Tuesday, May 13

A discussion on anime and Mac Donalds.

Kiyomitsu YUI

The base for the Anime industry is the Manga industry in Japan. In 1995, Manga accounted for 40 % of the entire number of publications in circulation in Japan including journals and books.

And the all the weekly comic Journals within the top 10 circulation have more than a million circulations. In 1996, seventy--five million dollars worth of Japanese Manga and Anime were exported to the USA (Iwabuchi, Koichi, 2001, p.35 ).

In 2001, more than 100 TV animation programs were broadcasted in Japan. Doraemon and Sazaesan have been on the air for some 30 years. In the entire world market, it is said that the share of Japanese Anime amounts to can be 60 %, with a whole scale
market value of approximately one thousand billion yen. In August 1996, the
Journal of American Billboard Ranking announced that No.1 selling video in
America was a Japanese Anime entitled “Ghost in the Shell”.

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If you are curious what I do mean by McDonalds and Anime, read this discussion.

Ayumi HamasakixHello Kitty

Pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki and Hello Kitty, the popular Japanese feline character, have joined hands to create a new character set to hit Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai shortly, companies that created the new character said Friday.

Source from Wikipedia
Another one

Well it certainly looked like something. But I have difficulty matching her and Hello Kitty, just like trying to combine Gundam and Godzilla together. Seriously mismatched and from what angle is this creation supposed to come? Cuteness with edge?

This is a singer who past her prime back 2002, now trying to be at the top of the game. Hard to see how is gonna happen though. Her glittering career becomes under attack when news of her deafness broke out.

It is ironic that Hello Kitty will be more enduring than her, in a way.