I consider myself to be a pretty well-rounded guy on the surface, however when you look a little deeper, within my interests I am fairly picky. I make no qualms about this, though it does make it very difficult to find a reviewer that I completely agree with. A few I really enjoy, such as Anime News Network’s Bamboo Dong and Zac Bertschy or for video games MMOTroll. Even still, with being picky, anomalies occur.
Within the anime/manga grape-vine, I heard of an extremely popular, and highly rated title called Madoka Magica. I was super excited to get my hands on it. Money has been tight, but I finally got to sit down with my very own volume one, and just enjoy it. Enjoy turned out to be a tricky word… I can see why people enjoyed it, you have magic, empowered (non-fanservice) girls, fighting, very nice artwork, and to top it all off a bloody death to separate it from the kiddy magic genre. But is that really enough? Now, I come from a long line of slapstick and mundane anime upbringing. So, I can appreciate those for what they are and go about my day, but when I sit down and read something that I expect to have some deeper thought, and this is what I get, disappointment just stabs me to the bone. Maybe the anime is better, but for how high the price tag is on it right now, I will be shying away from it for quite a while.
Have we gotten to the point where our entertainment lacks the thought we all crave so intensely? Why is it that if I want fanservice there are hundreds of titles out there? Within that genre quite a few of them could be considered the perfect fanservice show. Where is my Akira, Planetes and Evangelion? Where is my damned Cowboy Bebop? How can a few years pass and companies refuse to back things like Tiger & Bunny but Naruto is almost hitting 300 episodes? I get it. The money you can get from a Naruto or a One Piece is huge and they alone drive the actual industry, but what happened to art being art? Why are 80’s and 90’s anime so far ahead of the curve that present day can’t catch up? I know the anime bubble burst but there is no reason that Funimation can’t put out something worth watching outside of a stream service.
I am stuck buying re-releases of anime, or one-off movies because the market is beyond terrible. I am a collector. I do not want to watch shows on my computer and then never own it. I keep listening to the Anime News Network podcast hoping for good news but the only praise given is to things not released here, shows that you can only get streaming, or limited availability titles that could almost cost you a month’s rent for the first season. Something needs to give, or this industry will be run by children within 10 years, as it is we are very close to that being true.
I’m sorry for the rant, but disappointment is quite a downer. I really would like to know when did the USA and England became more creative than Japan though. Why are our television shows and video games telling better stories?
On the positive end, World’s Finest, a new DC comic series, is very good. Everyone should check it out. I’m a big fan of the art style.
I miss Lost…