April 28, 2006

A Nobel Prize ... or a no-prize?

Japan looking to sell Japan ... at least, its comics and cartoons.

sez Reuters:
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso proposed on Friday setting up a "Nobel Prize" for foreign "manga" cartoon artists and awarding talented Japanese the title of "Anime Ambassador".
Now what's most intriguing about this is that Aso wants to formally recognize foreign artists that are in tune with the manga culture, or something like that. Of course, this probably means that Korea is going to win all the awards at first because they're the most advanced so far. But the key point is that even Japan itself is willing to acknowledge the contributions of non-Japanese to the manga milieu.

Elsewhere in the LOL JAPAN category, I can definitely see the appeal of, let's say, Marching Ninjas. Pythagoras Switch is an educational children's show that has apparently reached some cult status among foreigners living in Japan, mostly because the language is simple enough to understand, yet the content is surprisingly entertaining. The Rube Goldberg eyecatch sequences are really popular, too.


Delphina said...

The "Manga Award" idea is intriguing, but the article goes on to say the Japanese were actually swayed towards favoring America by the likes of cartoons like Popeye? It saddens and confuses me.

That said, my god, is there anything that can't be made better with ninjas?

8:47 AM  

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