The founder of the studio that produces the Demon slayer the anime could be sentenced to jail time. Tokyo prosecutors are seeking a 20-month sentence for Ufotable founder, representative director and chairman Hikaru Kondo for tax evasion. According to prosecution statements this week, Hikaru Kondo is responsible for ordering “the company to repeatedly commit accounting frauds when profits were high” and initially “denied the responsibility of the company to pay. taxes in good faith “. A final court verdict in the case will be delivered on December 10; Kondo has previously admitted to being charged with violating several major tax laws.
At a preliminary hearing for the case in September, Hikaru Kondo admitted in a Tokyo district court that he had violated both the corporate tax law and the consumption tax law. and had not paid the equivalent of approximately US $ 1.25 million (or 138 million Japanese yen). ). Kondo said he didn’t think his financial crimes would “get in trouble” for the studio. However, prosecutors claimed that Ufotable and Hikaru Kondo were responsible for concealing the company’s revenue (approximately US $ 4 million or 441 million yen in total) between 2015 and 2018, in order to guard against possible future losses for the company.
Kondo is said to have hidden up to 30% of income from Ufotable’s themed cafes and restaurants in Tokyo in a private safe. Ufotable is suspected of embezzling charity auction funds for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. It is a major felony that can result in prison terms of up to 10 years; However, the Tokyo Regional Tax Office did not end up filing a complaint for the alleged crime.
This is an odd turn of events for anime fans, as Ufotable’s financial scandal comes at a time when the studio is producing the world’s most popular and record-breaking animated series (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) . It’s almost like Karma at work: Hikaru Kondo founded Ufotable Inc. in 2000; While the studio has had a few notable anime, Demon Slayer is, without a doubt, its biggest hit of all time. The anime’s first season set critical and viewing records; Demon Slayer’s first film, Mugen Train, was the highest grossing film at the global box office during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The findings of this court case make Kondo (and co.?) seem like it is going on. for a few more years, their money problems would have been solved by the quality of their work.
… Now it looks like there will be jail time for those who are behind the anime’s greatest success.
Demon slayer Season 2 is now airing new episodes on Funimation and Hulu.
Source: Anime News