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Surprises Abound: Cosplay Arrest, Drama Queen's Back?

Toei slaps a fine on a man who makes costumes based on one of their titles; Yaoi publisher Drama Queen shows signs of life!

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The Asahi Shimbun has a piece on a guy who makes superhero costumes (and, in fact, operates as an unofficial mascot for the Ibaraki Prefecture)– but it’s not a feel-good piece. The man has been slapped with an ¥1 million (about $10,300 USD) for making and selling a costume from the tokusatsu series Gekiranger without the permission of Toei.

Way to stop Christmas, Toei– the poor guy, who along with other volunteers in his community put on performances for the children of the city, has had to cancel all such events for the foreseeable future. Toei says:

“The act is a betrayal to the superhero, and cannot be forgiven under any circumstance,” said an official at Toei, who added: “We are not trying to incriminate cosplay culture. As long as it is done within the limits of personal pleasure, we would certainly encourage it.”

…But I have to point out that he sold one costume to one guy; it doesn’t sound like he was working to mass produce it. So is Toei saying that you have to be your own costume constructor (or start making friends with one) in order to cosplay? More like that you have to buy THEIR mass-produced version of the costume (if they even sell one), I’d wager.

On a somewhat happier note, there has been some activity over at the Drama Queen forums (requires a log-in)! The troubled yaoi publisher has announced that it is back to printing, and that the first book to arrive is The Tyrant Falls In Love. I’m a little confused by the way she puts this…

The first book to arrive in September is Tyrant Falls in Love v01…

Does that mean it’s not coming until September 2009? Or that the book arrived at their offices in September 2008? Or maybe she meant to say a different month? I’m a little confused there, but I’m sure it’ll all be figured out. DQ also has some optimism for their OEL BL anthology RUSH:

As for RUSH - we are working to get RUSH back on schedule - I think by December we can get Issue 2 out.

I hope all the artists and writers are still on board after this long delay, because RUSH was really pretty damn awesome. Crossing my fingers for you, DQ!

coonce staff on Oct. 30, 2008 at 10:48 a.m.
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