Time to fill that anime-podcast-shaped hole in your life by joining us in conversation with fearless leader of Anime Limited, czar of Scotland Loves Anime and all-round top bloke Andrew Partridge. Nakama Britannica XII: Interviewcast! Andrew Partridge Edition iTunes iVailable … Continue reading
And so we’re back with an all new episode of the Nakama Britannica podcast. In this installment, we take some time to introduce ourselves (finally) and also discuss Sunrise’s classic tv series, The Vision of Escaflowne.
00.00 – Preamble (Yakitori – Yoko Kanno)
00.45 – Introcast!
At last, we get around to explaining who we are, how we got here and what exactly happened to those listener questions…
24.27 – “Catgirls, Love Triangle, Mecha”: The Vision of Escaflowne (Yakusoku wa Iranai – Maaya Sakamoto)
Having thus far avoided any attempts at franchise revival, the once ubiquitous Vision of Escaflowne has begun to fade from view of the contemporary anime fanbase. Fifteen years after its original release and amid increasing criticism, we discuss whether it still has anything to offer the modern fan.
We’re joined on this one by our forum guest, ConanThe3rd. (https://crazydicepro.wordpress.com/)
1.30.55 – Epilogue (Forces – Susumu Hirasawa)
Massive thanks also due to daichi383 for his help with the editing on this one.
Edit: Apologies for the drop in quality during the second half, we haven’t gotten all the bugs out of the process yet.
[This article is my reply to Alex's excellent 'For the anime fan in 2008, is it essential to watch online anime?']
I came across this recent news article at ANN, ‘Dennou Coil Wins Award from Japanese Sci-Fi Writers‘ and more than anything else, it annoyed me. Here’s why.
‘Dennou Coil‘ was amongst the most acclaimed anime TV series of 2007, a beautifully animated, whimsical science fiction story with broad appeal and notable production values, often likened to the adventurous mainstream story-telling of ‘Studio Ghibli’. Naturally, it wasn’t a particularly big hit with the hardcore anime fans, or at least, not on the same level as something like ‘Haruhi’, but it is capable of capturing of the imagination of someone (or some kid) not usually swept away by the conventional tropes of Japanese animation.
One thing that’s caught my attention lately is how, in terms of genre and target audience, categorising an anime or manga series is surprisingly complicated. Many titles are marketed along the lines of age and gender of the target audience or readership: namely shounen (young, male), shoujo (young, female), seinen (older, male) and josei (older, female). In fairness, it makes a lot of sense to divide things up like this when looking for a recommendation that is in line with you and your time of life. It goes without saying that Japanese writers don’t usually have overseas audiences and their differing expectations in mind so it’s possible that a title finds favour abroad in a completely different demographic to that was intended which leads to some interesting and unexpected results.
Bear in mind that for the sake of clarity I’m making some generalisations of my own here. I’m not knocking shounen shows by calling them unsophisticated and generic, nor am I implying that you should be put off by a title that “isn’t aimed at people like me.” There seem to be some differences in culture that dictate target audience between fans in different countries and because of these cultural differences, not to mention preconceptions among international fans and the differing ways in marketing, the genre boundaries seem to be all over the place. It’s a confusing issue but I think it’s worth thinking over because I honestly believe that trying to be aware of it helps in your appreciation of the medium.
First off, my apologies. I’m a day late but alas it’s better late than never. I’m taking a step away from the world of anime and manga for a few articles (partly because i haven’t watched any in a few months) and i’m going to try and offer you some good, practicle advice if you’re wanting to go to Japan.
You would think trying to find this information is easy enough with google ‘n all. But i spent quite a bit of time delving through the utter crap some people class as websites, in the end i found a few excellent resources. Going to Japan now is a bit sketchy, especially with the exchange rate hitting rock bottom. But i hope this will give you a good point of reference for the future.
One of the more poignant news items I’ve read recently is that the London Anime Club (LAC) intends to “close doors” by the end of 2008. The cited reason is plain and simple: low attendances, with the popularity of “the London Expo”, “fansubs” and the accessibility of popular anime and manga in “mainstream shops” all said to be contributing factors in this lack of interest.
According to its official website, the LAC has been hosting regular gatherings for anime fans since Tuesday, 12th of April, 1994; apparently, only 12 people turned up to that first meeting, while 10 years later, in April of 2004, the club achieved its highest ever turn-out of 206 people, and yet, little more than 4 years on from that record, attendances have plummeted. The LAC is one of the longest running anime clubs in the UK, but, for whatever reason, it seems like today’s anime fans are no longer attracted to what an anime club might have to offer.
Weirdness is often utilised as a derogatory term to describe a person or object. However weirdness is, in a way, a very big part of being human as what one human thinks is just plain weird another thinks is plain genius. Japanimation is a great example of how being weird is somewhat better than being the standard fare.
For example take a cult favourite like ‘Excel Saga’ or, one of my favourites, ‘Serial Experiments Lain’ as these manifest a truly Japanese weirdness inherent within their media output. Perhaps this weirdness could come down to their life style. In Japan everything is carefully regulated so that when a person goes to work they wear the same attire and behave in the same way. Japanese anime, manga, books etc are a vent for some of Japan’s weirdness as a result and probably so well loved because of that very same fact.
On Saturday, I returned home from my holiday in Hastings. Incidentally, it was fantastic! On our return home we always visit somewhere on the way back in order to delay our return home. This particular time we visited the De La War Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea. Exhibited there was a collection by artist Nathan Coley. Coley’s collection was a confluence of different ideas and critiques of morality and the way in which religious and political ideology are inherently present within society.
The first part of the exhibition concentrated on how the artists are “Cowboys and Indians”. In essence Coley is saying that the western genre facilitated a need to express feelings, emotions, critiques etc. of then current political situations occurring. e.g. Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). So his use of the western in his exhibition is an attempt to juxtapose this vehicle of expression within a culture that, Coley suggests, has no way to express itself in such an accessible fashion. His exhibition, is, in essence, a confluence, a synthesis, of his different ideas and opinions that the exhibition was exceptionally elaborate, but exceptionally brilliant also.
Browsing through the internet’s many blogs and forums, it’s common to find “fans” of anime trying to separate the best anime from the worst, trying to decide whether or not it’s okay to enjoy moe anime; one side says it’s good fun, the other declares it’s sexist and disgusting. They might shout at each other for a few days, but the discussions will end when one brave soul inevitably intones “I like what I like”. The illusion of objectivity is shattered as it becomes clear that this person, regardless of what you might say, loves or loathes certain anime for his own, very personal, reasons. He doesn’t care that certain anime might be highly-rated or popular, well-animated or stylish, none of that is relevant to him and nothing you can say will change that opinion. After all, that’s the beauty of being an individual, we all like different things. Apparently some people don’t like Cowboy Bebop? Freaks!