From Here to Shinjuku

7 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Getting anime through what one might euphemistically call 'alternative channels of distribution' has become a standard part of the experience for many an anime fan.

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5 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Japanese TV program Maison Ikkoku generates an elegiac feeling of home. Watching the show creates an odd disjuncture for Ruh -- leaving him feeling nostalgic for something he has never known.

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Japanese popular culture now exerts a significant economic (and, by extension, political) force on the world markets.

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22 Oct 2003 // 1:00 AM

When we're in Japan, we feel we've somehow become more worldly and debonair than we really are.

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4 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Fans are forming their own entertainment subcultures, creating their own distinct meanings, and, to steal a phrase from the IWW, creating a 'new society within the shell of the old.'

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26 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

While the slogan of anime distributor Central Park Media of 'World peace through shared popular culture' is probably overly optimistic, collaborations on films such as 'The Animatrix' are indicative of a maturation of both animation itself and the general public's perceptions of such a medium.

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23 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

(Akihabara) . . . is a place where a wide range of one's emotional needs can be handled through technology and media.

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26 Feb 2003 // 1:00 AM

As commander of an ever-militarizing state with energy-grabbing schemes, George W. Bush seems like our own real-life version of Megatron.

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17 Dec 2002 // 1:00 AM

. . . in their quest for knowledge of and acquisition of the products of the Japanese animation industry, they have surpassed the daily concerns and cares of ordinary human beings.

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. . . Manga is a perfect example of what the comic medium can become: it is as omnipresent as television in its home country and has been likened to air itself, in that it permeates every facet of contemporary cultural life.

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