There is something quite alluring about the Japanese culture that draws in people from all over the world. The land of the rising sun attracts many, whether it’s from their traditional tales of ninja and samurai, their tech giants that took the world by storm in the 1980s, or their pop culture found in the form of anime, manga, and video games.
For us, it was a bit of each.
If you’re like us, and you’ve grown to love Japan as we have, then you may have made an effort to learn more about the language and culture. At Japanese Please, our goal is to help promote that, as well as help bridge the cultural gaps.
We aim to promote smaller businesses in Japan to an international audience abroad, as well as help people abroad become more acquainted with the language and culture. We believe in using pop culture and entertainment as a means of learning. That’s why we started Manga Please and Anime Please.
Manga has really come far, making its way to numerous countries all over the world. Back in the early 2000s, you’d be lucky to find a few shelves of manga at your local bookstore. But today, you can find aisles of it. Except, of course, when it comes to the original Japanese manga. It still manages to remain elusive outside of Japan.
Manga, in its original Japanese form, is more than just some novelty for collectors overseas. It’s what we believe to be the perfect study tool for learning Japanese. The sheer fun and amusement that comes with your favorite manga titles can also be channeled into your Japanese studies.
Whether you buy Japanese manga for collecting, study, or just to enjoy, our goal is to help you get it. While we currently only export manga from Japan, in the future we hope to distribute locally in your country, as well as help produce original manga with lesser known artists.
Anime has also come a really long way, and just like manga, we believe it can also be a really helpful study tool. Now before you roll your eyes and say you’re not interested in talking like an obnoxious cartoon character, remember, as a study tool, your goal is to understand what’s being said. Not to replicate what’s being said. Unless your into that… then by all means, go knock yourself out.
When it comes to anime, unlike manga, watching anime in its original Japanese format is actually becoming much easier over. What with YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and all, you often have the option to view with the original Japanese audio. And even with Japanese subtitles too. But despite all of that, we would still love to see something more. Something that hasn’t been tackled before, and we’re gonna need your help to do it.
We are actively recruiting artists, animators, storytellers, and others, to produce original anime, featuring diverse casts of characters. Roughly half the characters will speak Japanese, while the other half will speak English and/or another language. While this anime can be educational, in the sense that it will expose you to both English and Japanese, it will be produced purely for entertainment.
We will be working together with both English and Japanese voice actors, who will be starring together in every episode. Common themes in our anime will include diversity, curiosity, and inclusion of foreign people and cultures. Throughout the story, the protagonist and group of characters will be exposed to new language and culture, and thereby, so will the viewer.
Some characters will be bilingual, some will improve their foreign language ability as the story progress, while others may stay hopelessly monolingual. Of course, subtitles will be available in Japanese, English, and other languages as well. Whether you watch our anime for entertainment or education, we hope this is a concept you will grow to love.
Before we can start pitching our project for funding, we invite you to join us and help put together a trailer to give viewers a better understanding of our dream project. We warmly welcome any questions or suggestions, and look forward to you joining the Anime Please project.
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