Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Devoted fanbase: The Springield (Ill.) State Journal-Register looks at the popularity of manga and anime, and speaks with local devotees:

"Some devout fans say the average American doesn't understand the anime phenomenon. Many people are unaware of the amount of anime that exists, because only a small portion is shown on television. And certain shows, such as the popular TV series and card game Pokemon, have become overrated.

"'Just because you're into the newest trend on Cartoon Network or the WB does not make you a hardcore anime fan,' said Ashley Lynch, a freshman at Lincoln Land Community College who was home schooled."