First of all, I have to make my deeply apologies from bottom of
my heart for all Candy Candy fans, because this entire of Candy Candy
trials have disappointed and depressed you to know it. I would you
like to know, I wish you would enjoy only the Candy world as a work
and how deeply I feel painfully to think about this for you.
Today, I will describe my feelings to show you plainly and frankly.
I have been afraid to tell you this what I'm going to say, because
it might be too much sorrowful for you. However, I think over what
I've been through and now I found it caused things make so ambiguous.
People who have common sense, it is quite natural for you to think
previously legal Candy Candy items like animations and mangas could
be come back on the market right after the Supreme Court judgment.
What on earth, think about it with your common sense, it is completely
nonsense to dispute to the highest court whether the person who had
written the story 25 years ago hold the copyright or not, in spite
of the publisher company have treated me as the author during the
past 25 years.
It is hard to understand for most of you that it could be possible
to dispute at the point whether Mizuki is the author or not, which
goes without saying.
This thing will show you the affair's root has been corrupt already.
As you've already known, Igarashi had broken contract to Mizuki.
If the contract breach is the only problem, it would be possible
for me to make a re-contract including penal regulations with her
when she admits her guilt.
Worse still, Igarashi
denied me, not the author, in front of my eyes, she testified
and insisted "I draw Candy Candy based on
the story I wrote all by myself, and Mizuki's story is not the original" when
the court examined Igarashi as a witness.
Still I have a nightmare of its scene many times, over and over.
I'm afraid the work of Candy Candy is no longer alive after Igarashi's
I've believed that
Candy Candy is the work which its words(story) and drawings are
inseparably related, as the court judgment says.
If she cares about the work, Candy Candy like always do , we had
to respect each other like I always tried to do. But she completely
destroyed our relationship all by herself. And even after the Supreme
Court judgment, she's never changed her insistence. That means the
work, Candy Candy is also destroyed. This is the root of this affair.
The reasons why TOEI, KODANSHA and other companies cannot help refusing
Candy Candy, in stead of it is still nice work, are spread illegal
merchandises all over the world, which I've already told again and
again, and its own root.
The work, which the relationship between the author and the illustrator
has already lost, cannot exist on the market anywhere. It might cause
to another new trouble, if it would be there.
The main purpose of a company is making a profit, you know. But a
good company where human is working there has a high moral sense.
Nothing could be changed in new without her settlement of an affair
which has been tyrannized over by Igarashi herself.
I regard my story of Candy Candy is almost stolen and fail in the
attempt by her, and illegal merchandises which have Candy's soul
are all pilferage from me.
It is up to you whetear you will buy them or not, depends on your
way of thinking and life.
It will turns 6 year-old for this affair on May 26th. During this
dispute, I've changed my feelings so much. First a couple of years,
I was tried to the work be alive very hard. However, now I refuse
to see Candy's face which I used to love, I cannot look her straight
because too much stress to see her.
People around me, my families and friends always urge me to forget
about Candy. And they also say to me Candy will shorten my life.
They worry and care about me very much. It would be true.
I've been thinking Candy Candy is the work which story and drawings
are inseparable related for a long time, but the story was just given
me back. That makes me feel little bit better and easier.
I'm sorry for Candy Candy fans. I really apologize to you for all
this happened. When I know how much you, overseas fans love this
work, I feel so much painful. I cannot tell you enough.
I hope Candy will be still there your side and you will keep loving
her in your heart.
I hate to use the word, DESPAIR. I will prefer to say SEE YOU SOMETIME,
or MAYBE IN THE FUTURE... to all of you.