Monday, November 30, 2009

October/November edition of the "related articles in the media"

Here's the batch of articles to show up in the media from October and November, regarding anime, manga and related stuff. Sorry about not running this entry sooner - there wasn't as much to include regarding just October, and nothing particularly worth repeating right away.

Japan Times

Ex-Prime Minister Koizumi to voice act in new Ultraman movie

Foreign filmmaker wrestles with legacy of manga hero

Shogakukan Publishing to halt magazines running Doraemon and Pocket Monsters

Jobs, animation drive popularity of learning Japanese

Areview of RED SNOW, by Susumu Katsumata



Probably one of the weakest elements of the Metropolis' new website design is the "Multimedia" section. The problem is that they don't give you a way to access articles from previous weeks. The "Saikin Spotlight" will occasionally highlight a given manga title, but if you want to go back and read the article you can't, cause it's not in the archives. Anyway, here's the important part from the Oct. 9 issue:

"The crossover is a classic plot device in the world of nerd entertainment. What kid didn’t totally geek out reading about Batman and Superman bashing bad guys, or when Wolverine and Chun-Li paired up for a round of fisticuffs in Marvel vs Capcom? But one manga artist has dreamed up a truly heavenly storyline. Imagine this: Jesus and Buddha, spending their “vacation” by experiencing the mortal world from their shared apartment in Tokyo’s Tachikawa area. Ongoing series Sei Oniisan (Saint Young Men) brings you this impossible duo as your classic odd couple, with Buddha the tightwad playing straight man to Jesus’ impulsive and laid-back funny man persona. Watch as this dynamic duo discovers the joys of Mixi, public baths and Disneyland, while realizing just how little their divinity matters in the modern world. Part divine gag comedy, part social statement, this manga can probably rouse up a few snickers no matter what your denomination."

I love the caption "Japan's new media sensations blur the line between the real and the imaginary". This "virtual idol" is neither new nor revolutionary. The Gorillaz showed us that. All we're getting now is an elaboration on a theme.
Virtual Idols

Hiroki Azuma, the philospher of otaku speaks out

Otaku Fighters

Anime Festival Asia 2009

I really should stop reading anything by Galbraith. The way he twists his descriptions and constantly works to make otaku look bad never seems to change. So I keep ending up complaining about him here. It's interesting that Galbraith makes Tezuka look like a "me-too" copycat for his "sexualization of young girls" when Tezuka was at the forefront of trying to use manga to help educate children about topics the government couldn't handle. I guess I shouldn't expect more from the Met, but Galbraith's visibility in one of the few English entertainment information magazines in Japan makes his misinformation that much harder to ignore.



It's not actually manga, but I really do like the "Asterix and Obelix" books. The silly thing here though is that the below story ran in the Daily Yomiuri paper, yet it doesn't exist in the Yomiuri's online archives. Yet more proof that the English papers in Japan consist mostly of stories clipped from other sources, and have very little original reporting from their own staff.
Half a century on, Asterix retains his magic

Meiji University opens manga, subculture library

Baseball player who inspired comic character runs yakitori restaurant

'Anime hall of fame' plan revised

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