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Animanga in the News: 3/14/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on Mar 14, 2011 17:39
Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything major happened 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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Outpouring of Support for Earthquake Victims
Inoue Takehiko, Anno Moyoko, Toriyama Akira, Noizi Ito, Kanno Yoko, T.M.Revolution and other big names express their support for the victims of the recent earthquake in their own special ways.

World-renowned mangaka Inoue Takehiko, famous for his manga "Slam Dunk" and "Vagabond", and even game character designs like "Lost Odyssey", began posting illustrations entitled "Smile" on his Twitter on the 12th of March. Through these illustrations, it feels like he is praying for the victims of the quake in his own little way. He had been drawing these illustrations and posting them sporadically on Twitter since before the quake. However, beginning with "Smile34" posted at 10:28am, he has posted more than 15 pieces between then and 2pm of the same day.

On the 13th, "Sakuran" and "Hatarakiman" mangaka Anno Moyoko posted illustrations in support of the victims of the earthquake on his blog. The illustrations depicted his characters cheering the victims on or holding candles representing the light of hope.

Dragon Ball mangaka Toriyama Akira posted this illustration on the Shounen Jump website. It included this message from him: "To all victims of the earthquake. I know it must be tough, but keep pressing on and don't ever give in!"

Ito Noizi, the artist best known for the Suzumiya Haruhi and Shakugan no Shana light novel illustrations, posted the above picture of the character Haruhi on Sunday, two days after the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami. As Ito noted on her Twitter account, even the "Brigade Leader" is offering her prayers. Ito is part of a larger #draw_for_japan movement in which artists offer their support for the victims of the recent disaster. Inoue Takehiko (Slam Dunk, Vagabond) also drew art as a way of offering his prayers for Japan.

The artists in manga magazine Morning also drew for Japan, and all their illustrations can be viewed at Morning's official website. The mangaka include Urasawa Naoki (20th Century Boys) and Yukimura Makoto (Vinland Saga)

Yoko Kanno — the composer of Cowboy Bebop, several Macross projects, Escaflowne, and many other anime and live-action works — posted a song she created to support the victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami on Sunday. The song is titled "Kimi de Ite Buji de Ite from Kanno Yoko." (Translated: Be yourself, Be safe) Kanno was born in Miyagi — the prefecture hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami.

Nishikawa Takanori, the singer better known as T.M. Revolution, revealed on Twitter on Sunday that he is planning a charity event for victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami. T.M. Revolution was already scheduled to hold a live concert at the Zepp Tokyo event hall on March 30. He is now planning to stream the event live for free. In addition, all proceeds from the concert and its tickets will be donated to charity. There will be charity auctions and a donation booth set up. The singer said, "We are recruiting people, websites, and auction sites who will sponsor the video and transmitting equipment." He added, "I still don't know how feasible this is at all, but I'm going to start moving with all my might to face the problems that come our way to get this started." T.M. Revolution sang theme songs for Sengoku Basara Two, Bleach: Jigoku-hen, D.Gray-man, Darker than BLACK, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Rurouni Kenshin, and Soul Eater.

In response to the damage caused by the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami, Japanese rock performer Gackt launched a new donation fund called "Show Your Heart." Donations raised through the fund will be given to the Japanese Red Cross, the affected prefectures, and social welfare organizations.

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Anime with Disaster Scenes Face Changes After Quake

Precure film edited; Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne—!! & Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 episodes not re-run

Several anime with disaster scenes or themes face changes after the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami.

• Precure All-Stars DX3 Mirai ni Todoke! Sekai o Tsunagu Niji-Iro no Hana, Takashi Otsuka's third film to combine the casts of all the Pretty Cure (Precure) magical girl television series to date, is still slated to open in Japan this Saturday, March 19. However, part of the film is being edited out since a tsunami scene or scenes "are reminiscent of the disaster."

• The anime television channel AT-X announced on Monday that it is cancelling its re-runs of the 10th episode of the Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne—!! anime "at the request of the rights holder." However, AT-X will still run the rest of the series, from the 11th episode onward, as planned starting on March 25. The 10th episode already aired on broadcast television on March 12 with a scene of characters being swept away by a giant wave — during the time that television stations were superimposing a graphic of tsunami warnings over all programming.

• Another anime television channel, Animax, is replacing the rest of its re-run of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 with other programming "due to circumstances." For example, instead of running the seventh episode of this anime (which recounts a hypothetical quake in Tokyo) on March 15 and 16, Animax will run selected episodes from the best of Lupin III and Kiteretsu Daihyakka.

Other media are affected in Japan as well. The game maker Yeti announced that it will refrain from publicizing Root Double, the latest adventure game from Never7 -the end of infinity- director Takumi Nakazawa, due to the earthquake. The story of the game deals with the meltdown of a nuclear reactor.

The Japanese release of Feng Xiaogang's live-action Aftershock film about the 1976 Tangshan earthquake is being delayed from March 26 to an unspecified date. The release was already delayed from March 7 due to the February 22 earthquake in New Zealand.

Manga creator Tomonori Inoue did report on Twitter on early Tuesday morning that he would be meeting with his publisher about what to do with the future of his post-apocalyptic action manga Coppelion. However, he assured his readers later that day that the meeting would be about the way that the manga will be published and distributed in the future — and not about the ending of the series of some had feared.

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