"Candy Candy" is a Japanese novel, manga, and anime series. "Candy Candy" first appeared in a prose novel by famed Japanese writer Kyoko Mizuki in April 1975. When Mizuki joined forces with manga artist Yumiko Igarashi, the Japanese magazine Nakayoshi became interested in Candy Candy. The series was serialized as a manga series in the magazine for four years and won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo in 1977. The story was adapted into an anime series by Toei animation. There are also several Candy Candy movies which were never released outside of Japan.
In the late 1990s, Igarashi became involved in a number of legal battles related to her intellectual property rights as an illustrator. Igarashi claimed that in series for which she was the illustrator, she should hold sole intellectual property rights to the portrayals of the characters, and not need the consent of her authors to license merchandise based on their likenesses. In a dispute over the Candy Candy character designs in 1999, the court ruled against Igarashi, stating that both she and writer Kyoko Mizuki held equal rights to the characters, and awarded Mizuki reparations equal to 3% royalties on all the merchandise that had been created without her consent. This legal battle paralyzed the franchise for several years, interfering with Toei's production of a Candy Candy anime, and making the creation of new merchandise difficult due to the court's order that all merchandise be approved by both Igarashi and Mizuki, but a trickle of new merchandise was produced in 2004, suggesting some agreement had been reached.
I loved Igarashi's art. However, she seems vulture.
"Candy Candy" is very famous and popular, but you can't find any official DVD, new manga books.You have to find bootleg DVD from overseas or secondhand books if you'd like to watch "Candy Candy" in Japan.
Igarashi and Kazuhiko Inoue got married. Inoue is a voice actor as Anthony in "Candy Candy". (But then they got divorced.)
Lately, their son Nanami Igarashi made his debut as manga artist. He was Johnny's Jr. (is a part of Johnny & Associates that focuses only on boys who have not yet officially debuted either with a unit or as a solo act. The juniors are mostly younger than 30, with the exception of Sano Mizuki.)
He's 29 years old, Igarashi's son, and also drag artist. So he became front-page news. But if someone become famous virtually overnight, his secret gets out at the same time. He's no exception, his past is now out of the closet. He appeared in gay porno movie.
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