W. David Marx (aka Marxy) and internationally-fêted writer / Otaku USA editor-in-chief Patrick Macias discuss the future of “Cool Japan” over chain teishoku in Akasaka. Topics include: Nakagawa “Shoko-tan” Shoko’s otaku cred, the importation of “kawaii” culture to the U.S., the growing creativity drought in Japan, the irrelevance of chasing Japanese fads, and predictions for the future. Will Japan’s pop culture and economy implode to the point of verdant youth rebellion?
For reference, Patrick has the nice, bold voice, while Marxy has the high-pitched nasal voice and talks while he eats.
(The photo in the graphic above was taken in a Nara gift shop last year.)