Anime and genre
tetsuwan at comcast.net
tetsuwan at comcast.net
Thu Sep 28 14:26:05 EDT 2006
The "anime" tag only does a disservice to the directors you mention if the word is interpreted in its Western common parlance. "Anime" really value neutral, however, it has come to mean a variety of things to a variety of people. A feature length film is a feature length film, animated or not. Gatekeepers (critics, web masters ;)) are able, or should be, to make distinctions between sen to chihiro and Pokemon as well as they are able to make distinctions between Trois Coleurs and Commando.
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From: "Todd Brown" <todd at twitchfilm.com>
> I think there are certainly distinctions within anime and a lot that
> certainly doesn't stand up to cinema standards - though you could say the
> exact same thing about a huge number of films - but there are also a growing
> number of animation directors in Japan who are increasingly ill-served by
> having the anime tag applied. Mamoru Oshii, Satoshi Kon, Hayao Miyazaki,
> Masaaki Yuasa among others are all legitimate auteurs in their own right who
> are not accorded the respect they deserve because they are forced into the
> otaku ghetto.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Brian Ruh [mailto:brianruh at yahoo.com]
> > Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:28 AM
> > To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
> > Subject: Anime and genre
> > --- Lewis Cook wrote:
> > >
> > > 1. No idea how others on the list think about this - I don't have an
> > > interest in theoretical debates about genre per se - but I don't
> > > consider anime to be of the same basic genre as 'movies.'
> > I know that you say above that you're not interested in genre debates,
> > but I just have to ask -- why is "anime" separated from "movies" in
> > your estimation? (Of course, not all anime is experienced in a cinema
> > setting, so that might be one good reason.) And do you consider anime
> > to be a genre?
> > I'm curious about such perceptions of anime and how it's thought about
> > and categorized. I'm interested to hear what others might think about
> > this as well.
> > == Brian
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> > Research: http://www.animeresearch.com
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