Anime on Animation

kiseko minaguchi kiko at
Tue Jul 9 03:51:10 EDT 2002

Concerning anime, I was rather interested in such conservative(?)American
cartoons like Uchu kazoku Jetsons,Samurai Jack, and the King of the hill. So
far I thought they  supposedly offer a nice time out to highschool and
college kids who are learning  English on basic level.I tried Edo Edd Eddy
(misspelled?) in class but didn't really impress our noisy boys there.
Little Lulu and Angela Anaconda (misspelled?) , how old are they, I mean
when were they made? Unlike cinema, we are never given the time the cartoons
were originated, which is funny. Aside  from the perceptiion of
representations, I want to know some of the views of what's going on today's
Cartoon Network. Who is selecting them on what basis ?I'd be grateful to get
some orientation in selecting what I show to my students on the elementary
level of English communication. Would anybody provide me with some guidance,

----- Original Message -----
??? : "Aaron Gerow" <gerow at>
?? : "KineJapan" <KineJapan at>
???? : 2002?7?8? 15:21
?? : Anime on Animation

> My son was flipping through the channels on Saturday morning and came
> across a TV animation show called Totally Spies aired on TV Tokyo. What
> was interesting about this Charlie's Angels for teens show was the fact
> that, while it was made in France (TV1) for the French and
> English-language--and ultimately Japanese--markets, it clearly showed the
> influence of Japanese animation in character design, bodily and facial
> movement, and even in some of the conventional "signs" of anime. Yet it
> was not quite like anime.
> Perhaps this style was selected in part to aim for the Japanese market
> (the story I saw in fact took part in part in Tokyo, though the spies
> live in California), but I was intrigued about how extensive the
> influence of Japanese anime is having on the visual style of non-Japanese
> animation. We hear a lot about animators being fans of Miyazaki, et al.,
> but how much of this is changing the way non-Japanese made animation is
> being made? One could divide this answer into geographical centers (Asia,
> the US, Europe, etc.), but I was interested in what people outside of
> Japan have been noticing in all sorts of animation.
> Aaron Gerow
> Associate Professor
> International Student Center
> Yokohama National University
> 79-1 Tokiwadai
> Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501
> E-mail: gerow at
> Phone: 81-45-339-3170
> Fax: 81-45-339-3171

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