Woman Charged for Selling 6.5 Million Yen in Unauthorized Demon Slayer Cakes
posted on by Alex Mateo
The Mukaishima Metropolitan Police Department charged a woman on Tuesday for breaking copyright law by selling unauthorized cakes based on the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise. The woman had sold cakes for 13,000 to 15,000 yen (about US$113.97 to US$131.50) each on Instagram. She had made about 6.5 million yen (about US$56,982) since July 2019.
The woman admitted to the charge, saying that she believed the cakes would sell well with popular anime characters, and that she knew this was a crime. Customers submitted their desired images when ordering cakes. A production company noticed her cakes on Instagram in February and consulted with the police.
Koyoharu Gotouge launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in February 2016. The manga ended in May 2020. Shueisha published the manga's 23rd and final compiled book volume in December 2020. Viz Media published the manga in English.
The Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film began screening in Japan in October 2020, and it topped the box office in Japan for 12 consecutive weeks. The film became the first film ever to pass the 40 billion yen milestone. The film was the highest-earning film worldwide from 2020. It is the first non-Hollywood or non-American film to top the yearly box office worldwide since the beginning of cinema over a century ago. Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the film.
The first television anime premiered in April 2019. Aniplex of America licensed the series and streamed the show on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. Adult Swim's Toonami programming block premiered the television anime in October 2019.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc is a seven-episode arc that adapts the Mugen Train film, and it premiered on October 10. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime will then premiere on December 5 with a one-hour special. (If there are no further delays, the current arc can still end on November 28, before the Entertainment District Arc begins.)
Update: Another bakery, Workshop Priroll, already received the official license to bake Demon Slayer cakes.
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