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Postby FelipeFritschF » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:22 am

Gainax president Tomohiro Maki has been arrested on “semi-compulsory obscenity” for allegedly taking pictures of a nude teen girl who was working as a voice actress.

Yomiuri and Asahai News Network reports that the alleged incidents took place in February 2019. A voice actress “in her late 10s” (between 15 and 19) had allegedly begun working as a voice actress for Gainax, and was living in an apartment in Adachi (a place the company had dubbed the “Production Women’s Dormitory”).

She had allegedly been told she needed to take part in “training to be a celebrity”, which involved Tomohiro taking naked photos of her on four occasions between February 6th and February 23rd. He allegedly touched her at one point, stating “I’ll massage your legs if they become swollen.”

Nikkei and Narrow both report that Tomohiro is also the president (“representative director”) of Gainax International, a separate company to Gainax that trains voice actors and other talent. However Gainax International’s own website lists Daiki Fujimoto as the president as of this time of writing.

The girl reported the incidents to Tokyo Metropolitan Police at some point in February. During police inquiries Tomohiro claimed that the girl had asked him to do it, and he complied.

Tomohiro Maki has been a board director of the company since 2015, later becoming president of Gainax in October 2019. He was also involved on the creation of Neon Genesis Evangelion, though the rights were lost when director Hideaki Anno departed the company.

This is not the first time Gainax have had legal trouble. After the success of Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1995, the company was audited and later found to have concealed 1.56 billion yen of profits. Then president Takeshi Sawamura and tax accountant Yoshikatsu Iwasaki were arrested on July 13th, 1999 for tax evasion and fraud.


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Reminds me of the speculation that Kensuke, who is once seen taking pictures of girls under their skirts, would fit right in at Studio Gainax. Creeps.

UPDATE: Khara has also expressed their support for the victims and stressed that the people (left?) at Gainax have no longer any involvement with Eva whatsoever:


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Postby Velorex » Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:04 pm

Jesus... What an ass.

You think this will shut down Gainax or just set them back.
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Postby Ornette » Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:17 pm

From: https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/ ... i-tomohiro

Studio Khara posted a statement on their website about the incident, responding not only to the news but the use of Evangelion as a headline in Japanese media in regards to Gainax’s work. While Gainax in the 1990s, under the direction of Hideaki Anno, created Neon Genesis Evangelion, all the staff from that series, as well as any that remained for Gurren Lagann, have moved on to other anime studios or have become freelancers. Khara asked the media to stop using Evangelion in headlines about the criminal case involving Maki Tomohiro.

Khara went on to say that the studio, any staff at the studio, and none of the current works in production (including Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0) are affiliated, or in affiliation with the suspect. The release schedule of Evangelion will not be affected by this news. Khara also said that the money they loaned Gainax is still outstanding. Khara ended the statement wishing the best for the victim and pray that they “recover from the damages as soon as possible.”

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Postby robersora » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:55 pm

View Original PostVelorex wrote:You think this will shut down Gainax or just set them back.


Gainax has already been a zombie for more than 5 years now (almost 10), I don't know if another setback could make it worse.
I hope the actress recuperates, I feel sorry for her. And I feel sorry for the bad press Khara is getting in the process.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:46 pm

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Fuck Gainax.


All of the cool, creative people have already left.

They can’t seem to make a profitable concept even if it slapped them in the face.

They literally leech off of more successful studios’ profitability and inspirations.

They preyed upon at least one young girl, however these cases are usually serial. It’s more than likely that there’s multiple victims, but only one whistle blower.

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Postby kuribo-04 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:25 pm

https://twitter.com/khara_inc/status/1211398615261798400?s=19
Anno wrote this huge article regarding Gainax. Autotranslate made it readable for me. A lot of info.
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Postby TMBounty_Hunter » Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:30 pm

Just further confirmation that Khara and Trigger people leaving was the 100% correct decision
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Postby robersora » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:24 pm

More info on this chain of tweets:

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There's constantly coming more, if you want to click through it.

Well, now the name change to Gaina and that weird stuff like Fukushima Gainax selling produce makes more sense. Depressing, really.
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Postby C.A.P. » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:34 pm

Oh hey it's me.

So yeah, I've been following the news and posting whatever info I can. Twitter's pretty much my new home now, so if anyone wants the scoop, give me a follow. Anything to get the word out there.

I'll be shocked if anyone will still defend Gainax after tonight.
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Postby robersora » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:55 pm

View Original PostC.A.P. wrote:I'll be shocked if anyone will still defend Gainax after tonight.


lol
you and your weird dramatic hot takes
as if anybody even cared about post 2011 "Gainax"
Also, it's a company comprised of many people.
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Postby C.A.P. » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:03 pm

I cared. There's some good anime that was done post-2011.

After tonight, now I question why I did that.
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Postby robersora » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:08 pm

^
How so? You couldn't have known about how terrible this company was run...?
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Postby C.A.P. » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:12 pm

All this time I merely thought that Gainax was trying to get by with whatever resources they had without the creative people that made the studio happened. And by some miracle, it worked sometimes: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian is the most chill anime the studio's done, Medaka Box was getting better and better by the episode, Stella Women's had dramatic weight to it, and Wish Upon the Pleiades is probably the studio's finest hour after Panty and Stocking.

Now that the truth's out there, I feel like a fool and could only hope the people who made them all got out the sinking ship and moved on to something better.
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Postby kuribo-04 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:44 am

Did anybody else always wonder how exactly Anno got all the rights to Eva?
But even with this I'm not entirely sure how he managed to do it.
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Postby TMBounty_Hunter » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:26 am

View Original Postrobersora wrote:^
How so? You couldn't have known about how terrible this company was run...?

Eh, if the entire creative staff leaving wasn't enough it was starting to get even more obvious once the IP transfers and shell companies started around 2014.

Nail in the coffin was in 2016 when they got sued by Khara for not paying up.

This interview just makes it all explicit instead of just having a bunch of articles pinned to the wall connected with strings. It added up pretty quickly if you assumed the worst of Gainax at the time which was a safe bet since they couldn't even get Aoki Uru funded for the past 10 years. Something's up if noone wants to work with them.


View Original Postkuribo-04 wrote:Did anybody else always wonder how exactly Anno got all the rights to Eva?
But even with this I'm not entirely sure how he managed to do it.

-Khara loaned Gainax 100 million yen in August 2014
-Gainax's name starts disappearing from Eva works starting October 2014
-By December 2014 all mention of Gainax is scrubbed away and Khara announces BD-BOX release of old Eva
-??????
-PROFIT!
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Postby Joseki » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:53 am

Fuck Gainax is all I can say really.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:52 am

Gainax: you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

I mean, if we wanna get really technical here, the first outward sign of trouble at Gainax was when Takeji Sawamura and Yoshikatsu Iwasaki were arrested for tax evasion back in 1999. This doesn’t happen to normal studios. Then there were the stories of animators sleeping at their desks and all that. No wonder Anno made his own path and left the company.
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Postby robersora » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:24 am

Now the existence of NTE makes more sense - it was Anno's way of "freeing" Eva from the shackles of Gainax.
Also, now the change in how Evangelion was written in Japanese (from エヴァンゲリオン) to ヱヴァンゲリヲン (changing the "E" and "O" with the obsolete "We" and "Wo" Katakana, all the while not impacting the pronunciation at all) makes a whole lot of sense. It's to make sure Gainax wouldn't sue Anno over the name, I guess?

This might also be a reason why the rights to series were allegedly so overpriced and maybe played a part in why Eva Live action never happened (tho, I'm sure ADV played their part in it as well).

View Original PostTMBounty_Hunter wrote:This interview just makes it all explicit instead of just having a bunch of articles pinned to the wall connected with strings.

You got a point there. The writing was all over the wall, though the severity of it I wasn't aware of. I thought they were just some incompetent goofs, not some highly criminal assholes.
At least, we can be sure Aoi Uru won't ever happen, as Gunbuster (thankfully) won't happen.



Damn, this year hit Kyo-ani and Gainax hard....
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Postby Justacrazyguy » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:27 am

Well, that's that I guess. I was a fool to think Pleaides meant Gainax might be on a recovery. Now I can only hope Hiroyuki Yamaga manages to get over all this and make more anime. He's basically the only key member from the old days in this sinking ship.
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Postby Joseki » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:38 am

Crunchyroll has covered the article well

https://www.crunchyroll.com/it/anime-ne ... ime-studio
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