Pokémon Journeys removes composer’s music after sexual assault arrest

Pokémon Journeys: The Series removes Hidekazu Tanaka’s musical arrangement credit from recent episodes after being accused of enforced indecency.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series removed composer Hidekazu Tanaka’s musical arrangement credit.

As reported by Anime News Network, the anime omitted the 35-year-old composer’s name from recent episodes due to this arrest for attempted indecency by force. Forced indecency is the Japanese legal term, which can also include sexual assault. Tanaka composed the second and fourth versions of the opening theme “1・2・3” for Pokemon journeys. He has also been credited with arranging music for The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls and the poorly rated anime Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon? On the side: Sword Oratoria.

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On October 24, Japanese police arrested Tanaka after a teenage girl accused him of allegedly speaking inappropriately and forcibly pulling his hand near a train station’s bicycle parking lot in Tokyo’s Meguro district in August. Police opened an investigation into the incident and discovered security camera footage of Tanaka following the girl. As of this writing, the Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating. Though some users have flooded Tanaka’s recent Instagram posts with comments like, “Why you wanna have sex with underage girls, man.”

Tanaka has composed music for anime and games during his career

During his 10 years with music production company MONACA, Tanaka composed pieces for various anime and video games, including Nyaruko: crawling with love! and Servant × Serve. The 35-year-old composer also wrote the ending theme “Calendar Girl” for the Aikatsu! animated. “In July 2021, Tanaka left the music production company after his contract expired. As a result, the 35-year-old composer began his freelance career. Despite his departure, MONACA always wished him the best in his future projects.

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Other anime franchises are parting ways with his work

In addition to pokemon journeys, Uzaki-chan wants out! also responded to the recent Tanaka controversy. Virtual YouTuber Kano’s official website has announced that it is canceling the release date for “Ichigo Ichie Celebration (Once-in-a-Lifetime Celebration)”, the opening theme for the anime’s second season. Tanaka’s song featured Kano and Naomi Ozora, the voice actor behind Uzaki-chan. Kano’s website claimed to have halted sales of the song for “various reasons”.

Originally slated to release with the opening theme, the second season’s ending theme song, “Happy Life,” will now debut on its own on November 30. from his “Piacere!” setlist from the tour, considering that Tanaka composed and arranged the track.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series is available to stream on Netflix. Uzaki-Chan wants out! is available on Funimation.

Source: Anime News Network

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