Somebody from Japan read my post on Anpan and Anpanman – it is the post on 19 January – and asked me why Anpanman is an unknown character in Europe and whether the idea of sacrificing a piece of his body to help others puts us off? As it happens, it was shown on TV only in China, South Korea, India and the Arab World, so known only in those countries. I guess that had it been shown in other countries as well, children there would have of course liked this character. There are plenty of episodes online – yet without subtitles. Japanese language only is a barrier for many young viewers. Thus, it remained an unknown character outside Asia. I consider it the only reason. Thank you for reading, and for the comments and questions.
This is the Anpanman train.
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