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Manga Mad (2016/Indie Rights DVD)



Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Main Program: C+



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Ray Castle's Manga Mad (2016) takes a look into the Japan's pop culture that has taken the world by storm. For the last 40 years, it has evolved into a huge industry that makes over $200 Million Dollars a year. It has effected not only comics, fashion, animation, cosplay and much more... Manga Mad takes you into the heart of Anime in Tokyo, Akihabara. They interview artists, producers, fans and 'Otaku' and give an insight into why they love manga and anime so much.


Manga and anime has been a part of Japanese culture that people can be part of. Manga Mad takes a glimpse into a bit of it's history and how it became accepted into it's modern culture, that more than 50% of books sold in Japan are related to Manga and how it became such a huge industry. It can represent peoples fantasy, dreams, ideals, history or even social political issues. Manga and anime has become what is know as the ultimate form free thinking and allowed it's pop culture to thrive and even grow today and continue to have new generations of fans and followers into the future.


This film takes a look into the early views of manga and anime at the turn of the century in 2000, while it does give tons to examples, people, toys, fashion, advertisements of what manga and anime is, it does focus a bit more on the 'adult' side of the manga industry. It shows some of the culture and why fans and 'Otaku' are so devoted to it's culture. Unfortunately, it would also be a perfect example for conservatives and those who believe in censorship to free thinking. To Japan, manga and anime has become socially accepted, but the West it has become something they can not ignore.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo can be uneven, but are watchable. There are no extras.



- Ricky Chiang


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