I really am the only person who thinks Penny Arcade is a really bad comic, aren't I? How the hell do these things get so popular? I just don't get it.
I think I am missing the "liking repetative web comics" gene or something. I mean, yeah... a few years ago... I was addicted to them.
Is this like... becoming a fan of a bad tv show that you know is bad, but you are still mesmerized by? Is this like Passions?
I was first exposed to anime at a time when those who were interested in it were extreme fan boy geeks. They liked the big tits and the mechs and explosions. So a lot of the stuff I was first exposed to was utter crap. Really. Not even like.. cultural differences, sci-fi focus, animation limitation crap... just utter shit.
Karl was always interested in animation of all kinds and has been going out of his way to see animation festivals and such when available since the early 80s, so his knowledge on the topic is MUCH more broad than mine. This is just like electronic music. My first encounter with it was through people who were into the utter CRAP of shit trance and really poorly done "rave horn" ridden house bullshit. So both of these things got relegated into "things I just don't like".
Well , I've since discovered that I *do* like electronic music, I just happen to like the good stuff (heh).
And recently we've been watching some old school anime things. Dominion Tank Police, Project A-Ko, Black Magic M66, Tenchi, etc. Previously I think the only thing I'd ever really seen was Ghost in the Shell, and while that was cool I knew that it was one of the very few things that got widespread American exposure in that way so it was always a strong exception.
Kai Doh Maru (a newer project) doesn't even get a listing on Hiroyuki Kitakubo's IMDB listing... apparently it's not something they're proud of? It was... interesting. I liked the visual style, but I have to agree it was a big "huh?". I got the vast majority of it, but then, like a lot of asian stories (but more so) had an almost non-ending ending.(nearly as "huh?" as the ending of the first Tomei)
R.O.D. was very interesting, hard to describe, and entertaining for me. We've sat and watched maybe two episodes of Lain, so I really don't have an opinion on that yet. Of course I've seen some of the Miyazaki things (Princess Mononoke), but not KiKi's Delivery Service or Castle in the Sky.
Anyway... Thanks to Project A-ko and Dominion Tank Police I now have some bizarre early 80s Japanese pop songs filled with smatterings of english that... shouldn't be there just stuck the hell in my head.
"Hot dance in cherry moon" is a perfect example. Also "get ready, get a chance lady, cherry dance bloomin tonight" or "Oh baby, feel my inspiration, And baby, take my invitation..."
Beyond the obvious question (what's with the cherries?), I'm also scared now that because they're stuck in my head and catchy I'm going to turn into one of those dumb white people who have an unhealthy obsession with anime soundtracks. It's just one short step from that to actually listening to the soundtracks for Nintendo games.