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Nintendo is suing Bowser to stop his latest evil plan

King of the Koopas remains in fine legal standing, but someone with his namesake is headed to the courtroom.

Over the years, Nintendo has supplied Mario with all sorts of power-ups. Super Mario Bros. had the Super Mushroom and Fire Flower, and its sequels quickly added to his arsenal with tanooki suits, flying capes, and more. And yet, no matter how many times Mario “defeats” the bad guy, he always comes back.

▼ Sometimes he even gets marquee-billing, like in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

So it makes a certain sense that this time, when Nintendo wants to stop Bowser’s evil ambitions once and for all, they’re not calling in the plumber, but instead their lawyers, as Nintendo is officially suing Bowser.

We should clarify, though, that Nintendo isn’t brining the legal fight to the fictional character it owns, but to one Gary Bowser, said to be the leader of hacking group Team Xecuter. This isn’t a case of Nintendo picking on some small, for-fun fan game ROM hackers either, as their issue with Team Xecuter is that the group sells device that allow buyers to bypass security systems built into the Switch, allowing it to play pirated games (Bowser also sold simmilar devices for the 3DS). Nintendo of America is now suing Bowser and his associate Max Louarn via a lawsuit filed in Seattle. According to Polygon, the company is seeking damages of “$2,500 for each trafficked device, as well as $150,000 for each copyright violation.”

Team Xecuter’s alleged for-profit sales of the devices make it hard to see them as mere gaming historians promoting preservation, and Twitter reactions in Japan have been less than sympathetic towards the hackers.

“Once Nintendo’s lawyers have you in their sights, you’re finished.”
“For a guy named Bowser, he’s not any smarter than a grunt Koopa Troopa.”
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Female cast of One Piece takes center stage with One Piece Novel Heroines

Short story collection follows four heroines on side adventures.

By nature of being published in Weekly Shonen Jump, One Piece falls into the shonen/boys’ manga category. Eiichio Oda’s pirate saga has a large female cast too, though, and the seafaring ladies are becoming the stars with One Piece Novel Heroines.

The book is a compilation of short stories that were originally serialized in One Piece Magazine. A total of four tales, each focusing on a different heroine, are included. The first, Episode Nami, kicks off when Nami is unhappy with the shoddy quality of a pair of high heels she recently bought. Taking them back to the cobbler to give him a piece of her mind, she ends up entering a fashion show in what the publisher describes as a story of “undecorated beauty”

Episode Robin follows, naturally, Robin as she teams up with Koala and the Revolutionary Army’s Sabo as they seek to uncover the secrets of a Poneglyph tablet, which would allow them to effectively hear “the voice of the dead.” Things take a lighter tone in Episode Vivi, where the kingdom of Arabasta is abuzz with rumor as it tries to discover the identity of a love letter addressed to Princess Vivi. Finally, Episode Perona promises a flavorful finish as Perona discovers an enticing bottle of wine after it washes up on the shore near Shikkearu Castle, but Mihawk has his eyes on it as well.

The novel is written by Jun Esaka with original concepts from Oda, with illustrations from artist Sayaka Suwa. One Piece Novel Heroines is priced at 814 yen (US$7.85) and is on sale now.

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Attack on Titan’s Ending – We’re Now All Free

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So this was finally it, huh? A manga that debuted in 2009 which became an anime/manga phenomenon in 2013 and would later still have a significant place in manga history ended this month. Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan was a title that I liked a lot and while there were some great moments in its final arc, the manga seemed like it tried a bit too hard to emphasize the complexity of human beings. Then again, maybe that’s been the whole point of the series.

Spoilers abound after the jump.

I got to read up on the chapters that made up Volume 34. To be honest, it felt like somewhat of a mess. The whole backstory about Ymir Fritz confuses me a bit. I know that I will need to re-read the entire series to get a clearer idea. I got that the series became some kind of commentary on how people are always finding ways to divide one another via their differences.

It’s just that I missed the old days, pre-basement. Attack on Titan was labeled as a horror action manga to a certain degree. I recently was reading an article about CM Punk (a former WWE wrestler who was very popular, but left the business after frustrations with management) and he talked about a horror movie he was cast in. Punk was asked about his love of horror and he said:

“I grew up on it, you know? I grew up on it because it was taboo. When things are taboo and you’re told you’re not allowed to watch it, what do you do? You watch it! You watch a lot of it. As you grow older, smarter and get some wisdom about the world, you realize that horror is the genre that tackles, before any …continue reading

    

The Secret Behind the Mysterious Girl in ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Posters

the original poster art for My Neighbor Totoro, created for the 1988 theatrical release and still used to this day My Neighbor Totoro was created by Hayao Miyazaki and released as a film in 1988. It’s one of our favorite movies that we’ve watched over and over, each time making new discoveries. However, one of […]

The post The Secret Behind the Mysterious Girl in ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Posters first appeared on Spoon & Tamago.

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“Love Pixar” tweets Studio Ghibli’s official Twitter account

The two companies go way back, and apparently there’s a piece of crossover fan art hanging on the wall inside Studio Ghibli.

Late last year, Studio Ghibli quietly set up a Twitter account. As fans might expect, though, Japan’s most respected animation house isn’t pumping out self-promoting tweets for its commercial ventures, but instead giving an intimate, and often irreverent, look at day-to-day life in the studio.

おはようございます! pic.twitter.com/gpFSu0Rgrh

— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) April 11, 2021

So while the separate Studio Ghibli Publishing Division Twitter account is keeping followers abreast of new merchandise and upcoming events, the Studio Ghibli account has been spending the last few days following a figure of Earwig (a.k.a. Aya), the star of Ghibli’s first-ever CG anime, Earwig and the Witch, as she tours the Ghibli offices.

さて、あやつりにいくか……。 pic.twitter.com/RTnSV1J7kw

— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) April 12, 2021

Here, for example, she stops in front of a framed piece of artwork from Kiki’s Delivery Service, another witch-related Ghibli anime, and muses “So I have a senpai…”

先輩がいるのね……。 pic.twitter.com/bIwtUHZHWU

— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) April 13, 2021

She also stops by what appears to be the desk of Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, though she’s uses a different title for him.

▼ “The head wizard…isn’t here right now, it looks like.”

大魔法使いは……席にはいないみたい。 pic.twitter.com/mBXtxMC01l

— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) April 15, 2021

But one of the most-liked tweets so far from Earwig’s tour came in a tweet that talks about a different famous animation studio.

▼ “Love Pixar.”

ピクサー大好き。 pic.twitter.com/tgjTfEG45M

— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) April 14, 2021

It’s a touching salute, made all the more meaningful by how it’s …continue reading

    

Attack on Titan’s Ending – We’re Now All FreeSo this was finally it, huh? A manga that…

Attack on Titan’s Ending – We’re Now All Free

So this was finally it, huh? A manga that debuted in 2009 which became an anime/manga phenomenon in 2013 and would later still have a significant place in manga history ended this month. Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan was a title that I liked a lot and while there were some great moments in its final arc, the manga seemed it tried a bit too hard to emphasize the complexity of humanity. Then again, maybe that’s been the whole point of the series.

Spoilers abound after the jump.

I got to read up on the chapters that made up Volume 34. To be honest, it felt like somewhat of a mess. The whole backstory about Ymir Fritz confuses me a bit. I know that I will need to re-read the entire series to get a clearer idea. I got that the series became some kind of commentary on how people are always finding ways to divide one another via their differences.

It’s just that I missed the old days, pre-basement. Attack on Titan was labeled as a horror action manga to a certain degree. I recently was reading an article about CM Punk (a former WWE wrestler who was very popular, but left the business after frustrations with management) and he talked about a horror movie he was cast in. Punk was asked about his love of horror and he said:

“I grew up on it, you know? I grew up on it because it was taboo. When things are taboo and you’re told you’re not allowed to watch it, what do you do? You watch it! You watch a lot of it. As you grow older, smarter and get some wisdom about the world, you realize that horror is …continue reading

    

Japan’s number-one cosplayer opens her official YouTube channel, fans rush to subscribe

Are you even surprised she has over 100,000 subscribers already?

If you’re into Japanese cosplayers, you’re probably already familiar with Enako, who’s been referred to as Japan’s number-one cosplayer on more than one occasion. She’s so popular that she draws crowds of over 2,000 people just to take her photo at anime conventions, and she rakes in 50 million yen per year (roughly US$460,000) to show for it.

So, you can imagine how many fans were excited when she opened her official YouTube account on April 11. Even though it’s been less than a week, she has already amassed 110,000 subscribers and just over 510,000 views on her introduction video (120,000 of which were gained within the first 12 hours it was uploaded).

▼ Considering it’s only about a minute long, that’s pretty impressive.

In the video, Enako explains that as a YouTube fan herself, she has been wanting to share more of her favorite things for a while, and she thought YouTube would be the perfect platform for that. On Enako Channel, she plans to cover all sorts of behind-the-scenes and personal aspects of her work and private life, including fashion, makeup, and fitness-related content.

▼ Here, she’s listing off the things she’ll talk about on the channel.

In addition, she’ll also be livestreaming games that she likes, and she even has dreams of collaborating with other YouTubers! The only possible downside is that she’s not sure what her upload schedule will be like, as she’ll be juggling this with her current workload as well.

Despite this, fans were unsurprisingly excited and eager to comment on the birth of Enako Channel.

“I subscribed instantly.”
“Enako Channel is open!? I’m so happy—-!!!”
“Subscribe to Enako Channel, everyone.”
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Creator of Gundam says his goal is to crush Demon Slayer and Evangelion

Age has in no way mellowed out Yoshiyuki Tomino.

Gundam is unique in that the myriad branches of the franchise all have their own individual storytelling style and atmosphere, but the overarching theme is essentially “giant robots cool, but war bad.” That said, Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino isn’t averse to a pretty aggressive choice of words when discussing his motivations and goals.

Tomino was recently interviewed for a segment on broadcaster TV Asahi’s Isamu Hayashi’s Ima Deshou Koza variety program. During the conversation, Tomino offered some startling thoughts on Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, whose theatrical anime recently became the highest-grossing movie of all time in Japan, and Evangelion, which has scored an instant box office hit with its fourth and final Rebuild of Evangelion movie.

Regarding the two franchises, Tomino said:

“As long as I’m still alive and making anime, I have no problem saying ‘I’m going to crush Demon Slayer’ or ‘I’m going to crush Eva.’”

However, this isn’t necessarily because Tomino thinks poorly of either series. Instead, he was making a statement about his competitive fire and determination to make his anime the best of the best. “If you don’t have that attitude, you can’t keep working in TV anime after you get into your 80s.”

The big 8-0 is a milestone that Tomino will hit this fall, and it’s an age where most people have retired, especially in a youth-oriented field like anime. Yet he’s still creating, with two high-profile anime movie projects coming soon, next month’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash, adapted from a novel by Tomino, and July’s Gundam Reconguista in G: The Legacy of Space, which he’s directing.

▼ Clips from the interview

ロボットアニメの超大物
本当突然ね
巨大ロボットものってさあ
ガキ向け番組だけどね
まだ生きてて新作作れるなら
鬼滅潰すエヴァ潰す
そのくらいに思わないと80過ぎて
テレビアニメの仕事なんてやってられないよ
富野さんパワー💪#富野由悠季#玄馬宣彦 #今アニメでしょ #林修の今でしょ pic.twitter.com/wLqPSAj4HQ

— あいあむふぁーすと (@RPmPZ9KEAigAtSt) April 13, 2021

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Yuta Okkutsu – The Curse and Blessing of Love (Jujutsu Kaisen)“I’ve always believed that…

Yuta Okkutsu – The Curse and Blessing of Love (Jujutsu Kaisen)

“I’ve always believed that love manifests the most distorted curses.”

Before the curse of Ryomen Sukuna became the main problem in Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen, there was another curse that was feared/revered in the Jujutsu world. A complication to that curse was that it was associated with a then-timid young man who was trying to find meaning in his life. Yuta Okkutsu (who would become one of the strongest characters in the series so far) was dealing with grief and his origin story in Volume 0 spoke volumes about what’s scary and joyful about love.

Back when he was a child, Yuta was in love with a childhood friend of his named Rika Orimoto. One day, Rika gave Yuta a ring as his birthday gift to put on his finger as a way of proclaiming marriage with one another when they grow up. Rika then gets hit by a car afterwards and dies on the spot. Yuta, who witnesses the incident, becomes traumatized and accidently curses Rika, who was begging him to help her. Rika’s spirit becomes insanely devoted to him and starts causing harm to other people. When Yuta becomes bullied in school, Rika comes out to severely hurt his assailants. Yuta is then transferred to Jujutsu High to learn how to break the curse while dealing with the possibility of being executed for having a curse like Rika, who was starting to become more powerful at the time.

When Yuta is first approached by Satoru Gojo, the one teacher in Jujutsu High who opposes Yuta’s execution, Yuta talks about how he doesn’t want to interact with anyone because of his curse. He wanted to kill himself, but Rika wouldn’t allow it. There’s a lot of …continue reading

    

Macross for all! Legendary anime’s Japanese rights holders finally settle dispute with Robotech

After decades of nebulous legal fights, Macross will finally be coming to the rest of the world!

“Giant robots” are one of anime’s most iconic, and culturally exportable, elements. Gundam and Evangelion enjoy massive popularity not just in their native Japan, but with anime fans around the world.

So it’s always been a sad sidenote that one of the greatest anime mecha franchises, Macross, hasn’t had any of its content released internationally for the past 26 years. This isn’t because the quality has dipped, though, or because of a lack of demand. It’s because of a decades-long legal fight over who controls the rights to the franchise, and in which territories. That dispute seems to have finally been settled, though, at least to the extent that the “immediate international distribution” of Macross is now allowed, as per a statement posted by Japanese rights holders Big West which says:

“This expansive agreement signed by [Big West and Harmony Gold] on March 1, 2021, ends two decades of disagreements and will allow Big West and Harmony Gold to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential of both the Macross and Robotech franchises worldwide. The landmark agreement immediately permits worldwide distribution of most of the Macross films and television sequels worldwide, and also confirms that Big West will not oppose the Japanese release of an anticipated upcoming live-action Robotech film. The agreement also recognizes Harmony Gold’s longstanding exclusive license with Tatsunoko for the use of the 41 Macross characters and mecha in the Robotech television series and related merchandise throughout the world excluding Japan. Moving forward, both parties will cooperate on distribution regarding future Macross and Robotech projects for the benefit of both franchises.”

▼ Macross Frontier is yet to be released in North America. Meanwhile in Japan its hero mecha, the VF-25 Messiah …continue reading