“I really wanted to bring some diversity into the Japanese industry. Diversity is one of the keys to survival. It’s strange that we have tons of translated novels and films here, and Japanese love those works, mystery novels and Hollywood movies and Disney. But for some reason, we don’t like the comics that others [like].” The Internet may provide the illusion of greater proximity and transparency for overseas fans and artists, but trend spotting from thousands of miles away is inadequate. “People think that with the Internet, you can follow everything, but that’s just not true.”
By Roland Kelts.