Finding this link[EDIT]and more in this link, filled with wonderful Japanese artwork calling for the Japanese to hold on, is quite inspirational, and reminder of the popular industry that has roots in Japan. Being a sincere anime and manga fan. Please hold on Japan!
Despite the fact that there are delays and cancellations, have you consider your worth as an Anime/Manga fan?
There are more images from Gurren Laggen, Galaxy Express 999, Phoenix Wright. Are these images you find to be reassured by?
In Japan there will be a further doujinshi fund raising efforts, ANN lists the mangaka in English.
There are more work to be done, please consider donating for relief efforts.
Anime and Manga Bloggers for Japan is just one of these relief efforts. This was an effort that was started by Daniella over at All About Manga, and further along by our own Mike. More work is going to be updating in the coming days about this newly formed site via blogging and tweeting. So Anime Diet Readers, did you think about supporting us?
It is, if anything, the reverse of “Cool Japan.” Rather than spread Japanese culture and influence to the world, a new manga titled Our Alliance – A Lasting Partnership has been published by the US Military in a bid to win the hearts of local Japanese citizens.
The manga presents America as a blond, rabbit-eared boy named Usa-kun, who enthusiastically explains the facts of geopolitical necessity to a Japanese girl named Arai Anzu – which sounds like a Wasai-Eigo pronunciation of “alliance.” (In Japanese, the prefix “Usa-” (兎) indicates things which are rabbitlike; thus Usa-kun has “usamimi,” 兎耳 or rabbit ears.)
“I am on your side,” Usa-kun tells Arai. “We are important friends.”
Traditionally in Japan young girls were assumed to be maidens, to the point where the terms were at times used interchangeably. Perhaps in today’s sex-positive, metropolitan world, it’s assumed that youngsters of both genders will fool around.
In that light, B gata H kei appears to be something of a deconstruction of high schoolers’ attitudes towards sex. The details strain credulity (aiming for 100 casual sex partners in high school? Really?) but the overall idea that impressionable and insecure teens feel obligated to put on airs is dead on. It’s interesting that so much of the main character’s insecurities rest on the gross physical details of her anatomy, but what better symbol for the teenaged preoccupation with sex?
Sometimes, people hate what they don’t understand. Sometimes, politicians go so far as to demonstrate this hatred on the public record.
State Representative Nickolas Levasseur (D-NH), pictured to the right above, posted to Facebook:
Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough.
Leaving aside whether or not the Representative personally enjoys anime, this is an elected official joking about deploying atomic weapons on a civilian population simply because he dislikes their TV shows.
The recent theft of costumes and props from an AKB48 set highlights an interesting behavioral pattern. Viewed in a harsh light, it might be seen as a kind of voodoo, a ritual shamanism: obtaining relics of important people so as to be nearer to them and draw upon their power.
Mainichi Japan concludes its article on the incident with a tell-tale quote: “We intended to sell the items after getting tired of looking at them.” At once the frivolity of the exercise is laid bare: having no practical use for girls’ clothing or specially made signboards, all the boys really could do is look at the objects.
The Japan Times Online had an interesting article regarding the attendance and aftermath reaction of this year’s Tokyo Game Show (TGS). I’ll let you guys familiarize yourselves with the article before I share my thoughts on it.
So basically the article points out that attendance dropped by almost 10 thousand people from last years show. Additionally, the article describes there were no big announcements, no console reveals, or surprise “mega” game disclosures, which in some people’s eyes means it was a “lackluster” show.
Simply, there were no announcements because everything had already been announced at previous trade shows (such as E3), and those products aren’t out yet, such as Project Natal or that Sony motion wand thingy. And most of the big game companies either have their name game already revealed, planned and dated such as with FFXIII, or they had a game already come out earlier this year, making it a little to soon to announce the next sequel in the chain, such as with the Metal Gear franchise. Still for a big trade shows like TGS, the big guns would usually have an ace hidden up their sleeve to surprise everyone right? So why not this year?
Because of the attendance drop and the lack of new products, some people like Mega Man creator Kenji Inafune, made statements to the extent that “The Japanese game industry is dead.” Is this true? Personally I don’t think so. I don’t think that any of this is surprising during a world wide recession. Less expendable cash means less people able to attend trade shows. The recession may even play a factor in why some of the big products and games (that are still a looooooong ways from being finished) were announced earlier this year instead of holding off till TGS in late September. They needed to reassure the stockholders by showing them early in a tough year, “Hey! Look at this spiffy new toy we are working on! It’s going to make you a mint!”
On the first TGS public day this year, attendance was 62,138 people. 62,138 bodies squeezed together and stepping on each other’s feet in a crowded convention hall! That’s nothing to sneeze at (and probably a bit painfully to boot). E3 this year only hosted about 41,000 people. So is the Japanese game industry dead? I don’t think so. It’s just a bad year. If attendance drops that much again next year, then I think we have something to worry about.
He dryly notes, “Maids in the original sense are not sex workers, though this is perhaps not always the case at the 200-plus cafes around the country.”
This I find interesting. Though it may be a one-sided perception, there has long been a sense of exotic sexuality tentatively attached to cosplay in the West. It’s not new; as far back as Richard Feynman’s 1985 autobiography, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! one finds a well-educated Westerner at a nice Japanese inn uncertain as to whether or not the kimono-clad attendant is going to provide sexual favors. How much more confusing, then, would one find it at what is often translated into English as a “fetish cafe”?
It’s not hard to think of the supply of willing maids in familiar terms: just as waitresses in Los Angeles are often aspiring actresses, Galbraith writes of the maids, “most do it because they enjoy it, but a lucky few can become cosplay idols.” Given that this fits the mindset so well, is it any surprise that Los Angeles has its own maid cafe?
For the Japanese otaku, perhaps personal interaction is at the heart of it. In an increasingly isolated society, people are starved for personal interaction. Japan, with its workaholic culture leading to deaths of karoshi, can only feel this problem more acutely. Twitter, Facebook, and all social media – including, yes, blogs – aim to provide people with regular interaction. This would seem to be confimed: Galbraith reports that many customers are regulars.
Is it really very different from going to Starbucks because you chat with the barista, or going to the local pub where the bartender knows what you like? The more people hold up these behaviors as examples of how otaku differ from normal society, the more apparent it is that they see differences primarily because they want to see them.
In what can only be described as a landslide election, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan lost approximately 300 of 480 Diet seats.
Taro “Rozen” Aso was quoted by Associated Press as saying, “There has been a deep dissatisfaction with our party.” Visitors to the official website of the LDP were greeted with the promise, “We will change what should be changed, and begin anew.”
…Japan has had its fair share of UFO sightings over the years, but few encounters have been as peculiar as the one involving the mini-UFO captured…
Ray’s Take: “Sir, it appears a bunch of our portable potties fell out of our space shuttle and landed in Japan.” “So, what’s the problem?” “Well, sir, these things are biohazard…” “The Japanese are like our doormat and dumping ground for crap. It’s payback for the trade deficit!” “…Uh, What era are you from, sir?”
…Echizen kurage have shown up…the mass of them gathering now in the Yellow Sea off China is the biggest ever….
Ray’s Take: Man, everyone knew that Japan is the home for monsters, whether it’s dinasaurs, huge butterflies, turtles, squids, war criminals…I mean warlords, and now, Jellyfish! But actually, they’re gather in China for the biggest attack against Japan! It must be a Chinese scheme to wipe out Japan’s fishing industry! Oh no! No toro for you! XD