What Happened & Why?
The Tokyo Babylon manga originally ran from 1990 to 1993. It was licensed in English by TokyoPop.
The new TV anime adaptation for CLAMP’s OG Tokyo Babylon 2021 manga, popular in the 90s, has been delayed.
The TV anime was first announced in October. Last month, the first trailer, key visual, and character information for the series were posted on the anime’s official website and affiliated social media account.
As things picked up, the production committee was, unfortunately, alerted to copyright infringement on their part. Staff referenced costume designs for two characters from outside sources without their permission. The production committee has since set up a compliance team to prevent similar legal issues from occurring in the future.
— TVアニメ「東京BABYLON 2021」公式 (@tokyobabylon21) December 24, 2020
Consequently, the official website for Tokyo Babylon 2021 announced that the TV anime’s release is now delayed. Its April 2021 debut is postponed to an unspecified date.
Earlier this month, the production committee apologized for the plagiarism mishap. The announcement included apologies to CLAMP, fans of the source material, supporters, and others involved with the anime’s production.
What, Exactly, Was Plagiarized?
Two costume designs.
- Specifically, a costume design included in the clothes worn by the character, Hokuto Sumeragi, as seen in the above key visual (first from the left).
- The second unauthorized design was protagonist Subaru Sumeragi’s onmyouji costume, first shown in an earlier key visual.
The character designs in question have since been deleted from the official website and all social media accounts. A swift announcement was made regarding pending changes to the characters’ costume designs.
Who’s Staffed for Production?
- Shingo Suzuki (K: Missing Kings, K: Return of Kings, Coppelion) will be directing the anime at GoHands
- Jun Kumagai (Aquarion Logos, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū) is in charge of the series scripts.
- Makoto Furuta (Seitokai Yakuindomo) will design the characters.
- Furuta and Keiji Tani are serving as chief animation directors.
- Noriyuki Asakura (Rurouni Kenshin) is composing the music.
Main Cast List
The cast includes Aoi Shouta (Symphogear AXZ) as Subaru Sumeragi, Nana Mizuki (Symphogear series, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series) as his sister, Hokuto Sumeragi, and Yuuichirou Umehara (Akudama Drive) as Seishirou Sakurazuka.
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