#1 By: Boing Boing, February 7th, 2014 12:32
#2 By: Jason Andresen, February 7th, 2014 12:53
Yep, if you set high standards it's really hard to find a good apartment. I note from her map that pretty much all of the suburbs were out right from the start, which is going to complicate the process even more.
There is undoubtedly going to be more drama about this when Gainax of course fails to pay her and she starts to get behind on the rent.
#3 By: Lea Hernandez, February 7th, 2014 13:18
Oakland, San Leandro, etc. aren't 'burbs? I looked in every city from Oakland to Union City.
#4 By: jackbird, February 7th, 2014 13:22
Can someone write some framing context from inside anime/otaku culture? I get that she's working for a half-shady/half-clueless tiny company, and everything is going to be really bad soon, but why are the things she's interacting with significant?
In other words, what makes this something more than a shaggy dog story about hating your first job when you were young and clueless?
#5 By: joeblough, February 7th, 2014 13:27
does it need to be something more? i like the art and there's nothing wrong with personal history.
#6 By: tachin1, February 7th, 2014 15:50
I don't know about 89, but Oakland today is as far from high standards as you can get, sure on the one hand the got the Raiders, but on the other hand, you got the Raider's fans!
#7 By: Uthor, February 7th, 2014 17:23
No, you always rent the 70's apartment!
#8 By: Mellivora Capensis, February 7th, 2014 17:42
Shag and avocado appliances are the shit these days...
For Tucsonans...I noticed the other day that Casa Video has "Warriors of the Wind" (VHS, of course). Big disclaimer sticker on the outside.
#9 By: Duncan, February 7th, 2014 18:31
Please excuse the interruption, but why is there a "next" button on this page?
#10 By: cservant, February 7th, 2014 18:45
This is how "living history" is told.
Small question: What's with the wrought iron door knob? Was it considered cheap of the time?
#11 By: Ethan Allen's Scion, February 7th, 2014 20:00
I believe she's referring to the balusters. Although they're becoming fashionable again, the wrought iron railings were probably outdated looking in the apartment (and yes, they generally were the cheapest option).
#12 By: Lea Hernandez, February 7th, 2014 20:33
Oh god, I read "balusters" as "ballbusters." Hahaha.
#13 By: Lea Hernandez, February 7th, 2014 20:34
There's a missing helpful arrow that should be pointing to the railing.
#14 By: Boundegar, February 7th, 2014 22:38
Gainax is responsible for all kinds of classic anime, but it sounds like they suck at business. They're not the only studio with a huge reputation, but pretty near the top of the pile.
#15 By: Nick Gold, February 8th, 2014 00:26
I got into anime big time around 1991 or so, when I was in junior high. Back then it was a very small subculture in the USA. We literally would download translations to anime from Usenet (rec.arts.anime) and email lists and such, print them out on our dot matrix printers, and then read them as we watched anime laser-discs we had imported from Japan. I'm not kidding.
So Gainax was (relatively) big back then for us anime geeks, definitely one of the first anime studios that put some effort into this fledgeling US-based anime subculture. One might say that as a junior high-aged anime geek, the idea of working as the US director for such a studio would have been, like, the ultimate geek fantasy.
Fast-forward "a few" years, I'm now 36, and understand how the world works in much more detail than I did then. I work in the media industry (on the tech side), and now realize that working in media is waaaay less glamorous for most of the people involved than most "outsiders" would imagine. I still love anime. And having this perspective from someone who was "on the inside" in the early days of the US anime geek subculture, and seeing just how shit it actually was, is pretty interesting and funny, and kind of heartbreaking at the same time.
So keep it coming!
#16 By: cservant, February 8th, 2014 01:09
I cannot believe I missed that. And that's what they are called--huh.
I bet they were tacky painted gold. Which makes me wonder what people in the future will think of the current trend of stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
#17 By: Stephen Schenck, February 8th, 2014 14:51
Aren't avocado and shag '70s things, not '60s things?
#18 By: Lea Hernandez, February 8th, 2014 19:53
Nope, avocado green was first offered as an appliance color in the 60s, shag rugs became very popular in the 70s, but they were around in the 60s. (Shag goes back centuries, but we're talking only about this particular hideous place.)
#19 By: Charlie, February 10th, 2014 13:53
Oh my god. I remember well what a travesty Warriors of the Wind was, but I had mercifully forgotten the box art. Featuring Sir Not Appearing In This Film!
This abomination is why Miyazaki didn't let his work be translated into English for decades.
#20 By: Charlie, February 11th, 2014 15:49
Most likely they will think "how disgustingly unsanitary", since granite is so porous you have to seal it regularly, and stainless is a near-perfect medium for culturing bacteria harmful to humans.
It's a triumph of appearances vs. realities, and thus perhaps a perfect metaphor for our times.
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