Americans to anime: 'You've changed'
August 30th, 2011
05:31 PM ET

Americans to anime: 'You've changed'

When the wave of Japanese animation first hit American shores, it started in small ways.

It wasn’t shown in movie theatres. Friends gave tapes and laser disks to their other friends. Neighborhood Blockbusters quietly built new, narrow shelves, conspicuous against the endless, over-polished stream of new releases. Those shelves bore a tiny nameplate, with a single new word.

Anime.

The vivid art on the covers of the VHS cassettes of the early 1990s captured American attention, even though there were few to choose from. The anime titles available to stateside consumers at video stores had dark themes: “Akira,” featured a cyberpunk/sci-fi flavored plot about a biker gang that discovers a secret that led to the destruction of Tokyo. “Vampire Hunter D,” combines several pulp genres to tell the tale of a vampire hunter who is half vampire himself. “Battle Angel,” followed a female cyborg that falls in love with a human boy who has a burning desire to reach a paradise in the sky.

These films were not new in their native country of Japan - some dated back from the mid-nineteen eighties. But as American viewers consumed this media, a community of Japanophiles began to take shape. FULL POST

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When it comes to USB drives, is it fun over function?
Hello Kitty, Batman and Han Solo (with carbonite carrying case) are some of the USB drives MImoco has available.
August 29th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

When it comes to USB drives, is it fun over function?

When you are passionate about a franchise like “Star Wars” or “Batman” you can find ways to show your fandom in every part of your life: clothes, coffee cups, mouse pads, etc.

Mimoco has tapped into that with their line of Mimobot USB drives – available in several styles to meet many differing fandoms. Mimoco's drives are some of the coolest out there, and they just released a new series licensed from Lucasfilm and DC Comics at San Diego Comic-Con.

As the price of flash drives have plummeted, vanity and promotional versions have flourished.  In 2007 Mimoco sent CNN.com one of their original, limited edition drives featuring Han Solo.  I remember thinking how cool it was, but that it was way too expensive – priced at $70 for the 1gb version.  The current line run about $30 for the 4 Gb version – which is far more approachable for your average consumer. FULL POST

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Oh no! There goes Tokyo! (At least in Dave Filoni’s mind)
August 29th, 2011
03:12 PM ET

Oh no! There goes Tokyo! (At least in Dave Filoni’s mind)

Editor’s note: We’re sending you a Nerd Alert! The person you will read about here is a major nerd, but maybe not for the reasons you might initially assume. This is the real deal, the inner sanctum of nerdity, and the point of no return: After someone outs themselves as a nerd on CNN, there’s no going back!

Dave Filoni is a nerd. Sure, he’s the guy in charge “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” which airs on CNN’s sister network, Cartoon Network. He talks to George Lucas on an almost daily basis. He was part of the team that brought Nickelodeon’s widely popular “Avatar: The Last Airbender” to the small screen.

From that kind of nerd pedigree, one might assume Filoni is a "Star Wars" nerd, and yes, one would be right. But the nerd goes much deeper than that. We peeled away the layers of Filoni’s obsessions to find out what really gets him eye-bulging, fast-talking and vibrating-with-excitement. Here’s what does it: FULL POST

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