Offshore Anime

Sailing away…


Friend or Foe? – Thoughts on the Anime-Manga Relationship

Anime and manga are virtually inseparable terms. In fact, were it not for the actual act of animation, I’m sure they would be nearly indistinguishable from one another. They share the same style, the same themes, the same fan base, but what does this relationship mean for anime? Does it open up new markets and opportunities for the industry? Or does it pigeonhole animators and stifle creative thought?

Before I go any further, I’d like to make clear that my knowledge on this subject is incredibly limited, and this isn’t meant to be a conclusive research paper. Most of what I talk about below is merely speculation and educated guesses. Continue reading



Expectations and Disappointments – Winter 2013 Review

I picked my wording carefully when I was typing out that title. This season had its ups and its downs, so I can’t say it was entirely bad, but–and maybe this is even worse–it was disappointing. A lot of shows that I was looking forward to failed to deliver. Among them was Sasami-san@GanbaranaiRobotics;Notes, and Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. All three of these had the potential to be something great, and instead they ended up being less than mediocre. That being said, there were a few shows that stepped up in the second half of the season and filled the void. Psycho-PassShinsekai Yori, and (surprisingly) Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo all ended up exceeding my expectations in different ways. Continue reading