I don’t know if its just an awesome coincidence that Hideaki Akaiwa and the Kamen Rider 1 statue are both in Ishinomaki, but it seems like this is a town for heroes. Akaiwa was at work when the tsunami hit. He ran home to find his entire neighborhood flooded. With no regard for his own safety, Akaiwa grabbed some scuba gear, dove in, swam to his house, and pulled his wife out just before the water swallowed her up. A few days later, he repeated the feat to save his mother.
What makes Akaiwa a true hero in every sense of the word is that he is still going. Not willing to wait for authorities to rescue the town, once he had saved his family he continued on his quest to find and save survivors. He rides out every day on a shitty little bicycle to search for signs of life in the devastation.
No fear. No pain. Kamen Rider Akaiwa, we salute you!
This is a statue of Ichigo, Kamen Rider One, standing tall among the devastation in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi which was hit by the tsunami. Ishinomaki is home to the Ishinomori Shotaro Museum. Various statues commemorating some of Ishinomori’s greatest creations welcome you along your journey to the museum.
I guess it’s a little childish of me, but seeing Kamen Rider still standing is a testament to the indomitable will of the Japanese people. Even through the darkest of times, they’ll Rider Kick and Punch their way through to better days.
Last year, cartoonist Dave Kellett gave a lecture at OSU on “The Freeing of the Comics,” a response to cartoonist Bill Watterson’s “The Cheapening of Comics” lecture given at the same forum in 1989. Kellett explored how modern cartooning, specifically web cartooning, lives up to Watterson’s hopes for the industry. I think it’s a very insightful look at cartooning and pretty instructive for anyone interested in jumping into this whole webcomic game.
UCLA undergraduate Alexandra Wallace has a problem with Asian people talking on their phones in the library.
Ms. Wallace may have some regrets regarding her wording as the original video was taken down. But her racist tirade shall live on in infamy thanks to the numerous accounts that have mirrored her little talk.
Of course, there’s no better response to racism than humor, and this awesome YouTube user responded with a problem of his own:
You, good sir, are a goddamn American hero. We salute you!
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