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Shamo Manga Artist Sues Creator for 150 Million Yen (Updated)

posted on 2008-06-28 01:34 EDT

Shamo manga artist Akio Tanaka is suing Shamo's credited creator, Izô Hashimoto, for 150 million yen (about US$1.4 million) in a copyright lawsuit that opened on Friday in the Tokyo District Court. Tanaka claims that he, and not Hashimoto, had created the story and the character concepts.

Shamo is a violent crime manga that began in Futabasha's Manga Action magazine in 1998 and later moved to Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2004 when Manga Action ceased publication. It centers on a young genius named Ryo Narushima who becomes an amoral murderer. 5.3 million copies of the 25 current volumes have been published, but the manga has been on hold since January. It was made into a live-action film that opened in Japan in May and is now touring film festivals in North America.

Source: Sankei News

Update: Manga Action's publisher corrected. Thanks, tenkado-shujin.


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