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Author of False Doraemon Ending Issues Apology

posted on 2007-05-29 19:19 EDT
Author of popular "ending" to Doraemon manga shares profits with Shogakukan, Fujiko Pro

A 37-year-old man who wrote his own ending to Fujio F. Fujiko's famous manga Doraemon and distributed it has issued an official apology to publishing company Shogakukan and copyright holder Fujiko Pro. He also shared profits from the sale of his "conclusion" of the Doraemon series with the two companies.

The false ending of the Doraemon series first appeared as a story on the internet in 1998. Writing under the pen name "Yasue T. Tajima," the author made the story into a manga in 2005 and began selling copies of it for about 500 yen (US$4.50) at bookstores. By the summer of 2006, the story had sold over 13,300 copies. According to Shogakukan, the "ending" takes place after Doraemon's battery dies, rendering the robot cat immobile. Nobita, the main character of the series, grows up to become a robot engineer, which enables him to potentially revive Doraemon. Shogakukan admitted that the story and art are very similar to those of the original manga.

Source: Jiji Tsuushin

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