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Post Reply Investor Z Caption Contest Winners Announced + a Special Interview with Norifusa Mita!
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Hey guys, DarlingDaniChan here, with a Crunchyroll Manga contest!

All you have to do to enter this contest is take ONE of the following pages from Investor Z and caption it WITHOUT MENTIONING INVESTING OR MONEY!









Simply fill in the speech bubbles with your own words!

The author, Norifusa Mita, made this shikishi for the lucky winner! (Photo taken by Gavin Levy)



We even got a special message from the author for Investor Z readers!

Q: Do you have any special words for Investor Z fans abroad?

Economics is universal. I feel that people around the world possessing various kinds of knowledge is very meaningful. It would be very satisfying to me if people could gain knowledge about the economics of the world through Investor Z. The goal is to invest hard towards making the world more affluent. It's an ambitious dream, but "investing" isn't just about investing money, it's about investing yourself, about polishing yourself to give yourself an even higher value. I truly hope for the readers to improve themselves.


Last but not least, we have an exclusive interview with the author of Investor Z that will be posted along with the winner announcement!

The deadline for this contest is 5/8 at 11:59pm PST

The winner will be announced the following day.

Good luck!

DarlingDaniChan

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UPDATE

We have THREE shikishi to give away so give us your best shot at captioning ONE page from above and we will choose 3 lucky winners!

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WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!


Thanks everyone who participated, choosing only 3 winners was SO TOUGH, but here they are! Winners, keep an eye out for a DM from me so you can get your awesome signed shikishi!


Harpis!!!



meygaera!!!



microslavery!!!




AND WE HAVE TWO HONORABLE MENTIONS THAT WILL BE GETTING ONE PREMIUM MONTH FREE!


Chippyri!!!



ShawnHacaga!!!



THANKS EVERYONE ~~~~

Here's an interview with the author of Investor Z, Norifusa MIta, which we translated especially for you guys!

The Interview was originally published in Japan's Nikkei.



90% of people in the world have a middle-school level of understanding investments
With the inception of the NISA law of non-taxation of minor investments, 2014 could be called the “first year of personal investments.” Perhaps now the national financial asset in Japan of 1.6 quadrillion yen of household income can start moving dynamically from savings to investments. While the incentive to invest is now more attractive than ever, I have been listening to cherished opinions of those who are not experts, who nonetheless have been tackling the idea of investing. The first time around, we hear from the author of the colorful investment-manga Investor-Z, Mita Norifusa; the manga is a story about junior-high and high-school students who make investments to manage their school’s finances.

Since Investor-Z is an investment-manga, I heartily welcome the tailwinds of the idea of making personal investments. I kind of want everyone to really get into it. But I didn’t start illustrating the manga by anticipating this new movement. I laid out the outlines in June of 2012, so the current situation was beyond the scope of my imagination.
First of all the point of departure of the manga is not investment per se, but the management of school finances. I have another serial whose theme is high-school baseball, so when I went to visit a famous private school to gather material, the director of the baseball team dismissed baseball-talk at the outset, and said, “Our school is having financial difficulties.” He said the desperate shortage of student applicants has them falling below the needed quota. Though they are a highly prestigious school that went to Koshien stadium (where the Japan National High School Baseball Tournament is held), what he said was unexpected. As I sat in the bullet train on my way home, I reflected on how a tuition-free school could be implemented. If a fund of the school’s founder could be invested and finances could be managed using investments, children could get their education for free, right? And then I thought, what if kids ran the show? I thought that might be a fun idea for a manga, and that’s how it all started.

■ Can you explain “Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section”?
 The protagonist is in the first year of junior high, and the serial is in the young people’s magazine Morning. Frankly said, over 90% of people in the world don’t have a good understanding of investing and economics. For example, take the “Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section,” or “Nikkei average”: ask anyone those things and most of them won’t be able to explain them. That’s why I think that it would be good for adults to start learning about the economy from scratch, maybe from about a junior-high school level.
 My style of writing manga is to start off without any preliminary knowledge of the subject, and this time was no exception, I never had studied investments. I do this because when accumulates, you become prone to constructing artifices based on personal opinion. And when that happens, the fun gets sapped out. When I go material-hunting and I feel that something is interesting, and when I convert that feeling into manga, the feeling gets communicated to readers right away. Even the line in the manga: “Investors don’t debate” is what I heard verbatim from Japan’s several fund-managers. They said if you debate and start sticking to opinions, you’ll get bound by them and eventually fail.
At the end of volume 2 there’s a scene in which a girl says to the protagonist about to invest 10 billion yen with 8% interest: “How conservative.” Those were also the words I heard from a woman fund-manager of foreign finances, when I ran the idea by her. That had quite an impact on me, so because I wanted to use that line I went ahead and created a character just so could say it, and I planned it so that volume 2 will end with that line (laugh).
Though the turn of phrase is outlandish, what I’ve depicted in the manga is based on pretty orthodox, basic knowledge concerning stocks. Even in Dragon Zakura I emphasize the most basic of basic ideas that to raise your scores in math, you have to know how to calculate, and the situation is the same this time around. In volume 1 there is a part that explains how money came into existence. Who made money, and when? Most people in the world don’t know these things. I thought that would be a good launching pad for talking about what the economy is all about.
When manga begins to lose its value, that’s when the information contained therein becomes commonplace and outdated. I think my manga has to be such that ten years from now, fifteen years from now, it would be resourceful for learning about finances, so that even a college professor could use it as material for teaching about the economy. For that to happen, I have to depict the solid foundations.

■ Inheriting a family business and having money troubles
 I had money troubles in my younger days, and maybe the influence of those days has been reflected in the manga. I was at one time employed at a department store, but subsequently I inherited my family’s clothing store in Iwate. That was right about the time when there was a massive upsurge of suburban shopping centers, which made for an upheaval in Japanese commerce. Our store was located on a street in the merchant district, so customers diminished, sales dropped, and so on... Paying back my suppliers became difficult, the phone would ring off the hook with payment reminders; it was so extremely painful having to tell one lie after another. That period lasted six whole years, starting at the age of twenty-four. During that time, the money I had at my leisurely disposal was zero.
 I became a manga illustrator originally because I was after prize money. When I closed shop out in the country, I had no place to work. I glanced through a magazine and saw that there was a million-yen prize given to the winner of a newcomer award. I read about the grand prize winner, and I thought to myself, heck, I could do a story like that. It’s not like I was an expert in mangas, but I thought if I made a story that’s comical with a sentimental twist at the end, I might win the million, or maybe 500,000 (laugh).
Money no ken was a work I illustrated under the editor’s advice to “Illustrate something about yourself.” But when you’re running a store out in the countryside, you got no leisure time. Customers don’t come, and even when they do, they buy nothing. I gave them coffee and cigarettes, they gab for two-three hours, say “see ya” and leave. I think to myself, buy half a pair of socks why don’t you, but people like that won’t spring for anything. In that manga is a scene where it’s said: “We sold like crazy!” but that was based on wishing I could’ve felt like that, so the serial started because I wanted to experience that vicariously.

■ Toward a nation that takes more risks
I’m 56 years old right now, and in terms of producing a massive body of work, my stamina and time are limited. So I’m illustrating what I want to illustrate for posterity’s sake first. I feel it’s a way of taking back by manga all the money woes I had endured. Because I’ve experienced the lack of financial freedom to the bone. Having no money is tantamount to getting you’re robbed of freedom.
There’s a fixation in Japan to the image: “investing = dirty money-making,” but I feel our society should take more risks. I did some research and much to my surprise; it seems all ordinary folks were playing the stock market before the war. The war brought about the drastic change in our nation, which went from investing to saving; it’s been almost 70 years and we still haven’t gotten over it.
 If there’s no investing, the world will begin to decline. It is by virtue of investing that businesses are cultivated. It’s the great point of departure of societal development. In order for businesses to do dynamic business, aggressive investing is a must. Sure, investing is also for individuals, but I think it’s also a way of doing service to society.
 No one can make a living by cutting themselves off the economy, but most people live their lives without any interest in the economy. My hope is that Investor-Z provides the reader with a chance to be convinced that people are really doing themselves a disfavor by continuing on their current track. I know it will be an added plus to their way of life. I especially want economy-impacting business people and college students to read it.



Here are some pictures of Norifusa Mita drawing your shikishi and showing off his work space! Photos by Gavin Levy.









~~~~ Thanks guys, I can't wait to do more manga contests with all of you!
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i'm growing crazy with finals... and procrastinating heavily ;__; i imagine z had to go through the same thing at one point


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yeah i wikipedia stuff... i'm sure im not the only one. and yes... participating in this thread is one of my procrastination.

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Ops I think I made an obvious to everyone else mistake



I'll submit this anyway as a default entry.
Will try to submit another one after reading the manga =)
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I had to stop while captioning this, to question my life choices.
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Had to think about this one...
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This is a fun idea.



Edit! I made this without following the rules xD.
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