Anonymous asked: Okay, I am completely new to anime and I was wondering if you could recommend some good anime shows for me to watch?
Hi, anonymous! I’m kind of honored you’d want my opinion on what you should watch, so thanks for the ask!
Since you’re new to anime, I’d recommend trying out titles in genres that you already like. Do you prefer science fiction? Fantasy? Action? Romantic comedies? The great thing about anime is that it’s a medium with something for everyone.
I would also try out watching some movies before TV shows, since movies don’t take as long to watch. I often recommend the films of Satoshi Kon to my friends who like movies but aren’t really into anime, because of his excellent writing and directing (along with the beautiful animation his works have as well). In fact, if you have Netflix, his film Tokyo Godfathers is available on instant streaming!
Since you’re also new to the world of anime, I urge to to also try to watch anime legally when you can—anime is a very niche industry, so watching official anime streams (like on websites such as Hulu, Crunchyroll, even on Netflix!) is important. Watching anime on official sites gives money back to the industry, which in turn gives them more money to release more anime officially here in the States (if you’re a US resident! If not, check to see if there are any official streaming sites in your country, if you can.) So everyone wins, basically.
And if all else fails—ask your friends! Your friends probably know what kind of stuff you like, so if you know anyone who likes anime, ask them to recommend something they think you’d like. Even if it ends up being something you don’t like, you’ll at least begin to figure out what you might want in an anime series.
fooley asked: I have a weird request I'm hoping you can help me with. There used to be a commercial during the 90s for an Akira VHS that seemed like it was on all the time, and the tagline "MAKES BLADERUNNER LOOK LIKE DISNEY LAND" is burned into my mind. I was thinking maybe you knew it too?
I remember this commercial, actually! I believe it was either by Streamline or Orion, and I’m pretty sure it featured an 800 number and mailing address so you could mail-order the VHS if you couldn’t find it in stores. (This was a pretty common way to get anime back in the 90s—most anime companies had a mail-order catalog or mailing list, since a lot of mainstream video stores were still iffy on carrying “Japanimation”.) The “Makes Blade Runner look like Disney Land!” quote was apparently from a reviewer—I can’t remember who, Google seems to think it was Roger & Ebert, but I’m not sure. Unfortunately, for all the times it seems to have been on cable (I’m positive it was on Sci-Fi channel, some people say it was also on late-night Cartoon Network, but I myself can’t remember that for sure.) it doesn’t look like a copy of that particular commercial is anywhere on Youtube. You’d think that someone would’ve gotten a copy of it while recording some random Sci-Fi channel stuff, but if anyone has, they haven’t uploaded it yet. Internet, if you happen to find this old commercial, do us all a favor and try to share it, will ya?
VIZ Media announced Ranma 1/2 Set 2 will be available on June 24, 2014. Both the Blu-ray and DVD sets will feature episodes 24-46, Japanese audio, English audio and English language subtitles. The Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 2 Special Edition will include a premium chipboard artbox, an art card and a booklet containing episode summaries! Pre-order Ranma 1/2 Set 2 on Blu-ray and DVD today!
Discotek’s cover art for the new 15th Anniversary Edition of the first CardCaptor Sakura movie! The DVD release will be September 30th, with a blu-ray version to come later this year. No special features have been announced yet, but it will come with both English and Japanese versions.
Discotek’s covers for the upcoming Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture and OAV collection! Both to be released August 26th. The movie will feature a brand-new widescreen anamorphic transfer exclusively done for this release, and both will include English dubs and newly-translated Japanese subtitled versions.
News! - Discotek announced on Facebook that they’ll be releasing Hols, Prince of the Sun (aka Little Norse Prince) directed by Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli on DVD this December! Hayao Miyazaki also helped work on it…as well as Discotek’s other announcement, the complete Sherlock Hound! Originally released in the US from Pioneer/Geneon, this series has been out of print for some time now. The complete collection will include both the Japanese language and English language tracks, and will be released September 30th of this year. No retail prices set yet. I’ll update with more details as they’re released!