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The exception is Hayao Miyazaki, who produces feature films for theaters in his Studio Ghibli. Invariably, each of his movies is the most profitable of the year it is released, and animes as Princess Mononoke, the journey of Chihiro and The Animated Castle, by its universal appeal, are among the ten highest-grossing Japanese productions of all time. They’re classics in every sense of the word.

Does everyone read manga in Japan?

Virtually. After all, it is practical and cheap entertainment. And in a society where people have little time for leisure and read a lot, it is common to find Mangas in the hands of both executives and children.

Also, characters such as Doraemon, the blue robot cat that comes from the future, are as accessible and traditional as Mickey Mouse and appear in educational books, government campaigns, and various products.

There are advertisements of the most famous stories of the moment in billboards, train stations, and even within the wagons. In the stands, which, unlike Brazil, only exist in train stations and convenience stores, manga appears more prominently than newspapers and other periodicals.

How long before a manga becomes an anime?

There’s no pattern. In the leading magazines, as soon as the manga begins, it is bought by a TV channel. There, he wins a weekly primetime series (between 17 and 19 hours), which can have hundreds of episodes and generate a lot of merchandise.

Another way is when a Studio transforms a more cult manga into a feature film or a DVD or TV series (at less busy times, such as Dawn).

And yet the reverse is true: a successful anime to generate a manga, as happened with Gundam, the most famous giant robot in Japan.

Is there a place in Japan for manga culture?

In the tremendous Japanese cities, the problematic thing is precisely to escape from this culture. But the epicenter of the phenomenon is in the Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo. There are dozens of mangrove stores (such as Tora no Ana), flip ramps built by Sega itself, toy kiosks, thumbnails and the most diverse technological windmills, as well as bars and theme cafés for all tastes and events almost every week for the release of various products, with pocket shows by favorite artists of fans.

These stores are all huge and occupy entire buildings, with different departments. That is, they are right temples of otaku consumption.

Why do characters have such exaggerated expressions?

The Japanese have a long tradition of humor based on faces and other funny expressions – the word manga means “irreverent drawings.” Another explanation comes from the inheritance that the manga received from the cartoons.

For this reason, manga and anime have developed their language for the characters ‘ expressions. Check some.

Droplet: it means embarrassment, often because of something bizarre or” clueless ” that another character does.

What changed in the anime industry?

Neon Genesis Evangelion, aired in 1995 and 1996, was a milestone. With a thriller plot never seen in an anime about giant robots, he made great success in prime time. For this reason, the producers began to dare in the scripts and rolled a series boom into TV. A schedule was even created to show cults and adult series: late at night and early in the morning.

These series were the main export product of the studios to the West, which compensated for the drop in domestic sales – the country was in recession in the 1990s.

Also, the Digital Production, which dispenses acetate, paint and other materials and allows the insertion of 3D graphics in the drawings, has swapped the productions. This new breath was vital to keep Japanese animation at the forefront of the world.

Are Fanzines important in Japan?

It’s unimaginable for an American to sell a Spider-Man, Batman, or Mickey fanzine-A lawyer would soon be on his trail. But in Japan, the manga industry and the world of fanzines (called doujinshi) coexist harmoniously, and one benefits the other. It is common to find fanzines from Doraemon, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, with new adventures of the characters. There are thousands available.

The authors and publishers do not bother with the fanzines, because their print runs of hundreds of copies do not threaten the millionaire sales of the manga. Several successful authors began as fanzineiros and were later discovered by the publishers ‘ talent hunters.