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In General

  • Japan has seen many celebrities booted out of their works and their records erased from existence:
    • Haruki Kadokawa's career as president of Kadokawa Shoten ended when allegations of his cocaine abuse began to surface. In the fallout, one of his movies was also banned as Too Soon.
    • The Pikachu and Pichu short from Pokémon became a Missing Episode in Japan due to its narrator, the singer and actress Noriko Sakai, being convicted for drug possession in April 2009 and shortly thereafter, placed on probation until 2012. Her agency deleted all of her records as well. It doesn't help that they could've easily had a new narrator overdub Sakai's narration. What's worse is that this may have even contributed to OLM/Imagica withholding the international licenses for the other early Pikachu shorts as well, resulting in none of them getting an overseas Blu-ray release until a special edition of the first three movies was released on Blu-ray in Australia in 2017. Incidentally, Pikachu and Pichu made its HD debut on that special edition set on account of the scandal, taking a whopping eight years to return to circulation anywhere compared to everything else Sakai had done prior to the scandal. It's also probably no coincidence that Warner Bros. lost the international distribution rights for good shortly after Sakai's conviction, being relegated to distributing the properties on behalf of other companies in fewer territories years later—the last release they ever did themselves was a short-lived DVD set run in 2009, just after the drug conviction.
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    • Minor voice actor Ai Takabe was arrested on October 2015 on charges of cocaine possession. In response, she was terminated from her agency, had any references to her on the website for Kill Me Baby erased from existence and her character Agiri was recast in a later production.
    • A 13-disk box set of Hayao Miyazaki's works was recalled to remove the music video "On Your Mark" after Shigeaki Miyazaki (Aska of the musical group Chage and Aska and not related to Hayao himself) was arrested for drug possession. Even more, the group's former record label, Universal Music Japan (which also includes Miyazaki's regular collaborator Joe Hisaishi on their roster), is removing everything involving the group they had contracts towards.
    • Kenji Yamamoto, the composer for Dragon Ball Kai and many Dragon Ball Z video games (such as the popular Budokai series), was fired by Toei in 2011 after it was revealed he'd been plagiarising tracks going as far back as 1991. This resulted in Yamamoto's score for Kai being replaced by the original Shunsuke Kikuchi score from DBZ, both in later episodes and in DVD releases, as well as the Budokai HD Collection. Yamamoto's own agency, Office Two One, dropped him shortly thereafter.
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    • TBS producer Yo-Kyo lost his job on ethics grounds over a kidnapping scandal.
  • Anime Punch, a convention organization based in Columbus, Ohio, was shut down in September 2017 after its organizer, Michael Beuerlein, was convicted of sexual battery and registered as a sex offender.
    "The unacceptable behavior from the top of the organization has lead [sic] to this decision from the staff. There is no excusing what has happened."

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Creators

  • Scott Freeman was arrested and convicted for possession of child pornography in 2015. For this reason, all of his roles were recast, especially his most famous ones as Issei Hyoudou from High School DXD (who was replaced by Josh Grelle), Ian Dietrich from Attack on Titan (who was then recast as Garret Storms in Attack on Titan: Junior High) and England from Axis Powers Hetalia (played by Taliesin Jaffe in the World Twinkle dub). Even though Freeman was eventually paroled in December 2016, Justin Cook has commented that he will likely never be invited to voice act ever again (and since Freeman recently moved to Nebraska and is registered as a sex offender there, it will be harder to get him back if they do decide to give him another chance).
  • After Illich Guardiola's arrest on charges of inappropriate sexual relations with a minor, he didn't receive many more voice-acting roles, and his other career as an acting teacher was dead as well. That didn't stop him from marrying the 16-year-old girl in question, however.
  • Aya Hirano was booted from Lantis (her music agency) in August 2011 after they caught wind of her affairs with her (male) co-workers. She ultimately fell on her sword later that month, resigning from Space Craft (her voice acting agency) to join her new agencies, Grick and Universal Sigma.
  • Norio Imamura originally played the voice of Emporio Ivankov on One Piece, the person his character design was based on. But Imamura was arrested for showing off body art on the internet which in Japan is considered indecent exposure. The role wound up being recast as a result, and Mitsuo Iwata took over, both in later episodes and in DVD releases.
  • After one of its members made disparaging remarks about Yui Horie, Jinkaku Radio disassociated themselves from the animated adaptation of Daily Lives of High School Boys, which means the song "Hikizan", which was intended as the show's closing theme, will now probably never be released.
  • AnimeCon.org CEO Ryan Kopf's Kopf rolled towards the end of June 2019 following an investigation into a sexual assault incident that allegedly took place at Anime Milwaukee 2018.
  • In November 2014, animator Yumi Kuroiwa was dropped by Production I.G for posting explicit artwork on Haikyuu!! characters and complaining about her working atmosphere at the studio. Her Twitter account was also deleted as a result.
  • Blake Lewis confirmed on Twitter that he was reprising his role of Kasuka Heiwajima for season 2 of Durarara!! before the English dub was even confirmed. When the cast was announced, Vic Mignogna was instead listed as the character's voice. Many thought it was a mistake at first, but once the episodes began coming out, it was indeed Vic's voice heard as Kasuka. Some speculate the character was quietly recast because Lewis had broken NDA.
  • For nearly 20 years, Vic Mignogna has been one of the most famous people in the voice-over industry, appearing in a wide variety of works for well over a decade as an actor, singer, and voice director. His career, however, was abruptly halted in 2019 when a spree of allegations spanning back at least a decade, if not longer, regarding Mignogna engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior towards fans and his fellow voice actors arose, lead with the hashtag #KickVic. This not only led to Rooster Teeth dismissing Mignogna from his role as Qrow Branwen in RWBY, but also led to Funimation terminating their relationship with him. This ended up causing a major divide in the anime dubbing community due to the controversial behavior of some of the people involved. Vic would go on to file a million dollar lawsuit against Funimation and several individuals on April 19, 2019 for defamation and tortious interference.
  • MINE, the author of the web novel [New Life+] Young Again in Another World, got in very hot water when it was discovered that he had a long history of racist tweets towards both the Chinese and South Korean, a controversy further exasperated by the protagonist of his novel being a soldier who unapologetically murdered thousands of Chinese troops during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In addition, there were several old tweets he made between 2013-2015 where he made racist comments towards the Chinese as well as several racist tweets between 2012-2014 that were directed towards Koreans. In response to the backlash, MINE issued an apology and deleted his twitter, and the majority of the staff for the anime adaptation resigned, resulting in the production committee deciding not to move forward with the adaptation. Additionally, shipments of the print version of the novel were halted effective immediately, with English distributor J-Novel doing the same just a week later.
  • The accounting fraud charges stemming from the success of Neon Genesis Evangelion ended up being this trope to Takeshi Sawamura's career as president of Studio Gainax. Not long after Evangelion saved Gainax from bankruptcy, it was discovered that the studio kept 1.56 billion yen in profits, which allowed the company to avoid paying 560 million yen in corporate taxes. Sawamura was eventually arrested and convicted in 1999 along with tax accountant Yoshikatsu Iwasaki. He resigned from Gainax the following year and longtime co-founder Hiroyuki Yamaga took his spot as president.
  • Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's original Weekly Shonen Jump manga Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! was cut after five years due to his conviction of soliciting an underage prostitute. However, his sentence was suspended, and two years later, he was working in the manga industry again. Shimabukuro later went on to create Toriko.
  • Christopher Corey Smith announced that he voiced Prince Demande in Sailor Moon R on Twitter before the cast was announced, but he quickly deleted it. When the final cast was officially announced a few weeks later, Matthew Mercer was instead listed as the character's voice. Fans assumed Smith was fired for the same reason before he confirmed that he was given clearance to announce the role, but was told that he was replaced after making the announcement, possibly for creative reasons.
  • Shojo mangaka Yuki Suegetsu had her career torpedoed temporarily when it was discovered she had plagiarized Takehiko Inoue in multiple places, leading to her series Flower of Eden being cancelled and pulled from store shelves. Suegetsu would spend the next several years struggling to find work before finding success with the publication of Chihayafuru in 2007.
  • Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of Rurouni Kenshin, was charged for possession of child pornography after the police discovered DVDs with nude footage of young girls in their early teens in his office in Tokyo back in October 2017. As a result, the publisher Shueisha put the then-ongoing Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc on a hiatus. After Watsuki posted bail in April 2018 and expressed regret for his actions, Shueisha allowed him to continue working on the manga. However, his fandom remains divided whether they'll continue to support his work or not, and Viz has ceased publication of his manga in the English version of Shonen Jump.
  • After being accused of rape in the early 2010s, Tom Wayland, the longtime ADR director of the Pokémon series was replaced by Lisa Ortiz. Years later, Wayland voiced Mu La Flaga on NYAV Post's redub of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
  • Kazuyoshi Yaginuma, director of Recovery of an MMO Junkie, was dropped by producer Signal.MD following a series of antisemitic and Holocaust-denying tweets.
  • Infamously, anime director Yutaka "Yamakan" Yamamoto left the anime adaptation of Lucky Star after only four episodes. While no official statement was made as to why, most evidence suggests that Kyoto Animation fired him due to Yamakan's infamously harsh personality causing him to act abusive towards staff.

Series

  • Light novel author Nozomi Ginkyoku saw his light novel series and planned manga adaptation of I Chose to Leave Because I Was Threatened with Expulsion from the Party Unless I Became the Sex Slave of the Female Hero canceled in February 2019 after posting a series of volatile and abusive tweets directed at series illustrator Monety.
  • In perhaps the most infamous example in the history of the medium, Kemono Friends director (and widely agreed true father of the franchise) TATSUKI was fired by Kadokawa over a special episode he made for fans without Kadokawa's permission, despite using his own money for the production and having permission of character designer Yoshizaki Mine. The massively unfair case of Disproportionate Retribution towards TATSUKI combined with Kadokawa's perceived cowardly moves in response to the incident (including getting the voice actors to apologize for "hindering" Kadokawa) lead to a furious backlash, with the hashtag NoTatsukiNoTanoshi trending on Japanese twitter for days, and has likely lead to the eventual death of the franchise itself, making this a Franchise Ending Misdemeanor.
  • Supposedly, the character of Yuuichi Tate in Mai-HiME was not recycled into Mai-Otome because his voice actor, Tomokazu Seki, spoiled the ending of the former series. In Japan, keeping spoilers of such caliber under wraps is extreme Serious Business: some people have gotten in huge legal trouble for breaking that law.
  • This happened to two voice actors involved in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise:
    • According to rumors, demands of a higher salary from Judai Yuki's voice actor, KENN, halfway through the production of season 4 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX forced him to be axed and the entire season being Cut Short. It's less surprising when you figure that Judai was becoming way too over-focused in the anime, enough so that a raise demand wasn't out of the question.
    • During the production of the second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Carly's season one voice actress, Li-Mei Chiang, was discovered to be a member of a real-life dangerous cult that was at the time under investigation by Japanese authorities. This led to her being fired (and replaced by Aki Kanada), and the production staff panicking to cover up anything that might make the series seem pro-occult, like Aki's powers—though, contrary to popular opinion, the show's Genre Shift from sci-fi/fantasy to sci-fi outright was already underway before the discoveries were brought to light.

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