May 3rd, 2005

the mark

Hmmm.

Orson Scott Card opines, "There's just no need for Star Trek any more."

There may be no need for it, but it's a big universe with a lot of interesting story possibilities in it and a lot of fans who are willing and eager to watch those stories if they're done well. The big problem with Star Trek has been that the last two series in that universe, Voyager and Enterprise, were just not very well done and featured some of the worst features of the original series' third season tarted up in 21st century drag. Rumor has it that TPTB want to bring forth a Star Trek 90210, which I think would be completely appropriate for the folks that botched Voyager and Enterprise so badly; at this point I'm not sure they could come up with something worse if they had Triple H doing the scripting.

Via K-Lo at the Corner. Funny, usually Jonah's the one with the Trek references...
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Never mind the housing bubble - what about the anime bubble?

Steven den Beste has a report from Anime News Network (scroll down to the 4/30 entry; for some reason he doesn't have links to individual entries) about ADV; Steven's particular gripe, and it's a mild one, is that ADV seems to have overcommitted and is therefore delaying the second season of Kaleido Star. There is also an uncredited comment to the effect that sales of anime are leveling off, and ADV has been hurt by this.

I'm not close enough to the industry to know one way or the other, but that doesn't sound quite right to me. If the market is contracting, there's no obvious signs of it. You would think that more companies than just ADV would be having problems, and after a quick glance at the ANN website it looks like business as usual for all the distributors, and even some coproduction deals which suggest that the distributors have extra cash laying around to invest in extensions of successful series like Fruits Basket.