I could go into the minute storytelling techniques I admire the Japanese for, but I honestly don't believe the average manga reader is even conscious of these... if you're curious, pick up "Manga Manga! The World of Japanese Comics" by Frederik Schodt.
When manga and anime first became popular in the US, I was really looking forward to it. The Japanese were far better at producing intelligent dramatic material for an older audience. But it seems like the only stuff that becomes completely out-of-control popular is the shit. It's either Pokemon (awful), Yu-Gi-Oh! (putrid), or Dragonball Z, which I hate for completely bastardizing Akira Toriyama's original manga (which, for those who don't know, is MUCH better paced).
Cowboy Bebop is the only show I've been completely impressed with in comparison to US material, and at only 26 episodes, it just doesn't make up for the rest of it.
Now, television American cartoons have been stinking to high heaven on the whole for quite a while, so the Japanese cartoons would be forgivable if they weren't making our cartoons stink worse. I'm sorry, fangirls... but X-Men: Evolution and Teen Titans suck really, really badly. They are absolutely awful cartoons. I'd rather watch one of the old 70's Spider toons than either of those series... which is sad, since the old Spidey toons suck as well. X-Men: Evolution takes the brilliant concept of this isolated group that helps people who would just as soon have them all killed, essentially acting as a huge metaphor for racism... and made all the mutants into the popular crowd you hated in high school. NEWS FLASH: Nightcrawler isn't a heartthrob. He's a traumatized Christian sideshow freak. All I can say about Teen Titans is that it feels like it should have been released as a special VHS to aid homes for retarded people.
Am I being naive thinking that general audiences cartoons can still be good? They don't have to be kid's cartoons, just... general. Does that make any sense? Any animation that I've been impressed with lately seem to have crossed some "line" and been chased out existence. Ren & Stimpy can't exist in today's animation world unless it's got the TVMA rating and is on at 10:00 at night. What happened?
Blah. I have no way to wrap this post up, so I'm done...
- posted by Tyler Sticka @ 3:30:00 PM
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