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So You Wonder...
...just what is anime? In short, it's animated artwork. The
word itself is the English transliteration of the Japanese
truncated transliteration of the English word animation. Got that?
Unlike cartoons from the US and many other countries, anime is not geared for
any age group or audience in particular. Different anime target different
Close Encounters with Anime in the US
Many US viewers first encountered anime watching Astro Boy,
Speed Racer, Marine Boy,
Kimba the White Lion, and more recently, Star Blazers and
Robotech. While these might not represent the current state of
the art in animation, they're still fun to watch.
When Animators Get Bored
The folks that bring those wonderful characters to life are, after all,
just human themselves. So when they're feeling a little mischievous they
have fun with their work just like everyone else does.
When I've spotted likely places for animators to add a little hard-to-spot
humor, I go frame by frame through a few scenes on the laserdisc. (I've
only just started to type them into my web page, so this page will grow.)
Animators' Almost-Hidden Humor.
Links to Anime Pages
When you don't have the time to put a whole lot into an anime web page,
how do you solve the problem of empty page space? Well, use other people's
hard work, of course! :-) Here are my list and other bigger and better
lists as well. As a matter of fact, I recommend not bothering
with mine since it hasn't been updated in months. But I'll leave it here
anyway. Maybe it'll become part of a history text... :-)
Michael Van Biesbrouck's Anime & Manga Page Pointers
Peter Norby's Anime & Stuff
My page of pointers to other people's anime pages.
WWW Browsers That Can Display Japanese
Many anime pages have info written in Japanese. If your server can't
display these fonts (or the fonts of other non-Roman alphabets for that
matter), here's info on how to get a server that is able to.
Info on multinational web browsers.
Radio Japan schedule. (If this appears in Japanese, you already have a
an Ah! My Goddess CD cover.
Do you see any mistakes, omissions, or room for improvement? Send me
email and let me know. Thanks!