Since the official takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, the complications are linked. Between wanting to charge certified accounts, and the worry of the billionaire towards the social network, nothing is going right. he is also the target of many users who are not happy with such a takeover, and this meme he posted “without permission” is not going to help his affairs.
a meme from a manga
It is a colossal sum that the author claims from him. The now owner of Twitter has always had a soft spot for this social network that he particularly likes with tweets on various subjects, whether cryptocurrencies, its companies or even memes making fun of wokism. While hardly anyone on the networks credits memes, Elon Musk has been summoned to ask permission for a particular image. This one posted one from the manga Magical Girl of The Endcreated by Kentaro Sato, published in 2013 by Akita Shoten publisher. The French version is published by Akata the following year. This is a manga focused on drama style gore horror. The whole manga is built around a survival horror suspense after the “Magical Girls” invade all of Japan.
The Magical Girl is originally a subgenre of Japanese Fantasy. As a rule, these mangas feature young girls endowed with magical powers from enchanted kingdoms. A meme has become popular that displays the character of Aya Asagiri crying. She is from chapter 103 of the manga, when Mr. Asagiri, her father, confesses to her that she was adopted. Elon Muskvisibly inspired, made his own iteration of this meme on Twitter.
Manga author Kentaro Sato obviously didn’t like Twitter’s new owner using without his consent one of his characters to make a joke. Indeed, this one asks him to pay 1 billion dollars for the use of his work without permission.
Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, reused my image on Twitter without permission, so please give me 1 billion for usage fees, in dollars.
The mangaka took some time to realize this, since the businessman published this tweet on March 28 of this year, eight months ago.
For the moment, Elon Musk did not react to this request, but there is a good chance that this case will remain unanswered.