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How to Bee a Failure

Gonzo is dead.  Madhouse seems to be on its last legs. Yet, despite making nothing but boring products, Bee Train still manages to find money to create new anime.  As much as I want the entire industry to succeed, I think this is one studio that needs to be put out to the pastures especially after Psychic Detective Yakumo.

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  1. DP
    Comment by DP | 2011/02/08 at 21:19:53

    For what it’s worth, my feeling about Bee Train is that their productions appeal to people who don’t necessarily like a lot of anime. For example, you guys hated Noir, proclaiming it boring, stupid and over-long, whereas I found it to be one of the most moving works of art — animation or otherwise — that I’ve ever seen. It was, to my mind, a moving paean to the power of friendship.

    Now, I fully recognize and appreciate that Noir doesn’t appeal to everyone (maybe not even to most people!), but the fact that a site like yours dislikes it, and that I almost never see it included on lists of “greatest anime,” just makes me think that for whatever reason true anime fans find Noir’s pregnant pauses, languorous storytelling, and all-around lack of anime genre signifiers (no mecha, no fan service, no giant streams of tears, etc.) decidedly off-putting.

    And Noir, I believe, is arguably Bee Train’s most famous and successful series!!

    None of which is to say that I’m right and you’re wrong about Bee Train. Just that perhaps Bee Train finds funding because its style actually does have fans — though perhaps a somewhat out-of-the-mainstream audience from those who make up the majority of the anime market.


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