An insightful look into the world of animé
aimed more toward the novice than the expert. Not quite Trekkers, this movie tends
not to poke fun at fanboys but focuses on the creators and critics with a nod
towards the crazies.
Reputedly, Japanese animation - or 'animé' - boasts one
of the fastest growing fan bases in the entertainment industry. Harnessing the
explosive momentum of the internet, animé heralds a revolution in 21st
century culture. The documentary asks:
- What is animé - high art or mere entertainment?
- How did animé get its start?
- How did WWII and the atom bomb affect the animé industry?
- What is the future of animé in America?
Through conversations with top Japanese artists, scholars and
American industry professionals, supported by clips from classic and current animé
productions, the movie reveals the answers to these and many other questions.
A Q&A follows the screening.