Read on if you want a chance to work in the Japanese anime business or win goodies!
Am most excited to announce that I'm working with Toshihiro Fukuoka to release a book called "The Worldwide Otaku Report" which aims to give the reader an insight into the lives of otaku worldwide who consume Japanese Pop Culture.
If you are wondering about the cover - it features my mascot character Mirai Suenaga.
As you know, I've been working with the Japanese Government to help bring Japanese Culture to the world for a while now but there is a limit to how much I can do so I thought it would make sense to involve you.
The book will be split into a few parts.
Part 1 - Representatives
Many companies in the anime business want to reach out to countries around the world but they dont know where to start - this is where I want to introduce them to you.
The book will feature representatives from countries around the world who are well versed in the anime/otaku market in their region. Each representative will most likely become the contact point for all Japanese companies who need help in developing their products/anime titles/events/services in your region.
You will have a few pages dedicated to your hobbies, photos and other nitty gritty and SNS contact details (facebook, twitter) so that you can be contacted. I'm only giving you the opportunity and showing you the door - its up to you to walk through the door and decide what you want to do on the other side. We are not expecting anything in return - what you charge for consultation is completely up to you and we are not involved with communication between you and your new clients after the book is published.
Ah, I lied about not expecting anything in return - I would expect that you do your bit to help Japan in anyway that you can by helping out companies who want to know more about your region. And remember - its up to you whether you want to charge for your services or work with them to build your brand name.
To let you know that many folks who were in Otacool 2 became cosplay consultants and 1 person in particular even became an idol singing anime OP and ED songs in Japan.
But having said all that - I'm not guaranteeing that you will be contacted by industry folks but we will market the book in Japan in such a way so that businesses will reach out to you if they are interested in developing their products in your region. I'm guessing that some of the representatives in the book may end up with a job in the anime industry too.
Part 2 - Questionnaire Data
The Worldwide Otaku Report will also contain a load of data collected from otaku around the world which covers everything from favorite anime to what mobile phone one is using.
Part 3 - Reports
Fukuoka-san and I will be writing reports on various areas of otaku culture around the world with the help of industry folks like Good Smile Company and more.
The book will contain both English and Japanese language and will be available in bookstores and convenient stores across Japan and at various outlets online too. If you want to be a part of it then read on!