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Animanga in the News: 3/30/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on Mar 30, 2011 19:37
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 translators and global moderators of MH, and I'll be posting a post like this every day (as much as possible, anyway). Look forward to them ;)


Weekly Shounen Sunday #16, #17 to be Available Free Online

Shogakukan will make two issues of Weekly Shounen Sunday available on the internet for free starting 5th April due to the quake.


Following in the footsteps of both Shueisha and Kodansha, Shogakukan will also be making the popular manga magazine "Weekly Shounen Sunday" available for free on the internet due to the quake preventing the magazine from reaching certain areas of the country. Issues #16 (went on sale 16th March) and #17 (went on sale 23rd March) will be available from the 5th of April onwards on Shogakukan's webcomic portal, "Club Sunday". As things stand now, 4 series are chosen every week from "Weekly Shounen Sunday" to be made available for free on "Club Sunday", so the concept of distributing manga for free on the internet is not something new to Shogakukan.

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Code Geass Manga Artist Plans to Sue Blogger

Tomomasa Takuma considers suit against blogger who wrote about Shikkoku no Renya manga.


Manga artist Tomomasa Takuma reported on Twitter on Monday that he talked with the publisher Kadokawa Shoten and a lawyer about a lawsuit against a blogger who criticized Takuma and Goro Taniguchi's Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya manga.

Taniguchi, the director and story co-creator of the original Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion television anime series, created the manga spinoff's story concepts and is scripting the story. The manga is set in the same official Code Geass history as the anime, but in Japan's historical Edo era. The story begins when Renya, a 17-year-old boy with a mechanical left arm and shuriken-throwing skills, encounters a mysterious, perpetually young woman named "Reifū C.C."

The "Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya no Tōyō to Settei Machigai ni Tsukkomu Blog" wrote several complaints about the Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya manga. The most significant complaint that the blog makes is that the manga plagiarized Yagyū Reppūken Renya, a historical manga that Takashi Noguchi serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1992.

The Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya manga is currently on hiatus, but Takuma said that the hiatus is unrelated to the blog. Takuma said that the hiatus is due to a private matter with his staff, so he can not disclose the reason.

On Tuesday, Takuma reported that he made arrangements and completed the paperwork with the lawyer for legal action. As of early Wednesday, he added that he will stop using Twitter for an indefinite period.

Besides Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya, Takuma also drew the Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally and Kurogane Communication manga. He launched Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya in Kadokawa Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Ace magazine.

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Kodansha President Sawako Noma Passes Away
Served as head of publishing giant for 24 years & as Akira executive producer.


Sawako Noma, the executive who served as the president of the publishing giant Kodansha for 24 years, passed away on Wednesday, March 30 due to heart failure. She was 67. She is survived by her oldest son, Yoshinobu, who was slated to replace his mother as Kodansha's president next month.

In addition to running the company that produced many of the manga in Japan, she served as an executive producer on Katsuhiro Otomo's animated film adaptation of his Akira manga.

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Please note that there may be delays in the broadcasts or releases of certain anime and manga following the quake. You may see a list of affected publications here, here, here and here (new).



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