Monday, June 21, 2004

Move over, Spider-Man: Time takes stock of the manga and anime characters heading to the big screen in Japan:

"Exactly why remakes of classic cartoons are booming is open to debate. Some cite nostalgia, others a lack of imagination. 'People have special feelings for the older animé. They're simpler and more innocent,' says Cutie Honey star Sato, a longtime fan of the heroine she plays. Her director, Anno, takes a crankier view. 'Japanese people can't grow up,' he says. 'When they're not reading comics and watching cartoons, they go to see movies about cartoon characters. It's sad.'"