Animation is Finally a Commodity. Now What?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It took long enough, but animation is just about everywhere you, and (among younger generations at least), is immensely popular. Many have long looked with envy at Japan…

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Thirteen and Out: Why Concise Series Runs Will Become the Norm

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If the thirteen episodes mentioned in the title seems a bit short, just imagine how the Simpsons would be viewed today if the original order was all that…

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The Compelling Reasons That Will Make You a Fan of Hatsune Miku

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If we’re being honest, even I wouldn’t have believed that headline if it was written even six months ago. Clearly being only vaguely aware of who Hatsune Miku is wasn’t enough and it took a proper introduction before I ‘got’ her. Of course there’s a lot of appeal to the character of Miku herself, and that forms the basis for many young fans’ devotion. That’s not what makes her appealing to me though; what does is the concept and execution of the character’s role and what she represents from a business standpoint. To put it simply: she’s the future.

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The Unusual Release Schedule for Sailor Moon Crystal Will Set a Precedent

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This week sees the highly anticipated Sailor Moon Crystal series begin broadcast. Besides being an entirely new version of the original manga (and not a remake of the original anime), it’s also notable for eschewing traditional licensing-based release models, but interestingly, is not embracing the ‘all you can eat’ type that has defined web-based media. Why might that actually be a good thing, and could it be a model for others to follow?

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Taking Gender Out of the Animation Equation By Simply Ignoring It

Friday, February 28, 2014

Gender is a topic in animation circles that is gaining more traction lately mainly thanks to a growing realisation that for all the talk of an industry that has less sever gender segregation and under representation than live-action, it’s still a heavily male-dominated industry. That translates into the programming and associated merchandise so easily that it’s long been simply taken for granted. In recent years, the problem has attracted more attention as viewers, consumer groups and activists look to balance the equation for women and females in animation. For an example of a possible fix, we turn to the east, and the hit anime show Attack on Titan.

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Culture Matters in Animation, But Not As Much As You Might Think

Monday, February 17, 2014

Animation is a cultural thing, and like anything related to culture, there is national delineations and boundaries. For example, American animation is very, well, American. Canadaian animation is distinctly Canadian. Irish animation probably isn’t really coming from anywhere other than Ireland. And so on. However, the country of an animation’s origin is not the be all and end all of what it means to be animated.

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The Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 5

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 5!

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Week Links 36-2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Charles week links for September 22nd to the 28th, 2013.

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Comparing Eastern and Western Animation: Cost Versus Variety

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Western shows all seem to be the same. Eastern shows tend to look cheap, but have variety. Which approach to animated TV shows is the best, and is there a middle ground?

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Pop-up Fandom ‘Creates’ New Anime

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tumblr users spontaneously created a fandom for an anime show that didn’t exist, but whose efforts have apprently resulted in the show getting the official treatment.

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The Pearls Of Wisdom Hidden In A Going Bust Notice

Friday, February 3, 2012

Word has come through that anime distributor T3 has shut down. While their release stating as much is long and very thorough, it contains many important quotes that…

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