KIMETSU NO YAIBA News: THE UFOTABLE STUDY, RESPONSIBLE FOR KIMETSU NO YAIBA, FACES ACCUSATIONS OF TAX EVASION OF MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS
While things seem to be going well for ufotable, the studio behind Kimetsu no Yaiba, is actually facing some difficulties. All because the Tokyo prosecutors accuse the company, and especially its founder, Hikaru Kondo, of tax evasion.
For at least $ 1.2 million, which was undeclared between 2015 and 2018. The studio and Kondo are accused of hiding around $ 4 million in earnings.
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That is, they were not declared to enter the coffers of the company. It seems that the president had his “little box” of cash. He kept it in his house, protected in a personal safe.
It should be noted that this accusation is nothing new, rather 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.
Actually, it comes from the money generated by ufotable anime cafes and the sales inside them. These businesses are a source of extra income for the Kimetsu no Yaiba studio.
ufotable already posted an apology about what happened. A company spokesperson said “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.”
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Hikaru Kondo founded ufotable in 2000, and has since worked on various anime. He is known for his work with the Fate / stay Night series, as well as anime adaptations of Bandai Namco’s Tales of… games.
Likewise, he made introductory and closing animations for the franchise mentioned above. Arguably their biggest financial success so far is Kimetsu no Yaiba. This series will soon have its game for consoles.
This is not the first time ufotable has been 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 is currently 51 years old, and maybe he should think about leaving his position. Especially someone whose reputation is not affected by these accusations.