Presentation on Anime for JASGA

This evening, I presented a lecture on behalf of the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin on the topic of “Anime.”  JASGA had asked me a few weeks ago to present on this topic. Initially, I was honored that they would think I was versed enough in this aspect of Japanese entertainment  to present to them.

And then I realize how big of a challenge it was going to be, whittling down an entire medium such as anime into a 45-60 minute presentation. I would have better luck trying to give an overview of all of Western literature. Add to that the restrictions of keeping it clean and avoiding showing violent animes. This was going to be a family event after all.

Fortunately, I think I pulled it off without much of a hitch. Between 35 and 40 people showed up.

Here’s the slideshow:

Here are some pictures that my friend, Stina, took:

Kako Ito Introduces Keith Goode Keith Goode at the Anime Presentation
Crowd at JASGA's Anime Lecture Keith Goode Fielding Questions

Stina also videotaped the presentation. If the quality is good (and I don’t look like a complete buffoon), I’ll post it later.

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  • Anh Miller October 5, 2009, 11:29 pm

    Recommendations:
    Berserk (manga is better)
    Black Lagoon
    Bubblegum Crisis 2040 (just because it’s one of the first girl power animes i know of)
    Elfen Lied
    Fate/Stay Night
    Gantz (not recommended if you don’t like violence)
    Genshiken
    .hack//sign
    Hellsing
    His and Her Circumstances
    Moon Phase (well, maybe not….:))
    Grave of the Fireflies (amazing)
    Gunslinger Girl
    Pani Poni Dash (like excel saga in it’s content, but more coherent in the delivery)
    Wallflower
    Welcome to the NHK (is one of the only series where all the characters have black hair)
    Saiyuki

    Hope you enjoy one or all

    :)

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    • Austin Otaku October 6, 2009, 8:30 am

      Wow. Great list. I’ve seen about 7 of those, including Gantz, which turned me on to Bonnie Pink’s music. I’ll have to check out the rest. Thank Anh!

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  • Robert Miller October 6, 2009, 11:09 am

    If you liked the anime of Gantz, have you ever tried the manga? It goes on a lot longer, and in some ways is better, in my opinion. The same for Berserk.

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    • Austin Otaku October 6, 2009, 12:38 pm

      I’ll definitely try it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  • Mei-Ling and Tannon October 15, 2009, 5:34 pm

    Great presentation!!

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    • Austin Otaku October 15, 2009, 7:24 pm

      Thanks. Wish you and Tan-man could’ve been there.

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  • LaLa September 21, 2010, 9:36 am

    Hi there, can u share with me your slide?? I like that slide very much, and wana show to my friend what anime is really are.. Thnx…

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