Furthermore, to help stimulate the industry, most fansubbers and fansub distributors agree that if/when an anime becomes available on the commercial market, they will halt distribution of those anime in the fansub format.) Anyway, fansubs no doubt led to an increase in anime exposure. I was able to obtain many popular Japanese titles that came highly rec ommended, including “Fushigi Yuugi,” “Vision of Escaflowne,” “Yuu yuu Hakusho,” and “Marmalade Boy,” to name a few. In this way, it became brutally clear to me how much more was out there. Had I been limited to “Sailor Moon” as a representation of all that is anime, I would have made a grave mistake. However, this notion is common. Many people today brush aside anime as a gawk-fest filled with busty, leggy catwomen, but that is a gross misrepresentation of the genre. Sure, there are entire series dedicated to the aforementioned qualities, which have die-hard fans (take “Goldenboy” for example). The injustice comes when one thinks that’s all there is to it. Any true anime fan will tell you that there is anime out there that can suit anyone’s interest. In Japan, anime is taken as any other industry, just like the U.S.’s movie indus try. It’s not even as die-hard popular there, as it is with many anime fans “■ * i in the States. The major injustice is in the ignorant generalization of all anime. Rather, anime is like any other form of entertainment. Miyazaki’s work exemplifies (6) the dramatic and beautiful aes thetic elements. Beyond that, there is “shoujo,” for girls, and “shonen,” for boys, but not necessarily limited to. Much of the popular anime, however, is like any popular Hollywood movie—composed of many varying but inter twined elements that appeal to a- wider audience. “Fushigi Yuugi” is a consented favorite, loved by both genders, not just girls, for which it was orignally intended, as it compli ments humor with drama, action with romance. And like any genre of entertainment, one doesn’t have to like all aspects. Some prefer rap, some prefer country; some prefer comedy, some prefer horror. Most recently, with the explosion of “Pokemon” in the late ‘90s, another phase emerges through out America. Although to many older anime fans, “Pokemon” is merely a ploy hatched by advertisers and the anime industry, the show has allowed anime to reach new heights in North America. Even with a U.S. release and Hollywood talent, Miyazaki’s latest work, “Princess Mononoke,” was eclipsed by the “Pokemon” explosion. ’Wfiere years ago, the Sailor fan network couldn’t even get i|the FOX network to listen to their pleas, Today, one can find multiple anime on |basic cable. The market today is aimed at a younger generation, due to “Pokemon,” but nonetheless, the supply is beginning to accommodate demand. The selection grows continuously, in any video store, as well as on the small screen. Now, the Cartoon Network has Toonami®, with almost three hours of anime, the WB has “Pokemon” and “Cardcaptors,” and Fox an increasingly pop ular “Digimon.” If there was ever a time for anime lovers, that time is nowl E W UNC-CH offers the Carolina Otaku Uprising, an association for fans by fans., for moreinfo, go to http://www. redrival. com/coup/ (7) For years now, North Carolina has hosted its own anime convenion: Animazement. This year, Watase Yuu, creator of Fushigi Yuugi, among other anime, will be a guest. The convention will be May 25-27, 2001, in Durham! For further info, go to http://www.animazement.org/ ^ (8) (5) Escaflowne, courtesy of Janie’s Vision of Escaflowne Image Gallery at http://www.angelfire.com/sk/escaflowne/ (6) Princess Mononoke, courtesy of the Official US site at http://www.princess-mononoke.com/ (7) Pikachu, courtesy of the Pikachu Center at http://titan.spaceports.com/~maya/ (8) Fushigi Yuugi, courtesy of Brawling Boys at http://www.geocities.com/tokyo/highrise/4420/ EW - 2S

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