As expected, The Avengers is extremely popular:
|It says something about including a "Marvel Avengers" song. What.|
To my surprise, the book store was even selling the Marvel Zombies series in Japanese. I guess they figured it might appeal to the horror interest in Japan.
Lately, DC has also been really popular in Japan thanks to Nolan's "Batman" movies. DC heavily advertises in Japan, so I think they might be pushing the upcoming "Justice League" movie early:
|I'm guessing this means Japan didn't see that Green Lantern movie. Oooooooooh.|
Similar to the United States, Japan separates their DC and Marvel sections. As you can see, Japan's idea of DC basically just means "anything and everything Batman":
I can attest to the fact that my 12-15 year old students are obsessed with Batman. It's hard to tell if they're into the character or just the damn symbol, but I think it's a little bit of both. A lot of my students - in equal parts male and female - have Batman pen cases, Batman pens and Batman keychains. However, when it comes to folders, Iron Man reigns supreme. Superman and Spiderman pen cases are also popular, but Spiderman's actually been really popular in Japan for awhile - especially among young boys.
What I wasn't expecting to find in the Western comic book section of Kinokuniya was this: the Walking Dead graphic novel series:
|As far as I know, the show's not even airing on Japanese TV yet.|
I hope I was able to provide a unique look into Western comic books abroad!
See y'all next time!