According to TV Asahi managing director Takashi Hirajou, Stand By Me Doraemon, the first 3DCG film based on the popular manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio, ended its 30-day theatrical run in China on June 26, with a massive 10.5 billion yen (about 85.6 million US dollars). Hit the jump for more details.
To deter piracy and tap into the growing market of Chinese anime fans, Yomiuri TV will start simulcasting Case Closed (aka Detective Conan) in China 2 hours after the new episodes premiere in Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Chinese Ministry of Culture has pushed to “protect the healthy development of youth" by eliminating access to 38 anime series including Attack on Titan, Death Note, Blood C, and The Testament of Sister New Devil. Fallout from the blacklist was immediately felt online with 29 websites receiving warnings or fines for carrying shows and another eight being shuttered according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Since 2000, China has banned gaming consoles with the aim of protecting the well-being of its younger citizens. In a moved that seems to have been developing as far back as fall 2012, the Chinese government announced this week that it is temporarily lifting a ban on the sale of foreign video game consoles in the country. More after the jump.
China's government and entertainment industry regularly get into conflict over what's aired on television. Generally this targets singing competition and other reality TV, with the tension resuling in those shows being replaced by historical drama emphasizing traditional values. However, this week, it was cartoon in the crossfire, with shows like Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf being drubbed for contaminating the nation's children with violence and vulgarity. More after the jump.
While the released image of the painted upcoming Kuroko Tetsuya figure from Mega House is keeping fans on their toes for the pre-order opening day in Japan, these found images of pirated Kuroko's Basketball figures are making fans laugh at their blatant inaccuracy in the meantime. See the images after the jump!
As previously reported, Shanghai Zoo previously conducted an online poll for the name of the baby gorilla that turned one year old on May 17th. One of the names was "Sorachi Hideaki", which is the name of Gintama author, who illustrates himself as a gorilla and not only was it one of the candidate names, it was the number one choice in the poll. Was the baby named after Sorachi sensei? Find out after the jump!
Sorachi Hideaki, the author of Gintama, uses an image of a gorilla to illustrate himself in the series, but would he have ever guessed that a baby gorilla could be named after him? The Shanghai Zoo conducted a poll and the result was just what Chinese otaku wanted. More after the jump.