How Being An Otaku Can Influence Trade
Who needs big graphs and detailed studies of the economy to get out of a global recession when being an Otaku is so effective? =P
Here’s another post on a interesting article that I had stumbled across.
Essentially, the article speaks about how the popular manga/tv-series “Kami no Shizuku” had managed to influence the buying habits of the Otakus which had led to a 20% increase in wine sales in Japan.
“But the enormous impact the wine manga “Kami no Shizuku (The Drops of the Gods)” has had on wine sales across Asia cannot be shrugged off with a boff of Gallic unconcern. Just two days after the issue with that particular comment came out, a Taiwanese importer sold 50 cases of Mont-Perat.
Thus, when the French version — titled “Les Gouttes de Dieu” — was published in France last week, it came out in a storm of media attention.
“We had a team from French TV in Japan for the last month interviewing the authors for a report on the increasing sales of wine in Japan, which — due to ‘The Drops of the Gods’ — are said to be up by more than 20 percent,” says Stephane Ferrand of Glenat, the manga’s publisher. “
Although it is not surprising when it comes to people having been influenced by what they see through the media, it is interesting to see the type of effect something can have on a country’s trade.
So to make myself happy, I shall proclaim that all the money I am spending on “otaku-like” stuff is for the better of mankind and that things like going nuts over bread after watching ‘Yakitate Japan!’ is normal.
So… What’s show/story has influenced you the most and what have you done due to having seen it?
For me it really has to be ‘Yakitate Japan!’
After watching the show, I had gone off and bought bread to eat and was eating that for the weeks to follow. I even attempted the “Rice Cooker Bread” recipe that was in the show. That was the start and end of my bread baking career. =P