Hello and greetings fellow otaku,
In less than 48 hours, we will be ending one decade and starting on another. So I would like to take this time to take a look back at some of the highlights of the anime industry over the past decade and remember those who we have lost over the past 10 years. So sit back, relax and lets begin our journey through a decade of anime.
Newtype Usa (2002-2008)
The first highlight of our decade of anime features a well known anime publication by the name Newtype Usa. While Newtypes origins originate in Japan, Newtype made its way to the U.S. in 2002 and lasted 6 successful years. My first exposure to Newtype was through an employee at my local Suncoast Motion Picture Company told me about it. This was around the time when I first started getting into anime, and I was impressed with the information that they presented.
It was interesting to read some of the articles that the magazine had including the latest information of new series to come to the states, interviews with industry giants and much more. Newtype Usa ceased publication in the states in February 2008 and like most of you out there, I was upset that this popular publication ceased publication. Though their are other publications out there that cover the industry, but none of them can replace the best publication that influenced the industry as a whole such as Newtype Usa.
Another highlight of this decade of anime was a popular anime block on Cartoon Network known as Toonami. Though Toonami premiered on Cartoon Network back in 1997, many anime fans considered this as the holy grail of anime series. Toonami featured such series as Dragon Ball Z, Tenchi, Rurouni Kenshin, Sailor Moon and from time to time they showcased some of the greatest anime series of all time such as Robotech and Neon Genesis Evangelion. But while the block was canceled on September 20,2008, many people will remember what this block provided. So to close this part of our journey, here is a clip from the final airing of Toonami in which the host Tom reflects on the series as a whole.
Now this is only the beginning of our journey through our decade of anime, but I have a whole lot more in store for you guys. So make sure to come back tomorrow in which I will have part 2 of our decade of anime celebration. And trust me folks, you will like what I have for you next. So until tomorrow, remember that their is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.