGI in many of
the new action shows like Hercules and Xena, Babylon 5, Earth: Final Conflict,
Ally McBeal, and the tried and true StarTrek shows has shown most of the US
that animation is a fantastic thing that can be used for more than just
children's shows. But still, if it isn't "Disney," then most American adults
don't see a reason to watch it. The anime storm, or "toonami," the has taken
the US in recent years was a great boon for the animation industry, in that it
forced a new standard to be met. Unfortunately, the extensive release of what
can be termed "Ja-porn-imation" has almost killed the US anime market. The
only new anime I have seen in the past year has been available only through
places like Suncoast Video, the occasional comic book store, out of a catalog,
or off the Internet. With most of the "good stuff" still only really available
in Japan, most Americans are left not knowing what good anime is like. While
Neon Genesis Evangellion and Dragonball Z are the big sellers for "current"
anime, Gundam would do so much better, as RoboTech fans start to see some of
the best epic animation ever recorded. And even though large cities like Los
Angles and New York can find Gundam on their shelves, the small towns like
Jacksonville and Albuquerque that make up the better part of the US have never
laid eyes on a Gundam model, let alone a Gundam video. Japan needs to see that
the US is also a ripe market for their entertainment, not just their export
product. A savvy businessman should think about starting up a new channel that
shows anime and other great foreign shows and movies. That way the US might
start to think that there is an actual world out there other than the little
bit CNN talks about.


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