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That's a great question. Why do we see so many shots of powerlines in anime?

Partial spoiler: It is, in part, due to the influence of Evangelion. Yes, another thing that modern anime takes from Eva.

Of course there's more to it.
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Next year looks better and better for anime fans. Check out the second trailer for Ready Player One. At 2:12 you'll see that it's a mobile suit. It's a Gundam! Hell, it's the Gundam. It's no Eva Unit-01, but it's definitely a worthwhile representative of our world of mecha.
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Oh, wow! The live-action adaptation of Gunnm is finally happening. Jack's Cameron doesn't have the time to direct it himself, but Robert Rodriguez might be able to do it justice. I'm not sure why they needed to change the English title from Battle Angel Alita to Alita: Battle Angel, but they know titles and SEO better than I do, I suppose.

It looks weird, though. Very purposeful uncanny valley. I hope that aesthetic doesn't work against the film.

While I do wish this could have been a role for an Asian actress, it's hard to complain too much because the story takes place in the United States, the lead is played by a woman of Mexican descent, and the casting shown in the trailer appears pretty diverse. So it should have that going for it.
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Everyone has a reason for being a cynical fan of any type, and the spectrum ranges from "jaded by experience" to "just being an asshole." Yeah, there's a middle area there. I used to sit there. I used to play there. Being a jaded asshole was fun when I was in my adultolescence.

The reason why I'm cynical about anime has changed over time, though. Now I'm jaded because times have changed. The majority of the industry has always focused on adolescent males and younger while occasionally focusing on adolescent females. Different generations have different tastes. While I expected the world of anime to stick to the same themes but grow with me when I was teenager, I instead grew and anime changed directions. Art styles are different. Harem shows became a thing. Things became overserious and then not serious enough within the blink of an eye. The majority of modern anime is not for me.

But kids have it easy. It's easy to love all of anime when it's all a shiny and new to you. The one question I have, though, is whether or not burnout is exacerbated by this easy, free streaming access they have. Let's see if this generation of anime fans even sticks around long enough to be the jaded fan I've become over 20+ years.
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This is the power anime has to bring people together. I mean, the power is balse, but it's power nonetheless.
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Hiromi Tsuru passed away today in her car from unknown causes. Only in her 50's, she was lost way to early. The body of work she leaves behind is pretty vast. She's mostly known for playing Bulma in the long running Dragon Ball franchise, but she's been in so many other things that you have to have heard her voice somewhere. She was in Macross, even! So the industry has absolutely lost an important voice.
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I've been wanting an article about the popularity of Dragon Ball in the black community. This is not that article. At least, I hope this isn't as good as it gets. This is essentially, "Black males find in Dragon Ball the same things many people find in many other shows." Maybe I was just expecting more?
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This is not anime but it concerns the culture surrounding its conception, production, and primary consumption. This was bred into the culture long ago, and it's hard for women to fight to make it better for themselves. In many cases they don't know that they can, since this is the world they were born into.

I've grown more cognizant of problematic portrayals of women in anime and manga over the past few years, and this just helps me to understand why such portrayals persist. (Not that America is all that much better...)
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This just makes sense. Dragon Ball Super has been airing fairly consistently over the past two years while Gundam-related material trickles out here and there. A short TV season here, an OVA episode there, etc. But it's good for Bandai to make these series available internationally. There's no shortage of fans outside of Japan. We're happy to watch it all.

Seriously, we need more Gundam here. It's time to start streaming Gundam X and War in the Pocket. Get on it.
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