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North American manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment has launched a tabletop games division, Seven Seas Games.
Although there are few details in the initial announcement, the company states it will “meld the anime aesthetic with strategic card and board games, introducing fans to a whole new way of experiencing their favorite titles.” The first game and Kickstarter campaign will be revealed Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.
Legal | In their largest raid ever, police departments across Japan arrested 40 people between Feb. 17 and Feb. 19 on suspicion of copyright infringement for illegally sharing anime, manga, music and live-action film and television dramas online. The suspects, all men ranging in age from 21 to 65, are accused of uploading such materials as Detective Conan, XXX Holic, The Wind Rises and the Mobile Suit Gundam UC soundtrack. In Japan, such unauthorized uploads are criminal acts punishable by up to 10 years in jail or fines of about $84,000. [Crunchyroll]
Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama has created new box art for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of the first compilation film Attack on Titan: The Crimson Bow and Arrow.
The first 13 episodes of the blockbuster anime series were combined (and abridged) into a feature film that debuted Nov. 22 in Japan; that will be followed in June by a second film, Wings of Freedom, adapting the remaining episodes of Season 1.
Capcom is developing an arcade game based on the hit manga and anime series Attack on Titan.
The game publisher made the announcement today during a presentation at Japan Amusement Expo 2015, but offered no further details. Kotaku notes it’s unclear whether the game will see international release, but more information is expected this summer.
Police and prosecutors near Pittsburgh are expected to decide today whether to press charges against a fifth-grader after he allegedly posted a Death Note-inspired note in his elementary school containing the names of five or six students. The boy has been suspended.
“After conducting the investigation, we found it is based on the anime Death Note,” Burrell School District superintendent Shannon Wagner said in a statement to WPXI News.
In 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.
Although SCRAP Entertainment has yet to announce details for the New York City edition of the Attack on Titan Real Escape stadium game, the trailer for “Escape From the Walled City” now provides a date: Saturday, April 11. However, no location is listed.
That information arrives even as tickets sell out for Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. That’s 3,000 players for that one run-through; tickets are still available for the 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. games, and for the Los Angeles stop on March 21.
Universal Studios Japan has unleashed another teaser video for “Attack on Titan The Real” that’s every bit as unsettling as you’d expect from a theme park attraction based on a manga about flesh-eating giants. Which element is the most disturbing? You’ll have to decide for yourselves (I’m going for a toss-up between the image above and the shot of the girl with a broken neck).
Announced last month as part of a “Universal Cool Japan” limited event that also showcases Monster Hunter, Evangelion and Resident Evil, the Attack on Titan element will have at its center a statue of the 49-foot Eren Titan fighting the 46-foot female Titan, which are featured prominently in the video.
Universal Studios Japan has debuted a teaser video for “Attack on Titan The Real,” the upcoming attraction based the blockbuster manga and anime.
Announced last month as part of a “Universal Cool Japan” limited event that also showcases Monster Hunter, Evangelion and Resident Evil, the Attack on Titan element will have at its center a statue of the 49-foot Eren Titan fighting the 46-foot female Titan.
Publishing | DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee talk about the state of the comics market, DC’s upcoming move from New York City to Burbank, the growing female audience and more. “There’s also a diversification within the audience itself the past couple of years,” Lee observed. “You’ve seen more women, more female readers, in general. When we launched Batgirl and Gotham Academy, those books struck a different note, different tonality, and that was in large part due to editor Mark Doyle bringing these projects together with different kinds of creators. It was our way of broadening the base of the Batman family of books but doing it in a different way to attract a different audience. I think it speaks well to the future that we’re not just going to strike the same note looking for the same customer. […] You can’t necessarily rely on the same continuity, the same core hardcore comics-driven material; you have to diversify, broaden your net and bring in different voices to the company.” [ICv2]
In an unexpected turn, the smiling blue robot cat Doraemon has become embroiled in a political controversy in China, where critics charge that the popular anime character is a tool for Japan’s “cultural invasion.”
The New York Times reports the rumpus follows the successful opening in mid-August of the 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo in Chengdu, which apparently led three major newspapers last week to question the motives of Japan’s Foreign Ministry, and not its cultural or economic branches, in naming the cartoon cat as “anime ambassador.” Doraemon, the argument goes, is merely a Trojan Horse for Japan’s political goals.
Branding the popular anime as borderline “pornography,” Indonesia’s television regulator has warned a broadcaster to censor “indecent” images on Crayon Shin-chan or air the series at a later time, when it’s unlikely to be seen by children.
Based on the manga by the late Yoshito Usui, Crayon Shin-chan follows a the adventures of a mischievous 5-year-old who’s prone to inappropriate behavior — he frequently moons other characters — and off-color language. Scantily clad women and risque humor are staples of the series; there’s also the matter of his infamous “Mr. Elephant” dance.
That’s too much for the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI), a government-sanctioned but independent regulatory body, which on Monday issued the warning to the Jakarta-based RCTI television network.
Legal | A 54-year-old man was sentenced this week in a Quebec court to 60 days in jail for watching pornographic anime featuring characters that appeared to be minors, a violation of Canadian law. A former private security guard, Regis Tremblay admitted he watched the cartoons several times in January 2012 out of “curiosity” while working at Canadian Force Base Valcartier, north of Quebec City. Investigators say they discovered 210 “hentai” files from a hard drive, and 501 “incriminating” web addresses from Tremblay’s browser history. Following his jail sentence, Tremblay will have to register as a sex offender. [Canoe]
Conventions | Richard Bruton notes that the Dublin International Comic Expo (DICE) has taken the unusual step of posting a link to its harassment policy at the top of its home page. “Having a quick look around it’s the only comic event/festival/expo/con site to feature it so prominently,” he writes. “Some make mention of their policies in FAQ or About sections, but as far as I know DICE is the first to do so this way.” He does take issue with one vaguely worded item in the policy, though: “In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material.” [Forbidden Planet]
Although I’ve never watched Kill la Kill, I’ve certainly heard about the popular anime series set in a dystopian school where students don sentient Goku Uniforms that give them superhuman abilities. But now, after watching fast-talking PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta wade into the anime while wrestling with its fascist themes and possibles warnings about wearable technology, I kind of want to seek it out. (And not for the fan service, I swear.)
This is probably a good place to note that UDON Entertainment announced last month at Comic-Con International that it will publish the Kill la Kill manga next year.
Piracy | The Japanese government is joining with 15 anime production companies and manga publishers to launch a major initiative that will target foreign pirate sites. The push will start Aug. 1 and will have two components: The government will send takedown requests to 580 pirate sites and also launch a website that directs people to legitimate sources of online manga. The Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency estimates that Chinese pirate sites cost the industry 560 billion yen (about $5.5 million) last year. [Crunchyroll]
Comics | Lidia Jean Kott talks with writer Jason Aaron about his female Thor and pays a visit to Fantom Comics in Washington, D.C., where a quarter of the customers are women and the bestselling title is Saga (the bestselling superhero comic is Ms. Marvel). [NPR]
Events | An extensive exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan, devoted to Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga and anime has drawn more than 100,000 visitors since its opening on July 1. Overseen by Oda, the exhibition is the first of its kind outside of Japan, where it was held from 2012 to 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the insanely popular manga. “One Piece Exhibition: Original Art x Movies x Experience Pirate King Taiwan” runs through Sept. 22. [Kotaku]