Both Ufotable, the studio behind the anime series Demon Hunter, and the company’s founder, vice director and president, Hikaru Kondo, were charged with tax evasion.
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The animation studio upheld the Tokyo District Prosecutor’s indictment. It also states that the company filed an amended tax return and paid the full amount. It also apologizes for any inconvenience it may have caused related parties. Ufotable reportedly owed 137 million yen in taxes.
According to news service Kyodo (via Anime News Network), ufotable owes corporate tax of 109 million yen from 2015 to 2018 and excise tax of 28 million yen from September 2014 to August 2018 to restaurants and store them at home last year.
The animation studio ufotable was founded in 2000 by Kondo. It is best known for its anime adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and his successful first film Demon Slayer The film: Mugen Train. It has also produced other anime adaptations, including Fate zero, The garden of sinners, and Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu.
Both Demon Hunter Anime series and films can now be streamed on Funimation in Japanese subtitles and English dubbing.
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When you just can’t get enough of Tanjiro Kamado and his quest to save his sister, the video game Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles lets you play through the story so far. The 3D fighting game developed by CyberConnect2 will be released on October 13, 2021 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC.