May 03, 2010

Suspended Animation


This news story about the current state of the anime business in Japan is one of the best I've seen from an English language broadcaster.

It does begin with the usual overgeneralizations. To clarify, studios like Key Visual Arts produce sophisticated melodramas for older teens and adults, "fan-service" and hentai anime have been around for decades, and non-porn anime series also debut on late-night TV before being released on DVD.

There are a few seconds of (mostly censored) NSFW material. But even there, it's nice to see the subject discussed sans the usual moral panic about the subject.

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