Whew long one wasn't it?
Anyway I feel this guy was mistaken on several points. I feel that he generalized to much, it seems to me that he took a select few Anime (seems like DBZ, Pokemon, and maybe a few others) and generalized like mad. He had a few points where he said that Anime seems low quality and that alot of it deals with the charecters moving around rather stiffly or not moving at all. It is kinda true that they use moving backgrounds alot. but I believe that's a style choice, not a choice forced on them because of limitations. On the other hand you could have animation as fast paced as the space battles in the OS universe, or the smooth movements of the Gundams in Endless waltz. As for the way the charecters move and look, that is also a matter of style. I mean in my opinion Akira Toriyama has one of the most distinct styles I've ever seen, his charecters don't have all the muscles and pigmants and fancy stuff in their faces, they're are suppouse to look "cartoony". And in no way do I imply that the Dragonball shows has level A animation, but I know full well that if these charecter designs where alll detailed the animators would not be abl4e to capture the full speed at which this show especially DBZ and up move in battle. I mean wasn't it Bruce Timm's who said that adding to much detail makes it harder to animate. In fact it was in the Batman Animated book, where he said this is one of the things that ticked him off most about 80's cartoons. Timm's is right.
I also disagree about his saying that facial expressions aren't as charged with emotion in anime. Again it's a cultural thing, these expressions are filled with emotions that are intended to be felt by people in Japan, from their cultural standpoint.
hmm... what else.
Oh well the episodic vs continuing story argument. This guy makes a completly bogus argument where he states that anime series tend to just go on and on...again this leads me to think that he hasn't seen very many anime, and thus the 26 episode format. Don't get me wrong I love the episodic feel of many U.S cartoons, but on the other hand I also like the continuing stuff, keeps me watching (another reason I disagree with his idea that animation should be readily accesable after 5 moinutes.)
Finally the comparisons he made where so off whack. Does anyone see the logic in comparing Looney toons to something like Eva, or Vision of Escaflowne? Didn't think so.
On this one point I do agree that U.S animation is supressed and not allowed to grow, but that is what "we" must change.
In conclusion I would like to say that I consider myself a universal animation fan not an otaku or someone who "just" watches U.S cartoons. I'm more interested in the quality of the animated show, not the maker. Everyone has cliches
(Superheroes who have one shot villans of the week... every week, sappy moral.education lessons of the day lessons at the end of each show, or worse in the middle of the show, stupid singing cute charecters that have no relivance to the plot movement
in the west or...
("Shallow" magical school girls, "uninspired" giant robots smashing eachother, monsters, and or invading aliens, or
____mon where little spinlesss kids force their creatures to engage in gladiatorial style fights.
in the east.
I choose to embrace posotive cultural diffrences, and for the progression of Animation on both sides of the Pacific I think we all must.