anime link of the day
c00L! The Washington Post has an interesting article noting the increasing popularity of anime and pointing out that the genre enjoys a long history. It leads with several paragraphs that have a particular resonance for me:
Do you think "Yu-Gi-Oh!," "Hamtaro" and "Zoids" are hot, new, cool? Something your parents would never understand?
Think again. Those shows and others, including "Pokemon" and "Transformers," are just the latest in a long history of TV shows created in Japan and played on American television. Just ask your mom or dad (or your teachers) if they remember shows called "Astro Boy" or "Speed Racer." (Go Speed Racer, Go Speed Racer, Go Speed Racer, Goooo!)
Speed Racer (weekday afternoons, Channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky) was pretty much the origin of my interest in anime back in the late 1970s. The animation was barely above Hanna-Barbera quality (not to slam Hanna-Barbera; I love much of their stuff too, especially Jonny Quest), the dubbing was atrocious, and even my ten-year-old self had trouble suspending disbelief about an international racing circuit in which there were several fatal crashes in each and every race. But there was something swanky about Speed and the marvelous Mach 5 that kept me coming back to anime. As I've mentioned before, when I got to college and discovered the variety and quality of anime that I never knew existed, I was hooked. I hope my girls grow up to love anime too--they seem to be off to a good start--but in their case, if they ever doubt I was into the genre before them, I'll be able to show them my DVD collection to prove it.
(via Destroy All Monsters)