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Animanga in the News: 3/15/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on Mar 15, 2011 17:00
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 ;)

If you would like to help in finding and translating news of this nature, please contact saladesu via PM ^^ Feel free to PM me any interesting bits of anime or manga news you find floating around the internet, too.

Malaysian Newspaper Apologizes Over Japanese Tsunami Cartoon

A Malaysian newspaper has apologized after readers expressed outrage over a cartoon that it printed in its March 13th edition.

The Malay daily published the apology on its website, Twitter and Facebook accounts on Sunday after several quarters demanded that the newspaper apologise for the publication.

"We apologise for the publication of the cartoon in Berita Minggu. We had no intention of poking fun at the disaster that has befallen the nation of Japan and its people. In fact, we greatly sympathise with their plight and share the sorrow of the Japanese people," the daily’s editor wrote.

The cartoon, drawn by Mohd Zohri Sukimi or more popularly known as Zoy, showed the popular Japanese icon Ultraman running away from an oncoming tsunami. The publication created a buzz on social networking sites with politicians and the public criticising the daily’s poor judgment, describing the cartoon as "distasteful" and "insensitive".

original source, tip from Asahina


More Support for Earthquake Victims

Even more people in the game and anime industry show their support for the victims of the earthquake.

Here are more industry people who have posted artwork to support the victims of last Friday's earthquake. Most of them have joined the #draw_for_Japan movement on Twitter.

  1. Platinum Games Yoshimura Kenichirou (Amaterasu to Issun), who did the character designs for the game "Ookami" (god).
  2. Noizi Ito (Suzumiya Haruhi), illustrator for the "Suzumiya Haruhi" and "Shakugan no Shana" series
  3. Ookawahara Kunio (Mobile Suit Gundam), known for the mobile suit designs for the "Mobile Suit Gundam" metaseries
  4. Shirai Eiji (Nakoruru), who did the character designs for the series "Samurai Spirits)
  5. Yokoda Mamoru (Itou Masamune, Sanada Yukimura), the Sengoku Basara, One Piece, Kamen Rider illustrator
  6. Himegawa Akira (Link & Navi), mangaka of the manga adaptation of the game "The Legend of Zelda"
  7. Asami You (Rockman & Netto), illustrator of "Rockman Eguze"
  8. Iwamoto Tatsuo (Naruhodou Ryuuichi, Mitsurugi Reiji, Ayasato Mayoi), character designer of the "Gyakuten Saiban" series.

original source


Manga Artists Unite in Dōjinshi Book for Quake Charity

Nodame, Fairy Tail, School Rumble, Full Moon, Di Gi Charat, GTO, GetBackers, Gash!/Zatch Bell, Gosick, Shuffle!, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Lollipop creators contribute.

The creators in Kodansha's Monthly Nakayoshi shōjo manga magazine and other publications are planning to make a charity dōjinshi (self-published work) to raise funds for the victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami.

The creators launched a placeholder website for the tentatively titled Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Charity Dōjinshi (The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Charity Dōjinshi) on Tuesday, and they plan to release the dōjinshi at the Comitia 96 event at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on May 5. More details about the release will be announced later.

The following 35 creators, listed by their magazines, are contributing to the effort:

Kiss: Naomi Ono, Satoru Hiura, Tomoko Ninomiya, Chiyo Rokuhana

Ribon: Arina Tanemura

Nakayoshi: Natsumi Ando, Miyuki Etoo, Kei Enue, Michiyo Kikuta, Koge Donbo, Marimo Shirasawa, Ema Toyama, Pink Hanamori, Asumi Hara, Haruka Fukushima, Wataru Mizukami, Kotori Momoyuki, Daisy Yamada

Chorus: Hanayo Hanatsu

Be-Love: Mizuho Aimoto, Hiromi Okubo

Shonen Magazine (and affiliated publications): Rando Ayamine, Jin Kobayashi, Kouji Seo, Kaya Tsukiyama, Tohru Fujisawa, Hiro Mashima, Yoshiyuki Murakami, Makoto Raiku

Dragon Age: Sakuya Amano

Shonen Rival: Ten Nakamura

Evening: Daisuke Terasawa

Illustrator: Aoi Nishimata

Scriptwriter: Michiko Yokote

Picture Book Author: Nobumi

original source


Viz Launches Next Bakuman Book Digitally Before Print

Bakuman. volume 1 also available free online for 24 hours.

The North American manga publisher Viz Media with release the fourth volume of the manga Bakuman. on its iPad manga app on Monday, March 28 — a week before its print edition hits bookstores on April 5. To promote the release, Viz announced on Monday that it is allowing users to download the first volume of Bakuman. for free until noon Tuesday PST.

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, Bakuman. involves two high school students Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi who collaborate to create a manga series. The two have aspirations of becoming the greatest manga creators in Japan. The series is currently running in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and the 10th volume shipped in Japan by the end of last year.

An anime adaptation is also currently airing in Japan and is nearing the end of its first season. A second season has been green-lit for production and is slated to air this fall.

original source

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#1. by molokidan (Hidden Boss ΣΣ(゚Д゚;)ナヌッ)
Posted on Mar 15, 2011
That Bakuman news is really ironic, considering the current storyline in the manga about the evils of the internet. But I suppose this was a decision by Viz in America, not Shueisha.
#2. by Asahina ()
Posted on Mar 15, 2011
Yea, the info about the Malaysian newspaper apologizing over Japanese tsunami cartoon was caught by me on Twitter. Then I used GOOGLE, searched and learned that the news was less than 2-3 days old, so I figured I should contact Mangahelpers - since it involved some type of relation to drawings and manga/anime categorization.
#3. by Lynkobi17 ()
Posted on Mar 16, 2011
Now this is what I call interesting news.
Lately news these days are very interesting and very inviting.
From a Newspaper causing problems, to Bakuman being released on an iPad...
It just shows that Mangahelpers is improving one way or another.
#4. by saladesu (in absentia)
Posted on Mar 16, 2011
Lately there hasn't been a lot of news from Japan apart from the usual "XXX mangaka/whoever supports the earthquake victims by drawing a picture of YYY!" ... My Japanese news aggregator also happens to be down v.v I figure the earthquake is the reason.

Anyway, the newspaper issue was a tip given by Asahina, so yes, I hope to receive more such tips so I can help improve the news on this site too ^^
#5. by Spartacus ()
Posted on Mar 17, 2011
That Malaysian Newspaper drawer, Zoy, needs to understand & use his methods...efficiently...

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