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Answerman - How Long Does An Anime Episode Take To Make?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0400

How long does it actually take for a production team to create a single episode of anime, end-to-end?

Answerman - There's Bara Manga... Why Isn't There Bara Anime?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0400

Bara manga is pretty common in Japan, even if it might not be as widespread as yaoi - so why isn't there any bara anime? Justin has a few angles.

Answerman - What Makes A Manga Shonen Or Shoujo?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

It's the eternal question - is the manga I'm reading shojo, shonen, seinen, josei, or something else entirely? How am I supposed to know just WHO this thing I'm reading is for? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Oops! All Quick Answers!

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0500

There's been an accident at the answer factory and all of this week's answers are short! Subtitled Pokemon, learning your Japanese from anime and manga, streaming anime music and much more!

Answerman - Is It Now "Cool" To Be An Anime Fan?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Kim Kardashian loves Darling in the Franxx. Does that mean mainstream American society thinks anime is cool now? Well, it's complicated, but Justin's ready to unpack it.

Answerman - Is It Intimidating For Japanese Guests To Visit American Conventions?

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Dozens of Japanese creatives visit American conventions every year - how much culture shock is really involved? Justin considers the angles.

Answerman - Why Are Anime Age Ratings So Inconsistent?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0500

Over the years, age ratings on anime have been pretty wildly inconsistent, making it tough to judge what's appropriate for kids and what isn't - why is that? Justin digs in.

Answerman - Why Don't Dubs Cast Real Kids?

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

In Japanese, shows like Barakamon typically cast an actual child actor as the child character in the show - but in the English dub, this is almost never the case. Why is that? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Why Are Fat People Ridiculed In Anime?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Overweight characters in anime are usually the target of nonstop fat jokes and taunting, something that's become less common in Western media over time - but why? Justin has a few angles.

Answerman - How Do Blu-Ray Subtitles Work?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:30:00 -0500

They seem a lot more complex than regular DVD subtitles - how exactly do they get subtitles on bluray discs? Justin has the shockingly complex answer.

Answerman - Are Streaming Revenues Improving The Lives Of Animators?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:30:00 -0500

Wow! Hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into the anime industry thanks to streaming! Is any of that money going to the people who actually make anime? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - What Is Gambling Like In Japan?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

There sure are a lot of gambling anime, but what's it actually like to gamble in Japan? Does anime paint an accurate picture? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Is It Worth Collecting Anime On VHS?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

There are some anime released in the US on VHS but never in any other format - are these (and others) worth tracking down?

Answerman - Are American Comics Popular In Japan?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500

There's no escaping Marvel Comics, not even in Japan - but how popular are Thor and Hulk in a place already teeming with beloved, locally-grown superheroes? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - What If I No Longer Like My Old Favorite Shows?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Sometimes when you revisit anime from your childhood, they no longer hold the same magic anymore. Justin discusses this common anime fan experience.

Answerman - Can Fans Ever License Obscure Shows Themselves?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500

All those anime lost to time that nobody seems to want—is it possible for fans with the right amount of cash to distribute these shows themselves? Justin Sevakis has the answers.

Answerman - Why Do Discs Use Different Audio Formats?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

Sentai Filmworks blurays mostly use DTS-HD Master Audio, while Funimation usually goes with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 - but why isn't there a single audio standard across anime releases? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Where Do Anime Sound Effects Come From?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0500

You'll often hear familiar sound effects over and over again across many anime series, just like in Western films. Where do they pull those effects from? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Why Are So Many Live Action Anime Adaptations Terrible?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:08:34 -0500

It's no secret people aren't happy with the quality of live-action anime adaptations. But why do they usually turn out so crummy? Justin considers the angles.

Answerman - Why Does Anime Rely So Much On Still Shots?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:13:21 -0500

The camera doesn't move too much in anime, in contrast with live-action film or even big-budget Western animated films. Why is that? Justin considers the angles.

Answerman - Why Were TV Series Cut Into "Movies" For The US?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Back in the 80s, American networks would take 50+ episode anime series and cut two or three episodes into a TV movie. Justin digs into this long-gone practice.

Answerman - Is Horror Anime Less Squeamish About Kids?

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Western horror movies rarely feature child victims, but it isn't quite so uncommon in horror anime - is that real, or just a perception? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Why Did Only Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Stick With Anime?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0500

How come other cable networks never bet on anime programming the way Cartoon Network did? Justin digs in.

Answerman - Why Does Old TV Anime Have Jerky Splices?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Older anime like Evangelion frequently have strange "jumps" in between edits - why is that, and what can be done about it? Justin goes in deep!

Answerman - Why Do TV Networks Air Reboots Instead Of Originals?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500

One reader wonders why Adult Swim went with the 2011 Hunter x Hunter instead of the original 90s version - and why in general, not much classic anime is on US TV. Justin considers the angles.

Answerman - Why Did Anime Take So Long To Take Off In America?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Anime took a long time to gain popularity and pop cultural awareness in America, much longer than it took in other countries - why is that? Justin considers the angles.

Answerman - Why Is Anime Still Region Locked?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Region locks feel like the most unnecessary thing in the world, from a consumer standpoint. So why do we still have them? Justin dives deep on this one.

Answerman - Where Have All The Space Operas Gone?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Back in the 80s, you couldn't walk down the street without tripping over an anime space opera like Macross or Yamato. But now? Not so much. What happened? Justin dives in.

Answerman - Did The Fans Kill Anime Strike?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

Amazon's Anime Strike is no more. What's the likely culprit behind its demise, and what does this mean for the industry? Justin has a few angles.

Answerman - Even More Quick Answers

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:18:30 -0500

It's time for another lightning round: why Japan loves Alice in Wonderland, the original manga market collapse, the lack of Halloween anime and much more!

Answerman - How Do Original Anime Productions Become Manga?

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Manga gets adapted into anime all the time, but what about anime that get adapted into manga? Justin breaks it down.

Answerman - Do Anime Productions Have To Pay To Use Classical Music?

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 11:30:59 -0500

You hear classical music in anime constantly - do they have to pay to use those music rights? Justin dives in to it.

Answerman - How Are Official Names For Anime And Manga Developed?

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

"Official" names for anime and manga in other languages can be confusing - how does "Delicious in Dungeon" in English become "Dungeon Food" in Italy?

Answerman - Does An Anime's Budget Affect Its Quality?

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:25:42 -0500

It's common to claim that a janky-looking TV anime is "cheap", but increasingly we hear that budget is not the most important factor when it comes to anime quality. Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Are Old American TV Dubs Of Anime Lost Forever?

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Will we ever get lovingly-preserved versions of old American TV dubs like Cardcaptors, or the original Sailor Moon dub? Justin considers the angles.

Answerman - Why Isn't Manga Made In Color Editions?

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Pretty basic question: manga is typically produced and published in black & white. American comics are typically produced in color. What's up with that? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Why Can't Western Publishers Make New HD Remasters of Anime?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Plenty of classic anime are in HD remaster limbo - what's stopping Western publishers from remastering these shows themselves? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - How Does Merchandise For Live Action Remakes Work?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Fox has the merchandise rights for Alita: Battle Angel, but James Cameron's company has the film rights. How does all of this work, anyway? Justin gets into it.

Answerman - Is It Worth Seeing 35mm Prints of Ghibli Movies?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

They're still showing 35mm prints of Ghibli classics like Princess Mononoke in some revival theaters - but what's so special about 35mm? Justin has some thoughts.

Answerman - Why Are Anime Voices Recorded After Animation Is Done?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0500

We frequently hear about how in Western animation, performances are often taped before animation really starts - but the opposite is apparently true in Japan. Justin gets into it.