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, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's women soccer thrashed
Mali 8-0 on Friday in the second leg qualifying match for the 2015 All Africa
Games played in the Nigerian capital Abuja.
The Nigerian team, also known as Super Falcons, thrashed their challenger to qualify for the final round of the competition which will be held in
Brazzaville, Congo, in September.
Both teams played a 1-1 draw in the first leg match played in Bamako, the Malian capital, two weeks ago. But Nigeria only needed, at least, a goalless
draw form the match, to clinch the ticket.
A brace each from Nigeria's Desire Oparanozie, Francesca Ordega and Asisat Oshoala, with one goal each from Evelyn Nwabuoku and Esther Sunday secured the
win for the Nigerian team.
Nigeria won 9-1 on aggregate.
Coach of the Nigerian team Edwin Okon said it was a sweet victory for his side, also the current African champions, which was missing in action at the
last edition of the All Africa Games, held 2011, in Maputo, capital of
"I do not underrate any team and the result is what you have seen in this match," Okon told.
He said the Nigerian team would now look forward to playing some friendly matches ahead of the FIFA Women World Cup and other competitions in which the
team will represent Nigeria.
Nigeria and Mali will slug it out again in an Olympic qualifier next month, at Nigeria's Abuja National Stadium.
A poster for Stand by Me Doraemon
Two weeks since Stand by Me Doraemon reached cinemas in China, the first 3D movie adaptation of the blue chubby robot cat has earned more than 470 million
yuan ($75.7 million) at the box office. The film earned $14.2 million on Sunday,
breaking the single-day record for an animated feature in China set by Kung Fu
Panda 2 in 2011.
The movie was released one week after Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech at the Great Hall of the People while meeting a Japanese delegation led
by Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council.
"The friendship between China and Japan is rooted in people. The future of this bilateral relationship is in the hands of the people of the two countries,"
Japanese media including The Asahi Shimbun have reported on the success of the Doraemon movie, with some describing it as "encouraging." As reported in The
Nikkei, many diplomats have expressed the hope that this cute robot from the
future, a beloved figure of Chinese children everywhere, might help improve
While Japanese media has focused on the political side of things, Japanese netizens have called for the character to remain something purely for children.
"For children, movies have nothing to do with politics. They only want to see Doraemon at the theater. However, if their negative impressions of Japan could
be gradually reduced by watching the film that would be great," wrote a Japanese
netizen going by the handle emi.
Some Japanese netizens have posted that they are curious whether Chinese audiences teared up watching the film like many in Japanese audiences. Others
have posted online that maybe Doraemon should move to China seeing how much it
managed to earn in just one day.
Prior to the current film's entry into China, no Japanese movies had been imported to China for nearly three years, although some TV stations were still
broadcasting Japanese anime such as One Piece.
Japan produces a large amount of anime films every year, but it's not easy for them to break into the Chinese mainland market. Since 2000, only three
Doraemon films and two Case Closed films have come to Chinese theaters.
The icy relationship between the two countries in 2012 certainly didn't help matters.
"The 16th movie for the Case Closed franchise was scheduled to release in China on September 23, 2012. We finished the translation around September 2-3,
but the movie failed to release because of the dispute that occurred around
September 12," Tengxin, a Chinese voice actor involved in the Case Closed
series, told the Global Times.
The film never came to China, nor did any other Japanese film for the next three years.
While politics had its hand in this drought, another major factor was economic. Although previous Doraemon and Case Closed films did great in the
Japanese market, they bombed in the Chinese mainland. The 14th Case Closed film
only earned 9.8 million yuan when it hit Chinese theaters in 2011.
Anime fans in China place the blame firmly on cinemas, claiming there were very few places showing the films.
"And I barely saw any promotion for this film. My friends, who are also Case Closed fans, didn't even know the film was showing here," wrote an anonymous
netizen on a Case Closed BBS on Baidu.
Besides showtimes, another factor behind these films' poor performance may also have to do with their timing. Imported anime films are usually brought over
more than half a year after releasing in their home market and other countries.
By the time they reach China, many fans in the country have already seen pirated
versions of the film.
The success of Stand by Me Doraemon has rebuilt Japanese studios' confidence in the Chinese market. Not only can the film be found showing in numerous
cinemas multiple times a day, advertisements and articles about the film can
easily be found on traditional and social media.
However, this doesn't mean it will be smooth sailing for Japanese anime.
Starting from 2009, overseas animated shows are no longer allowed to broadcast on TV stations during the 5-8 pm "golden period." This has made it
difficult for children nowadays to watch Japanese anime like their parents used
to watch Doraemon during their childhoods.
More recently, the Ministry of Culture released a black list of Japanese anime shows no longer permitted
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