Cosplayer conversation in junior high text features cameos by World Warriors.
One of the challenges in teaching English to kids in Japan is holding their attention. It’s a huge help if textbooks can add anything fun or interesting to keep kids’ eyes, and minds, on the lesson, and so it was a smart move by publisher Sanseido to reach out to Taro Minoboshi to do illustrations for its New Crown series of junior high English texts.
Minoboshi is best known for his work as character designer for the popular Love Plus video game series, and his art can also be seen in franchises such as God Wars, Root Letter, and Exist Archive.
▼ Some of Minoboshi’s illustration work for New Crown
NEW CROWNの見本誌を頂いたのでご紹介です。 1年生はイラストがデカイ！笑 こんな教科書だったら勉強も楽しかっただろうなーと羨ましく思います。 1年から3年の間にキャラクターも成長するように描いたので細かい部分に気付いて話し合ってくれたら嬉しいです。 pic.twitter.com/hpbW9mUwwN
Another key point to keeping kids engaged is framing sample conversations around topics that they can relate to or are interested in. To that end, one of New Crown’s characters is a girl from China named Jing who likes anime and video games…and who in one lesson cosplays as Street Fighter’s Chun-Li!
In her dialogue about her summer vacation, Jing says she attended France’s Japan Expo pop culture celebration, where “Lots of people wore costumes of their favorite characters. I did, too.”
That’s not a suspiciously-close-but-for-copyright-reasons-not-really-Chun-Li, either, as the Minoboshi’s illustration, which also shows fellow fighters Ryu and Sakura, has the official approval of Street Fighter developer Capcom.