Thursday, November 18, 2004

Anime & Manga 101

The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the popularity of anime and manga, and provides a primer for those behind the pop-culture learning curve:
"It's not just a little-kiddie format," says Steve Kleckner, the vice president of sales and distribution for TOKYOPOP, the largest publisher of manga in the United States.

"We were raised that animation was for children and that as soon as you get older you're supposed to leave it behind, like your teddy bear," Kleckner says. "In Japan, it's an art form, and there are stories for adults as well as there are stories for little girls. It's just a format, not a genre."