How Mainstream Are Your Anime/manga Interests? From "on TV" to "rare and out of print"
Posted 18 May 2010 - 04:05 PM
I know it's tough to determine what's mainstream. If you need help in determining if the things you like are well known or absurdly obscure, you might want to refer to the "Obscure-O-Meter" that's used in the Buried Treasure column on Anime News Network (worksafe link: http://www.animenews...uried-treasure/ )
My tastes in anime and manga are occasionally mainstream. I've seen quite a few Naruto episodes, I've read quite a few volumes of Bleach, and I know most of the big-name series.
But I also try to track down lesser known series. As for stuff available at retail, I've given odd stuff like Me and the Devil Blues a chance, and I had nice things to say about With the Light. And after liking the not-well-known Shinesman OAVs, I managed to find translations of just a few chapters of the original manga.
What about you? Do you try to find forgotten shows from decades ago? Or do you like the latest and greatest?
Posted 18 May 2010 - 04:38 PM
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:32 PM
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 10:30 PM
My tastes run pretty obscure, like BEFORE Kanon got popular... ( Yeah, back in 2001 with the original release with the horrible CG...LOVED IT! ). My manga tastes are probably a bit everywhere, I like some series like Yubisaki Milk Tea which a majority of people don't read or have heard of, but I also like stuff like Chibi Vampire and Gunsmith Cats.
Actually, looking at my shelf I'd say the only Mainstream anime I even own is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, and FMP...
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 08:10 AM
Also, I'm about 2-3 years behind on mainstream anime because school eats up all my time. Or at least it did. I've graduated now, hooray!
Posted 19 May 2010 - 08:52 AM
There aren't really too many mainstream I'm currently really into right now, other than maybe FullMetal Alchemist, although I need to catch up.
I prefer a lot of the old-school manga/anime overall. I've been picking up Ranma 1/2 DVDs here and there to rewatch it since I never owned it and am planning on rewatching/rereading Aa! Megami-sama.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:19 AM
tl/dr: I'm a happy mix of the two.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:53 PM
Every once in a while they get something decent I haven't seen so it isn't always too bad, but yeah, usually their selection is really lacking...
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:00 PM
Obscurity changes over time. Back when I was reading Animerica Extra (circa 1998-2002), there would be an article almost every month on some manga series that the Viz staff either liked, or had discovered. Some of the series were huge hits in Japan, like Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, but at the time, not many fans knew about them except through translated scripts. In the eight or so years since then, most of the series that were profiled got professionally translated.
Obscurity varies by region. For instance, if you grew up in France, then you might have seen the dubbed versions of City Hunter and Kimagure Orange Road that were broadcast in that nation. (US fans discovered those shows through limited edition VHS and DVD.) And if you grew up outside the US, then you're probably much more familiar with Captain Tsubasa and Doraemon.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:15 PM
This said, I grew up in England, and someone mentioned regions vary tastes.
An Ah! My Goddess fanatic in England is a rare and beautiful thing, whereas every person who has seen big stary anime eyes knows about Hellsing (and rightfully so). Heck, when I left England a few years ago, Death Note had never been aired on any TV station AT ALL, whereas Wolf's Rain was on it's third re-run. Outlaw Star was a Toonami staple but Cowboy Bebop and EVA only got a limited run on Sci-Fi at 2am.
So for me, my tastes run in "whatever bones the UK were thrown" I would eat ANYTHING they gave us. Gundam Wing? Delicious! Tenchi Muyo? Give me seconds! DBZ? I'll watch all 300 episodes twice. Heck I even watched Cardcaptors, Pokemon and Digimon, despite being well out of the age bracket when they first aired. ---and then, you know. Stuff I just stumbled on later in life.
Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:20 PM
however, I haven't felt passionate about watching any anime for a while.
Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:42 AM
Erm... long off-topic rant aside, I think that once I realized that I could get anime off the internet, I stopped watching the stuff on tv. Then again, I'm also a language nerd and I can't stand most dubs. Still, I'm willing to bet that since it's really easy to find anime that streams rather than downloads, regional variations have become less prominent.
Posted 25 May 2010 - 11:33 PM
I have stumbled across some great random shows such as Bakemonogatari, Akagi, and Overdrive.
But i still hold roots in the old shows, Lupin the third and Zoids i watched at least 7 years ago.
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