Japanese woman accused of selling Bootleg Demon Slayer cake

The woman accused of selling cakes features the cast of the popular series since 2019.

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Tokyo police charge a 34-year-old Shibuya woman with selling famous cakes Demon Slayer franchise on Tuesday.

The woman who started selling cakes in 2019, decorated them with various types cast from manga and anime series. The owner of the bakery admitted she broke the law, saying, “I know what I did was wrong, but I don’t think I can sell normal cakes,” in her public statement.

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The cakes were sold through the woman’s Instagram account. Customers will send her pictures of the characters or artwork they want to clone and are charged between ¥13,000 and ¥15,000 (about $114 to $132) per cake. In her two years of operation, this woman sold hundreds of cakes and earned an estimated 6.5 million yen ($57,100).


Unlike smaller-scale derivative works such as doujinshi and fan art, the woman’s efforts have dragged on too long and are too prosperous to be ignored by rights holder. The sale of fan works is generally accepted in Japan as long as it is done in moderation, which is not the case here.

Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer manga serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2016 to 2020, accumulated 23 collected volumes. Gotouge has won several awards for the series, most recently winning the Anime Artists Association of Japan Award and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award. Viz Media publishes the manga in English.

Ufotable produced an anime adaptation, with the first season airing in Spring 2019. The popularity of the anime inspired a 2020 film adaptation. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Movie: Mugen Train, which was a huge success in Japan and abroad. The second season is currently on the air and the series along with the movie may Stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

The source: Sora24

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