We can't pinpoint the precise moment, but sometime during the past half-decade, anime gained a rather large foothold in the American pop-culture consciousness. This is a good thing -- the Japanese cartoons counter the Disneyfication of animation as a storytelling medium. Which means that people other than the comic-book crowd are coming to appreciate that complex, interesting stories can be told through animation, and that neither Phil Collins nor Elton John need be on the soundtrack. Although the better comic-book shops still carry a smattering of anime, no store has really embraced the genre like Suncoast Motion Picture Co. Suncoast's back wall of anime features the latest episodes of Inuyasha
, as well as standards such as the epic Robotech
(a.k.a. Battle of the Planets
). In fact, at this particular store the anime selection dwarfs the sci-fi section, which causes some mixed feelings. But an evening spent engrossed in the adventures of Spike Spiegel quickly erases those misgivings. Whether you're just beginning to dabble in the field or you're a long-time eradicator, Sun Coast is the first and last place you should look to build your collection.