I don't wanna sound nosy or anything, but just how much Takashi Yanase's work was made available to the West, i.e. in DVD or stuff like that. It's a shame he's so obscure here as shows like Anpanman and Nyanda Kamen had a really nice style of characters. Also, didn't Yanase make full paintings as well?
first question: Almost zero. as far as i can tell, nearly none of his work has been officially brought over to the west. There was a brief time when an english dub of anpanman was airing in India on a station called Pogo (I think it was called “Anpanman Breadman), but I’ve yet to find any trace of it aside from a single commercial ):
There was ONE thing, though. The movie “Ringing Bell” (or Chirin No Suzu), the one about the sheep, was an adaption of a book by Yanase, and produced by Sanrio. That’s the only thing I can think of that actually got an english version. I’m sure some of you have heard about or seen that one! If you haven’t heard of it… Please go watch it right now without reading anything about it or spoiling anything. I really hate the posts going around that spoil it for new viewers!!
Also yes, I think he did some paintnings? I don’t know how many. There are some Anpanman paintings in the Ananman museum.