It looks like Japan doesn’t tolerate racism after all. After author MINE’s racist comments against Chinese and Koreans surfaced, the anime adaptation of his light novel, [New Life+] Young Again in Another World,  was heavily criticized. Several seiyuu who are scheduled to work on the anime, including main cast members such as Toshiki Masuda, Megumi Nakajima, Nanami Yamashita, and Kiyono Yasuno, all backed out of their respective roles for the anime. And now, because of the comments, seiyuu withdrawal, and fan backlash, the anime is now officially cancelled.

The anime’s official website was taken down, and the production committee said that the “many concerns” about the anime led to its cancellation. They also apologized to the fans who were expecting the anime to push through. It was supposed to premiere in October as part of the Fall 2018 anime season.

But it’s not just the anime which is getting some trouble because of the author’s racist comments, but the original light novels as well. Hobby Japan, which serializes the light novels, has now cancelled all the upcoming shipments for [New Life+] Young Again in Another World. They also issued an apology as well.

Meanwhile, MINE himself also apologized, and he cited his “poor writing” and “rash remarks” for all his trouble. He said that he is now reflecting on his past actions, and wanted to give a heartfelt apology. However, he says that he understands if the people he upset will never forgive him. He also deleted his past tweets about Koreans and Chinese people and their countries, and plans to delete his twitter account altogether.

He called the country of China as “Bug Country” and said several derogatory insults toward the country. He also has some anti-Korean sentiment as well, and also posted several demeaning tweets about South Korea. His other tweets also called Koreans and Chinese as “Monkeys”.

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