Rei Ayanami
- Manga, Japanese comics and pop culture 

This site started already back in 1998, ie. approximately at the time of the dinosaurs. At first it was a pure fan site dedicated to the Japanese character Rei Ayanami from the Neon Genesis Evangelion.

On Wikipedia this can be read about Rei Ayanami:

Rei Ayanami is a fictional character from the Japanese media franchise Neon Genesis Evangelion created by Gainax. She is the First Child (First Children in the Japanese version) and pilot of the Evangelion Unit 00.

... and of the Neon Genesis this:

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese media franchise created and owned by Gainax. Most of the franchise features an apocalyptic mecha action story, which revolves around the efforts by the paramilitary organization NERV to fight hostile beings called Angels, using giant humanoids called Evangelions that are piloted by select teenagers.

Rei Ayanami had (and has) a huge fan base and still to this day a massive amount of pictures, videos and information about this animated star is in motion. As the time passes figures like Rei Ayanami become cult.

Manga, and Japanese pop culture in general, is a well-established koncept and this blog is dedicated to these themes, and to other popular culture from around the globe.

 

J-pop - Ayumi Hamasaki

15 Nov 2017

In the musical world Japanese pop music is shortened J-pop and the stars are many. To an amateur's eye the J-pop stars all resemble each other to the point where it's hard to separate them from one another, but that is just ignorance. The popscene in Japan is rich and fruitful. One of the brightest shining start on the scene is Ayumi Hamasaki who over the years slowly has been shifting genre from pop to a more rock like sound. Ayumi is popular even in western countries, which is quite unusual.

 

Manga

13 Oct 2017

Manga means in Japanese something similar to "free images" and refers to comics in general. The west has become familiar to Manga via certain Japanese cartoons and typical for Manga characters are big heads and big eyes, generally very attractive and appealing looks. Since the turn of the millenia Manga has influenced cartoon creators all over the globe. Read more about Manga on wikipedia.org.

Create your own comics

10 Sep 2017

Have you ever thought of perhaps trying to make yuor own comic book? If you have ideas, everything else is available to you online: practical tips, layout design and advice etc. Making a comic book can be easy and hard, depending on you skills and imagination. Practically you just need to learn how it's typically done, and then off you go. The pictures are essential in comic books, so you need some drawing skills, and of course - a sense of timing. Have a look at this tutorial, which I think is quite helpful.