The first performance of the new Sailor Moon Musical, Petite Étrangère, opened on August 21st at AiiA Theater in Tokyo. The new musical’s story arc covers the first appearance of Chibiusa, fighting with the Black Moon Clan, and traveling to the future city of Crystal Tokyo to meet Sailor Pluto, Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion.
A recent poll in Japan revealed which shows turned the respondents into lovers of anime, and the results were completely different top five lists for fans in their teens, 20s, and 30s. The survey was carried out by website Charpedia, garnering 10,000 responses with a nearly even split between the sexes. 77.2 percent of participants were between the ages of 10 and 29, with the rest ages 30 and above. Below are the top five, broken down by age group:
How’s everyone doing? This week I’m dipping into Japan as a travel destination - and an incredibly beautiful one at that. I visited Hokkaido for my first time ever (yes, even after 20+ years being part of Japan, I still have a long list of items unchecked). Because long blogs tend to be boring, I’ll aim for a succinct insight into my experiences this week exploring parts of Japan’s northern island.
TOKYOPOP Fam: Minna-san genki-kai? I haven’t been writing anything on this blog but I decided to pick up the ball a bit and run with it. My plan is to give a bit of insight into encounters of mine, or thoughts about happenings, events and the world in general. Keep in mind I will most likely jump topic a lot - this blog won’t be about only one thing.
The University of Tokyo Newspaper posted an interview with Shintarō Kawakubo, the editor of the Attack on Titan manga, on Wednesday, where he discusses the popularity of the series, and is quoted as saying, “The serialization is slated to end in three to four years, but Attack on Titan is a work that will be passed down from generation to generation for a decade — no, five decades.”
Chelsea Bernard from Tofugu.com has started a new series chronicling - you guessed it - female badassery in Japanese history. As she says, Japanese history, like most national histories, tends to be a bit of a sausage fest, but it’s her hope that this series will fill in some of those gender gaps and show you why the badassery of Japan’s women deserves to be recognized too!
The popular idol group AKB48 announced at their Group Summer Festival last Sunday that they are recruiting new “part-time” members — for 1,000 yen (about US$10) an hour. Typically, potential AKB48 candidates must first undergo an arduous audition and trainee process before being promoted to regular members, but the “Part-Time AKB” campaign winners will bypass this long process.
Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki appeared on TBS television last weekend to discuss the studio’s future now that Hayao Miyazaki has retired from directing feature films. Suzuki explained that the studio is now considering dismantling the production department, in exchange for the studio focusing on managing the trademarks of its existing characters and films.