July 10th, 2017

kitties

Edo Cats

In all of my reporting about Anime Expo, I forgot one important thing. As we were wandering the dealers' hall, we came across the Manga University booth. Like other dealers, they had their products on display, some of them with signs about the extra special quality of those books. One in particular caught my attention, that said, "Buy a book, save a cat!" I was all, "Oh, so now you're trying to guilt me into it!"

Now I was asking for it. The guy at the booth explained that the author of the book, Edo Cats, gave them the rights to it on the condition that part of the proceeds go to cat rescue efforts in Japan. Apparently all the animal shelters and everything we have in the States are practically non-existent--a fact we were vaguely aware of from our research for Nekogahara. Readers of the series will remember that there's an island we called "the Pound," but that was a localization. They don't really have pounds in Japan. We mentioned "shobuntou," the Japanese name of the island, and the guy at the booth said yeah, that's a real thing in Japan. I got the feeling they send the cats to the island to fend for themselves. ...I'm guessing it's not as literally toxic in real life, but I didn't ask. Japan is a pretty volcanic nation, so it could be.

Well, that broke our hearts, so naturally we bought a copy. And you'll notice that I linked to it above, so you can buy a copy, too! The guy also told us that most of the stray cats in Japan live along the river. Sometimes they'll go into neighborhoods and kind souls will try to feed them, but then the neighbors will get all upset about it. So they go live by the rivers with the homeless people, some of whom are mentally disabled, but most of whom (if this guy is to be believed) are older men who got tired of living with their wives. They'll feed the cats, and that whole idea gave me this image of an old guy who left his wife, set up camp on the river, and became the commander of a giant army of cats. I think it could make a pretty fun manga, but I'd want him to go back to his wife in the end, the jerk.

Anyway, since the book is basically an educational one about the Edo Era, we might actually refer to it while working on Nekogahara. I remember flipping through it and seeing something that had me go, "Oh, we had to do a note about that, where was it? Oh yeah, Nekogahara!" So it all comes full circle.

In other news, we finally got Akira's romantic endings in KamiAso IF, so I feel like I should report about them, but...and I'm really sorry, Akira, but I just don't think you're that interesting. Collapse )

Today I'm thankful for the opportunity to help cats in Japan, having our own kitty to hang out with, getting to start on Melissa's story soon (he promises to be much more interesting), finishing our first draft of Nekogahara today, and getting a few chores done today.