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  • In this episode we head to Nakano Broadway,

  • a shopping complex not far from SHINJUKU (station)

  • To any anime or idol lover, this place can seem like paradise

  • a kind of mini Akihabara

  • One shop you will find all over the place is MANDARAKE

  • Today we are at Mandarake. It's an amazing place, a world of Manga

  • To help me out is a professional, Patrick W Galbraith

  • author of the Moe Manifesto and the Otaku Encyclopedia

  • You're really enjoying yourself, aren't you?

  • I am! There is manga everywhere, man!

  • This is paradise!

  • Recently worldwide, Manga and Anime is taking off, isn't it?

  • Yeah, I'd say so. The Manga has so much content,it's a little bit different,

  • something you might not imagine is being part of comics culture..

  • But I think it kinda offers range of materials, it draws a lot of new people in to get really excited about it,

  • They sort of want to tell other people about it,

  • I think it's the stories, the characters which makes the difference,

  • Like GOKU versus Superman

  • They are so different. GOKU is almost flawed, right?

  • yeah, superman is sort of invincible, right?

  • he's super powerful, super strong,

  • He's son of Krypton

  • Well, he never loses!

  • He never loses.But GOKU on the other hand, does lose

  • always knows there's someone more powerful than him

  • So he gets his friends together, he gets stronger...

  • He learns, he grows, he dies, he is reborn...

  • So in a way GOKU is more approachable

  • He's a little bit more down to earth, more human.

  • He can be hurt, he can cry, he laughs

  • So I think people can relate more to flawed characters

  • than to people who cannot even BLEED!

  • A little bit more human, right? Closer to me

  • Although that battle between GOKU and Superman is settled

  • They did settle it. They said Superman wins because his power level is higher

  • I think his power level is a little higher, but the thing is,

  • that GOKU has his crew. And his crew will get together to do a smack down as a team

  • Not on 1 on 1. That 's not the way things work

  • Um..in my mind

  • Anime is basically an animated version of Manga, no?

  • I'd say a lot of the content comes from somewhere else

  • You have kind of Anime based on Manga,

  • based on light novels, based on games

  • but in a way it is it's own thing.

  • I don't think it's kind of like a lesser version of the original

  • It's a different thing

  • So when you look at "Ghost in the shell" manga

  • Which is its own thing

  • And you look at Oshii Mamoru's "Ghost in the shell" film,

  • Completely different thing

  • And you can watch them side by side and see...

  • the major in one way,

  • and see the major in another way

  • and they are sort of side by side and

  • sort of expanded media world

  • So it's not the case where the book is better than the movie?

  • I don't think you have to compare them

  • They both exist side by side, and they are both enjoyable

  • All this talking and we haven't even looked around MANDARAKE yet

  • There are toy shops and manga shops

  • Let's start right here in the used Manga shop where Patrick and I are feeling that OTAKU vibe

  • How about this? "KISEIJYU"

  • also known as parasyte

  • Sci-Fi horror that takes over your brain

  • Do you know GENSHIKEN?

  • See this guy?

  • This is MADARAME

  • GENSHIKEN is about anime....and Otaku!

  • I love it.... I am OTAKU!

  • Well then, take this! ONEPIECE

  • SANJI!

  • LUFFY!

  • ZORO!

  • Pirates, action, adventure?

  • What more do you want?

  • Well then, how about this?

  • It is SOLANIN

  • It stars

  • Two girls....who wants to become...rock musicians

  • Mandarake is a chain of shops within an amazing array of toys and manga

  • through the ages

  • It's almost like a museum, but where things are for sale

  • These toys really are collectables

  • A way to connect to the past

  • Patrick has found some old school action figures

  • before they became much higher quality

  • Mandarake has so many unique items

  • Patrick finds another one, right at the entrance

  • So this is for sale for 8500 dollars

  • and it used to be a Gachapon machine

  • so the capsules are inside the chest

  • Put the money in here,

  • and it comes out, here

  • But it's been changed to a display now

  • and it's for sale! Look at this guy!

  • I can't believe there is a Gachapon machine like this in the world!

  • Only in Japan, beautiful

  • If you missed a Manga in a series, you can find it here

  • Want older? How about 1973?

  • Across the way are these two Manga

  • The price is reflected in their rarety and condition

  • This one is from 1948

  • 3 years after the war

  • This is a 1st edition from a known artist

  • expensive

  • MANDARAKE also has an online store

  • Contact them in English if you have a question

  • or searching for something

  • They don't have English Manga

  • but if you want some Japanese ones, this is the place to be

  • 2 stops from Nakano on the JR chuo line is WAOWORLD Anime studio

  • It's a division of an education and entertainment company that..

  • you guessed it...also makes Anime

  • Kaneko san works with club animators who aim to create a indie movie called chuyaden

  • Right now they are putting together a promotion video to gather funds

  • The goal... to produce a feature film based on fan feedback

  • But first, what exactly is chuyaden?

  • The story goes like this

  • Boys and girls face a situation where

  • the sun is about to disappear

  • and they fight YOKAI

  • Japanese monsters

  • to regain it

  • Day and Night Yokai do CHANBARA

  • sword fighting battle

  • And the hero characters, SHU,YUNA and KENTA

  • have their ups and downs learning along the way

  • SHU is a boy who is good at everything but doesn't show his will often

  • He grew up with Yuna, a quiet looking girl who hates losing

  • There is also KENTA, Yuna's little brother

  • and loads of YOKAI, like Nurarihyon and Kasha

  • Let's see how all the story, and all these characters are made

  • Wow. Look at all the detail the way he goes back and forth and checks underneath it

  • Absolutely. Drawing the same characters over and over again in different positions

  • You have to make sure you give the same quality, position, and detail over and over again

  • is very labor intensive

  • When he flips it up and down, you can almost see the action movement

  • Absolutely. It's moving right there in front of us.We're seeing it being drawn

  • Amazing

  • This artist is hand drawing KENTA

  • Artists work 10 to 12 hours a day, and they need a lot of energy

  • Like these "GENKI (energy) drinks". Creators live on them

  • On the other side is where the digital process begins

  • Each line is digitally entered

  • It's a time consuming process

  • This project is planned to be crowdfunded

  • And a future model on how an original Anime could be created through social networking

  • It needs to create a strong connection between creator and fans

  • It's amazing how WAO has created everything in such a small studio, isn't it?

  • Absolutely. The trailer itself was produced just by the director and

  • They were able to take these digital tools effectively to produce his own animations

  • And getting other people involved in the process to take on more and more tasks

  • Basically put together a coalition of talented artists

  • And each one of them will probably make their own trailers and their own films

  • Right. That's how the industry works, isn't it?

  • In this sense, yes

  • I think it's keeping it a little bit more fast streaming the process

  • because they are not just doing one thing,but you are doing more and more tasks

  • using the digital tools

  • So in a way it's creating more rounded individuals who can do

  • creative actions more autonomously

  • I mean, to be working in this industry, how many people get to do this?

  • This is where it's happening

  • You see people getting into it, and working their way up

  • Learning their skill in the process

  • We tried digitally coloring the main character, SHU

  • It's sort of like coloring by number, but harder

  • You need to have an accurate touch

  • It looks easy, but for beginners it could become a real challenge

  • Oh you missed

  • While we figure this out, take a look at how a Anime scene is made

  • Several hours of work, crunched into 20 seconds