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animefringe january 2003 / mail desk
Mail Desk

Hi everyone, this is Holly -- your friendly Animefringe content editor -- here to welcome you to one of our brand new features, the Animefringe Mail Desk! This is where I will respond to letters from you, our readers, on a variety of subjects: everything from anime, manga, music, Animefringe, conventions, and fandom to relationships, recipes, and Asian culture. Ask anything and we'll try to find an answer for you! Our crack team of trained chimpanzees is standing by to search high and low for the information you seek. So read away, my friends, and if you think of any questions... ask!

Submitting your message is easy -- just click here to access the Mail Desk Correspondence Page, where you can send a message directly to me for immediate glossing over, eventual careful reading and probable reply!


Dear Animefringe,

I was reading your article on Puni Puni Poemi and I'm interested in purchasing the DVD. This may be a dumb question, but I wanted to know if you could recommend a good online store where I might find this title available. The ones I've found were all direct imports, and I would like to know if they've released an English dub. Thank you for your time!

Dear No Name,

According to the information I was able to find,
Puni Puni Poemi has been picked up for North American distribution by ADV. However, seeing as how it's something of a madcap sequel to the almost-as-insane Excel Saga, I doubt that it will be commercially available until Excel Saga is completely out and released. As for a good online store, may I recommend The Right Stuf for your anime shopping needs? Of course, there are many many quality retailers for these products available online as well, so if you don't like Right Stuf, you're not limited to them. I'm impatiently waiting for Puni Puni Poemi with you, No Name, and happy hunting!

For even more information on shopping for anime, check out Pat's article "Becoming a Cho-Shopper" in this month's issue.

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

I am a big big fan of the cowboy bebop, and totally look forward to the up and coming movie that is going to be released in north america. The thing is i can't find anyone who knows a release date for the movie "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". So i was hoping you might be able to solve this riddle for me. I would really apreciate it, it would make the wait for the video a lot easier.

Dear Person,

Ah, the long-awaited
Cowboy Bebop movie, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" will soon be upon us. Columbia/TriStar has the film slated for a limited cinematic release in this month, January 2003. The wide theatrical release should happen sometime during the spring of 2003. As the logical progression of things follows, the video release will happen sometime after the theatrical release has run its course. I would guess, and don't place any bets on this one or anything, that we can look for the home video release in late 2003. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a whole lot of concrete information regarding dates for a home release, so at this time, I suppose we're just in "wait-and-see" mode.

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

Is Adamvision gone forever? What happened to it?

Dear ADAMVISION-lover,

I think it's pretty safe to say that ADAMVISION lives. One just can't let something with that much spunk and panache just *poof!* into thin air. ADAMVISION just got put on hold temporarily for other things, is the way I see it. All you Adam fangirls out there, fret not... we'll try to get Adam back on camera as soon as possible.

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

I just started dating this girl, and she's had some real bad experiences with anime in the past. Her friends either showed her giant mecha shows that bored the snot out of her, or they showed her the tentacle flavor of hentai. I want to prove to her that anime isn't just robots and porn. Can you suggest some good series to get her started on, with less nudity and more girl power? --Signed, TaNoOkI

Dear "TaNoOkI",

Wow, this seems like a common misconception that people have, that all anime is robots and porn. And I can't really argue with them on some points, because it's true that a decent-sized chunk of anime IS robots and porn. Also, robots and porn are both things that many guys like that your average girl isn't so hot on, so her assumed guy friends may have put her in a bad spot by only exposing her to a few genres of anime, which unfortunately seems to have left a bad taste in her mouth. But, my friend, it is YOUR job to rectify this one, and this is how i propose you do it.

I suggest showing her how lighthearted and fun anime can be - start with something like
Slayers (just stay away from Nahga for a while) or something even more shoujo, like Marmalade Boy, Kare Kano, or Escaflowne. If she likes action, you might even want to consider something like Noir, or the old stand-bys Cowboy Bebop and Trigun. Save your sex comedies, like Hand Maid May and Love Hina, and your off-the-wall weirdness, like Excel Saga, Serial Experiments Lain, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and even Akira until she's a little more comfortable with the medium, and then expand out. If you have her watch something, and she gives it a good two or three episodes and hates it, back off - you can show her something else she might like instead. If she's willing to try and you're willing to give her that kind of patience, more power to you! Have fun dating your new little fangirl.

--Holly

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