New Game! Manga Creator Stops Replying to Letters After Fans Resell Gifts
posted on 2018-05-21 16:45 EDT by Jennifer Sherman
New Game! manga creator Shōtarō Tokunō said on Twitter on Tuesday that he will no longer respond to fan letters because a fan or fans have resold fancy paper boards that he had specially drawn and sent after receiving letters. Tokunō did not give details of any particular incident that sparked his decision.
Although it remains unclear which signed paper boards the creator is referring to in particular, online commenters discovered a possibly related listing from 2016. A Mandarake Auction website user auctioned a signed paper board (seen right) that depicts New Game! character Aoba Suzukaze and features the message "Thank you for the letter!" The name of the person the signed board was originally intended for was obscured in the auction listing. After receiving five bids, the auction closed at 6,500 yen (about US$59).
Tokunō said in his tweets that he is "happy" to receive fan letters. However, he said he came to the decision to stop responding to fan letters because he cannot be sure fans will not raffle off or resell his thank-you gifts.
Tokunō launched the manga in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Charat magazine in 2013, and Houbunsha released the seventh compiled book volume on March 27. The manga received a television anime adaptation in 2016, followed by a sequel in 2017. Crunchyroll streamed both seasons as they aired in Japan.