Well, now that I've listened to the whole thing.
Furry SCAdian LARPer RIFTS player...
Wow. And I thought I had an eclectic set of hobbies.
On the discussion of Pennsic: Never been, myself. The event gets so big it gets it's own zip code, and it lasts two weeks. But from what I've heard, the rumors are true. Even the lies. Especially the lies.
On anime: *looks over at his avi* *listens to Wayne* *sighs* I can't believe I'm hearing this from a superhero comic fan of all things.
Wayne, you of all people I would have thought would already be into anime in some regards.
I'll give my usual diatribe on anime. Anime is a medium. Anime is as much a genre as books or video games. I can pretty much guarantee that there is anime out there you would like.
As to the hentai cafe/theater phenomenon, it's almost a tradition, and an old one, from ages before anime was readily available and anime cons were one of the main ways to see the latest shows. There would be a dozen different showings going on at any given time. The thing is, hentai requires special attention, because you can't just let anyone in. You have to make sure that no minors are watching teh pron. So, they would usually only do one showing. This event gets kinda big, more of a matter of shock that titillation. I've been to one of these showings. Never laughed harder in my life.
As for other eroticism in anime, it's no worse than any other medium. Wonder Woman, anyone? Power Girl? How many fantasy novels feature the busty amazon woman in a chainmail bikini? It's just there. A lot of it makes for better comedy that titillation. Oftentimes, that's the point.
I'd go on more, but I'm feeling feverish and need to take a few advil. Go watch some anime, I'll probably be back later with some suggestions, though I'm sure a few of my fellow booters could come up with some good titles off the top of their heads.
I'll end by saying I'm not upset. Much like my ranting in the video game forums, this is a topic I can go on for ages about. Sorry if I'm rambling.