Thursday, June 14, 2001

Ugh. I didn’t get to bed until 3:30 a.m. last night, so I was barely able to drag myself in to work this morning. I did come up with some clarifying ideas for Wine, though, which is nice.

We’ve been talking a lot lately about our stock options at work. I’ve decided that the best option for me is simply to buy them all now, as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the whole package will cost me several thousand dollars, so I’ll have to take out a loan from my parents. Not something that I like to do, just out of general principles. I hate loans.

While ordering two books for a coworker, I noticed that was recommending that I buy more of the Tenchi manga. I realized that I only have the first six books, so I bought volumes eight (Chef of Iron, in which Sasami competes in an Iron Chef rip-off) and nine (The Quest for More Money).

Cartoon Network has announced that they’ll be starting a new block of programming aimed squarely at young adults (18 to 34) starting in September. Note that this isn’t a Toonami move; it’s a Cartoon Network move, meaning that we’ll be seeing original CN content rather than more anime.

No matter what, I think this is a pretty good move. “Almost one-third of our viewers are adults over 18,” says CN president Betty Cohen, so there’s certainly a strong market there. And maybe it’ll open up the animation industry to the adult market a bit more. Which might mean more anime, and that’s always a good thing.

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