International traveller

January 30, 2007 at 11:43 am 11 comments

Yay!  I got my passport in the mail today!  That was three whole days quicker than the passport office guy said it would be.  Soooo…. I can now buy my ticket to Japan and then go anywhere in the world that my heart desires.  Except I feel horribly guilty for squandering vacation days on doing anything but going to visit the nephews so I still won’t be jetting off anywhere very exciting.   (What am I saying??  Northern Ontario is an endless party!)

Ahem.

So the rather longish break from blogging rather coincidentally started on the day I applied for my passport.  I spent the whole morning relaxing on a plastic chair with some books and my headphones waiting for my number to come up (I got there at 9:00 am and there were already 100 people ahead of me) and I have to say the whole process was a lot less painless than I had feared it would be.  Then, since the office is in the same building as the place I buy my comics I got to do some shopping before heading off to work.  (I picked up the last volume of Kare Kano to read while I ate lunch.  I liked the series but am also grateful that it’s over.)

More manga was bought after work and then I headed over to the bookstore to order volumes 2 and 3 of Her Majesty’s Dog and Yoki Koto Kiku (cute but dark, with many flying axes) and popped up to my section to say hi to the guys before leaving.  Then I discovered to my horror that when they had done some rearranging they moved MY anime section right next to the kids movies.  Specifically, where the Disney dvds had been the day before.  I assumed that it was a mistake.  I assumed that they hadn’t realized what they had done.  But no, almost immediately after the move other anime people in the store started mentioning that it was a bad idea.   Didn’t matter.  The section was already moved.    arg!  I left the store after leaving a verbal message for my manager that it was a BAD IDEA!  (I think I didn’t use the phrase “you guys suck” until a few days later.) 

Hmm.  Thought I could write about this without doing the rant thing, but I just erased two rather long paragraphs when I meant to make this short and sweet.  So, long story (sort of) short – apparently the move will be “reevaluated” in a few weeks to see if sales are affected, or if we get complaints, or maybe if I sulk long enough about it.   sigh.  Oh yeah, and I guess the manager who does quick walk throughs has decided that only teens ever browse anime so it belongs next to kids because that’s where the teen books are upstairs.  And I am baffled as to where that came from because he’s actually an advocate of keeping ALL the manga downstairs in the regular graphic novel section.  Also, about 90% of the anime *I* sell is to adults.  Like teenagers can afford our too high prices.

My side of it?  The obvious of course – anime must be protected from people who can’t see past the “cartoon” to the subject matter.  And quite frankly, I’ve never been in a store that kept their anime next to the kids section that had anything other than a crappy selection.  (I’ve always assumed that if they didn’t know enough to separate the two they didn’t know enough to order in the good stuff.)  I’ve never cared much about the sales part of it, either.  My job was to try to build a section that people would 1) stop snickering at and 2) stop complaining that we’d have volumes 3 and 7 of a series and nothing else.  People now have a lot of titles to choose from if they want to pay the price and that’s good enough for me.  

I’m still trying to do the rant thing.  Gah.  Needless to say I don’t feel comfortable having unsuspecting parents walk down an animated aisle to get to the Spongebob stuff and coming across some of the more adult covers we have in our section.  Not to mention the innocent looking stuff that when watched has a supply of nudity, violence, blood sprays, too many hot spring scenes to count and… hmm.  Let’s not forget the incest titles people.  Oh yeah.  I love and adore anime but I can put an adult spin on any of it when I’m trying to convince people it’s not all Pokemon.  (Tho I’m okay with Pokemon – a couple of weeks ago I spent a delightful 15 minutes with some confused newbie grandparents who’s nine year old grandson just discovered the show.)  I also took great delight in telling my manager that we got Kizuna in on the weekend.   That’s what we want the kiddies watching!

Like I said – I’m not sure if the change is going to stick, but I’ve officially declared the anime section disowned as long as it is where it is.   No shelving, no ordering, no straightening.  

Okay, that’s it!  I’ve refrained from about 2/3 of what I would have written two weeks ago and kept out the many arguments/counterarguments and complaints that I had.  Be grateful.  One of my co-workers kept telling me not to get mad about this.  I wasn’t (my mads are unmistakable) but I was pissed off and disappointed that after working with me for so long they really don’t know any better.  At least when they sent us the anime sign with the accent on the ‘e’ it wasn’t anything anyone in the store did.  (snicker.  that was really embarrassing.)

So what about the week after I got over the urge to write mean things?  Hmm.  Reread a couple of series and assorted other books, slept a lot at weird times and my tv shows started to come back with new episodes.  I keep forgetting what a time suck watching more than two shows is.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. melrose plant  |  January 31, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    I dont have much to say except I love you.

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  • 2. pajcat  |  January 31, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Hmm. That was short and to the point. I have V Mars for you, btw… I should do something to earn the love, after all… :)

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  • 3. Ama  |  February 1, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    What is with people thinking anime is for children? What happened to the anime is porn aspect? I liked that one better. :(

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  • 4. pajcat  |  February 1, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Ha, that’s only because you haven’t had creepy guys leering at you for ten years when they find out you like anime. “Ever seen Legend of the Overfiend? heh heh”

    Ew. I’d usually reply with a dirty look (not *that* kind of dirty!) and a “I’m more into Ranma and martial arts movies, thanks.”

    Pickin’s were pretty slim back then, especially in the town I was living in. I still have a fondness for Fatal Fury…

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  • 5. Ama  |  February 2, 2007 at 10:28 am

    -shudder- When I used to be really in to Inuyasha, kids would laugh and call it porn because they’d seen the bath scenes. AND relate it to Pokemon. Most of the time I try to attest for the shojo side. It’s normal, it’s caring, it’s sweet… and besides the shonen titles I buy, it’s more of what I enjoy reading. :D

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  • 6. pajcat  |  February 3, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Ha, that’s cute. I can’t believe they’d think a bath scene is porn. Hmm… Furuba’s a good way to get people into anime… heh heh.

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  • 7. Gromitgirl  |  February 6, 2007 at 2:14 am

    YEA PASSPORT!!!! You are really comming to visit, Im super excited. My mom will be here in 5 weeks, which Im both dreading and looking forward to, ive never spent that much time with my mom before. On a different note, ive just started watching the anime for Ouran Host Club, and its very cute, my first real exporsure to Anime/Manga that Im very keen on (manga yes, anime not so much) but now that i watch it with subtitles, i can understand some of the Japanese, some of which cant really be translated. It actually helps me with my study, as its in real Tokyo japanese and NOT my local dialect. Anime and Manga take on a whole deeper meaning and understanding once you live in Japan and work in the school system. Pajcat, you will actually SEE all those uniforms and highschool antics in action, i promise you.

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  • 8. pajcat  |  February 6, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Ha, I’m SO looking forward to it. Be prepared for me to just walk around with my mouth open for two weeks. :) And I totally want to just watch some tv while I’m there.

    The Ouran anime is amazing. Even if I didn’t already love the story and characters I think the colours they picked out are brilliant and beautiful. That blue they picked out for the sky and the water was awesome.

    And have fun with your mom. Might be a different dynamic with you so much “in charge” during her visit. Like she’s going to be pretty dependent on you. I hope it all goes well!

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  • 9. Akane  |  February 6, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Maybe you could suggest to the manager who recommended the move to watch Ninja Scroll – that’s what a friend of mine did when his parents were commenting on a regular basis about his fondness for anime and after the viewing of said anime classic (Or at least so I am told – I don’t think I have the stomach to watch it myself…) he has not heard a peep since…

    pick of the day: Sugar Sugar Rune (sob! Volume 6 has a july 2007 release date)

    ttyl

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  • 10. XenMaster  |  February 7, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Preach on, C-Paj!!

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  • 11. pajcat  |  February 7, 2007 at 8:20 am

    It’s funny – I DID lend my copy of Ninja Scroll to my manager. He had it for two years and never watched it. D’oh!

    Anyway, our inventory is over now so I’m going to be interested to see if they fix it or not.

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