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Comics A.M. | Brothers charged in theft of grandparents’ comic collection

Via WEAR TV

Via WEAR TV

Crime | Two brothers in Florida have been arrested in the theft of about $30,000 worth of comic books from their grandparents. Nicholas and Robert Mason of Milton, Florida, were charged Thursday with grand theft and 16 counts of dealing in stolen property after police say they sold the comics in repeated trips to local shops, telling retailers the collection had been left to them by their late grandparents, who owned a comic store themselves. However, only part of that was true: Their grandparents did own a comic store, but they’re very much alive, and have been banking on the collection for their retirement. [WEAR TV]

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This McDonald’s anime is really the world’s cutest recruiting ad

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If all McDonald’s were like the one depicted in this anime commercial, there would be a line out the door to submit applications.

Of course, that’s the entire point of the commercial for McDonald’s Japan, which doubles as a lovely and heartwarming anime short and a lovely and heartwarming recruiting video.

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Ohio middle-school student suspended over ‘Death Note’ booklet

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In what’s become a somewhat-regular occurrence once again, a student has been suspended from an Ohio middle school after a teacher found a Death Note-inspired notebook.

The Newark Advocate reports police responded March 14 to Lakewood Middle School in Hebron, Ohio, following the discovery of a booklet labeled “Death List” that contained the names of several students. Once the student who made the notebook was identified, she allegedly told officials the notebook was based on the anime series Death Note.

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Official anime-style ‘Harry Potter’ characters are even cuter than you imagined

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While chibi versions of Harry Potter characters have been around nearly as long as the novels themselves, the illustrations have never been official — until now. Needless to say, they’re adorable.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have given their blessing to a line of anime-style Harry Potter merchandise, available exclusively in Japan (although we imagine enterprising fans in other countries will discover a way to conjure the products). It debuted with a pack of 12 cards/files, featuring such characters as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco and even Hedwig.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Attack on Titan: No Regrets’ DVDs to be bundled with manga

Art by Cameron Stewart

Art by Cameron Stewart

Manga | Kodansha Comics will bundle DVDs of the first and second episodes of the anime Attack on Titan: No Regrets with the U.S. release of special editions of the 18th and 19th volumes of the Attack on Titan manga, respectively. The company also revealed a variant cover for the special edition of Vol. 18 drawn by Cameron Stewart (Batgirl, Catwoman). Attack on Titan: No Regrets is adapted from the spinoff manga of the same name, a prequel to the main series that tells the story of Captain Levi and Commander Erwin. In Japan, the two DVDs were bundled with volumes 15 and 16 of Attack on Titan. [Anime News Network]

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Police assure parents ‘Death Note’ doesn’t pose a threat

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Police and school officials in Nashua, New Hampshire, held a public forum Wednesday night to soothe concerns about a Death Note-inspired notebook discovered last week at a local high school.

The list, found Oct. 9 at Nashua High School North, reportedly contained the names of 17 students, along with a description of how and when they would die. In Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s hit manga turned anime and live-action movie franchise, a high school student sets out to rid the world of evil using a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it.

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New Hampshire high school shaken by ‘Death Note’ scare

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The discovery of a Death Note-inspired notebook at a New Hampshire high school has left parents rattled.

According to NH1, administrators at Nashua High School North met Tuesday with the parents of 17 students who were listed in the book, along with a description of how and when they would die.

“This book was found by a student with the ways, times and dates 17 students were going to die,” one unnamed parent said. “My daughter in particular was pretty horrific, disturbing and explicit.” School officials maintain that no one was ever in any danger.

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Japanese officials seize fan’s anime figures over back taxes

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Consider this a cautionary tale for collectors: It’s called, “The Guy Who Lost His Precious Anime Figures Because He Didn’t Pay His Taxes.”

Rocket News24 reports that when officials from Sanyo-Onoda City in Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture were dispatched to collect back taxes from a resident, they didn’t discover any cash or jewelry they could seize. They did, however, find the man’s collection of anime figures.

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Watch a magical 3D tribute to Hayao Miyazaki’s universe

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Before the the first image even materializes on screen, hauntingly familiar piano notes put you in the perfect frame of mind for this stunning tribute to the films of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.

This is no mere compilation of clips, however. Up-and-coming animator “Dono,” whose work has drawn the attention of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, recreated settings from Miyazaki’s films using the 3D-animation software Blender, and then incorporated key scenes into those CG environments using Gimp, Octane and Natron.

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Connecticut police investigate seventh-grader’s ‘Death Note’

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The Connecticut State Police are investigating a seventh-grader who allegedly created a Death Note-inspired booklet containing the names of classmates. The student won’t be permitted to return to Griswold Middle School for the remainder of the year, which ends Friday.

In an email sent Tuesday to parents, Griswold Public Schools Superintendent Paul K. Smith said that although students had been aware of the booklet’s existence, it wasn’t brought to the attention of the administration until Monday. The police were called immediately.

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Comics A.M. | Bongo Comics leaves comiXology for Simpsons app

Simpsons Comics #221

Simpsons Comics #221

Digital comics | Tom Spurgeon reports that Bongo Comics has quietly left comiXology and will be putting its comics in a new Simpsons Store app instead. While users won’t be able to buy new Bongo comics on comiXology, they will still be able to access those they already purchased. [The Comics Reporter]

Political cartoons | The American Freedom Defense Initiative has a new advertising campaign, placing Bosch Fawstin’s cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on billboards around St. Louis. Transit systems in several cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., have stopped accepting political advertising rather than carry the group’s ads depicting the Prophet Muhammad. In St. Louis, they have drawn mixed reactions: Dr. Ghazala Hayat of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis says she would like to see the signs removed but not at the cost of violence or property damage, while Jim Hanson, the executive vice president of the Center for Security Policy, said that freedom of speech is more important than avoiding offense. [WKRC]

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‘Attack on Titan’ abruptly pulled from Shanghai film festival

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The Shanghai International Film Festival has abruptly canceled a screening of Attack on Titan, which was blacklisted earlier this week by the Chinese government. The move comes just days before the start of the June 13-21 event.

Based on Hajime Isayama’s bestselling post-apocalyptic fantasy series, Attack on Titan is among 38 manga and anime titles banned Monday by the Chinese Ministry of Culture from print or digital distribution for containing “severely improper content.” Other works include Death Note, Black Butler and Claymore.

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China bans ‘Attack on Titan’ and ‘Death Note’

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Attack on Titan, Death Note and Black Butler are on a list of 38 manga and anime the Chinese Ministry of Culture has designated as “severely improper content” and banned from print or digital distribution within the country.

The ministry announced Monday it has shut down eight websites and sanctioned 29 more for carrying comics and anime that either were unlicensed or featured violent content, and it’s threatening to issue warnings and fines to websites that don’t remove the blacklisted titles.

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These otaku sweatshirts channel Naruto, Totoro and ‘Evangelion’

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Billed as “a line that puts together fashion and cosplay passion,” Sì: Sartoria Creativa draws inspiration from manga and anime for its OTAKool clothes. As the Etsy page suggests, they’re essentially everyday wear for otaku.

While the Totoro hoodie is undoubtedly the crowd-pleaser, there’s something to be said for the understated Naruto Shippuden zip-up sweatshirt, and the four detailed Evangelion pieces.

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‘Dragon Ball Super’ manga to accompany new TV anime

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When the first new Dragon Ball television anime in 18 years debuts in July, it will be accompanied by a manga adaptation by Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission author Toyotarō.

According to the announcement in Shueisha’s V Jump the Dragon Ball Super manga will launch in the magazine’s super-sized August issue. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who’s credited with the “original story and character concepts” for the new anime, is also credited with the manga’s story.

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