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DRWii



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:40 am Reply with quote
My favorite instance of creators appearing in their own work would probably be "Paprika"; Satoshi Kon voiced the tall bartender, while Yasutaka Tsutsui (the author of the original novel) voiced the short bartender. That's just so neat.

As for anime series where only 1 or 2 people do most if not all of the writing/directing/acting, the only one that comes to mind is "The World of GOLDEN EGGS," which I'm pretty sure had 2 guys doing most of the work. Even if I'm right though, that's probably not a show most anime fans would want to watch.
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consignia



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:45 am Reply with quote
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Don't worry about the Aya Hirano scandal, though. Nobody on the professional end of things follows any of that nonsense.


Does anyone really care about it? It seems like people only bring the topic up to stir the shit.
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melmouth



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:56 am Reply with quote
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So you see, it's not a glamorous or even a creative job -- it's quite robotic, in fact. That said, I rather enjoy it -- pouring over and perfecting credit rolls is something that appeals deeply to my OCD side.


That's craftsmanship! I believe it may last a long time as a viable species of work. I made a career out of it (editing of written material) that was pleasant because it was peaceful and quiet--and because doing a good detailed job is intrinsically satisfying for some.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:06 pm Reply with quote
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Given the state of the anime business at the time, I'm sure sales were nowhere near what they were at the peak of the anime boom,


Last time I checked on one of your ANNCasts prior to them being shut down, they said they were fine.

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For whatever reason, Bandai Namco decided they just didn't want a physical media distribution infrastructure in America anymore.


Well, they're also the same geniuses who decided to make a stream-only release of an Oscar-nominated short, but who think a fighting game for a Jump series which bombed here the first time will sell in the U.S.

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Yeah, that's changed a LOT since the last time I wrote about that. Nowadays the revenues from online streaming are meaningful, sometimes VERY meaningful.


I just hope the FCC "deregulating" net neutrality doesn't change that....
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maximilianjenus



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:08 pm Reply with quote
consignia wrote:
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Don't worry about the Aya Hirano scandal, though. Nobody on the professional end of things follows any of that nonsense.


Does anyone really care about it? It seems like people only bring the topic up to stir the shit.


yeah I don't even know if people cares about it in japan; sure she does not get voice aacting jobs anymore; but she wanted to move away from that even before the scandal; so it might not be accurate to blame the scandal for her lack of jobs when she was the one who wanted to change her career.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:27 pm Reply with quote
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the weird screens where a sponsor message would've gone are removed


I actually prefer when these are left in. Anime smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:48 pm Reply with quote
And since this column inspired me to ask the question, yet it doesn't really have much to do with anime, I'll ask it here!

Dear Answerman,

I see that your production company is entitled "MediaOCD", and I see how the OCD acronym ties quite nicely into the very-well established CD media format, resulting in a creatively punny company title. I also saw you use the term OCD to describe your perfectionism in regards to working on credit rolls in video post.

I'd imagine that you're aware that the disorder characterized by the intense appeal of perfection and the overwhelming desire to focus on obtaining it is not Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but instead Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD). The two are conceptually different disorders. So I ask if you are in fact aware of the difference, and whether you continue to use the OCD acronym simply because most of society is already in the habit of using the wrong acronym to refer to intense perfectionism, and you fear that readers may be confused or that you'd be forced to explain if you were to instead use the correct term? And, if you legitimately have OCPD (as do I), does it bother you when people continue to perpetuate the confusion between the two disorders?

Very Happy?
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jsevakis
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:20 pm Reply with quote
I call it OCD because nobody knows what OCPD is. Explaining a joke ruins it.
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Tenebrae



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:24 pm Reply with quote
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There are a few anime directors who HAVE voice acted, but not in their own work

I guess Shinichi Watanabe (Nabeshin) would also count, besides those mentioned.
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sniper_samurai



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:01 pm Reply with quote
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That's why you see Attack on Titan showing up on both Crunchyroll and Hulu via Funimation.

Attack on Titan is currently on Netflix as well.

Netflix have also come a long way from what it used to be in terms of how anime is presented, with the majority of their catalogue now being dual language instead of dub only.
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bin1127



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:12 pm Reply with quote
Spoofer wrote:
And, if you legitimately have OCPD (as do I), does it bother you when people continue to perpetuate the confusion between the two disorders?


I do think that the majority of people mentions OCD not to highlight a psychological complex they have but merely as a perjorative poke at a personal trait they have. The acronym is common enough, albeit wrong maybe as you point out, that people just use it off the cuff in everyday conversation.

But since this is Justin using it, anything goes.
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configspace



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:12 pm Reply with quote
Do Hulu or Netflix or iTunes ever replace their streams later with the updated home video versions, or offer them to begin with? I know Funimation regularly does, CR does not, TAN only for dubs I think (I remember still seeing the censored version of subbed Highschool of the Dead there). But even for Amazon Prime whether it's included as part of prime or you buy the digital downloads, you are still getting the broadcast version and not the home video version
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dtm42



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:27 pm Reply with quote
Pleased to hear that streaming has finally become big business with substantial profits. Not only is the money good in its own right, but it also means fans and both Japanese and international companies are getting on board with what is a superior distribution method. It's a win-win-win situation.
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Student no.0



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:36 pm Reply with quote
Really hope Haruhi and Lucky Star will become more available dubbed soon, especially when the discs are OOP and pricey to find.
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Greg Aubry



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:55 pm Reply with quote
Despite the ease with which you can get Stand Alone Complex on DVD, there's still that Blu-ray money sitting on the table for whatever licensor picks up the series for hi-def.

(The compilation movies are floating around, sure, but they have the janky, doesn't-mesh-with-rest-of-the-series Ocean dub. And most fans that would upgrade want the entire show, not just those edited versions.)
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