Japanese fans recently pointed out similarities between Rin Yoshii's manga Switch and photographs from the November 06 issue of the fashion magazine Sweet. This week the editorial department of Cookie (the magazine Switch is serialized in) sent out a letter confirming the plagiarism. As a result Switch will be dropped from Cookie, Rin Yoshii's two other series, Kurabeyou mo Nai Hodo ni (So Incomparable) and silent summer snow, will also be temporarily suspended to be checked for possible plagiarized content.
The images in question appeared in 2007 Issue 1 of Shueisha's Cookie magazine, some comparison can be seen here:
[ Original Image ] [ Switch Image ]
[ Comparison 1 ] [ Comparison 2 ] [ Comparison 3 ] [ Comparison 4 ]
The apology letter from the Cookie Editorial Department:
Notice of Apology and Publication Suspension
Thank you for your devoted readership of Cookie.
It has been confirmed that the opening and the announcement page illustrations of Switch (Author: Yoshii Rin), which was serialized in Cookie Issue 1 (released on November 25 2006) was reproduced from the gravure photo of a fashion magazine. As this is a clear act of plagiarism, all those involved sincerely apologize. With apologies to all of our readers who have been enjoying reading the series, after reflection, Switch will cease publication as of Issue 4.
In addition, regarding Yoshii's other two series, Kurabeyou mo Nai Hodo ni and silent summer snow, we will cease publication until we can confirm that there are no further instances of plagiarism. Once again, we apologize for betraying the trust of our devoted readers. From now on, we vow to strive to produce works with a sincere attitude, and make an effort to deepen our authors' and editorial department's awareness of copyright so that we can win back your trust.
Please continue to give your support to Cookie and Cookie's comics.
January 30, 2007
Cookie Editorial Department
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