Japanese Foreign Ministry announced on December 2 that they appointed Japanese manga artist Takehiko Inoue, who is well known internationally for his manga works Slam Dunk and Vagabond, as a Japan-Spain goodwill ambassador to promote the 400th anniversary of diplomatic exchanges between the two countries. Hit the jump for more.
To clear up some confusion, just like the title of yesterday's poll about female friendship, the literal translation of the original title of this poll is "Females voted! Anime that they moe over male friendship", which means that people voted on anime that they watch for examples of male friendship in the show. Goo Ranking posted the results of their poll recently that asked registered Goo research monitors to vote in September. See the results after the jump!
"Slam Dunk" manga author Takehiko Inoue donated 1 million yen worth of manga books, magazines, and DVDs to the schools in his hometown, Isa-city of Kagoshima Prefecture. The city will set up the Takehiko Inoue library in the course of the month. Hit the jump for more details.
A member of known theater production company blogged about making the legendary manga / anime, SLAM DUNK, into a musical, talking about an elaborate plan of using Japanese professional basketball players as actors and voice actors for voice over. Too good to be true? More details after the jump.
This week, CNN's "Human to Hero" series features one of the most popular manga artists in Japan today, Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond, Real). In his first interview with CNN, Inoue talks about the meaning of drawing for him, his childhood memory, and his passion for the characters. Hit the jump for more details.
In Japan during the 90's, Slam Dunk was one of Shonen Jump's juggernauts, and that popularity extended across Asia and Europe. After the jump, see a group from the National Taiwan University of Arts pay tribute to the landmark sports series' opening.