Sarah Sullivan, left, and Christopher Bevins of FUNimation speak during the Summit on Anime in North America on March 23 at Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park. Photo by Joe Nguyen, YourHub
The Denver Post has a great article on the Summit on Anime in North America (SANA) and here is an excerpt.
From “Robotech” to “Naruto,” Japanese animation — or anime — has grown from a small niche market to a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States.
Experts gathered in Aurora to speak about the genre’s rise in popularity in the U.S. at the Summit on Anime in North America on March 23 at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park.
“What makes anime so special in America?” said Jeremy Pieta, co-secretary of Rocky Mountain Anime Association (RMAA). “There’s not a whole lot of academic discussion about it.”
The event, co-sponsored by RMAA and the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver, explored anime’s history in the U.S., particularly the 1980s boom that launched its success.
Anime showed that cartoons were not just for kids, something that had been lacking since “The Flintstones,” said Kevin McKeever, vice president of marketing for Harmony Gold, the company that brought “Robotech” to America.