Update: Death Note Author Arrested on Weapons Offence
In response to Death Note/Hikaru no Go artist Takeshi Obata's recent arrest, Shueisha, his publisher, has announced that, until they can verify the details of the incident, they are not considering any actions such as pulling his work from stores.
Of Obata's work, Hikaru no Go (story: Yumi Hotta) has sold approximately 10 million copies over the span of 23 volumes, while Death Note (story: Tsugumi Ohba) has sold approximately 20 million copies over a span of 12 volumes. Publicists for Shueisha commented, "we are currently verifying the factual details of this incident, and are not considering pulling titles from circulation or any such action at this time."
Death Note was adapted into a live-action movie by Nihon TV (NTV), the first part of which was released in Japan in June and became a smash-hit, drawing an audience of over 2 million people. The movie was released in Hong Kong as well, and the sequel, which concludes the story, is slated for a November release. An anime adaptation is also slated to begin airing in October on NTV, but publicists for the station claim that "the person in charge is unavailable, and we cannot comment on the matter."
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