– Jul 11, 2021 – 10:03:21 AM
While things seem to be going well for ufotable, the studio behind Kimetsu no yaiba, you are actually facing some difficulties. All because the Tokyo prosecutors accuse the company, and especially its founder, Hikaru kondo, of tax evasion.
At least for $ 1.2 million, which were not declared between 2015 and 2018. The study is accused already Kondo of hiding around $ 4 million of profit.
Kimetsu no Yaiba is one of ufotable’s works
That is, they were not declared to enter the coffers of the company. It seems that the president had his ‘little pocket’ of cash. He kept it at home, protected in a personal safe.
It should be noted that this accusation is nothing new, it all started last year. Now where do these profits come from? Before anyone thinks wrong, they are not from illicit activities or anything like that.
It actually comes from the money generated by anime cafes in ufotable and sales within these. These businesses are a source of extra income for the study of Kimetsu no yaiba.
ufotable already posted an apology about what happened. A company spokesperson noted “We are committed to complying with the laws and carrying out the appropriate operations to create an environment that allows better and sustainable works to be carried out.”
The president of the study is in the sights of the treasury
Hikaru kondo founded ufotable in 2000, and since then he has worked on various anime. His work with the series of Fate / stay Night, as well as anime adaptations of games from Tales of … from Bandai namco.
Likewise, he made introductory and closing animations of titles of the aforementioned franchise. Arguably the greatest success they have had so far, from a financial point of view, is Kimetsu no yaiba. This series will soon have its game for consoles.
This is not the first time ufotable looks in trouble. In 2019, he was charged with misappropriating charity funds. That crime could carry a sentence of up to ten years in prison in Japan, but nothing happened.
Apparently, the accusations were not shelved. Hikaru kondo He is currently 51 years old, and perhaps he should consider leaving his post. Especially someone whose reputation is not affected by these accusations.