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posted 08/10/27


1.jpgSo it is October and some of you guys must be coming to Tokyo for the “JAPAN INTERNATIONAL CONTENTS FESTIVAL (Called “CoFesta”) ”  which is “the world's largest comprehensive contents festival. The events connected with the contents industry like game, animation, manga & character, music, broadcast and film are held in cooperation with each other.” Above all, 21st Tokyo International Film Festival is still the largest event among this CoFesta, I guess. I’ll leave that to the official reports from “Akiba Today”, but yes, I see a lot of “gaijin = foreigners” recently with paper bags and jeans, which I assume working for the entertainment industry, and that’s good. I hope that the recent stock thing is not attacking you too much, don’t worry we have only backed about five years, we’ll live. Twenty years ago there were mainly the suits guys coming for business in Tokyo, but we cannot live by money alone, we need something to enjoy. 

This summer comic book movies were great with “Hulk”, ”Iron Man”, and “The Dark Knight”, although Hayao Miyazaki again took most of the family audience with “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”.

I didn’t really know the whole story about “Hulk”, “Iron Man” and the “Avengers”, but these two movies did a great job to make the Japanese audience become pretty interested, with the CEO in the last part of “Hulk” and the mysterious guy saying the word “Avengers….” to Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark. Most people really didn’t know the “Iron Man” but this movie set a mood that the “Avengers” movies would be the ones “fun to watch”.

And “The Dark Knight”!!! It was surely amazing, you knew with “Batman Begins”, that they were going into a serious taste, but “The Dark Knight” was really shocking. I felt like the Joker pointed fingers towards me and said “you ain’t no different than me, you are evil, too. You know that. Batman is bad-man. He is causing all of this evil, and me? I’m just having fun!”. Some of you thought that the Dark Knight is like America fighting against the fear and terror for decades. “The Dark Knight” was much more than a Batman movie, those of you who haven’t had the chance to watch it, a) go see it! and b) don’t read the next paragraph.

When Joker set a bomb in the two boats (one full of criminals and one with ordinary citizens), with the bomb switches passed to the other boat, my evil guess was that the Joker gave each boat their own switch, meaning that if they believe that the switch was for the bomb for the other boat, and if you turn it on, then YOUR boat explodes! So you kill yourselves. I thought that was the trap that the Joker made for the “ordinary people”, again laughing that “you’re no different than me, YOU are evil! And this is your pay back!”.

 Yesterday in Shibuya, a very Japanese looking guy was asking the direction to go to NHK to very foreigner looking guys with jeans and large bags. He was asking in fluent Japanese in a loud voice. The “foreigner-guys” were saying in English “I don’t understand. Do you speak English?” and the Japanese was still saying “NHK wa docchi desu ka? (meaning “Which way is the NHK?”). My guess here was a) he just wanted to make friends and joking, or b) he was an ExtraTerrestrial.

So, Japan becoming so international, Ishimori opened an English site on October 1st.
I would say some 80% is now translated but forgive me not everything (like the news) but at least you could feel what’s inside. Send us comments and questions. We get a lot of “Cyborg009” inquires, I guess since 2009 is the “Year of Cyborg009”. In July 19th 1964, he started this masterpiece, so we are planning to have some fan event on July 19th, 2009, and we are now heading for the year 2012, which the story should welcome the climax

On October 2nd, the Guinness World Record Museum appointed Shotaro Ishimori as the Honorable Chairman of the museum, located on the 3rd floor of the famous Tokyo Tower. Over 200 thousand people from all over Japan and the world visit the museum every year. Shotaro Ishinomori having the world record to create the most number of Manga(comic) title (which is 770 titles) by an author the Museum decided to have him as the Honorable Chairman. Kamen Rider KIVA and DEN-O came to praise the event with presence of Sinnichiro Inoue, CEO of Kadokawa Publishing, Mr.Yoshizawa, CEO of the Museum and Akira Onodera, CEO of Ishimori Production. 

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I feel the world is now getting smaller every day, we will me you here and there. Again it is good to talk about fun things (not only business and money), we could exchange our thoughts on what’s different and what’s not, I hope that Manga brings us a little bit closer in heart.

Jaa Minna Mata! (See you guys!)

by Accel, Ishimori Production Inc.

"Accel" is one of Managing Directors at Ishimori Production Inc. host to the "King of Manga" Shotaro Ishinomori who wrote more than 700 Manga titles and is therefore now registered in the guinness book of world records. His works include "Cyborg009", "Kamen Rider (or Masked Rider)", "Go Ranger", "Kikaider" ,"Robocon", "Hotel", "Sabu and Ichi", and many more.

Ishimori Production's vision is to spread his works around the globe in various ways including comics, TV shows, movies, animations, internet,mobile, character merchandise and live shows.


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