Here is something unexpected from India: Ninja Hattori-kun is actually a big thing there! The original story of Ninja Hattori-kun was penned by Fujiko Fujio A, the other half of the Fujiko Fujio duo famous for Doraemon and Obake no Q-taro. The duo were among some of the most influential manga artists in Japan, with a legacy that still continues today.
The Japan News reported that Ninja Hattori-kun, simply titled Ninja Hattori in India, speaks to the simpler lifestyle of children in the country. The crew handling the anime went so far as to recreate the series in Adobe Flash, as opposed to the older celluloid animation technique. They also appropriated some of Indian cultural elements such as cricket instead of baseball into the remastered anime. I personally think the results are fantastic! Kei Mizutani of TV Asahi, one of the anime’s producers, explained:
“In India, the kind of musclebound superheroes that you often see in American cartoons aren’t as popular. In terms of the general national character, people seem to empathize with Japanese people’s modesty, which you can see in the way that Hattori-kun so casually helps others. […] It’s a part of Indian culture for a huge family to gather in the living room, so they prefer a heartwarming story.”
Photo credit: Taken from The Japan News.
Source: The Japan News
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