Year-end Review of 2009 Japanese Milestones

Posted by on December 1st, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Sometimes it feels like any JPN entertainment news is big news here in The States. But that’s because of their licensors, surely. Here’s some stuff that made headlines in Japan that might still be interesting to us (I fully include myself in this “us”) if we weren’t busy plating Naruto headbands.

1. Japanese Manga Museum, replete with cafe and lounge, planned for erection in Japan.

2. Manga “Museum” called a “glorified manga-kissa” by most all Japanese pols; erection quashed. (via Pink Tentacle)

3. Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s nth level elfin mage (and inventor of the Wii) asks the audience in acceptance speech for The Asiagraph 2009 Award in popular entertainment not to confuse anything he does with art. ”These are all just products” (Link in Japanese). I love you Shigeru Miyamoto.

4. “Crayon Shin chan” creator USUI, Yoshito found dead. This wasn’t under-reported here, but, well… I guess in this 2009 of remarkable passings, I half expected more of a Heath Ledger-type dedication. There isn’t a single article about the dude’s family or what makes hiking alone in the mountains so dangerous. Whereas ole Heathy… well, I was just surprised so many comics blogs reported on this. Thanks to all of them I can now watch for the exact moment Heath’s soul falls apart in “Dark Knight.”

5. The dying wish of a 10-year girl with vascular cancer: to watch “Up” before she died. Pixar made it happen.

No one was dying to see Astro-boy.

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