When I was in High School, I wanted to learn Japanese. My Dad thought I was crazy, since he didn’t see any future in knowing the language. Unfortunately for me, my High School and Junior College didn’t offer it as a course. Only the four year college did, and by the time I got there, I was already set in my major and didn’t have time to fit it in. I still feel some twinges of regret not being able to learn the language. I could have been one of the “old hats” in the anime and manga industry today. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t still think joining it.
I may not be able to read or speak Japanese beyond a few worlds I pick up from watching subs, and listening to Japanese 101 podcasts, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find a niche in the manga industry. We keep hearing about how book stores and comic shops don’t know what to do with manga. They don’t know how to shelve or market it. Well, I’ve come up with a position that I think I could fill that would solve this problem. There are marketing consultants, management consultants, and even ninja consultants, but what I want to be is a Manga Consultant!