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Anime Club Isn't Necessarily So Bad, You Know 画像
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Anime Club Isn't Necessarily So Bad, You Know

If you went ahead and read KC Green's “The Anime Club”, you might have gotten the idea that every gathering of anime geeks in America

Deadman Wonderland Will Do Well, And Am I Too Old For Toonami? 画像
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Deadman Wonderland Will Do Well, And Am I Too Old For Toonami?

Last Saturday night, I plopped down on my couch at midnight, put on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and got ready for Toonami.

KC Green's “The Anime Club” 画像
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KC Green's “The Anime Club”

I'd been thinking about it for a while: is there a Genshiken or a Otaku no Video for the American otaku; an biographical work for the subculture

This Almost Happened: The Other Sailor Moon 画像
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This Almost Happened: The Other Sailor Moon

In order to explain this story, I had to explain Power Rangers before. And Doozy Bots! Well, I was setting up for this story. It's a big one.

“I've Got A Headache!” - Zyuranger and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers 画像
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“I've Got A Headache!” - Zyuranger and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

When we started this column, I got the go-ahead to do articles on SFX stuff. I do watch Kamen Rider and sentai, but as far as American fans go,

“Do You Want That Subbed or Dubbed?” 画像
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“Do You Want That Subbed or Dubbed?”

“Subtitled or dubbed?” used to be an anime fan status-making question. If you said one or the other, other American otaku might just look at

What Would You Put On The New Toonami? 画像
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What Would You Put On The New Toonami?

It's the question that's been tearing across the internet anime fan base. Say you were in charge at Cartoon Network, and you could just make anime series appear on that 12-6 time slot like magic.

Toonami Is Sort Of Back, Or At Least The Word “Toonami” Is 画像
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Toonami Is Sort Of Back, Or At Least The Word “Toonami” Is

We have talked previously about the old Cartoon Network anime block Toonami, how it introduced millions of American kids to Japanese animation,

The Summer I Lived Initial D 画像
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The Summer I Lived Initial D

A couple otaku tendencies from previous columns got me thinking, particularly paying big money for anime-related videogames: a way of trying to experience the world of one's favorite series first-hand.

Tentacle Bento Doesn't Sound Too Tasty 画像
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Tentacle Bento Doesn't Sound Too Tasty

Even people who don't know or care about Japanese animation or cartoons have heard at some point about those crazy Japanese cartoons

“Hey Kids, Get Ready For Doozy Bots!” - What Might Have Been The American Gundam 画像
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“Hey Kids, Get Ready For Doozy Bots!” - What Might Have Been The American Gundam

One of the things that American fans often say about Japanese anime is that the situations are much more honest than the same situations in American animation.

A Maid Cafe in Brooklyn? Maybe... 画像
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A Maid Cafe in Brooklyn? Maybe...

Sadly, I have never set foot in a maid cafe, nor have very many American otaku. Aside from temporarily at anime conventions (where they're very popular attractions!), they don't exist here.

The Fear of Reverse Importation 画像
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The Fear of Reverse Importation

Last time I was in a convention dealer's room, looking over the anime box sets, a friendly stranger turned to me and recommended Squid Girl. Then, as she paid for a few other series

The Pain of the Importer 画像
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The Pain of the Importer

If you order something from Amiami, the biggest online dealer of Japanese toys, from outside of Japan, they'll be glad to send it over. They'll also send you a very polite little note thanking

A Dissection of the Media Blasters DVD Table At The Average Dealer's Room 画像
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A Dissection of the Media Blasters DVD Table At The Average Dealer's Room

Depending on whether you ask Media Blasters or the State of New York, Media Blasters is a US anime distributor which may or may not still exist.

Cultural Mismatches and the Story of Nymphet (Kodomo no Jikan) 画像
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Cultural Mismatches and the Story of Nymphet (Kodomo no Jikan)

What can't you try and sell American anime/manga fans? Note I'm not asking what American otaku aren't willing to buy: that's actually a long list, one with “anything that looks old” at the top.

Totally Unexpected, Not Kids' Stuff 画像
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Totally Unexpected, Not Kids' Stuff

At the start of many DVDs from the now-sort-of-defunct ADV Films, a promotional video would play that explained the question “What is anime?”.

The American Anime Fan Lexicon - “Glomp” 画像
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The American Anime Fan Lexicon - “Glomp”

Let's explain another word that came out of American anime fans. Unfortunately I don't have a first-person account of the creation of the word “glomp”,

“Original English Language” Manga – You Have To Call It MANGA, Okay? 画像
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“Original English Language” Manga – You Have To Call It MANGA, Okay?

The fact that American otaku specifically use the words “anime” and “manga” for Japanese cartoons and comics-- and for nothing else-- has led to weird conflicts over the years.

“That's Not Anime!”, It's The Real Thing - What ISN'T Anime to American Otaku? 画像
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“That's Not Anime!”, It's The Real Thing - What ISN'T Anime to American Otaku?

Alright, I've told you how to make fun of American otaku, now I'm going to tell you how to make a lot of them mad. What can I say? When you write about anime

In NYC, Sakura Matsuri is an Otaku Event 画像
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In NYC, Sakura Matsuri is an Otaku Event

This past weekend the Brooklyn Botanical Garden had Sakura Matsuri, which I likely don't need to explain to you. However, viewing the cherry blossoms is a bit of a different situation here.

Followup on “Enter The Anime Rave” - Not As Bad As We Thought 画像
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Followup on “Enter The Anime Rave” - Not As Bad As We Thought

I wanted to come back to this distasteful story, because there are only so many developing stories in the world of American otaku right now.

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The Impact of Voltron

This column was a long time coming. If you ask any young American person of my generation about the word “Voltron” they'll probably get nostalgic, and then perhaps excited.

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