Japanese motorcycle-themed manga creator in Taiwan for inspiration

05/11/2019 07:47 PM

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) Mimana Orimoto, the Japanese creator of popular manga series "Bakuon!!" is now on a motorcycle tour around Taiwan to find inspiration for his next work.

Starting from Taipei, Orimoto set off on his 10-day journey on Friday with local animators, and he will incorporate what he experiences in Taiwan into his next series titled "Bakuon!!-Taiwan chapter," said Han Ching-yueh (韓京岳), one of the coordinators of the trip.

In addition, the motorcycles that the female characters ride in "Bakuon!!-Taiwan chapter" will be different from those used in previous series -- they will be riding motorcycles manufactured by Taiwanese company KYMCO, according to Takuo Meiji, an editor with Orimoto's publisher, Akita Publishing Co.

Orimoto is one of the rare artists who is very knowledgeable about motorcycles and able to capture the vehicle's details, Han said, and he will have the chance to witness the imposing sight of waves of scooters cascading down exit ramps in many of destinations he will visit.

The engine-noise named series, which revolves around high school girls who discover the appeal of motorcycles, was first serialized in Japanese manga magazine Young Champion in February 2011.

Some 2.1 million "Bakuon!!" comic books have been sold since 2012, when the first of 12 comic books in the series was published.

Taipei's Department of Information and Tourism, one of the trip's organizers, said Saturday that the city hopes to attract more Japanese tourists by collaborating with the Japanese artist.

According to Meiji, many Japanese readers of "Bakuon!!" are very interested in visiting Taiwan, but not many of them have actually been to the island.

In recent years, however, Japanese tourists who have traveled to Taiwan out of interest for Taiwan-themed comic books or railways have gradually increased, Meiji said.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Chung Yu-chen)


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