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Why Is Anime Not A Fad?

Apr 27, 2008
A fad is something fleeting - a momentary craze that's going to blow over in a matter of months when something better comes along. More than anything, saying that something is 'just a fad' is an insult. It implies that something is not good enough to be kept and to be remembered and isn't really worth all the attention in the end. It's a horrendous insult. And unfortunately, a lot of people are saying that anime is just a fad.

Maybe I'm biased, because I'm an anime fan myself. But really, from the way things look, anime doesn't seem like 'just a fad'. And even if it is, it's taking incredibly long to die down.

The Debut of Anime in US Television

I'll be honest. In the US, anime started out as a huge fad. While it's not officially the first anime to be shown in the US and certainly not the first one to become popular, DBZ played a huge role in popularizing anime. There were anime series that were popular too like Astroboy and Gundam. But the debut of Dragon Ball Z in cartoon network was the one that hyped up the idea of anime in the US and amassed millions and millions of followers. Of course, why wouldn't it? DBZ is one of the most epic anime of all time. And in the US, anime then was something new and different. It was a very smart move for cartoon network to include anime in their program. Over the years, however, the hype for DBZ died down and anime once again fell into obscurity.

Anime in the Internet

However, even if the hype died down, there were a bunch of fans that will remain loyal. And as the internet grew in popularity and scope, more and more people were able to gain access to Japan's extensive collection of cartoons. Anime, you see, is more popular in Europe. And so, there are anime which are already translated and subtitled, mostly by fans. It was a startling discovery, this amazing treasure trove of anime series with amazing plotlines and great characters. But none of these anime were dubbed. Most of them were just 'subbed' or subtitled in English. But apparently, the stories are just so good that people were willing to contend with the subs. Thousands of forums were created, dedicated to certain anime series that people took a liking too. And many anime series, especially the ones which were also popular in Japan, also gathered a huge following in the other parts of the world.

Anime in the Future

But not all people have the patience to read those all-too-small subtitles in anime. So, a lot of people have to wait for the anime to air on TV rather than to watch the anime in the internet. Cartoon Network plays a huge role in this, as they are usually the ones who air the anime series that have already been dubbed in English.

As of now, Cartoon Network is showing the English Dubbed Version of Naruto. Naruto in America is still a long way off from catching up to the Naruto Shippuden that's airing in Japan and in the internet as well. But already, Naruto is gathering a huge following, almost as much as DBZ did.

Anime, it seems, is here to stay. Because even if the hype over the new craze today, which is Naruto, dies down, there will always be new anime series from Japan that can easily entertain the people all over the world.
About the Author
Henry Hsieh has multiple interests and he enjoys talking about them. As a fan of anime, he likes to watch Naruto, discuss them in Naruto Forums, and listen to Naruto Mp3 at tailedfox.com the best Naruto site with the newest Naruto Shippuden Episodes out first.
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