Sometimes, Android fans are also Manga fans, and vice versa. If you haven't heard of Manga, it's basically the Japanese equivalent of American Comic Books, although Manga tends to be a great deal longer than your average Marvel or DC series and is read from right to left instead of left to right. If you have heard of Anime, it's useful to know that a great deal of Anime is inspired by or pays tribute to Manga. (If you haven't heard of Anime, it is basically Japanese Animation, like a Disney flick or Saturday morning cartoons, although that is a vast oversimplification as most Anime tends to be far more complex than your average episode of "Scooby Doo.")
At any rate, the reason we are bringing up this topic is because there is a new Manga series available that pays direct tribute to, and uses content from the burgeoning Android industry. It is called, "Sweet Android High-School," and the characters in the Manga series are all named after big players in the Android and mobile tech landscape. Here's an example of several of the characters' names,
- Moto-Laura-chan (Motorola)
- Sam-Sung-chan (Samsung)
- H-T-Syee-chan (HTC)
- Elle-G-chan (LG)
- Soni-Eri-chan (Sony Ericsson)
- Sharp-chan (Sharp)
- Fuji-Toru-chan (Fujitsu-Toshiba)
- Kashio-Nko-chan (Casio-NEC)
Interestingly, the Manga actually chronicles the adventures of these characters in many ways that mirror what is going on in the real mobile landscape. For example, Professor Google is actually married to Moto-Laura-chan, although it is made clear that he doesn't give her any special advantages over the other students. Additionally, the characters all wear distinctive clothing pieces that give some hint as to who they are named after. The most obvious example is Moto-Laura-chan, because of the head-band she is wearing that looks like the Motorola logo. Even Apple is included in the series, and is represented by a character that goes to a different High School who is frequently arguing with Sam-Sung-chan.
If we hadn't seen this online for ourselves, it might have been easy to dismiss this as some sort of early April-fool's joke, but luckily for fans of Android and Manga, it isn't! Check out more at the source link below.