It’s amazing to me, the amount of anime that’s become available to “average consumers” in the US in the past two years. It seems to me, I had to go to a large media store, such as Tower or Suncoast, to find hardly any titles. Today, Best Buy has a (to me) large selection, as does Suncoast. Even Wal-Mart has an anime selection (Chobits, too, shock!).
Of course, the US is about two years behind on domestic releases, but it’s good to see series such as Chobits, Love Hina, and Noir available domestically.
Is this attributable to the Cartoon Network? Showing popular series such as Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Cowboy Bebop, and the Japanese-inspired Samurai Jack is a good thing.
I was surprised to see some old favorites come to the DVD format, such as Catgirl Nuku Nuku and Armitage III. I remember about 1998, when the DVD format became really popular, some people complained that DVD wasn’t the right format for anime, it would be less “fluid” than on VHS. Those fears are just FUD, today’s mastering for anime (and animation in general) is very good. Some series, such as Noir, are mastered in anamorphic widescreen. Cool stuff!
The point? None really, except it’s a good time to enjoy anime!