Anime and manga fans are increasing world wide! Tokyo is at the center of it all so in this episode, John Daub and Patrick W. Galbraith, author of the Otaku Encyclopedia and Moe Manifesto head to Nakano Broadway and Mandarake, a famous manga shop. This place is otaku heaven!

Here we discuss:
★ Why is manga and anime becoming more popular?
★ Dragon Ball Z GOKU vs. SUPERMAN
★ Anime vs. Manga
Is the book better than the movie?

We also look at some of Mandarake’s collectable toys and some of the oldest manga available at the shop.
Next, we go to Asagaya and WAO Corporation’s studio where they are making a crowd-funded anime production called Chuya-den. Chuya-den, directed by Yoshiyuki “Yoshiko” Kaneko who studied animation under Taku Furukawa, the Japanese Animation Guru! Chuya-den is using a new crowd-funding model for creating original anime.

Connecting fans and creators to make original ideas is the key to the success of budding ideas and many young anime creators start in outfits like Chuya-den. Patrick and John look at the process from character creation to digitalizing and coloring in a small indie studio.

URL: Mandarake, Nakano Broadway http://www.mandarake.co.jp/
Chuya-den Anime Project http://anime.chuyaden.com/en/home.html
WAO Corporation http://www.wao-corp.com/
Patrick W. Galbraith ‘s books available on Amazon.com
The Otaku Encyclopedia: http://amzn.com/1568365497
The Moe Manifesto: http://amzn.com/4805312823