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Wow! Really? Viktor Orbán’s a Japanese Cartoon Character?

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.09.14.

In the latest installment of our (semi)regular segment, Wow! Really?, we examine little-known or unexpected facts about Hungary and Hungarian culture. Today, we take a look at a Japanese manga comic book, in which one can find a drawing of none other than Hungary’s Prime Minister himself, Viktor Orbán.

Conservative news site Mandiner reports that a Japanese manga comic about Hungary features a drawing of Orbán.

The book was discovered by Gergely Orsó, a Hungarian living in Japan, who forwarded the information to Mandiner. And if it weren’t clear enough from the drawing, the page also contains the Japanese caption “Prime Minister Viktor Orbán,” which you can see in the full image below:

Bizarrely enough, this isn’t even Orbán’s first time receiving the manga treatment. In 2014, a Japanese animator named Torimo Matsumoto spent time in Hungary learning about the country’s famous Mangalica wooly-pigs, and who wrote an entire comic book about them. The book received enough attention that she was invited to Budapest to meet with the Prime Minister.

In honor of this occasion, Matsumoto drew a manga of herself and Viktor Orbán, complete with bow-tied wooly pigs:

The figure in the top-left is Orbán, while the man next to him is Péter Tóth, President of the National Association of Mangalica Breeders, who are together saying “Welcome to Hungary.” Below, surrounded by wooly pigs, is Matsumoto herself, who is telling the Premier and the pig farmer that she is “happy to meet you.”

Interestingly, Mangalica pigs have become quite popular in Japan, which might explain why an artist would come all the way to Hungary to draw them in the first place.


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