Mind Over Manga
I came across an article about Microsoft's recently launched Windows 8 which placed two packaging versions side-by-side. One was the "regular" version, which had vibrant and colorful elements while retaining a minimalistic and elegant look. The other was starkly different. It was the Japanese packaging, and it features an uber colorful, slightly over-the-top look, with a couple of manga characters thrown in for good measure.
Manga, the distinctly Japanese comic book illustration style, called anime once it is given movement through various animation and filmmaking techniques, has become so much a part of Japanese pop culture, inspiring a worldwide obsession among grownups and kids alike. It has seeped into the mainstream culture, and we see hints of it in Western movies, cartoons and comic books. Sometimes cute, sometimes dark and edgy, but it always reflects the unabashed quirkiness we have come to associate with J-pop, or Japanese pop.
I grew up watching Japanese animation. The earliest one, which I only read more...