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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 »


Eric Bresler




Credited cast:
Steven R. Bennett Steven R. Bennett ... Self
Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown ... Self
Asia Carrera ... Self - Adult Voice Over Actress
Jonathan David Cook Jonathan David Cook ... Self (as Jonathan Cook)
Robert Dejesus Robert Dejesus ... Self
Anime Express Anime Express ... Self
Peter Fernandez ... Self
Jan Scott Frazier ... Self
Ryan Gavigan Ryan Gavigan ... Self
Jay Fubler Harvey Jay Fubler Harvey ... Self
Charles Honor Charles Honor ... Self - Convention Security
Carl Gustav Horn ... Self
Amy Howard Wilson Amy Howard Wilson ... Nova Forrester (archive sound)
Robert Jenks Robert Jenks ... Self - Chairman, Anime Fest
Yosuke Kobayashi Yosuke Kobayashi ... Self - President, PIoneer Entertainment


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


Chuck Shandry's name was misspelled as 'Chuck Sandry' in the Thanks section of the ending credits. See more »


Helen McCarthy: We all have that experience seeing Anime on TV as kids in the 60's and 70's, um, we've all seen the fans both in our age group and younger, and we all decided we need to put this energy together and so spontaneously, it just seemed to have happened, that groups who had the opportunity to do that had the time, perhaps also because this is an issue with a lot of fans didn't have family commitments that stopped just doing it; just started fandom just happened.
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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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