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26th June 2013

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Therapy Sessions at Anime Expo

Official logo for Anime Expo.

Just wanted to give a heads up to everyone that I will be traveling to Los Angeles, CA to attend Anime Expo 2013. This will be my first Anime Expo. It might actually be a nice experience for once since the death of New York Anime Festival in my area.

There will be tons of things to do and see, so I’m a little nervous. I’ll be working with GoBoiano to provide tons of anime coverage for everyone. So follow their Twitter if you want to see what I’m up to.

I’ll basically be running around all over the convention center and freaking out over how big the crowds will be. 

There will be manga panels from the big publishers that I hope to attend. They are:

July 4: Shonen Jump: Creating the World’s Most Popular Manga

July 4: Vertical Manga 2013

July 4: Digital Manga Inc. Presents: Manga Without Borders

July 6: Kodansha Comics

July 7: VIZ Media Panel (They have literally 3 freaking panels at AX. This one has to be the most manga-related.)

Of course, there’s other popular and quirky panels I will be attending like George Wada (producer of the Attack on Titan anime), K (Behind the Scenes & Q&A), SUNRISE, Kazuhiko Inoue, “Writing about Anime: Anime Journalism & the Web”, “Starting Up Your Own Anime Business” and hopefully a couple of academic panels

If anyone has any survival tips for Los Angeles, do tell. All I have is this food truck recommendation list from one of my favorite anibloggers.

Ticket to LA? $400+

Hotel? Free of charge.

Other costs? Probably a lot.

Getting a glimpse of some of the greatest minds in Japanese pop culture and seeing what makes them tick? Priceless.

About that Attack on Titan infographic I wanted to make before AX, it’s going to be done right when the anime series ends this Fall. I have to learn a few new things that may take some time.

I will post an entry when I’m there with a few photos! So stick around if you want to see some California love!


Tagged: Anime Expoanime conventionsmangamanga publishersanimeJapanese pop cultureJapanese cultureJapan

31st May 2013

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A Night of Osamu Tezuka - A Celebration of Manga at Lacoste

Osamu Tezuka promotional banner for the Osamu Tezuka line collection at Lacoste.

The world of Japanese anime/manga culture spread its vibrant aura over NYC as famous clothing brand Lacoste held a party to celebrate its Osamu Tezuka line. What was even better was that Lacoste managed to get Anime Diet to do a panel on the history of anime and manga and how it has emerged to be a worldwide juggernaut.

The party also had a live DJ, catering and some artwork displayed and drawn by NYC-based manga artist, Hiroki Otsuka. Anime Diet’s panel went into a lot of detail about the history of Osamu Tezuka, anime, manga, conventions, cosplay and even pop fashion as well. They brought out a good point in saying if it weren’t for Tezuka, Japanese pop culture probably wouldn’t exist.

While there are criticisms against Tezuka, the fact of the matter is that our precious seiyuus/waifus/doujins/fanservice are his “great-great-great-grandchildren”. He did say comics was his wife and animation his mistress. Who knew tomfoolery could impact the world greatly? Then again, being surrounded by chaos can unlock creativity

Enjoy the photos! And much thanks to Anime Diet for schooling folks with Anime/Manga 101!


Tagged: Osamu Tezukamangahistory of mangaAnime DietLacosteanimeJapanese pop culturepsychologyGod of MangaJapan

22nd February 2013

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Being a Chinese Otaku Ain't Easy →

Otaku goodies galore in a country that has tense relations with Japan, China.

If you’re a Chinese otaku that has relatives who have suffered at the hands of the Japanese in the past, you’re not the only one. This is my experience dealing with family members who have told me stories about how bad Japan was back in the early 20th century.

You can also apply this to Koreans as well. 

At least we have the common sense to realize that not every Japanese person is bad, right?

Though you have to remember that everyone has skeletons in their closet. 


Tagged: otakuChinese otakuotaku cultureChinaJapanhistory of Japanotaku lifeJapanese pop cultureJapanese culture

28th September 2012

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Japan’s Investment in Dragon Ball Z - How Much Nostalgia Is Too Much?

Promotional poster for the 2013 Dragon Ball Z animated movie.

Japan must be summoning Shenron since they want to keep their world-class anime/manga series alive for all eternity. 

A nonprofit organization called UNIJAPAN recently decided to award 50 million yen (which is about $636,000 in U.S. dollars) to the production of the upcoming Dragon Ball Z anime movie coming out on March 30, 2013. UNIJAPAN is an organization that strives to help promote the efforts of Japanese filmmakers in overseas ventures. Given the fact that Dragon Ball Z is extremely popular worldwide, this doesn’t come as a surprise that the movie would get a huge investment from the Japanese government. Though one has to wonder how much nostalgia is too much.

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Tagged: Akira ToriyamaDragon Ball ZJapanese pop cultureToei AnimationUNIJAPANanimemangapsychology of nostalgiaJapan

8th June 2012

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Japan on Manga - “Print Is Still Where It’s At!”

If you’ve been checking my Facebook Fan Page and Twitter account, I posted up a couple of links to a 2-part survey that focused on manga readership in Japan and presented as "Manga habits of the Japanese" (Part I and Part II). Both provided some very enlightening details about the state of manga in Japan. While I wasn’t surprised by most of the responses, what intrigued me the most were the responses to questions about electronic manga found in Part II.

These are the three questions I am referring to:

goo Research asks "Do you read electronic manga?"

goo Research asks "Would you like to read paid-for electronic manga in the future?"

goo Research asks "If you could get electronic versions of manga magazines regularly delivered to you, would you want to use such a service?"

However, there’s still some interest in an e-manga magazine subscription based on the following question.

goo Research asks "Why might you want to use such a (e-manga magazine subscription) service?"

What does this tell us? That Japanese manga publishers have conditioned folks of all ages over there that print manga is the norm? Now imagine if all the paper and ink factories all break down or get destroyed. Will that change folks’ minds over there, I wonder? Then again, e-books have only just started getting popular in Japan. Finally, if they actually bother to read the survey, does this please Japanese manga publishers to a certain degree regarding print? Some folks would argue that they are sticking too hard to an old-fashioned model. I seriously hope this doesn’t tell Japanese manga publishers to abandon any digital initiatives in Japan. Exorbitant print runs of One Piece aren’t going to last forever. 

Although print is still dominant, at least there is some demand for electronic manga and Japanese publishers should use the e-manga portion of the survey for better understanding of those that wouldn’t mind getting electronic subscriptions. It’s an untapped market waiting to explode. A big concern that bothers me is how the low birth-rate of Japan will play a role in all of this. Mostly because technologically-savvy folks tend to be people in their teens to early 30s’ and no one’s getting any younger. Can we say that the future of online manga publishing just got even more interesting?

Though you gotta admit that the feeling of having an actual printed manga volume and magazine in your hands is a great one…. 

So, my fellow manga readers, is this good news or bad news?

Much props go out to goo Research for conducting the survey and What Japan Thinks for translating it.


Tagged: Japanmangamanga publishingprint mediagoo ResearchWhat Japan ThinksJapanese mangamanga readershipsurveyManga habits of the Japanese

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