Originally Posted by Prisoner1138
well the main characters in anime can fly because asian people are less dense due to having lower bone mass, this allows asians the ability to run across the tops of 50 foot tall bamboo shoots, run across and up walls for extended periods of time, and have more hangtime than even michael jordan WHILE doing backflips.
or maybe you just cant see the wires stuck to the characters in the anime you've been watching :oro:
but yea, the only reason the us has school buses is because they screw up all the boundaries thatdetermine who goes to what school so some kids have to go across town when theres a school literally 2 blocks away. basically nothing more than stupid planning. at least thats the reason around here
Yeah, I think Prisoner has a point here. Although in the US I believe I've read there are some other reasons that schoolbuses have become so much more dominant.... aside from population increase and a straining public school system, I think there are some legal and liability issues involved, with people worried about possible crime, etc. with their kids walking to school, so the buses became almost a requirement.
I would guess in Japan it also probably depends a lot on what kind of school someone is going to..... from what little I've read it sounds like there's a lot of variety in this, from the government run schools to super high end exclusive private schools (which were apparently really big in Japan in the 80's, with lots of competition to be the best schools, including such perks as uniforms designed by big fashion designers, gourmet lunches, etc.). I would guess with the current economic climate in Japan it seems like that probably got left in the past of the 80's, and there probably isn't the same demand for that now.
On a related note, I came across an interesting document on Japanese government education policies which discussed this topic of zoning and mentioned that school buses are used as a viable means of transportation when necessary:
Sort of interesting reading to see what issues they were dealing with at the time.