I figured I’d bring up a topic my friend Metal Mike suggested (you all saw him in the Unscripted review we did.) See, I remember years ago, the manager of my local comic store also happened to be a huge Otaku. He was the one who got me on to watching ESCAFLOWNE and RECORD OF LODOSS WAR (although I never finished watching the later.) He also looked down on American-produced with a bit of disdain, calling it “faux manga.” At the time, I didn’t think too much about what he said. Now that I’ve got a greater context, however, I’m wondering if he had a minority opinion or if it reflected the majority.
What do you Anime Vice lunatics think of American cartoons and comics that clearly owe a big debt to anime and manga? I’m talking about stuff like SAMURAI JACK, AVATAR and SCOTT PILGRIM, just to name a few. Does it please you to see what you love having such demonstrable influence, or does it make you just roll your eyes? Who are these poseurs trying to jump into the sandbox that they’ve got no business being in?
Me, myself, I’m all for cultural exchange. That’s what art is all about. One artist influencing another artist, who in turn influences another, ad infinitum. Hell, isn’t there that whole apocryphal chestnut about anime's signature big eyes starting as an imitation of funny animals like Micky Mouse? The more I think about that old owner’s attitude, the more I see it as needlessly dismissive. How about you? Let’s our own exchange going here.