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Ms. Answerman and the World of Tomorrow

by Rebecca Bundy,

I've been getting numerous emails asking about whether or not ANN still has copies of series listed in our Anime Encyclopedia. This is not, I repeat, NOT a list of series that we, or anyone we know for that matter, own. The Anime Encyclopedia is a very detailed list of anime series, ovas, and movies that have been broadcast in Japan and include anywhere from very little to literally piles of information that any visitor can peruse at their leisure. If a particular title is available in the US, links are provided for easy price comparisons and purchases. If a link is not included, the title has either not been licensed in the US or is no longer available for purchase. In these cases, your best bet might be to check out ebay. A warning about ebay, though: if the series has not been licensed in the US, you're going to be paying for horribly translated bootlegs.

Dear Mister question answering man,
I heard that there was a convention going on this coming Labor Day Weekend (Sept 3rd-6th 2004) In New York City.
Am I correct?
Thank you for your time ^_^ Looking forward to getting a responce, thanks.

The Big Apple Anime Fest, which would've been held over Labor Day Weekend, was canceled due to the fact that it would've had to compete with the Republican National convention. Since the RNC had reserved most of the hotels within NYC, it would've been difficult for BAAF to compete even if they had wanted to. Instead of dealing with rescheduling issues, BAAF decided to cancel their 2004 convention and are instead focusing on 2005. If you're interested in attending in 2005 or would like to receive news regarding the convention, you can add your email address to their mailing list here.

Orphen is one of my favorite anime series. im talking ofcourse about the first one since the second one had bad character designs (oh cleo what have they done) and weak story..anyways is there a 3rd Orphen series?

The first two seasons aired one year apart from each other over four years ago. Considering this, lukewarm feelings towards the second season, and the costs, a third season will probably never be made. An OVA, while cheaper and shorter, has a slightly better yet still slim chance.

Why do many anime shows only run for 26 episodes? Though I was satisfied with the content and how they ended, I thought Cowboy Bebop and Trigun could have gone on longer and fleshed out a few more plotlines. Does the number 26 have some significance in Japan? Is it just that one show a week for 26 weeks fills up half a year's worth of programming so they come out with something new for the next season? Some shows, like FLCL and Hellsing are even shorter. Are those programs that never really developed a fan base during their initial run so they were cancelled or were they made deliberately short?
Thanks for all your help. Your site is now among my favorites and I visit it nearly every day. It's fantastic!

While the Japanese do put emphasis on certain ages and numbers, the 26 episode count for most series is due to the fact that 26 episodes will run for exactly half a year. If a series becomes extremely popular, they may decide to tell extra stories in the form of movies (as it was with Cowboy Bebop), OVAs or specials, or second (third/fourth/etc) seasons. FLCL was a stand alone OVA, and Hellsing ran for 13 episodes, which is half of 26 (or one fourth of a year). Sometimes a series will be cut short at 12 or 13 episodes (instead of 26) if its ratings are extremely poor. Money issues will result in sudden unresolved endings, filler episodes, or poorly animated episodes. You'll also see odd numbers pop up (51 episodes for Fullmetal Alchemist instead of 52), but these deviations from the norm are normally due to broadcasting issues or one of the many reasons listed above.

I found in several places that Go! Go! Ackman is a Toriyama manga, however it's not on your site. So, is it a Toriyama manga at all? Also, did Toriyama also creat the Dragon Quest manga, or just the anime?

The Go! Go! Ackman manga, for which the old SNES games were based on, is one of Akira Toriyama's manga. It isn't listed in ANN's manga encyclopedia because it's extremely difficult to keep up with ALL the manga that has and is coming out in Japan. The selection of Japanese manga in the New York and New Jersey Kinokuniya stores is easily five times that of the manga available in English. If you, or anyone else, would like to add to the list of manga series in our encyclopedia, all you have to do is ready yourself with a little bit of information regarding the series before clicking on this link here.
As for Dragon Quest, his talents were used for the anime. The manga was created by Riku Sanjō (Writer) and Kôji Inada (Artist).

Hello Ms. Answerman!
I've wondered why there are some characters in the anime world that tend to have two different eye colors? Is there some meaning to the eye color differences?

Generally there is no overall meaning to the eye color differences, aside from the desire to make these characters stand out from the norm without giving them, say, a giant mole on their nose. Sometimes the multi-colored eyes have a story behind them (à la Spike in Cowboy Bebop), represent conflicting personalities (D.N.Angel does this a lot with Dark/Daisuke and Krad/Hiwatari), or because it just looks interesting.

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