I just read this extremely Bizarre story about a Japanese Man campaigning to marry comic book characters. Only in Japan.
A JAPANESE man has enlisted hundreds of people in a campaign to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters, saying he feels more at ease in the “two-dimensional world”.
Comic books are immensely popular in Japan, with some fictional characters becoming celebrities or even sex symbols.
Marriage is meanwhile on the decline as many young Japanese find it difficult to find life partners.
Taichi Takashita launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters.
Within a week he has gathered more than 1000 signatures through.
“I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world,” he wrote.
“However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?”
Befitting his desire to be two-dimensional, he listed no contact details, making it impossible to reach him for comment to explain if his campaign is serious or tongue-in-cheek.
But some people signing the petition are true believers.
“For a long time I have only been able to fall in love with two-dimensional people and currently I have someone I really love,” one person wrote.
“Even if she is fictional, it is still loving someone. I would like to have legal approval for this system at any cost,” the person wrote.
Japan only permits marriage between human men and women and gives no legal recognition to same-sex relationships.
Japan’s fans of comic books, or “manga,” sometimes go to extremes.
Earlier this month, a woman addicted to manga put out an online message seeking to kill her parents for asking her to throw away comic books that filled up three rooms.
I’m sure most of you know about MegaTokyo by Fred Gallagher even if you’re not reading it. Its the long running webcomic that has popularized or at least semi popularized L33t. You know that computer language using numbers and symbols instead of letters that is sometimes annoying. Well, this very popular doujinshi has been put into manga books and from what I hear my be sold in Japan very soon. How often does that happen?
Throughout the course of the webcomic, Fred’s artwork has improved greatly. It went from sparsely detailed backgrounds and people to his own characteristic style. I’m glad to have seen and still see his development as an artist. Sometimes the plot of the story is a bit shaky and doesn’t seem to get anywhere, but recently its becoming really interesting. Also, the characters have grown from their original “gamer dude” and girless selves in the beginning. I wonder if this reflects maturation on the part of the artist/writer. It does seem to be as I have followed the rants over time as well.
Before Anime there was:
Wartime Japanese Cartoon and no this is not Mickey Mouse
Prewar and during the war, Japanese cartoons looked very much like there American Disney counterparts. In this 1933, UGOKIE-KO-RI-NO-TATEHIKI(1933), and this 1943, Kumo to Chirippu, cartoon it is easy to see Disney’s influence. It wasn’t until the postwar when Japan really developed their own style, what we call anime. Of course you tell its Japanese with the music, language, and content, but the art looks just like pre war Disney. In Kumo to Churippu, or the Spider and the Tulip in English, the spider has the characters (drawn in Disney as well at this time) the exaggerated features of a black person, but I doubt the Japanese had really seen any at this point and just wanted to add those features to the spider. These features show up later in anime, in which case at least one mangaka (Osamu Tezuka) has apologized for being ignorant of people in this way.
Here’s Disney in 1933 still in black and white. By 1943 Disney was in color although some were still in black and white and was largely focus on war as was Japan. Disney of course was portraying Japanese and Germans in a rather racist manner because it was during the war and propaganda’s has to happen.
I was at The Japanator, a really neat blog with stuff about anime, manga, and Japan in general and I saw the cutest history explanation ever. All the ~stans in the middle east and America were transformed into manga form. The situation in the manga is made cute while the real situation is written next to it. It was so cute I couldn’t help reading it and in the process I learned a lot about Afghanistan. The site where it can be read is a PB base photogallery. Tell me what you think about the point of view taken. This comic was translated from Japanese so its original target was Japanese people.
Pakistan and Afghanistan playing on the swings
Ever saw Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland? Its an anime that was based on a comic strip by Winsor McCay which ran from 1905 to 1914. Well the anime was released in 1989 in Japan and 1992 in America. It was also made with Japanese and American cooperation.
It’s about a little boy who has many nightmares named Nemo who was summoned to sumberland in his sleep to be the princess’ friend and to be future prince. That’s when adventures ensue. Nemo listens to the wrong advice and releases the nightmare king who he has to capture and save the king that had been gobled up by it. By saving the king and defeating the nightmare king he deals with his own nightmares.
It’s a nice cartoon to watch, but it is a kind of strange which may have led to its cult status.
A little bit of the comic.
Some of the Characters from Little Nemo.
I keep hearing that the anime industry is doing poorly because of fan subbers. I sometimes hear what they plan on doing about it but I never see anything implemented and if it is implemented its not very innovative. I mean they have way more resources at their hands than fansubbers do, but they are held up over licensing all the time. I mean look anime comes to the US much later than it comes out in Japan. If its popular it’ll come out faster, if not…it could be a long wait.
People online like watching things as they come out in Japan and are often not looking for high quality. I problem I have with the anime industry is that they expect you to want to add to a collection and no just watch it once and get over it. Also, they think you want to hear the dub, which is usually not true. Granted dubbing (if its good) has allowed some anime like Pokemon and Dragonball Z to become mainstream, but most anime is not going to become mainstream. I’m sure the industry is smart enough to be able to tell which ones have a chance of going mainstream or being watching by people who are not “otaku.” I think dubbing may increase the cost of the DVDs (although I’m not completely sure) because the actors have to be paid too. The cost of those DVDs are ridiculous sometimes. I mean $35 for four episodes. They could continue to dub, but sell one without a dub maybe for a limited time to see if its viable at first.
Although the Anime Network for TV failed it doesn’t mean that something like that for the internet wouldn’t work. If they did that with subs that were notablely good and the quality of art showed through I think a considerable amount of people would watch them even if they came out later than the fansubbers. I wonder how many people watch the anime on Cartoon Network’s Jetstream and adultswim.com in comparison to on the TV. It’s a good idea that is limited by the amound of anime that CN has access to.
I know I’m dreaming now, but if the different companies got together they could form a really nice website.
If the industry is really doing as poorly as I hear then innovation and revamping is necessary. Whether or not they revamp I think their will be a shift in the type of jobs available there, so some people are bound to lose their jobs. And at this time in the US considering we’re at the beginnning of a recession its not going to be easy for anyone to buy things or get new jobs.
PS. I just learned that some companies are becoming smarter. Gonzo for example is now beginning to work with Crunchyroll.com, which is a website that allows people to watch fansubbed anime and dramas.
Usually I would never put Linkin’ Park in the same sentence as Britney Spears, but in this case I do. Britney’s new music video, Break the Ice, is animated in a similar manner as Linkin’ Park’s Breaking the Habit. Both videos are highly influenced by anime. Britney’s video takes place in an imaginary Korean place, while Linkin’ Park’s takes place in an imaginary Japan. Of course Linkin’ Park’s video came out first so what’s with the similar title? I mean why does Britney have to break something too? I don’t think anime makes me think of breaking something.
Well Britney may have done an animated video to once again have a good figure, just not in real life. Linkin’ Park on the other hand has shown plenty of anime influences in their music videos.