First of all, Urasawa is without a doubt one of Japan’s elite manga creators whom I absolutely love. The very word “manga” is tricky and something you can’t just sum up with a brief description, though… It’s not what you asked me, but if I may I’d like to start off by talking about that.I have traveled all over the world and there are many countries I’d like to live in, but Japan is the one country about which I can say, “I wish I was born there.” The high culture – gestures, philosophy, culture and figurative arts, are so pure they directly invoke affluence into human instincts and human nature.Japanese people probably don’t realize it, but that affluence is something that’s in a class of it’s own in this world. To me, manga is one example of a rich form of Japanese cultural expression. As a bande dessinée (Franco-Belgian comics, commonly abbreviated as “BD”) creator looking at manga, I am attracted to this expressiveness, which is more advanced than in any other country’s comics.French BD even now are aimed at children, or they are treated as a marginal subculture, which leaves them cast in a “derelict” shadow. With American comics, the publisher’s political power is too strong and there is a tendency to simplify the characters and stories, but manga is different. Neither the art nor the stories have any commercial style, or complexes and constraints at all, and exist in society with a power of expression equal to that of literature.In high quality manga, there is even a psychologically therapeutic effect.And the variety!The quality and amount, along with every imaginable type and level of work - yet it all still feels undoubtedly unified as “manga” - puts it on a mystic level. It makes me think of brilliant light actually being made up of 7 primary colours.
Og så viser det sig selvfølgelig at andre også har lavet den kreative associative kobling af de to navne der ligner hinanden, så her er en "Moebius Highway"-animationsfilm fra You Tube: