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Japan’s Top Manga Artists Celebrate 10 Years of Naruto with Original Fanart

Japan’s Top Manga Artists Celebrate 10 Years of Naruto with Original Fanart

Of all the manga and animé series that have found homes in the West, Naruto is arguably one of the most well known after the legendary Dragon Ball. Years after it first appeared, the story of the young ninja on a quest to achieve recognition as the strongest of his kind continues to enthrall readers and TV audiences across the world with its dramatic action sequences and a twisting plot that plays on the themes of loyalty, friendship and endurance in the face of adversity.

To celebrate 10 years of the infinitely popular series, some of Japan’s biggest manga-ka comic artists have produced a series of one-off tribute drawings, some faithful to Masashi Kishimoto’s original illustrations, some a clever blend of Naruto and their own preferred style. All, however, are incredibly cool.

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The Moé Rice Revolution: Cute and Sexy Manga is Helping Rejuvinate Rice in Japan

The Moé Rice Revolution: Cute and Sexy Manga is Helping Rejuvinate Rice in Japan

Despite it being the backbone of the country’s agricultural industry, rice consumption in Japan is on the decline.

While favourites like sushi and donburi continue to be enjoyed, increasingly few young Japanese sit down to a bowl of rice with their meal compared to even ten years ago, with more and more people are choosing bread and pasta instead, citing their convenience and “cooler” image.

In the past, both morning and evening meals in Japan were comprised of rice, a bowl of miso soup and fish, meat or vegetables. Lunch, too, often included rice or onigiri rice-balls. While the nation still continues to eat vast amounts of the stuff, and we’re in no danger of losing cute and creative bento packed lunches any time soon, it has been revealed that Japan now consumes more bread than it does rice, and that rice farming is in trouble.

In an effort to keep its rice industry alive, however, Japan Agriculture, along with a host of rice producers, have struck upon an idea that’s proving to be a big hit and putting a little cool back into the nations staple food.

Introducing: The Moé Rice Revolution!!!

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