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It’s always interesting to see what pop culture symbolism is adopted when it comes to politics. The Joker mask was recently adopted in protests in Hong Kong last year. The iconic silent three-finger gesture from The Hunger Games is being used during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Thailand. It’s become a symbol of defiance within the nation. The protestors are demanding reform of the Thai monarchy and an end to corruption. They have entered into the ninth month of protests against the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
This isn’t the first time the gesture has been used in the nation and not the only pop culture references regularly being spotted.
The three fingers first caught on in 2014 after a military coup overthrew the Thai government. There was an attempt to ban the gesture in response which failed. In 2019 a general election was held based on a controversial military-drafted constitution.
The symbol was so popular, the opposition party, Future Forward, adopted it. That party won 80 seats in the parliament in 2019 making it the third-largest party. The party was dissolved earlier this year when one of its leaders was ruled to have illegally donated money to the cause after calling it a loan.
Protestors have also dressed up as references to Harry Potter and Japanese anime like Hamtaro and Naruto.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn has taken on comparisons to the Harry Potter villain Voldemort, “He Who Must Not Be Named”, because it is illegal to insult, defame, or threaten the king.
The three fingers has symbolism as the protestors have three demands:
The Dissolution of parliament
End the intimidation of the people
Draft a new constitution
From Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, the salute is a way to say goodbye, as a sign of respect and admiration, and becomes an act of defiance and solidarity against tyranny as the story progresses. It has historical significance and was used during the French Revolution to symbolize the trinity of freedom, fraternity, and equality.
The salute has also been used in the before mentioned pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year. Those protests along with the Thai protests and, Taiwan protests have been led by youth and been dubbed the “Milk Tea Alliance.” Other popular adopted pop-culture symbolism is the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta which has been used during Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring protests as well as being used by hacktivist group Anonymous.
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
VIZ Media will mark the 20th anniversary of Naruto with a national brand campaign, theYear of Naruto, launching at the upcoming New York Comic Con 2019 (NYCC). The beloved action/adventure franchise has become synonymous with Japanese pop culture and exemplifies the massive international popularity of anime and manga.
To celebrate Naruto’s manga origins and kick off the Year of Naruto, VIZ Media will debut one-of-a-kind, limited edition manga-inspired products at NYCC. The exclusive items available to North American fans for the first time include an official Naruto skateboard deck by Hypland and a hand-numbered, exclusive poster with hologram details featuring Naruto in various stages of his evolution, from a ninja-in-training, all the way to a full-fledged Hokage.
VIZ Media’s Year of Naruto campaign will continue throughout 2020 and will feature a wide range of yet-to-be announced officially licensed brand activations. These include video games, events featuring pop-up installations, panel discussions and other special live programming, and an array of product activations and collaborations with top global lifestyle brands.
Gecco Corp. has revealed that Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura mark the start of their line of Naruto Shippuden 1/6 Scale Busts.
Naruto and Sasuke measure 13.5cm with Sakura measures 13cm and the retail price are $44.99. They’re scheduled for release some time between November and December 2019.
Sculpted by Shin Tanabe, the busts are painted by Katsushige Akeyama.
This bust collection features 3 ninjas at a time (three-man cell) from “Naruto Shippuden.” Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura mark the start of this exciting series.
The characters are recreated in 1/6th scale, a statue size Gecco excels at. This scale is the perfect size to capture the sensitive facial expressions, atmosphere and to sculpt every single detail of the costume without compromise.
While the “Bust Format” is utilized to pursue both affordable and collectible item, the body cut lines are thoroughly calculated to make the characters even more attractive.
VIZ Mediahas announced exciting new digital content for Shonen Jump with the launch of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru. Chapter 1 is available now for the highly-anticipated series by famed Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto, who teams up with his longtime assistant artist Akira Okubo. Samurai 8 debuted in English with a 72-page opening chapter on May 12th, the same day it launched in Japan. New chapters will be available to English readers for FREEon a weekly basis and via the Shonen Jump app.
Additional just-added manga content now available in the Shonen Jump digital vault includes fan-favorite series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Parts 1-3 (Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, and Stardust Crusaders), Golden Kamuy (Rated ‘M’ for Mature and web-only), and One-Punch Man. Readers can access free Shonen Jump digital chapters and unlock the Shonen Jump digital vault or with the Shonen Jump app for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices.
The Shonen Jump app experience has been enhanced with a new “Continue Reading” row on the app’s Home screen. This added feature allows users to instantly access their latest chapter read. Now manga fans can easily keep track of where they left off reading across any given series.
A Shonen Jump Vault Membership (only $1.99 per month) grants readers seamless access to a substantial and continually updated digital archive that currently features more than 10,000 manga chapters from over 100 series – almost every ongoing and completed Shonen Jump series published in English.
Naruto (classic) – 220 episodes (Seasons 1-5), subtitled
One-Punch Man – complete 12-episode series, subtitled
Vampire Knight – 26 episodes (Seasons 1-2), subtitled and dubbed
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Be on the lookout for Naruto’s exclusive variants, like Naruto in empowered Sage Mode (available only at GameStop), and Naruto in super-empowered Six Paths Sage Mode (exclusively at Hot Topic)!
Collect them all the Pop! Anime: Naruto Shippuden this February.
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