The Death and Return of Answerman

Jan 1st 2003
So, here it is. The first new Answerman of the year. It's also my last column.

I'd go in to why I'm quitting this column but it's largely inconsequential; suffice to say, I'll be guesting occasionally and will be supervising our new Answerman, Rebecca Bundy. Many of you know her as the illustrious Ms. Answerman, who accompanied me on many, many columns. She has shaped up to be a fantastic, fun writer and will probably do a much better job with this column than I did. That having been said, take it easy on her. Hate mail, snotty questions, rudeness, and marriage proposals will all be met by a harshly-worded flaming by yours truly. If you thought I was nasty in my responses to some questions, wait until you see what happens when someone messes with Ms. Answerman. It will be highly amusing for everyone else, I assure you.

Alright. Here's the last batch of questions I'll ever answer. Let's rock!


Hey, I love your guys site. My friend introduced me to it. ok now I was wondering a couple things...here goes..

1> IS there gonna be a sequel series to Trigun? and when is Trigun gonna air on Cartoon Network?

2> Did Spike die at the end of Cowboy Bebop?..'cause your site says that "knockin' on heaven's door" is a sequel and spike is alive, so what is the deal?

3>My friend said that .hack//sign and the Ghost in the Shell shows are gonna be airing on Cartoon Network? is that true? I mean 'cause I loved Ghost in the Shell and I heard a lot of .Hack//sign.

4> When are new eps of Inuyasha and Yū Yū Hakusho coming back?...I know eps of Inuyasha are airing on CN and they are all new in america and to me, but how long is the schedule gonna be new?

Ok..I know that is or might be a lot of questions, but I really need to know, I live in america, illinois and CN is the only source of anime I have, So thanks in advance for any help and answers you can provide me with> LOVE AND a PEACE


Well, that's a lot of questions. Let's start from the top. There is no sequel to Trigun, and there probably won't ever be. The series is set to air on Cartoon Network in early 2003. Knockin' on Heaven's Door is not a sequel to Cowboy Bebop. It takes place during the series. That would explain your chronological conundrum. Ghost in the Shell is not going to be aired on Cartoon Network. I can't say anything more than that. .Hack://Sign might be aired there but nothing is carved in stone just yet. There are more than 94 episodes of Inuyasha, and the show is still running strong. Cartoon Network will continue to air new episodes until the show loses popularity or they run out of new episodes. They'll run reruns when gaps in dub production happen, which is often enough. Yuu Yuu Hakusho will follow this same basic schedule, although I'm fairly certain they've aired every episode at this point. Both series are also available on DVD. Hopefully that answers your questions.

Editor's Note: The Encyclopedia allows us a number of different ways to define a relationship between two Anime (in this case Cowboy Bebop the series and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie ), these include 'sequel', 'prequel', 'spin-off' and alternate re-telling. Given these possibilities, 'sequel' was obviously the best choice in this case. There is in fact a relationship called 'part of' but it refers to anthology series such as The Vanilla Series and World Masterpiece Theater, so using it in this case would have been incorrect. -t

HEY ANIME NEWS NETWORK, I JUST LOVE YOUR SITE,
VERY INFORMATIVE.

MY QUESTION ABOUT ANGELS TAIL OR TENSHI NO SHIPPO IS WHAT KIND OF CONTENT IS IN THIS SHOW, ALTHOUGH IT WAS ON TV IN JAPAN, IS THERE ANY NUDITY AND SEX, IF ANY SEX IS IT GRAPHIC, I HAD TO ASK, OR IS IT A LOVE STORY ANIME.

COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT IT IS ABOUT, I READ SOMEWHERE THAT IT'S ABOUT A YOUNG MAN WHOSE PET'S DIE AND COME BACK AS BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMEN, COULD YOU TELL ME MORE AND WILL IT BE RELEASED BY PIONEER LIKE AI YORI AOSHI IN ENGLISH.

THANKS ALOT, SCOT POORE A.K.A VEGIKU5

Sorry to disappoint you but Tenshi no Shippo is a fairly harmless (and crappy) shounen romance series, along the lines of Tenchi Muyo!. There's no sex and I believe almost no nudity. Frankly, the show was one of the worst things I'd seen come out of Japan in a while, so do yourself a favor and avoid it as though it carried some horrible disease that made your skin melt.

hello, i have been looking for my question to be answered but whoever i ask or wherever i go there is no information and/or nobody knows, i am just hoping that u could maybe answer my question for me, thanks.
I am just wondering if there is going to be a continuation of any sort to the beserk tv series, either in ova or movie or another series? i hope that you can answer this for me, thank you very much

I rejoice in the fact that this is the last time I'll ever have to answer this godforsaken question. There was a rumor, a long time ago, that Berserk would have a sequel series. Apparently it came straight from the mouth of a pre-production henchman that showed up at some mystical anime convention somewhere, around the summer of 2000. Since the initial rumor, almost nothing has been said regarding the sequel. The show is popular enough to warrant having a sequel, but no major steps have been taken in that direction, as far as I know. You can all look forward to having this question answered again by Ms. Answerman over and over again in the coming months. It'll remind you of such classics as “When is Flame of Recca coming out?” and “When is the Cowboy Bebop movie coming out and when does it take place in the series?”. Have fun!

For old times' sake, I've decided to answer the one question I've been asked at least 3 times every week since I started writing this column.


Dear Answerman,

When is Sailor Moon Sailor Stars coming out?

-Sinshi66493

For god's sake, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars ISN'T COMING OUT. Pioneer hasn't announced it, nobody's announced it, nobody's licensed it, and it's just too damn racy for children. This isn't about the Japanese being “better” than Americans, either. Americans have a different concept of sexual morality. Not worse, not more oppressive, but different. We don't consider lesbian innuendo suitable for children. We don't consider cross-gendered characters suitable for children. It's not that the Japanese are all sick bastards who revel in the corruption of their youth, they just have a different concept of children's entertainment. Different. Not better or worse. How many times can I say this? Not enough, apparently. I celebrate the fact that I will never, ever again have to answer this question. Ever. Let the confetti rain in the streets. Someone inflate some balloons. Party at my place. Break out the champagne.

That having been said, I've had a blast writing this column. Thanks to everyone who ever read it or ever wrote in. I'll be back periodically to add my particular brand of horrifying condescension as the months roll on. Be nice to Ms. Answerman. I leave you all with a quote.


“Life seemed to be filled with things that were just like the Ghost Orchid. Wonderful to imagine, and easy to fall in love with.. but, a little fantastic.. fleeting... and out of reach." - Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation





The editors of Anime News Network would like to thank Zac Bertschy for two years (106 installments) of Answerman. We would also like to wish him the best of luck and all the success imaginable in his new endeavors.

Thank you Answerman, and Good Luck.

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