Copyright’s no joke, and a woman who runs a cake business recently learned how serious a copyright violation might be.
The Mukaishima Metropolitan Police Department charged a Tokyo-based baker with violating copyright laws by selling unlicensed Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise cakes.
Since its anime adaptation in April 2019, Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has gained immense popularity.
We’d love a slice of Tanjiro, and it appears that it’s a popular choice since the defendant generated around 6.5 million yen selling sweet Demon Slayer cakes since July 2019.
On Instagram, she sold each cake for 13,000 to 15,000 yen, translating from about US$113.97 to US$131.50.
It’s safe to say there are some Demon Slayer fans out there who just want some Zenitsu for dessert.
After a production firm saw her cakes on Instagram, they contacted the authorities, and the defendant is now facing charges.
Knowing that the violation was a criminal offense, the baker admitted to the charge and said that she believed the desserts would sell nicely because of the popularity of the anime characters at the time.
Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine published the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga series from February 2016 to May 2020.
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, based on the manga, is known and watched by all, as it is the highest-grossing film worldwide since 2020.
The seven-episode Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc is now airing and is set to end on November 28.
About Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotoge. Its publication in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump began in February 2016 with 19 collected tankōbon volumes released as of present.
In a world filled with demons and demon slayers, Kimetsu no Yaiba follows the lives of two siblings Tanjiro and Nezuko Kamado after— the murder of their family at the hands of a demon. Their hardship does not end there, as Nezuko’s life is spared only for her to live as a demon.
As the oldest sibling, Tanjiro vows to protect and cure his sister. The story traces the bond of this brother-sister or better yet, demon slayer and demon combo against the odds of an arch antagonist and the society.