Kill Me Baby Anime Returns to Streaming in Japan
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Online retailer Amazon began streaming the Kill Me Baby anime on its Amazon Instant Video streaming service in Japan again after removing the series last October. Amazon had removed the series in October after voice actress Ai Takabe was arrested on charges of drug possession. Takabe voiced the character Agiri Goshiki in the show.
Apart from Amazon, Bandai Channel had also removed Kill Me Baby from its streaming service, as well as Sweet Blue Flowers and Wandering Son, both of which starred Takabe. All three series are still unavailable in the service.
Kill Me Baby adapts Kaduho's four-panel comedy manga of the same name. The manga follows Sonya, an assassin girl who goes to school between missions, and her fearless yet not-so-smart friend Yasuna. Joining them is Agiri, a ninja in Sonya's organization.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police charged Takabe in November on charges of drug use in violation of the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Law.
Additionally, Takabe's official profile and blog on the website of her agency at the time, Oscar Promotion, was deleted. Oscar Promotion issued a statement upon her arrest, stating, "We have heard of [Takabe's] arrest. Whatever the reason, we have cancelled our contract [with her]."
However, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office decided not to prosecute Tanabe in March. She has since appeared in Sen no Sōsakan Nishi Kaneko, a live-action detective special that aired in February.
Takabe made her voice acting debut in the Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana) anime series as Fumi Manjoume. She has also voiced characters in anime such as Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son), Sacred Seven, the Sacred Seven: Shirogane no Tsubasa film, and Kill Me Baby. She was a member of the Bishōjo Club 31 idol group, and has acted in live-action television series on Fuji TV and TV Asahi.
[Via Hachima Kikō]