Many moons ago, my friends and I — having long since burned through all of the Studio Ghibli offerings—found an ad on the back of a newspaper for a place that promised a large selection of anime titles. When we arrived at the windowless building just outside the city limits, they carded us at the door, and as we were being led to the anime section we determined that indeed, this was not the kind of anime we were looking for. My point is this: It used to be way hard to procure the delightfully misty and surreal Japanese features. Obviously, today it’s right at our fingertips, but more important, there’s a whole culture... More >>>