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Manga Uploaded to Image-Sharing Site Makes Waves on Twitter "T Kyou K Gei Daigaku Manga Gakka Ikkisei ni yoru Daigaku Yonen-kan wo Manga de Bou ni Furu" tells the tale of a youth's struggles to become a mangaka.
A manga that was uploaded onto image sharing site pixiv on the 18th is making waves on Twitter. Entitled "T Kyou K Gei Daigaku Manga Gakka Ikkisei ni yoru Daigaku Yonen-kan wo Manga de Bou ni Furu" (Laying waste to 4 years of university by enrolling in T-kyo K-gei University Manga Course), the manga was 81 pages and written by a "Ashita kara Ganbaru" (I'll work hard from tomorrow). It tells the tale of a youth aiming to become a mangaka, who enrols in the manga course at university and undergoes 4 whole years of suffering as a result.
As the title suggests, it is not particularly a happy manga. Nevertheless, readers found it to be a very thought-provoking piece becase of the way the protagonist thought and acted, and his worries, all of which should strike a chord with all youths stuck in this employment ice age.
Just as the tag-line goes, "Whose words are 'Yamashita-san's words'," Yamashita-san, who appears near the end of the manga speaks words that should resonate in everyone's hearts.original source
Large Number of Middle School Students Buy Anime Music
Most people who buy anime music seem to be males.
According to the "Music Media User Factual Investigation" carried out by the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), anime single CD purchases make up 17% of all music CD purchases in Japan, while anime album CD purchases make up 12% of the total.
The investigation also revealed that 53.7% of male middle school students, 42.4% of male high school students and 32.4% of university undergraduates and polytechnic students bought anime single CDs. On the other hand only 28.4% of female middle school students bought anime single CDs. On the whole, purchases of anime album CDs were lower. However, a notable exception was among female middle school students, 30.2% of which bought anime album CDs, a number similar to, and in fact slightly more than, those who bought anime single CDs.
RIAJ also investigated the roles of YouTube and Nico Nico Douga and other free video sharing sites in music appreciation, and found that 1 in 2 people used YouTube, while 1 in 4 used Nico Nico Douga to listen to music. In addition, 1 in 4 people downloaded the music files off the videos on the sites.original source