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ONE PIECE #613 - - Special Review

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Well, at least one of these villains has finally been axed off (unless
I’m reading that scene incorrectly
). Of course, I’m sure it’s going to be
another 100 episodes before this particular plot development comes back around
with the resurrection of Monet, or the introduction of some hitherto-unrevealed
colleague who’s bent on avenging her, or whatever.

For the most part, this was another episode concerned with
moving our playing pieces from Point A to Point B on the board (or perhaps
Chamber R to Chamber E in the Punk Hazard layout
), so I’d rather take on the
discussion point offered up during Zoro’s three-front duel with Monet and Tashigi.

Frankly, that kernel of an idea was more interesting that the fight
itself…

== TEASER ==

Obviously, the topic of gender roles is an inexhaustible source of
discussion in our online bubble of fandom. Whenever we’re dealing with wish
fulfillment, it’s almost impossible for some demographic not to feel slighted
over their place in somebody else’s power fantasy. No point-of-view is ever all-inclusive
- - and the harder it tries to be, the blander it becomes. For an action
adventure to play effectively, somebody’s got to be the hero, and somebody else
has to be the villain, and somebody else has to be the victim that needs
rescuing. And it’s very hard for the
selection of those somebodies to not send a message, intentional
or no.

Focusing that all down onto this episode, we have Zoro’s insistent
refusal to fight women in the same way that he’d fight men; and the resultant
offense that Tashigi takes to double standard. In theory, the playing field for
these kind of stories should be totally level. In practice, however, there’s no
way we’ll react to seeing a heroine like Nami (for example) take the
kind of brutal beating that Goku routinely received from male villains like Cell without us feeling an added, and innate, level of revulsion.

So it’s interesting that Oda would choose to discuss this dilemma in
the text itself. Is Zoro’s sense of chivalry actually sexist by modern
standards? Or would we really be that comfortable watching him thrash Tashigi like
a guy? For once, I’d rather just invite you vicers to continue the discussion
here…

Watch this
episode,
"Showing
Off His Techniques! Zoro's Formidable One Sword Style!
here and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the
previous episode here.

About the Author

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk







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In a weird way, this show is starting to remind me a little of this
obscure American comic, MISTER A. Essentially, the strip starred a superhero
devised by Spider-Man’s co-creator, Steve Ditko, as a mouthpiece for his
extreme and uncompromising objectivist beliefs. Supposedly, he kept trying to
insert these values into Spidey’s adventures, but Marvel Comics kept refusing
to allow their star character to go down such… unusual philosophical
directions.

Eventually, Ditko would go on to work in the independents where, uninhibited
by editorial restrictions, he was free to craft a strip that was less superheroic
serial and more illustrated treatise. As you’d expect, the titular Mister A was
a personification of objectivism (Rorschach from WATCHMEN is a milder
tribute to him, FYI
) who didn’t adventure so much as just solve situations
designed to serve his rhetorical point.

== TEASER ==

I’ve drawn this extended comparison because I’m really tickled by the
notion that HUNTER X HUNTER might actually be a platform for Togashi to explore…
potentially intense notions that he might’ve only gotten to hint at in
YU YU HAKUSHO. While I was already playing with this idea after Tonpa’s
admission of sabotage, the illustrated monologue he goes on here (about the
inherent treachery of the ‘Rule by Majority’ system) really makes
it seem like Togashi is trying to weave a larger point about competent people being weighed
down by incompetent peers.

And the drawn-out bet about our blue bad guy’s state of consciousness
only just strengthens this theory. While you can certainly make the case that
Togashi is trying to mix his heroes’ conflicts up by throwing challenges at
them which can’t be solved with punches and kicks, it still doesn’t seem
coincidental that the most consistent threats to Gon’s band are quitters.

These aren’t fearsome and mighty bullies like Toguro or Shinobu: these
are weasels trying to cheat our heroes out of victory because they possess no worthwhile
talents themselves. And if Tonpa continues to bedevil them like this, it’ll all but prove
my theory.

Watch this episode, Trick ×
To × The Trick
" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

About the Author

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk







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HUNTER X HUNTER #9 - - Watch & Learn

| Sunday, September 29, 2013
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This show’s really starting to seem like "THE BOOK OF
VIRTUES by way of SHONEN JUMP" with each successive challenge issued to Gon and
his pals…

Again, it’s all further evidence to substantiate my theory that Togashi must have a serious sporting background to complement his cartooning skills. The
morals about competition which are taught in this episode truly seem like they’re
coming from a guy who’s learned hard lessons from real experience; not somebody
who’s just parroting platitudes he found in some sports manga he’s
read.

== TEASER ==

Kurapika’s duel with the fraudulent gangster obviously
speaks to the real nature of poseurs and anybody who barks so loud that you can
be quite sure that their bite isn't so bad. When I was on the wrestling
team in high school, the opponents who grappled the worst were almost always
the guys who made snarly faces before the match or pointedly showed off
their scary tattoos. So yeah, that speaks to my own experiences.

Gon’s duel, on the other hand, has a more complicated message perhaps...

It seems to say that
if you’re entering into a competition where your opponent is exploiting gaps in
the rules to his advantage, then it’s perfectly honorable to find other
omissions that'll help you out, in turn. Maybe more specifically: if your opponent’s
using a corner of the game that works to his strengths, then you’re well within
rights to find another corner that plays to yours. If he’s smarter,
and he’s using slight-of-hand to fool you into agreeing to use a trick candle,
then you can go ahead and use your superior physique to run up and blow his
candle right out. Nobody said it was against the rules, did they?

Again, that second notion isn’t as simple as “Winners never cheat” or “Hard
work always wins,” and that’s because it’s a real lesson, not a cliche. I guess that undercurrent is part of why this show so often works in spite of itself.

Watch this episode, Beware ×
Of × Prisoners
" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

About the Author

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| Friday, September 27, 2013
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In a weird way, this show is starting to remind me a little of this
obscure American comic, MISTER A. Essentially, the strip starred a superhero
devised by Spider-Man’s co-creator, Steve Ditko, as a mouthpiece for his
extreme and uncompromising objectivist beliefs. Supposedly, he kept trying to
insert these values into Spidey’s adventures, but Marvel Comics kept refusing
to allow their star character to go down such… unusual philosophical
directions.

Eventually, Ditko would go on to work in the independents where, uninhibited
by editorial restrictions, he was free to craft a strip that was less superheroic
serial and more illustrated treatise. As you’d expect, the titular Mister A was
a personification of objectivism (Rorschach from WATCHMEN is a milder
tribute to him, FYI
) who didn’t adventure so much as just solve situations
designed to serve his rhetorical point.

== TEASER ==

I’ve drawn this extended comparison because I’m really tickled by the
notion that HUNTER X HUNTER might actually be a platform for Togashi to explore…
potentially intense notions that he might’ve only gotten to hint at in
YU YU HAKUSHO. While I was already playing with this idea after Tonpa’s
admission of sabotage, the illustrated monologue he goes on here (about the
inherent treachery of the ‘Rule by Majority’ system) really makes
it seem like Togashi is trying to weave a larger point about competent people being weighed
down by incompetent peers.

And the drawn-out bet about our blue bad guy’s state of consciousness
only just strengthens this theory. While you can certainly make the case that
Togashi is trying to mix his heroes’ conflicts up by throwing challenges at
them which can’t be solved with punches and kicks, it still doesn’t seem
coincidental that the most consistent threats to Gon’s band are quitters.

These aren’t fearsome and mighty bullies like Toguro or Shinobu: these
are weasels trying to cheat our heroes out of victory because they possess no worthwhile
talents themselves. And if Tonpa continues to bedevil them like this, it’ll all but prove
my theory.

Watch this episode, Trick ×
To × The Trick
" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

About the Author

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk







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I'm trying, Hashirama. I'm trying.
I'm trying, Hashirama. I'm trying.

The First Hokage struggles to keep up the heart of the Shinobi Alliance as the Infinite Tsukuyomi looks to be inevitable. Though pushed into a corner, Naruto finds the will to continue the good fight and stop Obito's plot.

The Good

My favorite part of the chapter.
My favorite part of the chapter.

Just to start matters off, this chapter had a lot negative points, but we'll get to those in the next portion of the review. The strongest part of this chapter for me is actually the scene that comes completely out of left field and makes little sense. I'm speaking of when Naruto's memories and emotions are being bridged across the alliance via Ino's jutsu. While I'm tiring of the see-saw pacing we've found ourselves stuck in. This moment created a lot of scenes of emotional connection to those surrounding our hero. One of the more touching must be Hiruzen finding out this way that his son has died in his absence. I wish this had been more of the focus.

The Bad

Obito, how many times are we going to have this same discussion?
Obito, how many times are we going to have this same discussion?

It's becoming incredibly difficult to endure this this back and forth pattern that Kishimoto has created this arc. This scene of Naruto rising from despair to have the will to fight should be both incredible and exhilaration. At least, it would have been if this hadn't been the 'third time' this arc the very same thing has happened. Things go bad, Naruto loses heart, Obito says a bunch of annoying prattle, someone else does something to inspire Naruto, then dramatic power-up scene.

What annoys me the most is that it undercuts Hinata's great scene connecting with Naruto, and it replaces it with Sasuke...yet again.

Then there's Karin. Amazing how a character can appear for such a small amount of time and still create such a negative impression on a chapter. She's in a war zone and surrounded by death. Yet it's all she can do to contain herself from wanting to lick the guy who stabbed her and left her for dead. Her level of sycophantic behavior would make Harley Quinn look like a militant feminist.

Verdict 3/5

Don't be under the impression that this is a bad chapter. Many of the moments in the context of this issue are good, but I also can't ignore that we've had these very moments multiple times within this very arc. We may be able to take solace in the idea that this could possibly be the last time we'll have to go through this cycle. With so much of the Shinobi Alliance at death's door, things couldn't get too much worse -- knock on wood. Kishimoto may have finally set the stage for the classic come back from behind scene to put a lid on this arc.

Follow along with the latest NARUTO chapters yourself, tune in for the SJ Podcast, and check out the free starter pack sampler at ShonenJump.com here. You can can download the free app for both iOS and Android devices.

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Welcome back to the Anime Vice Caption Contest! You know the drill; we have three new images that need some funny captions! See who won the previous contest below!

Rules

  • You can caption any or all of the images!
  • You can caption the same image more than once, but not in the same post!

Your captions will be judged by the hosts of THE VICE PIT themselves; Tom Pinchuk and Sam Weller! The winners and their winning captions will be featured in the next Caption Contest post!

HELP! THE IMAGES WON'T INSERT CORRECTLY!

I've noticed some users don't always insert the images correctly in the comment section. To make sure you post the images properly, you should copy them from this post and paste them into the comment box, rather than upload the images again yourself. To do this, highlight some of the text below the images (try starting from "want to recommend") all the way up to some of the text above the images (try highlighting up to "fill in the captions!") and then right-click on that text and select "copy", go to the comment box, right-click inside that and select "paste" - then all you need to do is fill in the captions! Hope that helps, have fun!

Winners!

"781,782,783 hit combo!"
~ SamJaz
"NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE."
~ RavenBuster

"When will my reflection show who I am inside?"
~ CapeBarnes

New Caption Contest!

So, are you up to the challenge? Just copy the images (READ INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE!) into the comment box below and fill in the captions!

"Caption me!"
"Caption me!"
"Caption me!"
"Caption me!"
"Caption me!"
"Caption me!"

Want to recommend some images for the contest? Go to my profile and send them to me in a PM and I'll check them out. Have fun and good luck!

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This show’s really starting to seem like "THE BOOK OF
VIRTUES by way of SHONEN JUMP" with each successive challenge issued to Gon and
his pals…

Again, it’s all further evidence to substantiate my theory that Togashi must have a serious sporting background to complement his cartooning skills. The
morals about competition which are taught in this episode truly seem like they’re
coming from a guy who’s learned hard lessons from real experience; not somebody
who’s just parroting platitudes he found in some sports manga he’s
read.

== TEASER ==

Kurapika’s duel with the fraudulent gangster obviously
speaks to the real nature of poseurs and anybody who barks so loud that you can
be quite sure that their bite isn't so bad. When I was on the wrestling
team in high school, the opponents who grappled the worst were almost always
the guys who made snarly faces before the match or pointedly showed off
their scary tattoos. So yeah, that speaks to my own experiences.

Gon’s duel, on the other hand, has a more complicated message perhaps...

It seems to say that
if you’re entering into a competition where your opponent is exploiting gaps in
the rules to his advantage, then it’s perfectly honorable to find other
omissions that'll help you out, in turn. Maybe more specifically: if your opponent’s
using a corner of the game that works to his strengths, then you’re well within
rights to find another corner that plays to yours. If he’s smarter,
and he’s using slight-of-hand to fool you into agreeing to use a trick candle,
then you can go ahead and use your superior physique to run up and blow his
candle right out. Nobody said it was against the rules, did they?

Again, that second notion isn’t as simple as “Winners never cheat” or “Hard
work always wins,” and that’s because it’s a real lesson, not a cliche. I guess that undercurrent is part of why this show so often works in spite of itself.

Watch this episode, Beware ×
Of × Prisoners
" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

About the Author

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Rebecca of Dressrosa has endured much in the past and present, but she will stand tall to fight to protect those she cares for. Even if that means facing the hatred and venom of the masses.

The Good

I'm not gonna' cry. I'm not gonna' cry. I'm n-- *weeping*
I'm not gonna' cry. I'm not gonna' cry. I'm n-- *weeping*

Often times when I'm trying to explain ONE PIECE to those yet to be spirited away within Oda's world. I describe the series as something that will at some point make you cry from either laughter or sorrow. The creator just has this ability to make you care about the characters -- even if that's an inanimate object,ala the Going Merry funeral. Well, Oda got me again this week.

Children will often times blame themselves when things go bad, such as with a divorce. How do you imagine it must feel for Rebecca to think it was her request for food that got her mother killed? Even just thinking about that moment of little Rebecca trying to shake her deceased mother awake has my eyes welling up with tears. It's the utter definition of heartbreaking, and I finally understand why she now says she never gets hungry.

We also learned some interesting things with this issue. It appears that Don Quixote Doflamingo had people changed into toys some time before he took over the throne, and Rebecca still doesn't know the truth about Toy Soldier. I'm left wondering why at no point did he tell her? Could it be that even he didn't realize it yet?

The Bad

There is one part I'm still confused on. If Rebecca was in hiding from Don Quixote's men, who were hunting down her family, why is she still alive since everyone knows her link to the previous kingdom? The answer is likely they thought she would die in the Corrida Colosseum. Other than that, I got nothing against this week's story.

Verdict 5/5

The crowd may hate her, but Luffy likes her.
The crowd may hate her, but Luffy likes her.

This chapter embodies much of what I love about ONE PIECE. It's the ability to trigger an emotional reaction from the reader. That's what good fiction should do. It doesn't even concern me that the principle protagonist hardly even appears.

My hypothesis that Rebecca could be the next holder of the Flame-Flame Fruit from last week only seems stronger now that she's had an entire chapter dedicated to her back-story. Not to mention that she's highly likely to be the focus of the next preliminary round. I look forward to seeing what her fighting style is like. Although, that will have to wait. ONE PIECE will be on break next week.

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Greetings, Anime Vice Community. Tom and Sam should be getting back to their regular Vice Pit schedule now that they've got a new camera, after the loss of their old camera. They were still able to post videos on the topic of SPACE DANDY, MACHIKO & HATCHIN, aaand GATCHAMAN. Something about that name always makes me feel it needs a more dramatic introduction.

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Finding a MACHIKO & HATCHIN AMV wasn't hard. Finding one with some good editing and music was the hard part. Can't say this was possible the best I could find, but I really liked the thematic choice of the music.

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Rebecca of Dressrosa has endured much in the past and present, but she will stand tall to fight to protect those she cares for. Even if that means facing the hatred and venom of the masses.

The Good

I'm not gonna' cry. I'm not gonna' cry. I'm n-- *weeping*
I'm not gonna' cry. I'm not gonna' cry. I'm n-- *weeping*

Often times when I'm trying to explain ONE PIECE to those yet to be spirited away within Oda's world. I describe the series as something that will at some point make you cry from either laughter or sorrow. The creator just has this ability to make you care about the characters -- even if that's an inanimate object,ala the Going Merry funeral. Well, Oda got me again this week.

Children will often times blame themselves when things go bad, such as with a divorce. How do you imagine it must feel for Rebecca to think it was her request for food that got her mother killed? Even just thinking about that moment of little Rebecca trying to shake her deceased mother awake has my eyes welling up with tears. It's the utter definition of heartbreaking, and I finally understand why she now says she never gets hungry.

We also learned some interesting things with this issue. It appears that Don Quixote Doflamingo had people changed into toys some time before he took over the throne, and Rebecca still doesn't know the truth about Toy Soldier. I'm left wondering why at no point did he tell her? Could it be that even he didn't realize it yet?

The Bad

There is one part I'm still confused on. If Rebecca was in hiding from Don Quixote's men, who were hunting down her family, why is she still alive since everyone knows her link to the previous kingdom? The answer is likely they thought she would die in the Corrida Colosseum. Other than that, I got nothing against this week's story.

Verdict 5/5

The crowd may hate her, but Luffy likes her.
The crowd may hate her, but Luffy likes her.

This chapter embodies much of what I love about ONE PIECE. It's the ability to trigger an emotional reaction from the reader. That's what good fiction should do. It doesn't even concern me that the principle protagonist hardly even appears.

My hypothesis that Rebecca could be the next holder of the Flame-Flame Fruit from last week only seems stronger now that she's had an entire chapter dedicated to her back-story. Not to mention that she's highly likely to be the focus of the next preliminary round. I look forward to seeing what her fighting style is like. Although, that will have to wait. ONE PIECE will be on break next week.

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As much as I love a good fight scene, I’ve gotten some serious battle
fatigue after this fifth successive duel. They really are just eating screen
time while the plot itself stays pretty stagnate and, after a month of that, it’s
honestly getting tiresome.

Lobbing this exact criticism at DBZ should be familiar enough to anybody
with even the slightest familiarity with shonen. However, even though ONE PIECE isn’t featuring
any episodes devoted entirely to characters grunting, powering up or grunting
while they’re powering up,
I’d say it’s about as culpable for beating round the
bush. The qualification is that, yes, the individual fights don’t go on for as
long as they do in DBZ. What we get instead is an endless number of individual fights feeding out
of the show’s other, more unique, type of filibuster - - that is, its endlessly-rolling,
character-creation assembly belt.

== TEASER ==

Seriously, if you break down what happens, episode-by-episode, then we saw what should’ve been the climatic showdown between Luffy and Caesar a few
episodes back. In ideal conditions, “Punk Hazard” would’ve centered on their
conflict. However, it was only a fake-out and, since then, we’ve seen a
half-dozen ancillary characters either introduced or re-introduced and, more often, their
introductions precede duels with each other.

(I went from being mildly disinterested in Zoro’s
fight with Monet, to surprisingly impressed when she started showing off her
more monstrous powers, to rolling my eyes when Tashigi joined the fight with
her. As if the fight needed any newcomers to prolong it
).

Look, I understand that this chain reaction of creativity is exactly
the charm that makes ONE PIECE so diverting every week. However, there’s a
difference between just watching that happen every episode and commenting critically about it. And when I have to use that part of my
brain, it’s hard not to see this as Oda repeatedly pulling rabbits out of the
hat when he probably should be getting to the point.

Watch this
episode,
"A Deadly Fight in a Blizzard! The Straw
Hats vs. The Snow Woman!” here and decide for yourself,
then read my comments about the previous episode here.

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Watch your back Bill Nye. Hitsugaya is coming up on you.
Watch your back Bill Nye. Hitsugaya is coming up on you.

In the first clash between the 13 Court Guard and the Vandenreich for round two, we have Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya vs. Bazz-B. Though he doesn't have his bankai, Hitsugaya may have another trick up his sleeve to counter 'The Heat'.

The Good

They're like an adorable brother and sister team.
They're like an adorable brother and sister team.

The early 1900s poet Robert Frost once wrote a poem titled "Fire and Ice". In it, he mentions how there are differing opinions on if the world will ultimately be destroyed by either fire or ice. He chose to side with fire. If only he could have lived long enough to see how Hitsugaya uses ice to stop a force looking to destroy the world with fire. Hats off to the littlest captain for working out a system on creating more powerful form of ice attacks using the physics of thermodynamic.

With the exception of anything involving Yoruichi, the 10th Division has to be one of my favorites inBLEACH. The chemistry between Hitsugaya and Matsumoto is always a joy. I'm not the biggest advocate for spin-offs, but I'd love to see more of this duo more often.

The Bad

Why not tell him your weakness while you're at it?
Why not tell him your weakness while you're at it?

Let's put aside for a second the wisdom of explaining in detail the system of your attacks to an enemy out to kill you and your way of life for just a second. Though, that is really stupid. I'm not sure Kubo does a very good job in explaining how this vacuum-ice is created. Maybe he should have used a graph. It's possible this may be an issue of translation, but I doubt it.

If you're still scratching your heads on how this works. I'd suggest looking up how vacuum-insulated windows work. I'm guessing it's built along that concept then multiplied.

Verdict 4/5

We're given some pretty cool action, funny moments, and the pace seems surprisingly quick out of BLEACH this week. That being said, the ending of this chapter is a touch perplexing. I almost find it too hard to believe that Bazz-B has already been taken down. I'd enjoy this being a solid and swift victory, but I can't shake this feeling that Bazz-B will rise again next week. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. Those issues aside, this is a chapter that more than suffices.

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Welcome to the Mexican and American Experiences! Please welcome our guests, Dream and DBZ_Universe. They will share their experiences and outlook on anime culture in their hometowns! Dream is from New York while DBZ_Universe originally lived in Mexico but currently lives in Oregon. Interview questions were written by Takashichea. Check out the American Experiences Part 1, 2, and 3 if you missed it.

How did you got into anime?

Dream: My first exposure to anime was during the mid-1990s when Sci-Fi Channel would air anime OVAs and movies like Iria Zeiram: The Animation and 8-Man After. I would have on and off exposure to it up until 2002 when Toonami was airing it regularly as part of their block and product-driven anime like Digimon and Pokemon were very popular. This was around the time where the 2000s anime boom was in full swing here in the states. I found myself watching anime more frequently around that time, watching anything like Tenchi Muyo, Dragon Ball Z and Outlaw Star. Since then, I've been a full-blown anime fan.

In Mexico, they find Pokemon, a spawn of Satan
In Mexico, they find Pokemon, a spawn of Satan

DBZ: How did I got into anime? It was 1997 and I was in Mexico at the time visiting family. It was one night I recalled back in 1999 when I got into anime thanks to Dragon Ball Z. At first, I just thought of it like an awesome cartoon and had no idea what was anime. Later on, I got intoPokemon only for 2 months because when I was a kid, my mom's family would tell me not to watch it since it was from the devil. They burned all of my Pokemon and DBZ collection. A year later we moved out to the United States. In 2001, I got into Digimon and later on in 2003, I found out about YuGiOh due to their TCG and up till this day I collect them. Around that time I also got into Yu Yu Hakusho and others that were on Toonami and Saturday morning if I recall correctly. However, I still kept Dragon Ball Z as my favorite even after getting into a lot more anime series. In 2006, I stopped watching anime because my friends got into comics in 2008, but I really didn't enjoyed it as much as Dragon Ball Z. In 2009, I got back to anime, but a few months later, I took a break from anime and decided to read manga instead since it caught my attention way more than anime. Because I spend most of my tine in the battle forums in Anime Vice, I haven't left anime nor manga.

How did you view anime and fans who love anime?

Finding folks online who love anime
Finding folks online who love anime

Dream: Around the time I first seen it, anime was like a completely different world that I wanted to experience more of with the animation, content and complex stories that were told in it. Beyond the occasional titles like Batman: The Animated Series or The Secret of NIMH, I didn't experience this amazement too often when I seen any other animated work here in the states since many in the mainstream perceive animation to be more a mere form of entertainment instead of an art medium that can express meaning to its audience.

As for the fandom in anime, I mostly had interactions with online communities of fans when I was starting off my interest in it since just about all my family and friends were limited or oblivious to understanding it. I was glad to connect with people that shared the same hobby as I did. From whom I interacted with, each had their own differing genres, titles and franchises they took interest in, which didn't seem any different from family and friends I had in real life who had different hobbies and interests they enjoyed.

DBZ: How? I guess the same way I view anime as well. I actually view an anime fan with a good expression since were I come from it is rare to find an anime fan.

Animation Age Ghetto Issues: Can animation bring deeper meaning and be enjoyed by all ages?
Animation Age Ghetto Issues: Can animation bring deeper meaning and be enjoyed by all ages?

Relating to an article (Why is Anime Invisible in Britain) I found, did you think anime can make it back to mainstream in your home country? Feel free to talk about censorship.

Dream: Beyond the occasional mention of Studio Ghibli and whatever airs on Toonami, I think anime has a really difficult hill to climb if there were ever a point where any serious effort were put in for it to get a mainstream foothold here in the states. As the linked article mentions, there is a difference in content standards for any objectionable content that airs on television between Japan and America. For instance, any of the violence and occasional dirty humor you see from any of the popular shounen titles like Bleach and Naruto would be comparable to a TV-14 rated TV series here in the states, showing mainstream American broadcasters are more conservative with content regulations than Japan. Censorship would be inevitable with more content heavy titles here in the states under present regulations, some likely would get too butchered to even fit in a half-hour time slot with commercials.

The other issue would come in the form of Animation Age Ghetto. TV Tropes provides a very detailed synopsis on this topic. But to make a long explanation short, many Americans are under the preconceived notion that animation is nothing more than a form of entertainment consisting either of children's titles or raunchy and crass comedies like Family Guy or The Simpsons. With Disney and Warner Brothers being considered the centerpiece of animation in the American mainstream for decades, the works and characters that they and others created with animation here in the states have cemented a mentality among many folks that animation can't be a medium to depict serious stories and topics that appeal to wider audiences as live-action films and TV shows can.

DBZ: Well by reading the article, it looks like they don't really broadcast anime much in the UK. I think anime will make it back mainstream over at the UK, specially with great new anime titles too. Though, the internet plays a huge part here because of it, anime fans can watch any anime show and not miss it. I hope this makes sense.

Have you been to an anime convention? How was it?

Dream: Never been to a convention in my life.

DBZ: I haven't actually and I really hope to go to conventions later on. I really want to go to one badly! I want to cosplay as Alphonse Elricsince that would be a very cool outfit to wear in a convention.

What is your buying experience like for anime and manga? Do you do it publicly or online?

Online Stores vs Retail Stores
Online Stores vs Retail Stores

Dream: While I was in college between 2003 and 2007, I didn't spend much on anime due to much of my expenses going towards tuition and much of my viewing for anime was via fansubs. In the occasions I did spend money on anime and manga, I did so in stores like FYE, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy who normally had large sections of their stores reserved for anime and manga since the 2000s boom period was still strong and I was oblivious to the existence of online stores like Right Stuf during that time. I normally went for movies or complete series sets whereever possible since getting all the single volumes for a series were a very pricey option at that time. Many stores didn't carry all the volumes to any complete series I had interest in at the time.

Having been aware of online stores since 2009 now, I buy almost exclusively online since there are more choices for what you can buy and anime being cheaper in many instances than if you bought it from a retail store. The last time I even bought an anime from a store was two years ago and the FYE I used to occasionally visit for anime doesn't reserve as much of its shelf space for it as it used to with the 2000s boom having fizzled out. I haven't bought manga since 2010 since I chose to devote my spending towards anime and I sold whatever I had bought up for my small manga collection during that time.

The past two years, I've only been buying up anime I had yet to see in their entirety since I wanted to reduce how much anime I see via fansubs and would look into whatever was getting good reception from many folks online to determine what I should buy up. I'm not too fickle with what I choose to buy, so long as the condition of the DVD is in great shape. I normally buy anime from Rightstuf, Amazon or E-Bay. E-Bay and Amazon are a good resource for older or out-of-print titles most of the time since in many cases, Rightstuf's not too likely to carry them. Just beware of sellers offering bootlegs or are gouging prices.

DBZ: I buy both publicly a online depending on the price but publicly the most.

What are your views on Japanese culture?

Japan's ideals: group over individuals
Japan's ideals: group over individuals

Dream: The fun thing with anime is that it gives you a look into another culture with how it perceives itself and other countries, which led me to do quite a bit of research on the country and even take a Japanese history course while I was in college to know more of the country's mentality.

The major element to the culture that stuck out for me was the country's strong group over individual mentality, which places large emphasis on Japanese society to put priority on strengthening group dynamics like families, classes and workplaces to contribute to society as a whole. While thinking of group needs are all well and good, the Japanese seem to have some unique issues in their culture when it comes to valuing the needs of the individual. The societal pressure when it comes to this sort of mentality has resulted in cases like hikikomori, bullying and group suicides to develop. In addition, the lack of focus on individual needs also extends to mental health as the system for it is underfunded, understaffed and those involved in it have limited training with handling various mental conditions.

I guess this shows that like other countries, Japan has its own unique issues that stem from how its societal structure is set up.

DBZ: Very wonderful culture. I actually like the language and names, I recently went to a multiple culture event in some park and I went to visit the Japanese stands and they wrote my name and my Dog's name in Japanese then I bought this cool cat necklace. I would like to travel to Japan one of this days and tour around.

Is anime popular in America?

Dream: While there are more cheaper and legal options in getting anime than there were years ago when I first started my fandom, I do think anime's gone back to the niche following it had before the 2000s anime boom. The hype, exposure and press coverage you got out of it during much of the decade from the mainstream has fizzled out to a great extent. Sure, there might be the occasional mention you may get of it from the mainstream and Toonami's back on the air. But Toonami's only on once a week on a late night block and beyond occasional news coverage with anything from Studio Ghibli and city screenings of recent anime films, the medium lacks the huge appeal it had years ago from the mainstream.

It doesn't necessarily mean I don't think anime will have another boom period of popularity like it did in the previous decade. It all depends on timing and whatever quality titles Japan offers up that would be accessible to mainstream American audiences, so long as it doesn't take away from what makes anime unique and gives it its identity.

DBZ: It is actually. USA has a lot of anime fans and is very popular even in the comic book community. Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Bleach and Naruto are big in USA.

What anime should have aired in America, mainstream TV or online?

Dream: With online, the increased use of legal streaming sites like Crunchyroll by fans have reduced the necessity of fansubs to a great extent in getting access to titles that major American distributors have yet to snag up. It doesn't necessarily eliminate the need for fansubs as there are still a decent number of older or niche titles that have a following with anime fans, yet are not accessible through any legal means beyond importing and deserve some option for fans to legally obtain while not paying an arm and a leg to get them. Some examples of titles include Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Dennou Coil and Macross Frontier.

With mainstream TV, I do think there could have been more diversity with the genres of anime offered to fans since action, comedy and product-driven titles were given prominent focus for airing to a great extent between the boom period and now.

For America, later titles in the Macross franchise like Zero and Frontier could have been huge hits here in the states given how popular the 80s anime and Macross Plus were with older fans. Unfortunately, the franchise is in a huge and complicated legal mess between American and Japanese licensees, which prevent these later titles from getting any kind of legal release here in the states.

DBZ: They should air Dragon Ball and other classics to bring back some nostalgic moments for a lot of fans. New anime as well would be awesome! especially with the awesome artwork which would look amazing in HD televisions. We should have an anime channel where only anime is aired and that would be better than waiting 1 week to watch anime on a Saturday night. For online, well anybody can watch any anime since that is the way is done most of the time now.

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Dream is an 11-year anime fan known for his occasional blog postings here on Vice that cover the worst of anime called Ani-Crap Review. He can be found as ggultra2764 on MyAnimeList, Anime Mikomi Org and Anime News Network.
DBZ Universe is a huge anime/manga fan. I also love to debate and discuss battles and character feats in the forums of Anime Vice. Follow me @Shepalagolpe







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