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Old 2012-03-16, 21:13   Link #8401
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The story started transforming into a trainwreck right around ~1/2 way through the Magical World Saga. There is a linear relationship between interest in work and quality of storytelling. Akametsu has had little interest in his work for the past few years, and it only lasted as long as it did because of his editors' meddling. On a side note, Akametsu presumeably had a stressed relationship with the editors, so they'd be a factor in this mess too.
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Old 2012-03-19, 13:23   Link #8402
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parting shot

the last update of Negima secret files, from MNMRI,

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when Yue confesses to Negi, the chapter was released on Shonen Magazine on November 16th (2011), which just happen to be Yue's birthday.

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the CD Asuna returns to Misa is Kobayashi Yu's (Setsuna) first album "You & Yu", released on March 26th, 2008. which makes it anarchy.
(OT: Kobayashi Yu is quite talented in many different fields, Ken mentions her often in his posts, as Maria also sings the OP Hanaji for Maria Holic, read her bio on wiki sometimes.)

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the two new characters Makoto and Kagehisa are named for characters from the manga Blades of Immortal, of Anotsu Kagehisa and Makoto, Blades of Immortal is also where the name Maki (Maki Tachibana) is from.

What Ken is doing now, in his own words, used to be
98% Negima, 2% J-Comi
right now
8% J-Comi, 2% Apple II, 90% resting.

his drinking and his weight has increased, as Ken does not drink when he is working with a deadline. he obviously has increase his dialogues (twitter traffic) with fellow mangaka now that he has time and J-Comi business to talk to them, two notable mangaka (for me) that he talks to lately are Izumi Matsumoto (KOR) and Yui Toshiki, two of my ero starter from my manga reading beginning.

Ken is moving, and I am assuming he is closing down his studio, (he only moves into a new house 2 years ago.) even when there are still works to be done for BK38, for people who don't know, Ken had rented a posh 10th floor office space in downtown Tokyo Shinjuku to be his studio for the past 9 years, he is giving away books and DVD to assistants who wants them, and his senior assistant MH is giving the run of the empty studio to do his own manga to apply to publishers, with screen tones and copy machine at the ready.

right now the biggest thing that occupied most of Ken's time (at least on twitter) is his fight against publishers, which including Kodansha, in trying to impose a new law by creating "neighboring copyright", for people who are not creator but has a hand in "helping" the creation of the work gets automatic right, meaning editors, researchers, printers, etc. or plain speaking, a power grab by the publishers to take right away from the author, this is something VERY SERIOUS and has long unforeseen consequences if pass through, (the publisher can and will go after second hand creation/dojin without need to ask the permission of the author, etc. (it was one of the state benefits of this law) meaning the end of dojinshi as we know it., or after a serial is over the author can not retain exclusive right to it while the publisher can hold onto to it forever to keep making money for itself, etc.) and Japanese works readers (be it novel or manga) need to pay attention to this development just like the Tokyo Child Protection law,
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Old 2012-03-19, 20:13   Link #8403
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right now the biggest thing that occupied most of Ken's time (at least on twitter) is his fight against publishers, which including Kodansha, in trying to impose a new law by creating "neighboring copyright", for people who are not creator but has a hand in "helping" the creation of the work gets automatic right, meaning editors, researchers, printers, etc. or plain speaking, a power grab by the publishers to take right away from the author, this is something VERY SERIOUS and has long unforeseen consequences if pass through, (the publisher can and will go after second hand creation/dojin without need to ask the permission of the author, etc. (it was one of the state benefits of this law) meaning the end of dojinshi as we know it., or after a serial is over the author can not retain exclusive right to it while the publisher can hold onto to it forever to keep making money for itself, etc.) and Japanese works readers (be it novel or manga) need to pay attention to this development just like the Tokyo Child Protection law,
I believe that this post that Ken made on his Tumblr account goes into a more detailed explanation of the new "neighboring copyright" law here: http://kenakamatsu.tumblr.com/post/19395239269/rinsetsu
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Old 2012-03-19, 21:35   Link #8404
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Old 2012-03-20, 08:21   Link #8405
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right now the biggest thing that occupied most of Ken's time (at least on twitter) is his fight against publishers, which including Kodansha, in trying to impose a new law by creating "neighboring copyright", for people who are not creator but has a hand in "helping" the creation of the work gets automatic right, meaning editors, researchers, printers, etc. or plain speaking, a power grab by the publishers to take right away from the author, this is something VERY SERIOUS and has long unforeseen consequences if pass through, (the publisher can and will go after second hand creation/dojin without need to ask the permission of the author, etc. (it was one of the state benefits of this law) meaning the end of dojinshi as we know it., or after a serial is over the author can not retain exclusive right to it while the publisher can hold onto to it forever to keep making money for itself, etc.) and Japanese works readers (be it novel or manga) need to pay attention to this development just like the Tokyo Child Protection law,
Could someone please explain this in layman's term for me?
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Old 2012-03-20, 08:49   Link #8406
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Japanese publishers want their copyright laws to be more like western publishers where they hold all power over the product in question and anything made by third parties (doujins, figurines, AMV's etc.) are violation of copyright and suable.
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Old 2012-03-20, 08:52   Link #8407
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^ What Hata is trying to say is if anyone is involved in the production of a series they can claim the right to own that series (hell, even someone who gave a pen to an inker has a claim), but the big problem with that is that the publishers can claim any series as their own through the barest of connections and take that series away from the original creator. Oh, and since they are the owners, they can stop any doujin that's made with any characters from the series they own.
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Old 2012-03-20, 14:58   Link #8408
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Could someone please explain this in layman's term for me?
this is a quick translation of a quick Chinese translation of Ken's Japanese tumblr article mentioned by APNki.

there were two Kodansha editors for the showdown debate with Ken in "explaining" the neighboring copyright law, Ken brought George Morikawa, the author of Hajime no Ippo with him in case he needs some muscle backup. one of the editor were together with Ken in opposing the Tokyo Child Protection Law.

Kodansha's position:

publisher will share "equal" copyright with author. because it helps the mangaka to promo, typeset, proofread, research, edit, and printing the manga, and by having the right automatically, the publisher can:

1. when there is going to be an e-book release of the same paper product, no longer need a second negotiation one by one again for the right, which can speed things up.

2. the publisher can go after pirate and 2nd creation violator without spend time consulting the author in the first place, again speed things up.

Ken's reply for #1 is the current contract model works fast enough, no need to give publisher extra right, for #2 all it takes is a phone call between publisher and author.

and the danger for #2 of course is all dojinsh and all 2nd hand creation will cease to exist, Kodansha did say clearly, that it is their goal with this law to go after places like PIXIV and Toranoana, (basically, like how Disney operates.) but what happen as in the case of Ken, who gives his approval and don't want them to be sued?

Ken's position:

1. what happen if the publisher went under, and the right falls into some strange debtor?

2. if an old manga is to be republished (paper or e-book) on another publisher than the original one, what would happen if there is interference from the old publisher?
(Kodansha guarantees this won't happen, but of course Kodansha cannot promise the same for all the other publishers, this is quite important for Ken when you consider the nature of J-Comi.)

3. even with this law, there is no way to stop the pirating.

4. too many people who own the same right will only complicate things

Kodansha's reply: they can't answer Ken's questions, they admit, while this law would be convenient for the publisher, they can't find a reasonable argument to convince all authors,

the truth is, the original proposal is not from the manga industry, but pushed by the literature fiction sector to Japanese culture ministry, or course then you have unforeseen problem developed across the board, Ken's argument is this law's benefits can be achieved with current model, and to give the publisher the extra right is too dangerous.

I happen to agree with Ken on this. Japanese (or substitute any other nations under the sun) government officials and legislators are a bunch of idiots.
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Old 2012-03-20, 17:51   Link #8409
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I happen to agree with Ken on this. Japanese (or substitute any other nations under the sun) government officials and legislators are a bunch of idiots.
It's days like this that I think a copyleft revolution is really needed around the world...
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Old 2012-03-21, 14:24   Link #8410
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In other word bye bye SRW games.....
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Old 2012-03-24, 20:03   Link #8411
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Uh I know im a bit late but, they never told/showed who Negi was going to confess to, right?
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Old 2012-03-24, 20:58   Link #8412
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Uh I know im a bit late but, they never told/showed who Negi was going to confess to, right?
You don't realize what half the rage was about?
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Old 2012-03-24, 21:04   Link #8413
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Uh I know im a bit late but, they never told/showed who Negi was going to confess to, right?
Nope and I guess a childish crush wouldn't really matter since he grown man now.
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Old 2012-03-26, 15:52   Link #8414
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Ken Akamatsu

Ken just got back from Fukushima, his contribution to the "famous mangaka revitalization plan" are Asuna and Nodoka, two easy draws he had done live previously,

http://shinsakuranikki.blog90.fc2.co...ntry-4717.html
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Old 2012-03-28, 22:39   Link #8415
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Thanks for the share, Hata. ^_^
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Old 2012-03-30, 07:42   Link #8416
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So why exactly do they want to go after pixiv again?
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Old 2012-03-31, 10:36   Link #8417
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Hey, if I understood well from his twitter, it smeems Akamatsu is going to do a Negima - Ala Rubra Spin off!!!
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Old 2012-03-31, 10:50   Link #8418
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Old 2012-03-31, 11:38   Link #8419
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Damn it!
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Old 2012-03-31, 11:46   Link #8420
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Huh, I didn't know they do April Fools too.
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