Was this person on crack? What a load of BS!
Please I was watching anime before I even realized that it was anime. I also watched other forms of animation.
How can anyone who has seen, shows like any of the old Looney Tune shows, say that anime like Pokémon is any worse. PLEASE!
Yes there is anime that goes into the adult arena, but so does Heavy Metal. However, the fact that they are adult oriented negates them as far as this article goes.
I can remember watching the animated Lord of the Rings movies on TV as a kid. No one called them anime then. Now you find them in the anime section.
As far as the comment about what Pokémon teaches you... My young niece watches the show religiously, and she wants to be an exotic animal vet when she grows up. Granted she has also wanted to be an astronaut, ballerina, doctor, American idol, dancer, etc... This is the first thing she has been serious about. She researches everything about it. She even look on the web for schools that would be best for her. She's only seven, and she is checking out schools.
Shortens attention spans heh? My niece (who also watches other anime with me), has already been contacted by certain top schools wanting her to attend their schools. She is in the second grade. What was that they said about short attention spans, and creating mindless children of tomorrow who have no chance?
That entire article is nothing short of a load of crap. Has anyone even checked on the
"CNN's Tokyo affiliate in December 1997"? Guess I will have to look for it tomorrow.