I've written before about my amusing interactions with Tomo, the J-List employee who keeps our site stocked with DVDs, import games and Touhou products. He grew up listening to Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the other great bands of the U.S. and Britain, teaching himself English at a young age so he could properly appreciate the depth of his favorite songs. He took it for granted that any American would naturally know everything about these bands...until he started working for me, someone who has always been focused on Japan. One of the most important moments of my life was seeing the 1984 film Macross: Do You Remember Love?, the masterpiece by Studio Nue and Tatsunoko Production that redefined what everyone thought animation could achieve back in the 80s. When Tomo asked me why the Macross Blu-rays we've got on the site were selling so well despite being from a 30 year old show, I did my best to communicate how anime fans of my generation felt about the movie, though I'm not sure he understood, as we don't speak each other's cultural language. Of course I'm very happy to have the film on Blu-ray, which comes with a gorgeous region-free Playstation 3 game that's one of the best anime-based games I've ever played. If you remember love, grab a copy now!
Macross was a big influence on my life.