Is anime fandom ready for Mainstream Attention? No, but I’m also not convinced that it’s something to worry about. There have been numerous attempts to take anime mainstream. It happened in the nineties with Akira and I don’t remember there being too much of a fuss.
Which is odd given that I grew up in England, where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had to be rebranded as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles because using the word ninja is too violent for children, but not mutant turtles with swords and other ninjutsu weapons. Remember the second live-action movie where they didn’t actually use any of their weapons in the entire movie? Continue reading “Hands Off My… Fandom!”