Last weekend saw a firestorm of fury on Twitter as fans of hit anime and manga series from Shueisha were given copyright strikes over fan art, cosplay, and GIFs from an entity claiming to be the company. Today, Shueisha responded to these takedowns saying they were “falsely misrepresented by an individual.” More details on the situation and their statement after the jump.
A 15-year old junior high school student from Gifu prefecture has won silver at the Virtual International Exhibition for Young Inventors 2020 for his invention that makes the security bars on windows easily detachable from the inside in case of fire or disaster. Tatsuki's idea was influenced by the Kyoto Animation arson attack back in July 2019. Read more about the innovative design after the jump.
Act-Age manga writer was sentenced in the Tokyo District Court today after being found guilty of indecent acts against a minor. He was formally charged and found guilty of one of the indecent acts against two junior high school-aged girls that happened in June in Nakano Ward. Read on for all the details.
The leading arson suspect behind the Kyoto Animation arson attack last July was formally charged on December 16 with murder, attempted murder, arson, breaking and entering, and violating the firearms and sword control law, by the Kyoto District Public Prosecutor's Office. Read more details from the charges and the process after the jump.
Japanese legal website Attorney Dot Com revealed today that former Gainax President Maki Tomohiro, who was arrested last December for “semi-forced” indecent assault against a woman in her late teens, has been formally sentenced to two years and six months prison time by the Tokyo District Court. More details on the court case and testimony after the jump.
The Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare in Japan announced today that freelancers in the "entertainment industry" and those who work in "animation production" will be able to receive workers' accident compensation insurance, a scheme usually only reserved for those who are employed by a company. More details after the jump!
Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, reported on November 24 that the writer of the Act-Age manga series, Tatsuya Matsuki, had his trial in Tokyo District Court today. Matsuki was previously arrested in August for allegedly performing obscene acts on two junior-high-school aged girls in Nakano Ward of Tokyo. Read on for more.
The family of Hikari Yono announced today that Yono had passed away after complications during treatment of an unknown illness. The voice actor would be best known to anime fans as the narrator of BURN THE WITCH, the voice of Samui in Naruto, and the voice of Kaolinite in the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal. Read on for more details.
Beloved anime studio Kyoto Animation, known for popular anime such as A Silent Voice, Sound! Euphonium, Violet Evergarden, and many more anime series' and films, was honored with Women in Animation's WIA Diversity Awards for 2020 for "commitment to inclusivity by creating a gender-balanced workplace." Learn more after the jump.
The official website for AnimeJapan announced today that its 2021 event will be going forward in March 2021 with a physical presence for the public days, and online events for the business days with some events during the public days for international fans who might be unable to fly into Japan. More details after the jump!
The Japan Actor Union, which has members that range from film stars to anime voice actors, held a conference on October 30 for all 2,600 members to announce new services for their mental health after the negative response to a recent survey for members. Read on to learn more.
After it being announced through the Government Gazette last month, Kyoto Animation confirmed today on the anime studio's website that they will be merging the operations and rights of Animation Do into Kyoto Animation on November 1. More details after the jump!
Nippon TV has launched its own in-house anime department headed by Executive Vice President of Business Development Kako Kuwahara, the Japanese TV station announced yesterday. The first anime to be made under this new department is the isekai TV anime TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy-. Learn more after the jump!
The editor for Shueisha's Manga+ (Manga Plus) smartphone application, Yūta Momiyama took to his personal Twitter account recently to share insights and observations on the popularity of the smartphone app. Read on for a list of the top 20 countries by readership as well as further observations about the popularity of select titles found in the app.