Autograph hunters line up in Brazil. For these comic lovers, it’s worth the wait. Mauricio de Sousa is the most popular cartoonist in Brazil. He’s 81 now. De Sausa is best known for “Monica and Friends.” The main character, a young girl called Monica, has been a favorite in Brazil for more than 50 years. In recent years, de Sousa has been working hard on a project that is close to his heart.
In features Monica as a teenager, together with characters created by Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is one of the founders of Japan’s manga and animation industry. He is best known for Astro Boy, a robot that fights the forces of evil. De Sausa was a big fan of Tezuka. When the Japanese artist visited Brazil, they become good friends. De sausa says their works share many values.
-I think it’s a philosophy of how to make stories of peace, love, and friendship. They agreed to collaborate on a story that would unite their famous characters. Tezuka never lived to see it through. De Sausa decided to carry on alone to finish it. Finally, in 2012, he published a manga featuring Monica side by side with Tezuka’s Astro Boy. They fight to protect the Amazon rainforest from illegal logging. Thanks to his close friendship with Tezuka, de Sausa has special permission to use his characters. Now, a second manga has come out. The collaboration has been a great success. This long relationship between these two masters of manga is continuing to grow, creating a new bridge between Brazil and Japan.
Part 4 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime planned
Part four of the popular anime JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is planned. The title is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. In this story JoJo battles a serial killer. A broadcast time is not decided.
Increase in nursing home casinos
According to Asahi Shimbun, nursing homes with “amusement” and “casino” themes have been increasing in the Kanto area. In these homes, recreational games such as pachinko, roulette, and mahjong have been set up along with fake money for betting. Although it has gotten a good reception from the residents who use the games, some worry about associated risks such as gambling addiction.