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Re: CHAT: anime & manga (was Re: conlang greetings? (was Re: Letme introduce myself)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 8:32
En réponse à "L. Gerholz" <milo@...>:

> > And like any artistic output from an entire country, there's going to > be > some really poor material. I've seen some of it. Things that > thankfully > I rented or borrowed because I certainly would never purchase them. > But > this is true of any country's works. But I've seen enough which I > consider fine work that I'm always interested to see what new material > is coming out of Japan. >
Another side note: it's true that the material coming from Japan to other countries is often of very crude quality. Don't blame it on the Japanese but on the receivers. The Japanese are ready to sell to other countries anything you want, but they are aware of the quality of what they produce and the prices vary accordingly. The only reason then why we don't see that much good quality products in other countries than Japan is that most Western channels don't want to spend much money on that, based on the prejudice that everything coming from Japan should be cheap (on both senses of the word). So the reason why we don't see much quality anime is not based on the quality of what the Japanese produce but on the greediness of Western companies. Of course, there are exceptions (France in the 80's was one). If only there were more, we wouldn't have to cope with horrors like Pokemon :((( (yes, Japan also produces things in the only purpose of earning money. But is that different from any other country?).
> Just in case my ranting has induced any further curiosity, some > stories > I can recommend that I feel do *not* exhibit the negative > characteristics above include: > "Shoujo Kakumei Utena"/"Revolutionary Girl Utena" > "Hana Yori Dango" > "Irresponsible Captain Tyler" > "Maison Ikkoku"
I was about to recommend the same one, though I've never liked much of it (I'm not found of romantic stories - Sailor Moon is a notable exception, being my favourite manga and anime -, but I admit I saw most of it, including the final episode).
> "Aa! Megami-sama"/"Oh! My Goddess" >
Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.