3/23/2009

NY Anime Fest

I consider it a bust and I'm not going back next year. At least it gave me some education about Anime and Manga in general. Basically, Osamu Tezuka established both arenas, becoming the godfather of Japanese animation and comics as we know it today. Manga can be dissected into categories based on age groups and gender: we have our shōjo manga for girls and shōnen manga for boys, seinen manga for the older guys and seijin manga for the perv adults and stuff. What really mattered though was when manga seemingly "grew up" or rather evolved much the way Will Eisner gave some western comics the context of "graphic novels" to give the media a more mature and intellectual stance.
Coined by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Gekiga, meaning "dramatic pictures" was used to differentiate between manga's appeal toward a younger audience. It reflected a sort of underground comics schema that focused on struggles and dark, gritty adult themes, graven and serious in nature: for instance, Sanctuary.
Browsing through wiki, I found note of a movement that seems to be "superseding" gekiga as alternative comics in Japan: Nouvelle manga. It seems to be a mix of Franco-Belgian and Japanese styles championed by a Frenchman, Frédéric Boilet.

Don't get me wrong. I appreciate anime and manga, but the current anime and manga that I saw at the show was terrible or misunderstood and exploited.

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