Voice actor Inori Minase has been pushed to cancel several upcoming event appearances in Japan and Taiwan, after receiving murder threats from an unknown individual. In a comment her agency Sony Music Artists recently released, it was confirmed that the suspect has not yet been brought into custody, as several news sites had reported that a man in his 20s from Kaohsiungn, Taiwan had already been arrested. The agency noted they are yet to receive such a report from Taiwan’s jurisdictional police.
As of yet, the police have only reported the suspect on charges of blackmail, which means that the man would still be free to attend any one of her public appearances. The latest one to be cancelled is for Anime JAM 2016, where she was scheduled to join a stage event for Re:ZERO as the voice of Rem. She’s also known for voicing Chino in Is the Order a Rabbit? and Hestia in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?.
Minase has repeatedly apologised for the cancellations on her blog, saying she is still working, but frustrated and irritated by the circumstances. She was set to promote her first anime single, ‘Starry Wish’ for the ending of ViVid Strike!, at several cancelled events. It’s also her third single as a solo singer, and she said of her disappointment “I am hoping to sing the three songs (on the ‘Starry Wish’ CD) in front of everyone someday. I can’t pretend that nothing happened.”
Here’s the full list of her cancelled event appearances:
December 3rd – LisAni! LIVE Taiwan
December 10th – Masamune-kun’s Revenge advance screening
December 11th – Anime JAM 2016
Cancelled promotional events for ‘Starry Wish’:
November 26th – Gamers Namba (Osaka)
November 27th – Animate Hiroshima
November 27th – Animate Kokura (Fukuoka)
December 4th – Animate Taipei (Taiwan)
December 17th – Toranoana Akihabara (Tokyo)
December 23rd – Animate Ikebukuro Main Store (Tokyo)
December 23rd – Gamers Akihabara (Tokyo)
We’re wishing Minase all the best, and hoping she stays safe. As disappointing as these cancellations are for everyone who was planning to attend, we can all understand that they are necessary for her fans’ wellbeing as much as her own.