Demon Slayer’s popularity cannot be overstated at this point, with its first feature-length film jettisoning to the top of the charts following its release into theaters around the world and the manga continuously selling like hotcakes in stores, but a dark shadow has loomed over the studio responsible for the anime adaptation. Ufotable‘s founder, Hikaru Kondo was charged for failing to pay taxes of around $1.25 million USD but has received a lighter sentence in the face of this charge, following months of controversy when it comes to the head of the studio that brought Demon Slayer to life.
If you’re unfamiliar with the case, the president of Ufotable was charged with failure to pay for a large amount of taxes owed according to the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act of Japan respectively. Originally sentenced to spend twenty months in prison, the sentence was reduced to being on parole for three years, in which time, Kondo can avoid jail time if he is on good behavior. The president of Ufotable was apparently using company resources in order to hide income, involving the inner workings of the animation studio responsible for not only Demon Slayer, but also the likes of Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and The Garden of Sinners to name a few.
The original statement by Ufotable regarding the tax evasion charges by its President reads as such:
“Today, our company and a representative have been convicted of violating corporate tax laws. We sincerely apologize to our fans who have been supporting our works, as well as to all other parties involved, for any concern or inconvenience caused by this.
We will take this incident as an opportunity to make further efforts to ensure our compliance with laws and regulations as well as proper management to create a production environment that is sustainable to create better works.”
Despite the controversy, Ufotable has been full steam ahead on Demon Slayer, easily its most popular anime running, with the arrival of the Entertainment District Arc, following the Mugen Train retelling within the anime’s second season. With the Shonen franchise having already come to an end in the pages of its manga, fans are left wondering how many more seasons, and/or movies, will be produced that follow the story of Tanjiro and his buddies within the Demon Slayer Corps.
from Ultimate Comic Blog