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Switch Manga, Rin Yoshii Accused of Plagiarism

posted on by Evan Miller
Shueisha suspends the publication of all manga by Rin Yoshi

Rin Yoshii's manga Switch, one of the titles currently serialized in the Cookie manga magazine, will no longer appear in the magazine as of the April issue due to accusations of copyright infringement.

In a statement on their official site, Editor-in-Chief Mitsuo Umeoka has stated that the opening pages of Switch, from the January issue of Cookie, were a reproduction of images from a fashion magazine featuring gravure pictures.

Cookie publisher Shueisha has also stopped distribution other works by Rin Yoshii, including Kurabeyou mo nai Hodo ni ("Uncomparable") and Silent Summer Snow due to further instances of plagiarism. Umeoka also announced that the magazine will step up checks for potential copyright violations and make sure that staff are aware of the problems associated with such issues.

In October 2005, similar controversy plagued Yuki Suetsugu, who was confessed to having plagiarized images from Takehiko Inoue's manga Slam Dunk! and REAL for her manga Flower of Eden. Publisher Kodansha pulled the title from the market and Tokyopop canceled its plans to release Flower of Eden in English. Kodansha also canceled serialization of Suetsugu's then current manga series, Silver.

The series should not be confused with Switch manga by the artist duo naked ape (Otoh Saki + Tomomi Nakamura), published by Square Enix.

ERRATUM: Spellings of Rin Yoshii and Mitsuo Umeoka, as well as the title of the plagiarized fashion magazine was not specified in the statement, have been corrected. Thanks, tenkado-shujin.

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