Kemono Friends 2 Producer Claims Anime Studio Targeted for Harassment

posted on by Kim Morrissy

Kemono Friends 2 animation producer Shinnosuke Numata posted a tweet on Friday revealing that the anime production studio Tomason has been receiving various forms of harassment ever since it was revealed that they were working on the project.

Numata wrote: "I don't know who's been doing this, but they've been using my name and the company email to register for many different online services. In the last two days our company has received 200 emails and dozens of phone calls. Since we're a small company, we've had to get some of our CG people to answer the phone. This may cause our work to get delayed."

In a follow-up tweet, Numata said that he has consulted with cyber security. They have located the IP address and are taking legal measures.

The production of Kemono Friends 2 has been a source of controversy ever since it was revealed that TATSUKI and Yaoyorozu, the director and studio behind the first Kemono Friends TV anime, would not return for Kemono Friends 2. A fan reportedly shaved his head to protest TATSUKI's removal.

Kemono Friends 2 will premiere on January 7. The new anime's story begins with Serval and Caracal finding a "human" child in the forest. As they travel with the child, they meet new Friends, uncover the secrets of Japari Park, and become involved in an event that will "shake the earth." Ryuichi Kimura (Aikatsu!) is directing the anime at Tomason.

Nexon's original Kemono Friends app game launched in early 2016 and ended service in December of that year — before the Kemono Friends anime even aired. The 12-episode television anime then premiered on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka in January 2017 and ended in March 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and is also currently streaming the Welcome to the JAPARI PARK spinoff anime worldwide outside of Asia.

Source: Shinnosuke Numata's Twitter account via Yara-On!

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