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Librarians, Manga, and Anime: Oh My!

TangognaT, a Boston-based librarian not quite thirty, runs a fun blog filled with library talk and info about manga and anime. I turn to the Web  for  some good  definitions of those Japanese art forms for y'all. (Wikipedia is down at the moment. Do you know Wikipedia? I love me some  Wikipedia, though if I were a New Yorker fact-checker I wouldn't use it the absolute ultimate  source. Yet.)

Anime (pronounced n-m):  a style of cartoon or animation made in Japan that focuses on futuristic themes and robotlike characters; also called [Japanimation]. (from Dictionary.com)

Manga is to Anime what Comics is to Cartoons. You read manga You watch Anime  In the west Comics are still mostly aimed at young kids and early teenagers even though that is slowly changing, but in Japan, manga is for all age groups and isnt labeled with the loser stigma that adult aged comic readers still suffer (from Urban Dictionary)

(Isn't that Urban Dictionary defintion great? You'd never see the phrase  "loser stigma" in Webster's 11.)

The librarian TangognaT writes,

I finally got around to watching Samurai Champloo. I’d heard that it was great, but I never remember to watch it on Cartoon Network, and I finally got the first disk from Netflix. What a lovely show! Every samurai fight should be backed by bongo drums and jazzy keyboards.

Although it deserves a post of its own, now is a good time to bring up "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture,"  at the Japan Society and in public spaces around Manhattan. The exhibit, curated by Takashi Murakami, focusses on otaku, described by the Japan Society as "pop cult fanaticism," and its relationship to Japanese art.

  • This week you can catch the last in a series of lectures, "Fanatics, Cuties & Geeks: The Otaku Phenomenon & Its Impact Abroad." (Thursday, June 9, at 6:30) The public has  until July 24th to see "Little Boy."
  • Teenagers can particpate in a panel discussion, "Why Is Anime So Cool? Otaku in America." One of the panelists is the president of the Richmond Hill High School Anime Club. (Saturday, June 11, at 1.)

Caveat: For any event anywhere, always call ahead to make sure lectures, exhibitions, and discussions are still on schedule.


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