The last Japanese animated work I watched was Ganymede Elegy, a Cowboy Bebop episode.
Before that there was pretty much nothing, not even much animation, for a long time.
Unless you count the brilliant Avatar: The Last Airbender, which some people don't.
Why they don't, I cannot precisely say. I know that Anime often means strictly Japanese animation to people, but to me it's just as easily meant a style that can easily be emulated, and learning about the production of Avatar it was STEEPED in anime techniques and general respect to Eastern ideas, yet is apparently still not pure enough for some people.
I imagine this argument has already gone over many times here, and although I want to express myself about it I don't mean to be opening old wounds for anyone, yet I find it irritating that an artform that was popularized by Japan must somehow stay there. Never mind Korea, which has its own thriving animation industry, or China, which is trying desperately to catch up. The people who created animation there aren't Japanese, though I imagine the old success story of Japanese animation never escaped their minds, and no doubt inspired them. Never mind France or the United States, who have wonderful animation traditions with plenty of cross-pollination, yet happen not to be Japan.
What about stuff in Japan that doesn't follow the Anime style, though?: animation that takes directly from other traditions rather than modeling off of what we expect to be Japanese animation. I guess that's the other side of the categorization problem for some. No easy answers, I guess.
For me, if this particular site was to encompass animation and drawn cartoons, that would be enough, but sadly Screened and Comic Vine have sort of pared off the ends of that. This place was meant to capitalize on the fandom out there. It would have been a nice place for Avatar fandom to dwell, I imagine, and since the old debate I guess it's taken up some sort of residence here, last I checked.
The kind of things that are largely popular to anime devotees seem too repetitive for me to even summon the will to care, so I stick to the things I know, that expand horizons rather than clone themselves, but as I imagine my joining Comic Vine would also feel, this would leave me off in the corner, grumbling about all the stuff that doesn't fall easily into established fan categories.
Could this place be opened up to attract more native Japanese speakers, perhaps? That would be interesting. Turn it into a source bolstered by sources closer to the source, to overuse a word.
I came back for several reasons. I miss this place, its color scheme, its stark differences with the rest of Whiskey Media. Giant Bomb was my first, and it's where I live now as far as Whiskey Media is concerned. This is like a comfortable cabin, though, for me. Somehow there's a promise lying deep in here, somewhere. Don't know if it'll ever be realized, but I can't say I'll ever give up hope.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to smooth out the wrinkles of the wallpaper. Feel free to browse my tiny library. Borrow anything you like. Take your time.