Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Yoshi’s 'Deep Love'

Japan is a land of eccentric technology addicts. Everything in Japan is scientifically advanced compared to any other part of the world, especially Africa. In Africa, the best use for internet is to send mails to hare brained internet users of the world asking them for parking space in their bank accounts for millions of dollars left by dead weasels.

Back to Japan. They have toilets that have brains to flush out by itself, robots that does the salsa and people that make and use them. Mobile telephony is so advanced that we look like from the stone ages. With such behemoth advancements, one seem to conclude that, perhaps they are a country of nerds and completely lack in any art forms. HAHAHA!!!

Well, apparently not! They write instruction manuals for Sony, Toyota, Panasonic, Mitsubishi etc… and in atleast 6 languages!

Banter aside, Japs have now invented mobile novels! Yes, the bloke who calls himself ‘Yoshi’., started writing on a cell phone site he started in the year 2000, when he probably got sacked by his employer for publicly digging his nose and not using the ‘patented booger-buster – “Boo-Ga-Zooka”’ technology his company invented.
He started writing ‘Deep-Love’ as a serial story, and got the subscribers to pay for it as they read it. And now, he is the Sydney Sheldon of Japan with a fan following that includes robots, among others. His story is so popular, with huge youth appeal, that he ended up making his story into celluloid, which also became a run-away hit! …..and lady luck continued to stalk him to unprecedented celebrity levels, that he now has a TV serial in the pipeline and already owns the ‘manga’ (Jap for comic) version.

The power to keep altering the story line based on reader feedback via instant messaging, is an awesome tool for any author. You may even wonder how much content at one time can one read on a cell phone. As the screens get larger and at any given time about 4 generations ahead of us in terms of mobile technology, along with simple, scrollable java text, a Kurosawa reaps the benefits of tomorrows technology what a Kumaraswamy helped make. If you are not the type that appreciates SMS, then you are the type I shouldn’t be telling this to. The rest of us techno creed, with some inclination toward reading, this is something that we can eagerly wait to hit India, until then, download that stupid ringtone and be happy.

The next time you see a Jap gaping at his/her mobily, you can be sure he’s watching a cartoon version of Deep Love or maybe, he is communicating with the aliens!
Perhaps there are a few things we must learn from the Japs…., you could start by digging your nose for one!!!!!

(to read the news content of Yoshi’s success, click the title)


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