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America, we have a problem!
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Then there's the content issue. At some point, there's absolutely going to be a witch hunt in America on anime and manga. Frankly I'm surprised it hasn't already begun, but it'll happen. That's why I don't mind so much of it flying under the radar. I support licensed stuff by buying the titles I especially like, and don't lose sleep over the stuff I view online. I doubt any distributors in Japan are losing sleep either.


Fortunately I doubt that will happen now. If it was to happen, it would have been in 2004. Yet, the anime/manga market collapsed in 2005, and by 2007 anime was back to the fringe. Yet, most young people I meet *know* what it is and watch/read/like it. They are all 18-30 though. With the Baby Boomer crowd (the main propagator of the witch hunts) on the way out, we will probably see fewer and fewer. Why did the "Dark Age" of comics happen in the late 80's/90's? Because boomers grew up with comics and many kept reading them. Why do a witch hunt on something you at least grew up with and cherish fondly. Yet, "that new fangled stuff, those TV games and the Japanamation is so foreign, that I don't get it! Obviously, it's why the kids are dumb & violent!" That sort of thing will die out though, as the Millennials (my generation) grew up playing on video games and watching Sailor Moon, DBZ, Gundam, etc. Our generation is supposedly more open minded and is more accepting. Hence, if it didn't happen in 2004 when the conditions were right, it won't happen at all.

While I remember vocally complaining about it back then, I realize that I should be thankful for some of the censorship and discretion by Toonami and the distributors back then. It more than likely quelled the folks who would have been vocal about it otherwise.
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Amazon.com is a good place to buy manga sometimes. I bought alot of Naruto volumes there for literally a penny ( plus like 3.45 for shipping), and though not all manga is that cheap there its still lower then the average MSRP of like 9.99-13.99
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You guys all have it good, I live on small island off the coast of Venezuela and I can't even find manga in bookstores. The only thing that comes even close to manga and anime here, is the mangazine<You see what I did there? called Otaku USA, which I occasionally buy for news about new stuff.
My best bet of getting manga is to go to America and buy them there, or ship them here. That btw, takes freaking forever.
But I guess I'm gonna have to live with that. Don't get me wrong though, I watch anime too. But I'm not particularly interesting in buying anime, since I prefer manga.
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^ i love Otaku USA. i actually have a subscription paper filled out that i need to send lol
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