Via The Japan News: Japanese publishers are pushing for a new law that will give them the right to go after scanlation and torrent sites that distribute manga illegally, on behalf of the manga artists and series creators under contract with them.
This push comes after a drastic decline in sales for manga both at home and abroad. According to The Japan News, “sales of Japanese comic books in North America dropped by ¥150 billion to ¥300 billion over five years from 2007 to 2011 due to these illegal releases, according to estimates by the Japan Book Publishers Association”.
Ah Facebook — always pissing me off one way or another. I recently came across the status post of a talented and respected local cosplayer whose views on girls and women wearing revealing outfits (and by extension skimpy cosplay attire) could be summed up in three simple words: ASKING FOR IT. To which my reaction was: RU FUCKING SRS?!
Skimpy costumes on female cosplayers has always been a community hot topic. As recently as last year’s Anime Festival Asia, the creator of a beautifully-crafted and screen-accurate costume of Kill La Kill’s Ryuuko Matoi was reduced to tears, after an elderly woman who was not even attending the convention reported her to security for public indecency.
magnetic-rose.net and Otaku Champloo are honored to be part of BLush Convention 2014, a biennial not-for-profit event organized for BL fans. Tickets to the con have been hotly contested, and all ticketing tiers have been sold out since January 2014.
However, all is not lost! We are giving two pairs of fujo-friends the chance to attend the convention for free! To join our promo, just access our Rafflecopter app below, and follow all the instructions. Easy peasy!
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan is issuing a call for entries from overseas cartoonists to the 8th International Manga Awards. Gold and Silver Prize winners will receive all-expenses-paid trips to Japan to attend the awarding ceremony.
To join, simply print and fill out this entry form and submit two copies of your original manga. The manga should be at least twenty four (24) pages long when printed and bound. Both published and unpublished works are accepted as long as they have been produced in the past three years, and have not won any of the previous International Manga Awards.
A 1:1 scale model of the AV-98 Ingram from the animation franchise Patlabor was set up in the Tokyo suburb of Kichijouji, as part of a publicity stunt for the release of the The Next Generation -Patlabor- series of films. The new film series is a spin off of the original anime, and is part of the main Patlabor universe.
The Next Generation -Patlabor- is slated for release as seven separate film in 2014 and 2015. The series was written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, and stars Erina Mano, Seiji Fukushi, Rina Ōta, Shigeru Chiba, and Toshio Kakei.
The theatrical realease of “K MISSING KINGS” will premiere overseas — ahead of Japan, at two of the world’s biggest anime cons: Anime Expo (Los Angeles, US) and Japan Expo (Paris, France).
To whet fans appetites for the release, a countdown site has been put up at k-project-twwp.com.
Based on the hit anime series “K”, the theatrical feature picks up where the television run ended, where the four Kings were involved, and Kuroh Yatogami and Neko embark on a search for their master Shiro.
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