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.”
Anime Diet previously reported on the economic woes that have plagued Japan in recent years, and Prime Minister Aso‘s unique association with the manga and anime industry. His “Japan Cool” campaign attempted to leverage the popularity of anime and manga as Japan’s “Soft Power,” but the numbers didn’t seem to add up.
Does this turn of events herald a dark era for animation?