The Effects of Time|
Time is a fluid concept. Even when the clock on the jet isn't going slower than the clock on the ground, two people at the same place at the same time can have a totally different concept of how the time if flowing. For one, it may be going too fast, for others, it may be dragging out near infinity.
#Anime, like anywhere else, is subject to the effects of time. Anime itself is subject, too. Years ago, when Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon were translated to English, they ushered in an era of fear. Editors and translators were starting to 'dummy down' the anime for kids. At the time this transpired, there was a rather large upset within the community about the effects this would have on anime as a whole. I was of the opinion that it would be overall beneficial to anime, as it would increase exposure, and thus, companies would feel better about releasing material as close to original as possible. Perhaps by watering down some of the easier series', they would wean us in. Here we are, years later, and anime has flourished in amazing and wonderful ways. Perhaps I was right, the exposure of smaller series' opened the door for more. Perhaps I was right, but for the wrong reasons. Maybe it had something to do with Pokemon, and the slew of Pokemon clones that followed. Maybe Pokemon was so popular because of Beanie Babies. I don't know.
When I first set foot in #Anime many, many years ago, it was a different place than it is today. I was a different person than I am today. Heck, today, I'm a different person than I was three months ago. Thus are the effects of time.
Is our current state as a channel leading us to the better? The worse? Many familiar faces are gone, and we've got some new faces to get used to. New anime has come out, and now, it's up to us, both old and new, to go ahead and do our thing. Dragonball Z has been replaced as the ultimate in bad anime by Naruto, but the fans of either series will continue to disagree. Cartoon Network has done amazing things in making anime popular. However, it is now time for us, the community, to go ahead and take back some of the reigns to our destiny. Fansub groups continue to sawmill out product, having the process down so well that it'll be released here in the States less than a day after it airs in Japan.
We're caught in the midst of an anime explosion, so to speak. Everywhere you turn, there is something new, or even something old, to watch. So we, as a community, need to decide if it is worth watching or not. From there, it is up to us, as a community, to tell others about it. If Pokemon is indeed the reason that anime became so popular here in the States, then we can surmise that popularity goes hand in hand with commercialism.
I don't know about everyone, but I for one don't like something just because it makes a boatload of monies for someone else. I like it because I like it. Commercialism over time may lead companies to get the wrong idea about what anime is. Do our reviews matter in the scheme of things? The answer is surely a yes. Word of mouth advertising is one of the most powerful forces on this planet. So we must use our mouths and let people know what we think.
In the long run, will it change things overly much? Only time will tell.
Written by FDSA
Thursday, January 04, 2007