As promised, here are my musings in the Daily Yomiuri on Speed Racer's Japan premiere on the largest screen in the world, and a few thoughts on other Hollywood anime incarnations, due in cinemas shortly. With Hellboy 2 and The Incredible Hulk doing their duties at the box office this summer, Speed Racer's bizarre collapse may be a lesson for such Mobius Strip transformations.
The appeal of anime is very specific: It's cool because it's messy. ... duh. Punk, Hip-Hop, novels anyone?