Last year, we reported that Ufotable, the studio behind anime like the Fate franchise and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, was being investigated for tax evasion.
Now the results of that investigation are out, and the official accusation is in.
The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has filed a criminal complaint, accusing Ufotable and its president, Hikaru Kondo, of evading 139 million yen in taxes. That’s about $1.27 million.
Specifically, evasion seems to be happening on the retail side of things: at four cafes run by the studio in Tokyo and Osaka. Records of sales at these locations were allegedly manipulated, with cash placed in a safe in Kondo’s home.
Last year, 300 million yen in cash was discovered in a safe at his home during the investigation. That’s just under $3 million.
Ufotable has posted an apology to fans on its site and Twitter account. It states, in part, “We’re committed to complying with laws and conducting appropriate operations to create an environment to make sustainable, better works.” It’s unclear how the accusation will affect Kondo and the studio’s output going forward.
Founded by Kondo in 2000, Ufotable is also known for Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu and God Eater.
— ufotable (@ufotable) June 3, 2020
Source: Japan Times