Saturday, April 25, 2015

Japanese Anime & Manga

1970’s for me were my childhood days. I grew up glued to television: Sesame Street, The Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Popeye, Moby Dick, and played all sorts of Nintendo ‘Game & Watches’ and board games such as Scrabble and Millionaire’s Game (my favourite). These were the years as well that I went totally gaga over Japanese Animes: Starzinger, Voltes V, Heidi, Mazinger Z, Astro Boy. My favourites were Voltes V and Mazinger Z. When they play on TV (I think at 17:00 in the afternoon), I would stop playing with our neighbours and scuttle back home as fast as I could to watch.

Ah, those were the days. I get nostalgic about the 70’s and 80’s. Life before was simpler.

Anyway, you might wonder what the difference is between Anime and Manga. Anime is a term used for Japanese animations usually made for television, whilst Manga is the written and drawn version for comics.

As for comics I used to be fascinated with Archie and Snoopy. It’s funny, in High School I made a lot of Snoopy bookmarks in felt paper fabric and sold them to my classmates. I got so many orders that it kept me awake at night, my mother ended up giving me an ultimatum to stop my little side business so I can focus back on my studies.

Now these pictures were taken at the Mori Observation Deck in Minato City, Tokyo. There was a Manga exhibit but unfortunately I could not ID these characters. I assume these are Manga characters (they could also be Anime as well) from the recent generation.

Hmmm, if I remember it correctly, the girls back then in the Anime series didn’t have such racy charms and they definitely didn’t dress up in provocative clothing such as these? How times have changed!

Travel Period: November 2014
Destination: Minato (Tokyo), Japan

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