Much has been made of the Japanese impulse to personify humanize everything in general, and robotic in particular. So, while the idea of Amazon delivery packages via drone flight has Americans thinking about lost job, privacy concerns, theft and so on, it's hardly surprisingly that a Japanese artist has offered a look at the Amazon drone as a cute girl. Check out the results after the jump.
Amazon is gearing up to launch an everyone-wins fan fiction initiative, where the writer, the intellectual property owner and the intermediary will make money. So far, they've licensed Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries from WB’s Alloy division. Fans can then write their own fiction based on those series, sell it for Kindle, and split the money three ways. More after the jump.
Amazon Japan has posted its top 10 lists in each category for the 12 months from December 1st, 2011 to November 30th, 2012. The 5th volime of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Blu-ray disc and the 13th volume of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Neon Genesis Evangelion manga were the bestsellers in their categories. Check the anime/comic rankings of 2012 after the jump.
The online retailer Amazon Japan have announced their "Best of 2011" ranking. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn's 3rd Blu-ray disc topped the anime DVD/Blue-ray chart. The 61st volume of ONE PIECE and The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya were the best selling titles in their category, light novel and manga. Check the anime, manga, light novel TOP 10 rankings after the jump.
ePublishing has been slow to get off the ground in Japan. Fears of lost profits and lost jobs are mostly to blame. But now, Amazon will soon be entering the eBook business in Japan and is already in negotiations with major publishers to begin selling content by the end of the year. More details after the jump!