News 2 Bakemonogatari Anime Drawings Stolen During Exhibit
posted on 2010-09-20 21:18 EDT
The anime studio ufotable announced on Monday that two drawings from the production of the Bakemonogatari anime series were stolen from the ufotable Cafes' Bakemonogatari Original Art Exhibition on September 7. Hikaru Kondo, representative director of ufotable, apologized to the staff at the anime studio Shaft and everyone else involved in Bakemonogatari.
The two ufotable Cafes locations in Tokyo's Nakano area and Tokushima City held the exhibition from August 8 to September 12 to mark the release of the sixth and final Bakemonogatari Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume. According to Kondo, two correction drawings by an animation director were stolen. Animation directors create correction drawings (shūsei no e) to show what changes need to be made to other animators' drawings during production.
There are no copies of these drawings, and Kondo said that these drawings would have been essential for the production of future Bakemonogatari series or related products. He added that if similar incidents occur in the future, it will be impossible to hold more exhibitions. He asked the person or persons holding the drawings to send them back to ufotable. He also asked for the cooperation of people who might have seen the drawings on sale.