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Re(10):Anime Industry go boom in the US!
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[QUOTE] I don't really see the argument here, but I am interested in two parts of whatever the deal is with animation fandom in the US of late. On one hand, I can see the lamentations of fans in the US who back in the day had to hand-subtitle and distribute titles on VHS and had a community born of scarcity, long before domestic companies decided to make the source of their hobby into an industry of its own. At the same time, the difficulty of watching this animation from elsewhere and of making an underground around it sort of made Japanese animation into a genre whereas it probably ought to be seen as a medium. Does one like "anime?" Probably the same way one likes film: one likes the good ones. Maybe the 'strata' of anime fans in the US has been created by this strange genre-ization of the animation medium. Given the level of public knowledge that I gather the US has of Japanese animation at this point, maybe soon it won't be an issue of people who like popular low-grade stuff being a disgrace to anime culture or whatever that is, but just of them having bad taste in the same way that people who like bad movies have bad taste. They won't be defaming this phantom genre of "anime" because anime won't necessarily mean one thing or the other, just that it's not live-action. Sure, there are some "fans of anime" in Japan, too, but the average dude will just have stuff he likes that may happen to be animated, and maybe the US audiences could/should move to something similar. [/QUOTE] Thank you Maou. This is exactly what I mean. There are those who will treat it like a medium, and those who would treat it like a genre. I despise the latter, if not because of the many hasty generalization they come up with Japanese animation being "superior" mainly because "Western" animation has not evolved from anything outside of the Disney, Hanna Barbera, and Loony Tunes. It really bugs me because I've really seen alot of underground independent animators trying to make a career out of being an animator, when they get slapped in the face because what they do isn't "anime". The result? They become unoriginal for the sake of conforming. Why? Because the industry demands it. People are sheep and flock to the latest trend. They just watch anime because they see everyone else watching it, as oppose to making decisions for themselves as to whether or not a certain show appeals to them. And I see the elitists as nothing but herders, trying to sway people to "see the light" but in reality blinding them from the fact that it isn't being Japanese which makes anime appealing. At least this is a problem I see exclusive to the US.
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