It's only taken 45 years or so, but Doraemon — the robot-cat from the future who is often called Japan's equivalent of Mickey Mouse for eternal popularity — is finally coming to America, when Disney XD premieres the anime this summer.
Truth be told, using comic books in the classroom is by no means as unusual or risqué as it might have once been. Nowadays, comics are considered a legitimate teaching tool for any subject. Here are some I've used in class.
Welcome back to MangoBot, a biweekly column about Asian futurism by TokyoMango blogger Lisa Katayama. My childhood hero was a purple-haired robot who spends all her free time poking poop with a stick. Like all good Japanese children, my formative years were influenced by manga robot heroes-two-dimensional, two-legged…