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.
I stream Anpanman every week, Friday mornings at 2:20am central time. Sometimes people are new to the stream and the chat, and it can get a bit hectic, so I thought I’d make some rules for the chat for easy reference, so everything goes smoothly!
rules for my streams:
No linking, I don’t want to accidentally click anything while clicking back onto the chatroom and mess up the recording.
Please do not make drug-related jokes.
Keep the conversation suitable for minors.
It’s best if you keep the conversation Anpanman-related, better if you keep the convo related to the episodes being streamed. That’s what we’re there for, after all! I stream it so everyone can enjoy Anpanman and get into it.
Be kind, naturally!
Also, don’t ever be afraid to chat or ask questions! I’ll put some FAQ here too:
Why are there no subs?: I am streaming live Japanese TV. Are these really brand new episodes?: Yep! What program do you use?: Used to be Keyhole TV, Now I use Niji. What is this about?: Anpanman is about a superhero made of bean jam-filled bread (anpan) who feeds hungry people (with his head) and saves the day from the bad guy, Baikinman, who is a germ-like alien. There are lots of people in his world based on different foods and objects. Check out my characters page for more info on individual characters. Can you understand it?: For the most part, I know a bit of Japanese and can understand most of what’s being said in a pre-school show like this. Feel free to ask me what they said at any given point, I also try to live-translate when I can. Where can I find episodes?: There are a bunch on Veoh.com (no subtitles mostly), or you can ask me and i can send you episodes with characters that you like.
Thank you for reading, let’s all have fun in the streams!