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animefringe february 2003 / mail desk
Mail Desk

Hey, everyone! This is Holly, Animefringe content editor at large, back again with our second monthly installment of the Mail Desk! This month, we have a nice collection of questions and comments about Animefringe, as well as some good inquiries about anime and manga titles. While these questions are welcome, don't forget -- we'll answer your questions about anything you can think of, no matter how off-the-wall it is. If you want to know the name of Utada Hikaru's last album, you can ask us that. If you need advice on the proper care and discipline of your sea monkeys, you can ask that too. I look forward to hearing from you!

Anyway, this month's installment will answer your burning questions on bootlegs, banners, and various anime and manga. Read and enjoy, and feel free to ask anything that comes up!

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 looking over your Top 25 Must Visit Anime Websites and was amazed that the place where I buy almost all my anime wasn't listed. Discountanimedvd.com has a huge selection of anime at disturbingly low prices (usually around $12 per DVD) which includes a lot of stuff not released in the states. Plus they have good "Bundle Discount" packages. Jus wanted to share the wealth...

-Carlen Palau

Dear Carlen,

I can understand your enthusiasm about this website and your inquiry as to why it's not on our Top 25 list, but I'm afraid that it did not get enough votes to even be a contender. The website you mentioned is a retailer of what is known in the community as "Hong Kong bootlegs." While it's true that many of those titles are as of yet unreleased in North America and that the prices are rather low, the old adage "you get what you pay for" rings very true. Firstly, if people purchase things like that, then that damages the North American companies who work so hard to make quality anime and anime merchandise readily available to the public. Secondly, the quality of bootlegs, especially in the realm of English subtitling, is highly questionable and reputed to be quite substandard. Therefore, for those and several other good reasons, most avid fans would not frequent a site such as that, and therefore it would not get enough votes to make the Top 25. Hopefully that answers your question! ^_^

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

Just wondering, how come there isn't banners or buttons? Maybe it's just me, not being able to find it. Thank you,

Susanna

Dear Susanna,

The answer to your question is that we've been planning to put them up, but we've been busy with other projects and haven't gotten around to it yet. However, we plan to have some available in the next few months, so keep an eye out for them!

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

Let me start out by saying that I love your site. But just a suggestion for your website/archive. You need something to allow people to quickly search your archive for keywords. If you do have something that does that, I'm sorry for being blind. ^_^ Thank you and have a good day.

Dear Search-Lover,

First of all, thanks for the compliment! Also, we've realized that our archives are getting rather extensive, and we're working on a solution for searching through them efficiently. We did have a search engine on the page at one time, but it was rather buggy and not doing our readers a whole lot of good. Our webmaster is currently looking at our options, so a good search feature is also something to look out for in the next few months. Thanks for your email!

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

When will vandread be aired in North America?

Dear Vandread Fan,

As of this time, Vandread hasn't been picked up by any television network. One possible channel that might nab the show is Tech TV, should their current line-up prove very successful. However, this is merely speculation, as there haven't even been rumors that the show would be shown on network TV. The only way to get it now is on DVD.

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

I read a article in the magazine Animerica Extra and they mentioned this manga called SORA WA AKAI KAWA NO HOTORI('The Sky Can Be Found Near the Red River') By P. Duffield. I was wondering if you would happen to know where I could find this manga book and get information on it whether it was published in the U.S. or not. and if so what is the website so I can locate other manga. Thanks

Dear Manga Enthusiast,

Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori is done by the manga-ka Chie Shinohara and is published by Shogakukan. The manga can be purchased from the Sasuga Japanese Bookstore on their site, http://www.sasugabooks.com/. As far as we can tell, it's up to 28 volumes. At this time, it has not been published in North America, and no one has announced the rights to it as of yet.

--Holly


Dear Animefringe,

Is there any hope or chance for the popular shoujo manga, Mars, to be made into an anime series? Also, are there any plans for Gensoumaden Saiyuki or Gravitation manga to be released in america? Also on the note of Gravitation, do you know if they are dubbing all the music in that or if they hopefully leaving the music in it's japanese form. Thank you so much, Didn't mean to ask so much.
^_~

Dear Inquisitor *wink wink*,

Get ready for answers! There are no known plans to create an anime adaptation of MARS at this time. Gravitation's manga rights are owned by TOKYOPOP and it will be uncut just like Sorcerer Hunters. Saiyuki is not currently licensed for distribution in North America, and if you really want it to be, I suggest begging TOKYOPOP to score that one. Saiyuki's anime rights are owned by ADV. Gravitation's anime rights are owned by Right Stuf, and since they didn't dub the songs in Kare Kano and are recently pretty good at keeping their content true to the original, I seriously doubt they will dub Gravi's songs. I hope that answers your questions!

--Holly

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