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Eric Nakamura is the co founder of Giant Robot, a trendspotting magazine with two stores, in. more , the boyish 35 year old publisher of Los Angeles based, was happily riffing on what he loves best: toys, from the weirdly cute but menacing little girls and puppies sculpted by Japanese artist, to those lovable Ugly Dolls he helped launch. "Is this all a niche market?" Nakamura, unofficial arbiter of all things cool in Asia and Asian America, reflected on a recent visit to San Francisco, where he spoke on a panel about "Japan's Pop Culture Revolution." "I don't know. Animation is huge even Best Buy sells it. Five years into the millennium, Japan's most visible export isn't economic, but cultural. The jury's still out on whether anime (Japanese animation), manga, toys, gadgets and fashion will sweep across middle America. Until recently, the whole phenomenon was flying largely under the radar of mainstream louis vuitton purses 2012 collection cultural mavens. But in December, none other than the discovered the exploding manga market aimed at girls while The last month crowned director the "auteur of anime." Earlier this week, the subject was literally the "Talk of the Nation" on National Public Radio's popular call in news program. America, however, is still perceived as one of the last English speaking holdouts to embrace anime (ahn ee may) and manga (mahn gah), whose big eyed characters, good story lines and cinematic effects have drawn millions of otaku, or obsessed fans, the world over. "This stuff is getting globalized like never before," says, chair of cultural anthropology at Duke University, whose louis vuitton neverfull abricot examination of the subject, "Millennium Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination" (University of ) will be out in 2006. It all indicates kids have "figured out that it's different, but it's cool," Allison says. "It's a different kind of cool." In 2002, Miyazaki's lyrical film, "Spirited Away," won an Oscar and was the first animated film to win the Grand Prix prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Japanese horror film, "Ringu," and its American version, "Ring," louis vuitton neverfull njuskalo were huge hits. 's animated sequences in "Kill Bill" were the buzz of Hollywood, while "The Matrix," it's widely believed, was anime inspired. On television, a fourth of the programming on features anime, from "Dragon Ball" to "Inuyasha, " while "Pokemon," "Yu Gi Oh!" and other anime comprise a third of Kids' WB! programming. Then there's a slew of anime inspired creations like miniature Gachapon toys (figures encased in a plastic sphere and sold in coin operated machines) and artsy items like 's bags emblazoned with a sea of floating eyes. Nakamura and his founding partner,, have this turf covered with the trendspotting Giant Robot mini empire. The magazine recently celebrated its tenth louis vuitton shoes glasgow year, and there are three GR outlets selling the toys, books, T shirts and cutting edge art, one in the Haight on Shrader Street, and his original store and a gallery in Los Angeles (he's looking for fourth site in New York City). store. Nakamura, 35, has built up considerable street cred, enjoying a nearly cult status among followers of the Asian pop culture scene. Film stars frequent GR stores and he hangs with folk like his "cuz," music producer Dan ( "The Automator") Nakamura. But Eric Nakamura takes his success in stride. "We just write about what we like," he says. On a recent day, GRSF, his 400 sq. foot store in the Haight, was thrumming with customers. "It's awesome," says, a 27 year old Academy of Art University student who looked, with her pig tails and fluorescent orange sweatshirt and jeans, like she just stepped out of an anime sequence. "It's toys for big kids." Interest in Asian matters is nothing new in America, of course. "," the mouthless feline diva of the Sanrio toy empire, is 30 years old, and beloved anime legend, "Astro Boy," is even more ancient. They had 'Shogun' on TV and thousands of sushi places opened the next day. "You get exposed to day to day items of etiquette, foods, certain social patterns.
Founded in 1986, VIZ also publishes Animerica magazine. and Canada. Last year, VIZ's samurai graphic novel, "Rurouni Kenshin," part of the Shonen Jump line which is the world's most popular manga, was on the.
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