Anime is a term that has found integration into the American vernacular in the 1990s. Even before then the Japanese animation films known as anime movies were known in smaller circles – one only has to think of the legendary Gundam series – but it would take until just before the change of the millennium for these popular DVDs and also video games to achieve popularity with each and every segment of the population.
The biggest breakthrough came in 2001 when anime movies were shown, uncut, on the Adult Swim network. Suddenly the fan base had a dedicated home and before long anime would continue to grow not only the enthusiasm for these animated movies, but also sow a crop of diehard fans that would go to great lengths to obtain anime movies. Purists would go so far as to order hard to find movies from Japan and other outlets, while the average anime fan would forever browse through DVD stores in search of gems commonly overlooked by others.
Before long, the sale of used anime DVDs made these movies affordable for the younger generation of anime fans and with prices that rendered these used movies easy on the pockets of those who still get pocket money from their parents, the push to buy anime used from dedicated stores was great. This movement has now evolved to a vibrant Internet business that allows aficionados and resellers to sell and buy used anime DVDs and games with the help of the online marketplace.
Novices who are just now finding out about anime are sometimes surprised to learn about the large selection that awaits them at stores. This is especially true when shopping for gifts for teens or tweens hooked on certain anime movies. To this end, the ultimate guide to buying used anime movies is designed to give advice and offer some tips on how to choose the perfect anime movies for the children, teens, women and also men on your gift giving list.
o Pokemon is the ultimate in children’s anime entertainment. Specifically “Pokemon 3: The Movie.” Rated G, it was released in 2001 and features the epic battle between Ash and Entei. The characters are well known and you cannot go wrong with this film.
o Parents wishing to buy one of the more recent anime movies should look for “Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.” Released on DVD in 2007, it is popular for kids in the 7-9 age groups.
o Rated PG-13 because of its animated violence, “Escaflowne: The Movie” was released in the United States in 2002. It features strong emotions and has been an anime favorite with both teen guys and gals.
o For the older teen boy who is a hardcore fan of the genre and does not mind Japanese language, “InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler” is the surefire anime hit released in 2005. There is a bit of confusion when it comes to ratings, and even though the movie is generally not rated, Adult Swim attached a TV-14 rating because of the graphic battle scenes.
o Perhaps it is the figure of seven year young Mariemaia, but women simply adore “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz.” This anime came out in the United States in 2000.
o It has been called somewhat melodramatic, but “Sailor Moon R: The Movie” is a favorite with the ladies. The scourge of the Xenian Flower must be seen to be believed and you will do well to look for it when you are out to buy used anime movies.
o Still little boys at heart, you cannot wrong but buy the men on your shopping list “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light.” Rated PG, this movie features the famous anime battle between Yugi and Kaiba. Released in 2004, it is still one of the all time favorites of the genre.
o “Ninja Resurrection” is an enigma to the anime lover. It has sex, blood, gods and demons, but because of a deceptive marketing tactic – those out and about to buy anime movies were led to believe that the movie was related in some way to “Ninja Scroll” – it did not get the reception it deserved. For the mature viewer who enjoys anime movies and cares little about the marketing hype, this is a must have.
As you can see, buying used anime movies is a bit of an art in itself and for the true novice the pictures on the boxes may be deceiving. If you are buying for children, it is wise to stick with the known titles and to keep a very close eye on the ratings. Anime movies that are not rated are best purchased for teens rather than preteens and younger age groups.
Although the majority of adult anime movies appeal to both men and women, scan the story lines for the dramatic flair of the movie. If interpersonal relationships are highlighted, you might have found a certain winner for a woman. Conversely, if the battle scenes feature front and center, it is a fair assumption that this movie is geared more toward the male audience.