This Month's Ichiban Kuji Has Insufficient Direction
posted on by Eric Stimson
Ichiban Kuji, the Japanese lottery that features anime-themed prizes, is offering prizes this month related to Insufficient Direction, a manga by Moyoco Anno, Hideaki Anno's wife.
This week's prize is a calendar for the months of September to November. It features scenes from Rompers and Kantoku-kun's bizarre life. The prize expires on August 24.
Next week (August 25-31), winners get these special sketches of Rompers and Kantoku-kun, discussing trifles like sofas and wood ear.
Meanwhile, the mobile lottery's A prize is an Insufficient Direction DVD signed by both Hideaki and Moyoco Anno, along with the manga. The B prize is an Insufficient Direction manga, again signed by both Annos. The C prize is one of the drawings seen below (of your choice) which is delivered digitally. They're meant for attachment to e-mails as ersatz emoticons.
Earlier this month (until August 10), the lottery was offering this memo pad depicting various scenes from the manga with the speech balloons blanked out for note-taking.
Similarly, last week's prize (August 11-17) was this weekly schedule.
Insufficient Direction is a 'slice-of-life'-style manga about an oversized baby's marriage to an unusual anime director known as Kantoku-kun ("Director"). It is highly autobiographical. The manga is available in English by Vertical. An anime version aired in April, yet remains unlicensed.