Last year, Japanese authorities started investigating animation studio, ufotable, and its founder, representative director, and president Hikaru Kondo, for alleged tax evasion. And now, it seems that the studio known for high budget and beautiful animation has really been skimping on their taxes. This is because the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office has now charged them with violating the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act. According to the Japanese authorities, the studio and Kondo failed to pay around 139 million yen in taxes.

According to the Mainichi Shimbun, a source close to the investigation told them that Kondo hid around 30& of the proceeds from the ufotable cafe in Tokyo. He would then store the money inside a safe in his own home. The ufotable Cafe would then report a reduced revenue for the years 2015, 2017, and 2018. The studio would then hide around 446 million yen. The computation for taxes would then result to a 110 million yen worth of debt in corporate taxes, as well as a 29 million yen debt in consumption taxes. The Mainichi Shimbun source also stated that the studio would use the unpaid tax money to fund company and its business. Since the investigations started, fans have been speculating if the unpaid tax money was used to fund the studio’s big budget animation sequences.

As for Kondo himself, his lawyer has issued an apology to fans. He says the anime studio executive has now paid all the appropriate amount that he owes the Japanese government.

ufotable is best known for several Fate anime, including the Unlimited Blade Works TV anime, the Heaven’s Feel movies, and Fate/Zero. They also produced the God Eater anime, as well as the animations for the game. And of course, they’re also responsible for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

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