Shirokuma Cafe Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus
posted on by Ko Ransom
Shirokuma Café received an anime adaptation this April directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Chi's Sweet Home, Kobato.) at Studio Pierrot. However, Higa had posted in mid-May that a contract regarding her and the adaptation had not yet to be signed, and as such, she had not received "a single yen" from the adaptation. Higa had also previously voiced complaints about adapted drawings of her works, specifically noting that bears should have five fingers, not four.
After announcing that her manga would be put on hiatus, Higa wrote that for approximately the last six months, she had been unable to directly voice her thoughts on the anime adaptation to its production company despite multiple and various requests. She then said that she finally received a chance to do so after announcing the manga's hiatus and having an intellectual property specialist draft paperwork which she then sent.
According to Higa, the editorial department overlooking the adaptation took full responsibility for the problems and apologized to her, and that the title will now be handled by the company's media division. Additionally, she will now be checking over the anime's character designs and scripts as a part of its production process, ending by noting that she wants to remove herself from her old situation in which she only heard news about the anime adaptation through the internet.
Shirokuma Café is a gag comedy manga that follows the daily life of penguins, grizzly bears, and other animals at a café run by a polar bear. Crunchyroll is streaming the Shirokuma Café anime as Polar Bear's Café to English-speaking audiences as it airs in Japan.
Image © Aloha Higa・Shogakukan/Shirokuma Café Production Committee 2012