Online dictionary of manga and video games in Japan: Kagome Higurashi,Kamehameha,Katsuhiro Otomo,Kazuo Umezu,Keroberos,Kiki's Delivery Service,Kimba the White Lion,Kimengumi,King ghidrah,Kodansha

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Kagome Higurashi

higurashikagome
alternative words: Higurashi Kagom, Kagome
keywords: character
related topics: Inuyasha
explanation: Heroine of the manga, Inuyasha and high school girl of 15 years old. One day, she falls into a well of her house which is a shinto temple and goes to the Japanese civil war period of 16th century. There she meets Inuyasha, a hybrid between phantom and human being. Initially enemy, she falls soon in love with him and tries to collect together the fragments of Shikon no Tama (4 sprit ball) by competing with other foes.

Kamehameha

kamehameha
alternative words: Kame hame ha, Kamehame-ha
keywords: diverse, dragon ball
related topics: Dragon Ball , Son Goku
explanation: Fighting technique used by Son Goku in Dragon Ball. It consists to send a fire ball to his enemies. It is his teacher of karate, Turtle Master, who gave this technique. The name comes from a pun because "Kame" means turtle in Japanese but Kamehameha was the last king of Hawaiian Islands. Remember Turtle Master wears always a Hawaiian t-shirt.

Katsuhiro Otomo

ootomokatsuhiro
alternative words: Otomo Katsuhiro, Katsuhiro Ootomo, Ootomo Katsuhiro
keywords: anime, author, director, manga
related topics: Akira
related web sites: http://www.interq.or.jp/blue/junya/ , http://www.beyond-c.co.jp , http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/alt/000/text/o.html
explanation: Born on April 14, 1954 in Miyagi prefecture. He began his carrier with "Gurn report", an adaptation of Merimee's short novel. First, his works became popular among manga maniacs thanks to detailed description of scenery. Then, with an influence of French author, Mebius, his works leaned more toward SF manga such as Fireball , Domu, Apple paradise. His fame became definitive thanks to a futurist manga, Akira, published on "Young Magazine" of Kodansha from 1982 to 1990.

Kazuo Umezu

umezukazuo
alternative words: Umezu Kazuo, Umezu
keywords: author, manga
related topics: Rental book , Shonen Sunday , Drifting School
related web sites: http://www.kanazawa-bidai.ac.jp/~hangyo/hobby/ , http://www15.freeweb.ne.jp/play/jikuta/ , http://www.jah.ne.jp/~oshi/hyokyo/index.shtml
explanation: Born on September 3, 1936 in Wakayama, he has become the best author of horror manga. A legend says he wrote the portrait of a visiting person when he was alone to let understand his parents at the age of 3. After written a great number of horror manga for rental books, he has passed to manga magazines: "Snake girl" (Hebi shojo) in 1966 for Shojo Friend, "Drifting school" (Hyoryu Kyoshitsu) in 1972-1974, Watashi wa Shingo in 1982-1986 for Shonen Sunday.

Keroberos

keruberosu kerochyann
alternative words: Ceroberos, Kero-chan, Kero chan, Kero, Fuin no kemono
keywords: card captor sakura, character
related topics: Card captor Sakura
explanation: He is a guardian of Clow's book. Unfortunately, he was snoozing when Sakura overturned his book. He looks like a stuffed bear because of lack of a magic power but in reality he is as a lion. He controls the fire power (Firey) and the earth (Earthy). Keroberos is a beast with 3 heads who keeps an entrance of the underworld in a Greek mythology.

Kiki's Delivery Service

majyonotakkyuubinn
alternative words: Majo no takkyubin
keywords: anime, title
related topics: Hayao Miyazaki
explanation: Adaptation from an original roman of Hideko Sumino to the anime movie by Hayano Miyazaki and released on the theater in 1989. It tells the tale of a young witch of 13 years old, who should left her home to go work. Accompanied by his dog, Jiji, she has settled in a town and used her broom for the delivery service of a baker. After the success of this film, his technique of flying has got an unanimous recognition.

Kimba the White Lion

jyanngurutaitei
alternative words: Jungle Emperor, Jungle Taitei, Jungle Taite
keywords: anime, kimba the white lion, manga, title
related topics: Osamu Tezuka , Daddy Walrus
related web sites: http://ja.tezuka.co.jp/anime/sakuhin/ts/ts005.html
explanation: Manga written by Osamu Tezuka. It tells the tale of a white lion who, raised by humans, returns back to his African home land to become the king of a tribe. The manga version has been published in a monthly magazine "Manga Shonen" between 1950 and 1953, while the anime version has been broadcasted between 1965 and 1967 (the first color TV anime in Japan). The release of Disney's anime, "The lion King" provoked a great controversy because there was too much similitude between 2 movies.

Kimengumi

kimenngumi
keywords: anime, diverse, manga
related topics: High school Kimengumi
explanation: Band of 5 crazy high school boys in manga, "High school Kimengumi", of which members are: Ichido Rei who is the leader, Reietsu Go, Daima Jin, Monohoshi Dai et Shusse Kiyoshi. They form with 2 pretty girls, Kawa Yui and Uru Chie, the regular members of this manga. Kimen means "strange face" in Japanese.

King ghidrah

kinngugidora
alternative words: Kingghidrah, Ghidrah
keywords: monster, movie
related topics: Eiji Tsuburaya , Godzilla , Mothra
explanation: The most dangerous monster and an eternal rival of Godzilla. It is a flying dragon with 3 heads and contrary to other monsters, it comes from the outer space. It appeared first on screen in December 1964 and fight against 3 terrestrial monsters, i.e. Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan (Radon in Japanese). In the second film released in December 1965, the combat took place on another planet (Planet X).

Kodansha

koudannshya
alternative words: Koudansha
keywords: company, publishing
related topics: Nakayoshi , Shonen Magazine
related web sites: http://www.kodansha.co.jp
explanation: One of the biggest Japanese publishing companies founded by Kiyoharu Noma in 1911. In former times, it was controlling nearly 70% of Japanese magazines. As examples of manga magazines published by the company, we can quote "Nakayoshi" for girls and "Shonen Magazine" for boys.

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