Just the other day I was walking in to Gamestop to pick up the last part of the original Ratchet and Clank Trilogy I was looking for (Going Commando) and I decided to stop into Rogers to look at their anime section.
For me, Rogers and anime (specifically this Rogers) go back as long as that particular store existed. I still even had a card from that time. I had a ritual back in the 90’s during my early teens which was also the early age of anime.
You see, I’d go to the Rogers and pick out a title whenever Mom and/or Dad were out. Not because I was hiding it, you understand, it was just my way of it. I would bring it home, order a pizza from Dominos with the money left to me and pop the VHS in and watch and eat, eyes open at this new kind of animation. Sometimes it was a Miyazaki film, other times a random anime Manga Entertainment or U.S. Manga Corps. brought over like Patlabor or Peacock King. In fact, I think my first serious anime was Princess Mononoke after I started watching Gundam Wing on TV.
It wasn’t much of a tradition but it’s become a precious memory of mine.
Well I stepped into the Rogers and aside from a few shelves of Pokemon and a single copy of Miyazaki’s Ponyo, there wasn’t anything. I even asked the clerk and he consented that they hadn’t carried real hardcore anime in some time.
That saddened me.
Now, don’t misunderstand, I still watch anime, hell I buy more now than I ever did. I even plan to buy and watch the one series that I marathoned during that time, Street Fighter 2V. But these days I get a sense of wanting to pass that opportunity forward to future generations.
I know that with the internet they’ll have access to Anime on a level I never did, that’s not the important part.
What I want though, what with the deluge of anime that’s out now, that the good titles still float to the surface. That some kid out there, especially my own, has his or her own little ritual be it with video games or anime. That they find that niche interest that has it’s time, it’s sacred moment.
For me, I think I’ll go rent Ponyo this week, get a pizza from Dominos and have my little ritual one last time.
So too does this work exist.