The official website of the project’AniLoca Fes in Shiga’ announced the cancellation of the event scheduled to take place on December 22, 2023, in Shiga Prefecture, due to receiving dangerous threatening letters imminent for attendees, performers and staff.
Takahiro Yamada, Japanese event organizer and composer, famous for providing theme songs for Dororo and The Tatami Galaxyexpressed a sincere apology to fans, saying: “No matter how many times we think about it, we cannot think of a way to organize the festival while still ensuring safety. for everyone.”
The threats received outlined detailed and disturbing plans, including violence at a nearby station. , burning down venues and harming specific performers related to Aniloca. The seriousness of the situation escalated when the criminal opened a blog to recruit and incite accomplices.
He also revealed that the decision to cancel the event was made after careful discussion with local police, the venue and the organizers, and said it was not feasible to proceed with the event. event with necessary safety measures.
Although Yamada expressed frustration at having to bow to the threats, he emphasized that the safety of attendees, performers and management staff is a top priority.
He went on to assure that police were actively investigating the threats and that those who had purchased tickets would receive refunds.
“I am truly outraged by such criminal and completely unacceptable acts. So the Aniroca team will not give up. We will definitely think of countermeasures and organize the first Aniloca FES in the future. I would be very grateful if you could wait until that day,” Yamada said.
The project’AniLoca Fes in Shiga’ is described as an event that “energizes Japan from the countryside through Anime songs.”
Japanese voice actresses and singers such as Sora Tokui, Akane Kumada, Rin Kurusu, Aina Aiba, Kanako Takatsuki, and others will perform at the event.
Source: Official website