Anime, the highly stylized animation genre from Japan, may soon leap into the mainstream with family-oriented sell-through product well-suited to supermarket video departments. Until very recently, anime was a cult-like video subcategory best known for its depictions of violence and sexuality. For the most part, anime's hype has far outstripped its sales. But Last summer, an anime title, "Ghost in the Shell," reached the number-one spot on Billboard's sell-through chart. The genre's major ...

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