Hajime no Ippo author, George Morikawa, took to Twitter to express his anger at animators who are signing autographs for fans using their characters.
It all started when Morikawa received a post from a fan showing his Hajime no Ippo collection and, in the middle of that collection, was a paper with a drawing of one of his characters and a signature that he hadn’t made. Morikawa was angered by the possibility that the drawing and signing were done for money.
Hajime no Ippo author is outraged by animators signing autographs using his characters for fans
Morikawa asked the animators who worked on the anime adaptation of his manga to stop using his characters for signatures. An animation director named Nishii Terumi talked about how unfair it was for the mangaka to be offended.
Terumi pointed out how Morikawa was not particularly opposed to his characters being drawn in doujins, despite fan art from animators who worked on the series having the same concept. Some other animators also swore they would never work on adaptations of Morikawa’s work again.
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