Former Attack on Titan Editor Suspected in Murder of Wife: Oversaw Titan manga from 2009 to 2016
Editor , Park Jung-hyun, at publisher Kodansha formerly in charge of the popular manga Attack on Titans, has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife, which the police suspected his murder.
Park had made inconsistent statements about the death of his wife on August 9,2016, intially claiming that he had found her collapsed, but later he claimed she committed suicide, by hanging herself with a jacket. The autopsy revealed that Parker’s wife had been strangled.
The evidence, including inconsistent statements from both Park and his children, scratches on Park’s wife’s forehead and a lack of DNA on the jacket have led the police to suspect Park of murder.
Park was effectively the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from its creation in 2009 to last year, where he oversaw manga such as Flying Witch, The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Attack on Titan. Last year he became vice editor at Morning, another manga magazine published by Kodansha.
The Japan Times quoted a colleague of Park as saying, “he was very talented. I was shocked. This could cause immeasurable damage to our comic department and the company as a whole.”
The Japan Times also reported that the police had raided Kodansha’s office to confiscate Park’s personal effects.
Tokyo Newspaper Fuses Attack on Titans and Donald Trump: Its a Dragon Ball Fusion! and we thought building a wall was worse
Political cartoon mashes up two famous walls
The Japanese media is starting to take note of America’s presidential race, and they’re particularly fixated on a certain unconventional candidate who’s had some not-so-nice things to say about Japan.
This week Masaaki Sato, a political cartoonist for the Tokyo Shinbun, had a bit of fun mashing up the walls of Attack on Titan with Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border into a comic that we’re calling Attack on Trump.
The main text reads “Trump is going to build a wall around Mexico… and destroy the walls around Asia,” while the politicians in the bottom corner discuss:
“It’d be pretty bad if he actually becomes president, right?”
“Nah, the Titans of Asia will protect us.”
The title is pretty clever, too – it’s pronounced just like the Japanese title for Attack on Titan, Shingeki no Kyojin, but the original kanji for Kyo (“giant”) has been replaced by another Kyo (“liar”).
Just goes to show how deeply Attack on Titan has penetrated into Japanese society.
Tokyo Olympics Committee President Proposes Manga Parade at 2020 Games: Manga is coming to the Tokyo Olympics 2020 games
I’ve got exciting new for guys because something big is coming to the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Games!
Japan is gearing up for its turn hosting the Olympics in 2020. The country’s hosting of the world’s largest international sporting event has been under scrutiny from its announcement. From criticism over excessive spending, to debate over the design of the main stadium, to allegations that the original logo was plagiarized, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been plagued with controversy. Former prime minister of Japan and current president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Yoshirō Mori recently appeared at an event to discuss the status of planning and explain his vision for the upcoming event.
In discussing plans for the opening and closing ceremonies, Mori said that people around the world do not necessarily know much about kabuki and sumo. He believes that the aspect of Japanese culture that people everywhere know best is anime and manga. Characters such as Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Astro Boy are internationally popular and well-known. Therefore, Mori likes the idea of including a big manga parade in the ceremonies.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government also held a special projection mapping event on Monday to mark three years until the Olympics come to the metropolis. The official show included famous footage from Akira, including the Kaneda bike sequence. Katsuhiro Otomo famously held part of his Akira story in a fictional stadium built for the 2020 Olympics in Neo-Tokyo.
The Olympics’ organizing committee unveiled Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, Shin-chan, Luffy (One Piece), Naruto, Jibanyan (Yōkai Watch), Goku (Dragon Ball Super), Cure Miracle and Cure Magical (Maho Girls Precure!) as characters that appear on official Olympic merchandise. The Olympic handover ceremony at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics saw Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a costume of iconic Nintendo character Mario. Although Pokémon was left out, the handover also showed a video featuring many iconic characters from Japanese pop culture. The video featured Captain Tsubasa, Pac-Man, Doraemon, and Hello Kitty while showcasing many traditional Summer Olympic sports.
Shoko Nakagawa is an official member of the Mascot Selection Review Conference for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. The committee is expected to make its final selection for the Olympics’ mascot character next year.
Are guys excited for this event? Because I am to!