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Foreign Involvement in the Anime/Manga Industry

Post by AU_Gundam MK II » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:27 pm

I just want to know if there has been any foreign involvement in anime/manga. Like say, an American penning a certain manga series, a foreigner contributing to the storyline, or such. No, I'm not asking for how certain historical or mythical figures from other cultures have wound up in anime. I'm talking producers, mangaka, and story conceptualizers.

Or mech designers. Which now leads me to the only one I know: Syd Mead. The guy who made the awesomeness of Turn A really had some good shoes on his feet and I honestly feel he should be recognized for this.
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Post by Destiny_Gundam » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:06 pm

Well, there's all the Koreans that do most of the actual animation.

Only other notiable names I can think of off hand is Stan Lee, who, among other things, co-oped with the Shaman King mangaka to make Ultimo (Stan himself is in it naturally. He commits seppuku on the 3rd page).
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Post by AU_Gundam MK II » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:20 pm

Destiny_Gundam wrote:Well, there's all the Koreans that do most of the actual animation.

Only other notiable names I can think of off hand is Stan Lee, who, among other things, co-oped with the Shaman King mangaka to make Ultimo (Stan himself is in it naturally. He commits seppuku on the 3rd page).
WTF!?

Well, would the Filipino involvement in One Piece be considered?
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Post by Kenji » Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:52 pm

Stan Lee committing seppuku... :lol: That makes me actually want to see this manga!

But, yeah, there's an increasing amount of Korean and Chinese (or Taiwanese?) involvement, but I'm not sure beyond that... certainly nothing consistent or worth calling a trend.
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Post by Destiny_Gundam » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:24 pm

Kenji wrote:Stan Lee committing seppuku... :lol: That makes me actually want to see this manga!
There was a sneak peek of it in the September 08 edition of Shonen Jump. I wasn't sure which was funnier. The fact that Stan kills himself, or the fact that he joyfully shouts "HARAKIRI!" before he does it.

Damn it Stan...

Hm... What else... Well, Hanz Zimmer and Mark Mancina did the music to Blood+. The Prague Symphony Orchestra did the music for Karas. There's also a few english bands who do opening or endings for some animes.

You might count the Animatrix or Gotham Knight, but that's really more of a case of anime involvement in American material, not vice versa.
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Post by Teki » Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:48 am

Big O Season 2 Financed by Adult Swim, Gundam wise have Sid Mead doing principle Mech design (he also did various things for Yamato 2520), and IGPX was heavily North American finance are one that first come to mind.

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Post by Recon 5 » Sat Sep 06, 2008 4:06 am

Well, in Japan anime and manga are simply general terms for cartoons and comics respectively, so a Japanese-localized Superman cartoon and comic would be a "foreign anime" and a "foreign manga" respectively.

Korean "manga" is known as "manhwa" and is considered a separate genre from the Japanese works.
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Post by Antares » Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:46 am

Involvement varies, I think. Music is the most noticable feature, I suppose. Destiny_Gundam mentioned that too.

I am unclear as to how much foreign involvement takes place in series that are set in a European context, like say Le Chevalier D'Eon. And then there is this coming up: http://www.first-squad.com/ .
It's hard to say which way it works influence-wise or in actual involvement.
EDIT: ANN seems to suggest First Squad has Russian producers.
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Post by Sleepneeded127 » Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:26 pm

Afro Samurai was made almost entirely by American Companies besides the animation studio (?Madhouse i think?)

and soon Stan Lee of Marvel Comics will be writing and up coming Manga series. i dont remember the title but it is not based on any of marvel' works
plus there are a few manga works based of Marvel characters

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Post by One Big Hullabaloo » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:36 am

For producers, Xegapain was produced by Microsoft.

Another one, does the PSN thing with Xam'd count?

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Post by Sume Gai » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:50 am

sony is a japanese company so no I don't think it does
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Post by X10A-Freedom » Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:41 am

Well witchblade is the one that come to mind for me its been jumping back and forth between the US and Japan for a long time.

Oh and i almost forgot this little gem http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/20 ... t-tv-anime yeah thats right IRON MAN and WOLVERINE ANIME im almost more excited to see the anime then the second Iron Man movie and Wolverine Origins the key word is almost. Personaly Iron Man and X-Men are the best but i still cant wait to find out who the other three series are going to be about.
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Post by AU_Gundam MK II » Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:55 am

X10A-Freedom wrote:Well witchblade is the one that come to mind for me its been jumping back and forth between the US and Japan for a long time.

Oh and i almost forgot this little gem http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/20 ... t-tv-anime yeah thats right IRON MAN and WOLVERINE ANIME im almost more excited to see the anime then the second Iron Man movie and Wolverine Origins the key word is almost. Personaly Iron Man and X-Men are the best but i still cant wait to find out who the other three series are going to be about.
Hmm, I thought they are going to do more than just five. Well, I think we can expect Spider-Man again, though Hulk comes to mind as well.
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Post by Windknight » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:17 am

I beleive Gerry Anderson was involved in making an anime (the Japanese love thunderbirds and all his other works), but demanded they pull his name from it after they chucked out all his input in favour of a Generic Crappy Anime series with his name stamped on it in the hope it would sell.
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Post by Shea » Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:52 am

Teki wrote:Big O Season 2 Financed by Adult Swim, Gundam wise have Sid Mead doing principle Mech design (he also did various things for Yamato 2520), and IGPX was heavily North American finance are one that first come to mind.

He also designed the Turn A Gundam. (One of my favorites.)
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Post by Yuusha Tokkyu Might Gaine » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:59 pm

...Dose G-Saviour being made by a bunch of Canadians count?
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Post by Shea » Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:02 pm

Yuusha Tokkyu Might Gaine wrote:...Dose G-Saviour being made by a bunch of Canadians count?
Kinda...

Even though G-Saviour was a flop, I still love it for what it tried to be.
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Post by dreacon » Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:30 pm

Shea wrote:
Teki wrote:Big O Season 2 Financed by Adult Swim, Gundam wise have Sid Mead doing principle Mech design (he also did various things for Yamato 2520), and IGPX was heavily North American finance are one that first come to mind.

He also designed the Turn A Gundam. (One of my favorites.)
Call me a Katoki fanboy but, i wasent too big on Syds work with Turn A. Then again, i've always had a thing for not messing with whats broken (I.E. The V-Fin getting replaced w/ that goofy Mustache. Then again, thats my only Turn A pet peave)

Now what i wonder about is the Big O, season 2. That was made almost entirly just for Cartoon Network. Was there any non J involvment there?
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Post by Destiny_Gundam » Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:49 pm

Ah, that reminds me. You could count Powerpuff Girls Z.
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Post by Yuusha Tokkyu Might Gaine » Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:50 pm

I was thinking of Batman Gotham Knight too.
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