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Otaku Unite! (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 April 2004 (USA)
Otaku Unite! is a feature-length documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United States: from the importation of anime in the early 60s to the current boom in both the... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Bresler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Steven R. Bennett Steven R. Bennett ... Himself
Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown ... Herself
Jonathan David Cook Jonathan David Cook ... Himself (as Jonathan Cook)
Robert Dejesus Robert Dejesus ... Himself
Peter Fernandez ... Himself
Jan Scott Frazier ... Herself
Jay Fubler Harvey Jay Fubler Harvey ... Himself
Carl Gustav Horn ... Himself
Trish Ledoux ... Herself
Carl Macek ... Himself
Helen McCarthy ... Herself
Dave Merrill Dave Merrill ... Himself
Matt K. Miller ... Himself (as Matthew K. Miller)
Corinne Orr ... Herself
Frederick Patten Frederick Patten ... Himself (as Fred Patten)
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Otaku Unite! is a feature-length documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United States: from the importation of anime in the early 60s to the current boom in both the visibility and accessibility of its accompanying fandom. Written by Anonymous

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The time to unite is now!

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Documentary

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The photos featured in the image gallery on the DVD are from Otakon 2005. See more »

Quotes

Scott Frazier: The direct um, translation of the term Otaku is it's a a very polite term of the word 'You'.
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Connections

Features Otaku no video (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Sandness Strike Me, Ah-Huh
Written by Ryosuke Izuhara
Performed by Flamenco A Go Go
Courtesy of BENTEN Label
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Excellent overview of anime fandom
30 March 2006 | by maxbrinckSee all my reviews

The directorial debut of Eric Bresler (TLA Entertainment Group employee, Drexel University graduate and purveyor of Japanese pop culture through his website) is this affectionate tribute to international fans of Japanese animation. Rated "O" for Otaku, it gives us an encyclopedic nutshell of the history of anime and the growth of its viewers. We learn about aspects of anime conventions from fans and personnel with names like Thag and Ogre. We see fans dressed in their favorite anime characters wrestling it out in the ring to the enthusiastic cheering of the teeming throngs of fans. Starting with such revered names as Astro Boy, Robotech and Speed Racer, Bresler takes us on an intimate journey: a journey which began with a small number of fans struggling to get decent VHS 10th generation copies of their favorite anime. It progresses from talks with Carl Macek, credited with bringing anime to U.S. network television, to the first conventions in the mid-eighties, to the explosion of conventions and festivals in the 21st century. The documentary is an excellent mix of talking-head interviews and exciting montages of men, women and children dressed in imaginative and professional costumes, performing dance numbers on stage and intimate skits in conference halls. Debated in the beginning of the film, the definition of "otaku" is hard to locate. Is it a badge of honor? An obsessive geek? Otaku Unite! does an admirable job of not pigeonholing fans, allowing viewers to make up their own mind as to the meaning, and all the while having fun in the process.


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