Here you will find a run down of this week's anime and manga news! This week, we've got two animated trailers, two natural deaths of great contributers to anime & novel creativity, one new movie trailer, a new cast of a Live-Action Film, Hunter X Hunter getting a 2nd anime series, Korea & China plagiarizing on Japan, and an Anime Fair being re-scheduled due to earthquake! Enjoy!
Korea & China Plagiarizing off of Japan products? Japanese TV news reported an investigation of Chinese animated plagiarism. A Japanese youtube user exploits his anger towards Korea's endless plagiarism.
A youtube video posted on June 2011, has been all over twitter recently; causing an out-roar on the conflict between Japan & Korea. Plagiarism has been a constant thing that the Japanese companies take notice of when dealing with Korean & Chinese products. The main issue is that it has always been the Japanese that product materials are copied from. What angers the Japanese the most is that they never get the official credit they deserve.
Ranma 1/3 (Plagiarized from Ranma 1/2) | Powermon (Plagiarized from Pokemon) Wa Piece (Plagiarized from One Piece) "Copying a thing, adding some alterations, changing the name, claiming that they invented it. This pattern is shamelessly repeated." -GloriousJapanForever
Plagiarism from Japanese products include: -Cellular digital phones -Vehicle car titles -Plagiarism of Japanese Manga, Anime, and Games -Plagiarism of Japanese snack foods -Korea's Illegal cultivation of Japanese species of strawberries -Physical fighting techniques (Ex: Samurai vs Saurabi, Kendo vs Kumdo, Judo vs Yudo, etc.)
Though this is the field in which we can detest the most number of plagiarisms of Japanese Manga, the Official Press Book explains "Manhwa were inspired by classic Asian arts, especially Chinese," which is obviously false.
The video compares scenes of the Japanese anime “Hikarian: Great Railroad Protector” with a Chinese cartoon called “高鉄侠”.
It is painfully obvious that the Chinese cartoon is copying the Japanese cartoon. The discovery was made by Chinese netizens, who found clips of the animation online and questioned its origin after noticing that it used a map of Japan and its main character ate Japanese-style onigiri.
The Last Airbender Will Return in "Legend of Korra" 'Legend of Korra' Trailer shown this weekend at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con is now online!
This series was inspired by the Japanese "anime format" and would have been considered a perfect anime representation if created in Japan. The truth of the matter is that this "anime looking cartoon" was created by full fledged American animators. There was an attempt to create a manga for this series which was published by 'Tokyopop' last year. This series is numerously known and accepted by anime/manga fans around the world.
Due in 2012, 'The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra', which previewed at Comic-Con International - is gorgeous, action-packed, riveting and eminently watchable. Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the first animated series’ timeline in a modern, steampunk metropolis called the United Republic. Its main character, Korra, has reason to brood: As Avatar Aang’s immediate successor, she can magically bend earth, air, water and fire, but is hard-pressed to repel an anti-bending insurrection that invalidates the epic struggles of Avatar: The Last Airbender’s freedom fighters.
Think of the original series, plus Hayao Miyazaki’s 'Princess Mononoke', and you’re probably there. The only bad news so far seems to be that the new Legend of Korra miniseries will only run 26 episodes. Can Legend of Korra return the Avatar universe back to its former glory? Will Shyamalan make another Airbender feature, given that his humorless iteration flopped with hard-core fans but pulled in more than $300 million worldwide? Should anyone bother with a live-action sequel?
A New 2nd Hunter x Hunter Anime Series Announced Rumour has it that popular anime series, Hunter x Hunter, will be getting a new TV series.
A copy of the sales sheet has been circulating around the Internet which, suggests that more information about the new series will be revealed soon!
The newly green-lit anime series will air on Japanese television in the fall. More information about the new television series will appear alongside the return of the manga itself to the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine later in August.
The last anime adaptation of Hunter x Hunter was the GI Final OVA series released in 2004 which concluded the Greed Island story arc ending at volume 18 of the manga. The 29th manga volume is scheduled to be published on August 4th in Japan.
Smuggler Manga's Live-Action Film Trailer Streamed Katsuhito Ishii's film of Shohei Manabe's crime manga to open on October 22
The official website for Katsuhito Ishii's live-action film adaptation of Shohei Manabe's Smuggler manga began streaming the newest trailer.
The story centers around Ryōsuke Kinuta (Satoshi Tsumabuki), a failed actor with serious debt problems. His loan shark arranges a job for him as part of a corpse disposal team, which transports the bodies of victims of gang hits out of the city and sees to it that they are never seen again. However, with the team accepting work from both sides in an escalating mob war, life for Kinuta and his colleagues gets increasingly dangerous.
The film will open in Japan on October 22. Tokyopop published the manga in North America in 2006.
VIZ to Adds Two New Manga Series to Shojo Imprint VIZ Media announced at its Comic-Con panel on Friday that the company will be releasing the manga series 'A Devil and Her Love Song' & 'The Earl and the Fairy' in March 2012.
A Devil and Her Love Song, created by Miyoshi Tomori, follows Maria Kawai, a young woman who is transferred to Totsuka School after being expelled from St. Katoria Girls' School. Brutally honesty and manners separate her from her classmates but two boy may be able to take her attitude. The series ran for 13 volumes.
Meanwhile The Earl and the Fairy, written by Mizue Tani and illustrated by Ayuko, follows Lydia Carlton, a young woman who is known as the "Fairy Doctor" because of her fascination with the creatures. When she sails in London, she encounters Edgar J.C. Ashenheart, the Blue Knight Count and joins him on his search for a sword that's been apart of his family lineage.
Emi Takei Cast as Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin Live-Action Film Model and actress Emi Takei has been cast to play the heroine, Kaoru Kamiya, in the live-action adaption of Rurouni Kenshin. She joins Takeru Sato, who will be playing Kenshin.
"I feel that she has the chance of becoming big by playing various roles. Along with her age (17), I couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role of Kaoru," said Keishi Otomo, director for the film.
The original manga, created by Nobuhiro Watsuki, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump between 1994 and 1999. The story revolves around the peaceful wanderer Kenshin, a former assassin. As atonement for the murders he committed during the Bakumatsu War, Kenshin offers protections and aid to those in need.
Tokyo International Anime Fair will Return Next Year TAF will be held at Tokyo Big Sight after March's earthquake cancelled this year's event
The executive committee of Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) announced on Friday that the event will return next year from March 22 to March 25. TAF will once again take place at East Halls 1, 2, 3, and other venues at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on Odaiba island at Tokyo Bay. As in previous years, the first two days are business days that are only open to industry and press representatives, while the last two days are public days that are open to everyone.
This year's TAF was cancelled five days after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster of March 11. If it had been held, it would have run from March 24 to March 27 of this year.
Anime Director/Designer, Toyoo Ashida, Passes Away Directed Fist of the North Star, Vampire Hunter D; designed Minky Momo, Vifam, Wataru
Animators Atsuko Watanabe and Hiroshi Koujina reported that anime director and character designer Toyoo Ashida passed away on Saturday, July 23. He was 67.
Ashida served as the series director for the two Fist of the North Star television anime series, Kuso Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy, and Sōten Kōro. He also directed the Fist of the North Star Movie, the Vampire Hunter D video anime, and The World of Narue. His many character design credits include UFO Senshi Daiapolon, the 1979 Cyborg 009 television anime, several Fairy Princess Minky Momo projects, the Ginga Hyōryū Vifam titles, the Chō Mashin Eiyūden Wataru anime franchise, and Gulliver Boy.
In addition to his animation career, Ashida co-founded the labor group Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) in 2007, and served as its first president. He founded Studio Live in 1976, and as the studio's president, he became the mentor of Watanabe, Koujina (the current head of Studio Live), and many other animators.
A private service for family members was held on Monday. Anime has lost a great talent and voice.
Science-Fiction Novelist, Sakyo Komatsu, Passes Away Creator of Japan Sinks!, Komatsu Sakyo Anime Gekijō
Acclaimed Japanese sci-fi novelist Sakyo Komatsu passed away on Tuesday, July 26, due to pneumonia. He was 80 years old. Komatsu may be best known for his 1973 disaster novel Japan Sinks!, which was adapted into a live-action film in 1973, a live-action TV series in 1975, and a live-action movie remake in 2006. Many of Komatsu’s concepts and short stories were adapted into the 1989 Komatsu Sakyo Anime Gekijo anime TV series.
"ANOTHER" the anime will air in 2012 with 'Noizi Ito Designs' "Another" the novel-adapted-manga series, gets a TV Anime series
The official site confirmed that the anime will be a television project which will premiere next year. It also revealed that Noizi Ito (Haruhi Suzumiya, Shakugan no Shana) is responsibe for the original character designs. In addition, a live-action movie adaptaion will also be released in the summer and early in 2012 also. The 2009 novel centers around a school class that has a curse, and the string of unavoidable deaths that befall the boys and girls in that class.The story revolves around a mysterious schoolgirl at the center of a cursed school room.
Ben-To School Comedy TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed Light novel series gets a promo trailer for Asaura’s action/comedy novel-anime adaptation
The adaptation of author Asaura’s action/comedy light novel series revolves around a poor boy drawn into the world of fighting for half-priced supermarket packaged meals. Shin Itagaki (Devil May Cry, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) is directing the show at david production (Tatakau Shisho, Ristorante Paradiso). The series will premiere this fall.
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