Reflections on Japan & More









Hey, everyone. This is Tony. I felt like I wanted to talk about variety of things regarding Japan.

First off,  I want to talk about my appearance on the “Anime Fans Help Japan” podcast back on March 20,  hosted by the gang at the Unofficial One Piece Podcast. Overall, it was a great experience and much kudos to the guys making $30,000+. I only wished we had more time to talk. I also found it funny that I was sandwiched between Eric Stuart & Steve Blum, two of the more popular voice actors out there. In any case, special thanks to the One Piece Podcast crew for having me for their fundraiser telethon.

Second, I do want to talk about concerns I have about Japan. Recently, Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara said that the Japanese public should not celebrate “hanami” (drinking under the cherry blossoms). Everyone needs to restrain themselves. There’s no time for happiness. In Japan, the group is more important than yourself. If you need to express yourself, do it privately. The only problem is that the more bottled up you become, the more you’re likely to let loose in a terrible rage. Another problem was that Ishihara earlier said that Japan deserved being hit by the disaster (though he apologized). If Japan continues to be run by fascist politics, then the recovery of the country can be hindered to a huge degree. Life has to go on at some point. The only props I can give to the Japanese people is that they were calm & tough-as-nails when the disaster panicked. Other countries should learn from them.

I also thought about the future of manga on the Internet. As some of you may know, Shueisha & Kodansha are putting up their manga magazine issues online since the disaster destroyed paper mills and chemical plants. It’s interesting to see now that manga publishers are finally taking an initiative in digital manga and all it took was something catastrophic to happen. You can read my thoughts here.

Also, much props to the Japanese musicians who are doing their part in helping Japan. Yoshiki, GLAY, L’Arc~en~ciel, TM Revolution, Utada Hikaru, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, etc.

Our own Megumi also has been taking part in the “JP Girls NYC – Save Japan With Your Love” events. Another event took place this past weekend at Union Square and the group managed to raise $9,000+ on that day. Congratulations to the lovely ladies.

One more announcement is that there will be fundraising concert in East Windsor, NJ, the Metal Show for Japan Tsunami Relief. The event will take place this Saturday, April 2 from 4pm to 8:30pm. It is organized by the band, OSSU. More information about the concert can be found here.

See you guys soon!

– Tony

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