Cartoons, Anime and Manga

My efforts are in vain, but I try to stay informed about the latest trends and fads, especially with kids.

As kids, we watched cartoons but later, the Japanese terms “anime” and “manga” entered the arena of children’s entertainment.

I understand manga is the same as a comic book while anime is a bit more difficult to comprehend. In the U.S., anime is regarded as a cartoon but in Japan, it is deeply embedded in their culture and used in Japanese education, marketing, magazines, books, and movies. I’m sure the kids just want to be entertained and don’t care what the animated images are called. Another area where The U.S. and Japan are similar but also different is in how HVAC is used. The U.S. has a lot more open space. The homes are larger and so are the heating and cooling systems. Central HVAC systems with large compressor units on concrete slabs outside the house, a maze of ductwork, and an indoor furnace are common. In Japan, where most of the population is in crowded urban areas, the most common type of HVAC system is a mini-split. They are efficient, quiet and allow for zoned heating and cooling in the house. Their main drawback is the initial cost to install. There are no ducts to clean but the ductless system will require that the filters be cleaned more often compared to the traditional central HVAC system. In Japan, energy is at a premium and some people will even perform “uchimizu”, the practice of spreading water on roads and in front of homes to cool the air. After my kids watch cartoons or anime, I just let them run around outside while the lawn sprinklers are operating to cool off.

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