This site has had a rocky relationship with anime. Once upon a time, in an era best forgotten, it played host to an entire section of anime reviews. The Thumbnail Theatres got their start as a good-natured poke at Evangelion’s excesses (not the vicious skewering that overly-sensitive fantards assume). Then something terrible happened: Anime became popular in America.
This wasn’t a turn-off in the snooty “I liked you better before you sold out” sense; rather, it was simply an unwelcome revelation. Turns out that when anime was a tiny little niche, only the best content made it stateside. But once the floodgates opened, Sturgeon’s Law kicked into effect and sorting the small amount of good content from the majority of crap became an impossible task. It even tainted all the things that had once seemed so good — all the seemingly clever ideas that set anime apart from the clichés and formulas of its American counterparts were suddenly revealed to be little more than a different culture’s clichés and formula.
Ignorance is bliss, and I’ve let myself become blissfully ignorant of the anime scene. I tried to catch up a few months ago by helping start an after-hours anime viewing group at the office, but after a few weeks I had to drop out because all the annoyances of the medium overwhelmed the good things. So I’m not really sure why I gave the GameSpite writer’s guild the go-ahead to begin writing up anime. I guess I’m just that crazy. Plus, I have their word that this stuff is pretty good.
So, we kick off with Mightyblue’s “anime worth watching” column and a look at Scrapped Princess. Which, it would seem, is indeed worth watching. He’s also put together the first edition of an anime release list counterpart for the weekly DVD and game columns, since VsRobot doesn’t really have time or space to deal with anime releases.
Brace yourself for this brave new era. It could get scary.