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Of Bootlegs and Business

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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Maison Ikkoku and Displaced Nostalgia

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Killing in Translation

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A Missive From the Front Lines of Fandom

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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The Animatrix and Anime's Burgeoning Influence

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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Akihabara Dreams and the New Otaku

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

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Lessons of the Giant Robot

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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Toward a New Type of Culture

. . . 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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Takin' Comics to the Streets: Glimpses of the Medium's American Future

. . . 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.

Brian Ruh

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