Mon 2 May 2011
Far from the sexy little softcover that could fit into a girl’s purse with ease, I picked up a copy of Drucker’s Management for my long flight to Singapore and back. They don’t really teach Drucker in contemporary management anymore, I guess it’s a little old-fashioned, but it’s still a decent read despite appearances. I’m still in some kind of disbelief that an anime about Drucker’s Management has actually been made.
Drucker is well known in Japan, his management philosophies central to Japan’s economic growth since the 1960′s. Baseball is a huge hit in Japan as well, and so is anime. Still, throwing the three together seems rather silly. Moshidora hasn’t even come out when I left, now I get back a week later and 5 episodes are out?
Moshidora gives off that incredibly cheesy feel. It’s about a team that seems to lose every game despite good pitching until the 7th inning, like the Minnesota Twins. The show doesn’t do anything wrong, it just doesn’t have too many outstanding points. It’s disappointing because there’s plenty of room for creativity. The art quality isn’t really that good and the characters have rather canned personalities.
The show is entertaining to watch purely from an educational point of view. Besides fun (though sometimes questionable) invocations of Drucker’s principles of management, I get to be serenaded by Tsuda Kenjirou’s manly man voice every episode. The red-headed freckled kid that keeps making errors and skipping practice is mildly annoying. Like Arnold from The Magic Schoolbus or Chuckie from Rugrats.
On another note, I went to Singapore last week. It was for an business IT case competition thing that I’ve been working super hard for, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have time to see the city! Plus, it was a free trip. I seem to have finally gotten over the jet lag, which is why I’m blogging instead of doing real work. The weather is so nice — hot and humid all year round!
This is me in front of the Marina Bay Sands. We went up at night to see the view.
The last night I was there, we went to this cool bar on a rooftop overlooking a river surrounded by other bars and restaurants. There I enjoyed some “soda”. Lots of “soda”.