An actual Buddhist funeral took place for the fictional anime character Raoh yesterday in Tokyo’s Shingon Koyasan Tokyo Betsui. 3000 plus fans attended the event. Raoh’s voice actor, Takashi Ukaji performed the eulogy.
The funeral comes ten days before the release of the new movie: Fist of the North Star The Legend of Raoh: Fierce Fighting Arc (Hokuto no Ken – Raoh Gaiden Gekitô-he) where Kenshiro confronts Raoh.
Christina Ricci is the latest star to sign on to the big screen adaption of Speed Racer. She will play the heroine Trixie- girlfriend to Speed Racer.
John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Emile Hirsch are the other stars committed to the adaptation. Speed Racer is from the original Japan anime series, Mach Go Go Go. The movie has a release date of May 9, 2008.
To be more exact, Japan has proposed a: “Draft Guidelines to Secure the Safe Performance of Next Generation Robots” (I still think Preventing Robot Domination and World Take Over is more interesting!)
The draft consists of measure to record any injury towards humans and to make this information readily available.
With Japan’s large elderly population and decreasing younger population, robot reliance for everyday activities are predicted to be increased in the coming years and robots to become a more integrated part of daily life.