Anime Baka

Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool

Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.


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Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?

Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?

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2010-11-18 Everything Is Out Of Print
You ever hear that something is out of print and therefore rare and worth a lot of money? I've heard that a lot. Now it's true the thing is out of print but that's only half the truth. The other half is that so is everything else, or at least nearly everything else.

What it comes down to is most things are not made on a continuous basis. Books are a handy example. When a book is published they have a print run. They set up to print a bunch of the new book. The amount they print is based on how many books they expect to sell. I think they generally go a little conservative as they can always have another print run if the book takes off. So they set up the printing presses and print up 10,000 copies of the new mystery novel. At this point the publisher has a significant investment in the novel.

They don't keep the machines set up for printing this novel afterwards. They box up the novel, ship it to stores and set up to print the next novel. So in effect the novel is out of print the very first day it's sold in a bookstore. If the novel is a great success they will do additional print runs, "2nd printing", etc. If the novel flops, it might be sold off to discount stores or just recycled. When book stores have too many books and want to return them they rip the cover off and throw the rest in the trash. They then put the covers in an envelope and send them to the publisher where they are credited for the ones they couldn't sell. This is done as the shipping is expensive and the publisher would have to throw them away anyway. Sometimes you find these cover less novels at flea markets.

Now with notable exceptions of things for which the design doesn't change and there is constant demand for (kitchenaid mixers, mouse traps, etc), most other things are made in the same way. When they make a GI Joe figure they do a production run. They have a large number made, but after the factory is done making 10,000 or 100,000 figures, they re-tool and make the next figure, perhaps a Barbie doll. So once again the first day you see that new GI Joe action figure in the store, it's already out of print. They can always re-tool again and pull out the old mold (which they generally save) if their is a high demand. Its the same thing in the music and video industry. They don't continually print up Bon Jovi CDs or Harry Potter movies. They do a production run and then move on to the next album or movie. Sometimes in music stores you will see "cut outs" or CDs (before that vinyl) with notches cut in the corner. These are a little like the novels with the covers torn off. The store gets to sell them, and the music company makes some money, but the band doesn't get any royalties. They do this when they have way to many CDs for a given band such as when the new album flops. They might do this for movies also, but I've never seen them cut. Could be where those bins at Wal-Mart come from though. So my point here is that everything is out of print. That furbie is out of print. That Barbie is out of print. It's all out of print. The question is: is it rare? Everything is out of print, but not everything is really rare.


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