quote of the day

Since you replied to this, I feel compelled to respond. I used to be the Executive Editor of Newtype USA and feel strongly about this.

No, Otaku USA is not a “good pub.” It’s a magazine that stole its ideas, format, look, “USA” suffix, DVD and layout from Newtype USA and banked largely on consumer confusion at the newsstand to sell issues (which got even easier when NTUSA went away, lucky for you guys). You proceeded to trumpet how unbiased a magazine it was while often having large news items/features promoting books the magazine’s editors and contributors had written. And you printed columns on vinyl toys written by a guy who makes a living selling those same toys and often spent lots of real estate promoting his own merchandise. Unbiased? Hardly. Finally, for a magazine that claims to be for only the “hardcore” fans Otaku USA has spent its last 3 recent months peddling only mainstream titles like Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z on its cover–apparently in a vaguely Beckett Anime-style attempt to sell issues. What’s on your next cover, InuYasha? One Piece? Oh, maybe Bleach again?

Let’s call a spade a spade. Otaku USA was conceived from the beginning as a Newtype USA copycat and will always be a poorly executed, amateurish dupe in my eyes. (Despite having the opportunity to do something original or fill the void left by Animerica’s departure.) My only regret is that ADV’s ill-advised business “tactics” in late 2007 caused Kadokawa to pull the Newtype license before Otaku USA fell back into the porta-potty from whence it came. Hopefully though, as your pool of anime advertisers shrinks and costs of paper/postage and that free DVD go up, you’re circling the bowl. Since you feel the need to advertise the mere existence of your magazine in a PiQ topic, maybe that time is near. I can only hope.

Sure I’m bitter. But when someone attempts to copy your act so completely like the way OUSA did (badly, thankfully–but it may have fooled some) I think I’m entitled.

Now, I don’t know much about this whole magazine thing, but isn’t the writing quality more important than having “USA” in the name? I guess not when all your articles were translated from Japanese anyway.

4 Responses to “quote of the day”

  1. Shii says:

    Since you replied to this, I feel compelled to respond. I used to be the Executive Editor of Newtype USA, and

  2. astrange says:

    furthermore

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow what a douchebag, OUSA might have shit covers but the content is no holds barred and
    covers shit that NUSA would never touch. So F-YOU former Newtype USA and your shit overpriced
    magazine.

  4. WAHA.06x36 says:

    Since you replied to this, I feel compelled to respond. I used to be the Executive Editor of Newtype USA, and, see, I went to the local Yoshinoya today. Right. Yoshinoya. And the damn place was packed so full of people, I couldn’t even find a seat. So I looked around a bit, and I found a sign that said “150 yen off”. What the hell is wrong with you people? Are you idiots or something? Any other day you wouldn’t even think of going to Yoshinoya, but if it’s 150 yen off, you all flock in here? It’s just 150 fucking yen! 150 yen! And you’re brining the kids too. Look at that, a family of four going to Yoshinoya. Con-fucking-gratulations. And now the guy’s going, “All right! Daddy’s going to order the extra-large!” Shit, I can’t watch any more of this.

    Yoshinoya should be fucking brutal. Two guys sit facing each other across a U-shaped table, and you never quite know if they’ll suddenly just start a fight right there. It’s stab-or-be-stabbed, and that’s what so damn great about the place. Women and kids should stay the fuck away.

    Well, I finally found a seat, but then the guy next to me goes, “I’ll have an large bowl with extra gravy!”. So now I’m pissed off again. Who the fuck orders extra gravy these days? Why are you looking so goddamn proud when you say that? I was gonna ask you, are you really going to fucking eat all that gravy? I wanted to fucking interrogate you. For about a fucking hour. You know what? I think you just wanted to say “extra gravy”.

    Now, take it from the Yoshinoya veteran. The latest thing among the Yoshinoya pros is this: Extra green onions. That’s the ticket. A large bowl with extra onions, and egg. This is what someone who knows his shit orders. They put in more onions, and less meat. A large bowl with the raw egg, that’s really fucking awesome. Now, you should know, if you keep ordering this, there’s a risk employees might write you up. This really is a double-edged sword. I really can’t recommend this for amateurs.

    And you, >>1, well, you should really just stick to today’s special.

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