A still from Akira Toriyama's video
In the wake of the disastrous earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant meltdown, many manga publishers and anime distributors are cancelling or postponing releases. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed the city of Sendai and has wrecked havoc on the entire Touhoku-Chihou. In Tokyo, industries struggle to get back or keep on their feet as the national electric company has instituted a rolling blackout policy. In addition, because of the electricity shortages, many trains and subway services within the Tokyo-Yokoyama area have been stopped, preventing citizens from getting to work or school.
The large publisher Shuseisha, responsible for Shonen Jump Magazine, announced that all serialized publications that had been previously scheduled will be delayed. NHK, YTV, Teletama, Media Factory all announced that they are delaying series premieres, including Moshidora, Dragon Crisis!, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, and Asobi ni Ikuyo! Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday (of Inuyasha fame) also announced that its serialized manga magazine would be delayed a day or longer, depending on the area. In addition to the anime, television, and manga delays, many concerts and events in Japan have been cancelled or postponed. Ultimately though, compared to the massive loss of human life and the ongoing threat from unstable nuclear power plants, the earthquake's effect on the entertainment industry is but a minor concern.
Akira Toriyama, the author of the Dragon Ball series, collaborated with Shonen Jump to make a video to raise aid and support for the tsunami and earthquake victims. Advertising profits from the video will be sent to earthquake and tsunami victims.