Cartoon obsession goes commercial

LOUISE Gilmour is part of an underground movement which is set to rear its head on the Capricorn Coast.

The 17-year-old admits she has an obsession with Japanese animation and comics, otherwise known as "anime" and "manga".

Now the Yeppoon resident is set to convert her addiction into a business, Nagusami Central, which will specialise in the phenomenon which brought the world Astroboy and Initial D.

"I've always watched the anime and read the manga," Ms Gilmour enthused.

"I just thought it would be totally awesome to have a store here.

"It's a huge scene, and I'm obsessed."

The young entrepreneur said the store would open in the near future and would be located inside her parents' James Street business, The Cheddar Chest, in a separate room.

Previously, Capricorn Coast anime and manga fans would travel into Rockhampton to indulge in related paraphernalia.

The unique concept came to Ms Gilmour when she realised there was a strong market for Japanese animation and comics in the Yeppoon area.

"I know a lot of people who were really excited and kept asking me when I was going to open it, and asking when it (stock) will come in," she said.

"I've got a pretty big range coming in.

"I just ordered what I knew was really popular."

Ms Gilmour said she was waiting on stock to arrive, and then she would set about turning her labour of love into a viable business.

But ask the teenager why the cult phenomenon appeals to her, and she is lost for words.

"I get asked that, and I'm like, 'I don't know, it's just good'," she said with a grin.

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