Tokyo Big Sight Addresses Return of Kuroko's Basketball Events
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The Tokyo Big Sight convention center posted a notice on Wednesday to discuss their response to the threats that led to the cancellations of events linked to the Kuroko's Basketball manga. Since October, more than 30 locations tied to Kuroko's Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki have received threat letters, including some with powdered and liquid substances.
The staff of the convention center wrote, "If there is no change in the situation, these events can be held starting in May if their organizers have in-depth discussions with the authorities to ensure the safety of all attendees." The staff concluded the statement by saying that they are currently conducting thorough procedures, in order to protect the attendees of the Tokyo Big Sight as the first and foremost priority.
BackgroundSeveral Kuroko's Basketball dōjinshi events throughout Japan were cancelled in the aftermath of the threats. A source in the investigation of the threats said there is a high possibility that the liquid sent to Sophia University (Fujimaki's alma mater) on October 12 could emit a lethal dose of hydrogen sulfide if vaporized.
The "Shadow Trickster 3" event did proceed without incident at the Big Sight on October 20, shortly after the center received its first threat. However, Comic Market (Comiket), the world's largest dōjinshi event, barred Kuroko's Basketball items and circles in December.
The organizers of the Comic City dōjinshi events also barred circles from selling Kuroko's Basketball items at March 17's Haru Comic City 18 event, after they received a request to do so from the management of the Tokyo Big Sight event complex. However, they held the Comic City Tokyo 131 event at Tokyo Big Sight and insisted on allowing Kuroko's Basketball circles. Comic City Tokyo 131 proceeded without incident on January 27.
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