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Animanga in the News: 2/4/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on Feb 4, 2011 18:29
Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything sent waves through the anime and manga world today, you'll find it in this post! By the way, I'm saladesu, one of the translator-moderators of MH, and I'll be posting a post like this every day (as much as possible, anyway). Look forward to them ;)

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ONE PIECE #61 Breaks Japan's First Press Printing Record for 6th Time with 3.8 Million

3.8 million copies of the first press of ONE PIECE volume #61 were printed, marking the 6th time in history that ONE PIECE broke the Japanese record.

The first press of Oda Eiichirou's ONE PIECE volume #61, which went on sale on the 4th, had 3,800,000 copies printed. This is the 6th time ONE PIECE is breaking its own record set by its previous volume for highest number of first press copies printed in Japan. This time, it's a jump of 400,000 copies from volume #60's 3,400,000 copies.

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Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei and Historie win at 14th Bunkachou Media Art Festival

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei won in the Animation category while Historie won in the Manga category.

The winners of the 14th Bunkachou Media Art Festival (Bunkachou is the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs) were announced and "Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei" took the top prize in the Animation category while "Historie" did likewise in the Manga category.

For the Animation category, Excellence Awards also went to "Colorful", "Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou", "Fumiko no Kokuhaku" and "Wakaranai Buta", while "The Wonder Hospital" received an Honorable Mention.

Meanwhile, for the Manga category, Excellence Awards also went to "Kokou no Hito", "Fuuunji-tachi Bakumatsu-hen", "Bokurano" and "Red", while "Uchi no Tsuma tte Dou Deshou?" received an Honorable Mention.

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2 Teenagers Arrested for Stealing from K-ON! Model School

2 teenagers aged 17 and 18 stole guitars and other paraphernalia from the school that served as the real-life model off which the school in K-ON! was based.

Police in Wakayama Prefecture arrested an 18-year-old male student of the prefectural High School and a 17-year-old unemployed youth for stealing guitars and other paraphernalia from the Toyosato Elementary School's old school building in Shiga Prefecture Toyosato City, which served as the real-life model for the school used in popular anime series "K-ON!".

The two are "K-ON!" fans, and said that they wanted to "steal K-ON! goods and things they could sell for money".

It is reported that the two entered the old school building in the early morning of the 17th of November. They stole 2 guitars, 1 bass, figurines of the K-ON! characters, 2 portable cash boxes (including the approximately ¥1,000,000 inside them). The guitars and bass were found on the 19th of the same month nearby.

The police had also arrested the 18-year-old and other juveniles in a youth gang for other cases of theft in the past. Upon finding the stolen figurines in the 18-year-old's house, they questioned him and he admitted to the crime.

"K-ON!" is a manga that portrays the band activities of a group of female high school students. It was adapted into an anime, and became very popular, the instruments that appear in it increasing rapidly in sales. The old school building of Toyosato Elementary is considered by fans to be the model off which the heroines' school is based, and has exhibits of guitars and other paraphernalia, all of which had been donated by fans.

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