– Canada’s London Free Press has more hints mnime and manga cues are being examined in the world of high fashion.
– The Toronto Star has a full report from the floor of the Canadian Comic Festival.
– Indonesia’s Jakarta Post talks about a local comic festival coming up in which anime style will be a key facet.
– Slashdog mentions the opening of a new website for the The Loyola College Anime Club (http://lcanime.ig3.net/), a club for the appreciation of the radical artform that is Japanese animation. The club’s first showing will be “Lupin III: Castle Of Cagliostro,” a classic Miyazaki film.
– Wired Magazine has gone in-depth with a piece today: “The Giants of Anime are Coming” in which the Oshii, Otomo and Miyazaki’s forthcoming films to American shores are examined.
– From Daniel – Gamespot says Nuriko Nishiyama of Dragon Voice fame will be doing the character designs for the newest Shining Force for PS2.
– The International Herald Tribune has it’s own report on the Nomura OTAKU Report.
– The Houston Chronicle examines the apparant American manga format of choice: The Graphic Novel.
– The St. Louis Post Dispatch has the Neophyte’s Guide To East Asian Film.
– Anime inspires art is the story reported by The Malaysia Star where students Mohd Khairil Shahrez and Benjamin Cheong from class 5 Bersih used their interest in Japanese anime to paint a muhibbah mural on an empty wall.
– Inidiana’s Evansville Courier And Press: “Hoosier teens are drawn to Japanese cartoon style, stories”
– The Toronto Star mentions replica weapons were seized at the Canadian Comic Book Expo.
– ICV News reports the American comic publisher Top Cow announced a Witchblade anime at their panel at Wizard World Chicago. The licensing went to Gonzo Digimation (Blue Submarine #6) for the production of a 26-episode anime TV series. Matt Hawkins of Top Cow told ICv2 that Gonzo would drop the character of Sara Pezzini, the heroine of the American comics and TV series, in favor of a Japanese policewoman, who comes into possession of the mystical blade.”
– Malaysia’s The Star Talks about the booming animation business in southeast Asia.
8-30-04—- Maetel’s Real Life Model
The program broadcast on Sunday on Television ASAHI every week, “Determination! In This is the best 100 of Japan”, Reiji Matsumoto of Comic artist commented the model of “Maetel” of “Galaxy Express 999” that it is an actress’s Kaoru Yachigusa. Many comments are released to Blog by the fan who was surprised at the unexpected relation between “Maetel” and Kaoru Yachigusa. Kaoru Yachigusa is the famous actress of TOHO movie co.ltd and appeared on many movies. Although it is an actress representing Japan, to a SF Movie fan, it is famous as the heroine of “THE HUMAN VAPOR.”
Kaoru Yachigusa is “Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple” broadcast in NHK now, and is also the actress who is performing the voice of Jane Marple.
(news Yukio Suzuki)
8-30-04—- Otaku Rport Official
Yukio-san has sent in the official Nomura Research link of last week’s findings on the Otaku Economy news breaking out of Japan. NRI conducted the original survey which spawned the subsequent worldwide media torrent:
As for a “nerd layer” of Japan, 290 billion yen – Nomura Research Institute estimate 2,850,000 people and a market scale.
Nomura Research Institute released the results of an investigation about the market scale of a maniac consumer layer of Japan in five fields of “animation”, a “comic”, an “idol”, a “game”, and “Assembly PC” on 24 Aug 2004. These “a nerd layer” state, and if population amounts to about 290 billion yen, it will estimate 2,850,000 people and the market scale. For 200,000 people / 20 billion yen, and a comic, 1 million people / 100 billion yen, and an idol are [ the population and the estimation market scale according to field / animation ] 800,000 people / 60 billion yen. About the game, it is dividing and estimating to four items according to a platform. Although there was most “home use” as 570,000 people / 45 billion yen, oligopoly-ization of “big title continues, there is no creation of a new genre, and it is said that it is dullness feeling.” On the other hand, the “network” is 30,000 people / 1 billion yen, and “PC” has indicated 140,000 people / 19 billion yen “Aging progresses and the core user is flowing in the network game and PC game in which a new device game appears.” In addition, the prices of an arcade or a board game etc. were 60,000 people / 13 billion yen. In addition, a game maniac says that he is distributed over his 30’s with the 13-24-year-old younger age group. It carries out “purchasing a new product at an initial price by PC parts shop of the Akihabara electricity town” of the assembly PC. The “rich maniac” (mainly distributed over his 18 years old – 30’s) of “getting ashore at a used shop at next week, and looking for the following part if it installs and a benchmark can be taken”, “in the back street of the Akihabara electricity town The junk parts and used part of inventory disposal are classified into the “junk maniac” (the number of the mains is 40 and they are a small number of distributions to no less than 15-18 years old) of collection” Carrying out. The junk maniac is estimating [ the rich maniac ] 30,000 people / 30 billion yen at 20,000 people / 2 billion yen. By Nomura Research Institute, in the market scale of the whole industry of contents 4 field called animation, a comic, an idol, and a game being about 2,300 billion yen, the rate for which a nerd layer market accounts explains that it becomes 11% with an amount-of-money base. It has indicated “It is impossible to already