Thomas, who has, like Shankar, loved anime since he was a child, also knows his place in its world: "I don't really feel like an outsider, I feel like a guest." Regardless, guests probably shouldn't be consulted as experts, or at least not before, you know, the owners.
On it goes, with Burunova actually making a potty joke at the expense of Japan (whose paper industry prints more manga than toilet paper, isn't that funny!?) as Enter the Anime finally gets around to showing its first Japanese creator, Toshiki Hirano, director of Baki. The interview actually slaps! Or it would, if it wasn't, like everything else in here, undermined by overly busy and gimmicky video editing -- think a coked-out George Lucas cutting a bad music video -- and cut short with another dumb question. What's the last thing Hirano Googled? Netflix. Of course it is!
The other Netflix originals and licensed shows this touches on are Aggretsuko, Kengan Ashura, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rilakkuma and Kaoru, 7SEEDS, Ultraman, Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045, BIII the Beginning, and Levius. And to be clear, the problem here is not that Netflix essentially made an ad about its anime slate, which is genuinely impressive and mostly good. (Going unmentioned, among licensed properties, were both Fullmetal Alchemist shows, Rurouni Kenshin, and plenty more. They're adapting Cowboy Bebop as a live-action show -- huge news! -- and don't even mention it!) The problem is that it is an ad for Netflix's anime slate purporting to be a documentary about the history of anime. It's not. It's all too surface level. There's no mention of anime's history at all, really, or its biggest names, or how Netflix got involved in it, even. Burunova does not mention an actual anime studio until Toei Animation, "the country's Disney," 23 minutes in, when we're also told, vitally, that chairman Kozo Morishita's astrological sign is Cancer. As a Cancer Moon, I can confirm that if Morishita is watching this, he is almost definitely crying about it. As a Libra Sun, I can confirm that I will have a much harder time trusting Netflix to do anime justice after watching Enter the Anime than I did before watching it. (I'm sorry, John Derderian. I'm really, really sorry.)