Friday, September 24, 2004

Bitten by the anime bug: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at anime's moves into American theaters:

"... The anime bug has a way of biting suddenly, deeply and with ensuing infection that can last a lifetime.

"Before the current release of the eye-melting movie sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, the most recent (and well-publicized) bite by this tenacious bug is surely Hayao Miyazaki's mainstream-yet-monumental Spirited Away, the first Japanese film to win an Academy Award for best animated feature.

"Many American parents who only wanted to take the young'uns to the local googleplex for a bubble-gummy 124 minutes of mindless 'toons instead got quite the unexpected poke in the eyes and brain -- a decidedly offbeat, often surreal (and in some instances genuinely disturbing and frightening) tale of one plucky little girl's glimpse into a spiritual otherworld."