The director of Japanese popular anime “Kemono Friend“(Kemono means an animal in Japanese), Tatsuki Kantoku(Kantoku means a director in Japanese), has been deprived of his role on its second season. This news was revealed by Tatsuki Kantoku on Twitter.
The director Tatsuki tweeted that “I was deprived of my role on its second season” on September 25, 2017. And he told that it was decided by Kadokawa Dowango Inc.. Kadokawa Dowango is a company which publishes books, distributing movies or animations. Usually the position of publishers or distributors are higher creators like Tatsuki, because creators can’t distribute their deliverables to customers widely but publishers or distributors can do it.
Many fans of the anime “Kemono Friend” got angry at the decision by Kadokawa Dowango, and one of the fans made a signature rally on a website Change.org. Some paid subscribers of video sharing service Nico Nico Douga(Douga means video in Japanese) have stared to quit its paid membership as a protest against Kadokawa Dowango. And also Kadokawa Dowango’s stock price has been declining because of this news.
Kadokawa Dowango hasn’t reacted on Tatsuki’s tweet as a company yet, but Nobuo Kawakami, CEO of Kadokawa Dowango Inc., reacted about this news on Mastodon which is a similar service to Twitter. He didn’t know about the decision, but he has already recognized that the director Tatsuki is a great contributor of big hit of Kemono Friends. He added that this incident must be discussed in Kadokawa Dowango Inc. once again.