A man in western Japan was arrested on November 26 on suspicion of possessing around 1,500 imitation figures of the Nezuko Kamado character from the Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise, with the intention of selling them, according to police reports.
According to the Yamaguchi Prefectural Police Department, through the Minami Police Station, 41-year-old Shinichi Takemoto, a native of Okayama City in Kasaoka Prefecture, is accused of violating the Law on Human Rights. Author. The defendant admitted the charges and told investigators that he was aware that the figures were forgeries.
In the Kimetsu no Yaiba series, Nezuko is the younger sister of the protagonist Tanjirou Kamado. Police suspect Takemoto listed the figures, which were about 150mm tall, on an auction site between April and May this year without the express permission of the publisher Shueisha, who publishes the manga, or Aniplex, who distributes the manga. animation projects. She is specifically accused of having sold one of them for 3,600 yen (approximately $ 35), including shipping costs. Investigators found him in possession of 1,531 palm-sized imitation figures based on Nezuko Kamado, which he apparently intended to sell, on October 29.
The police station had been investigating after a buyer from the city of Yamaguchi reported in late May that the figure he had acquired was poorly made. Authorities are now investigating where Takemoto obtained the copycat figures.
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