Wednesday, October 4

Anime transcending borders

Despite the sweltering, 50C midsummer heat, young Iraqi children love to play soccer--a passion that extends to their TV-viewing habits, which include the popular "Captain Majed," the Arabic-language version of Japanese anime "Captain Tsubasa."

Foreign Ministry official Yasuyuki Ebata used this to the advantage of the Ground Self-Defense Force troops serving in Samawah while he was there in May 2004, working on economic cooperation projects.

Full article is available here.

About time Japan used anime wide appeal to make itself more acceptable to international community. Hopefully this trend will last.