After an allegedly racist illustration, a “Jujutsu Kaisen” animator is under tremendous fire despite a prompt apology. We summarize the details.
Jujutsu Kaisen: Animator apologizes
Animator “Beta β” (@bannogawa_b) must have his hands full at the moment, because after all, the second season of “Jujutsu Kaisen,” in which he is one of the leading animators, is in full swing. At least, that’s what he let his fans know recently and published an additional illustration to celebrate the continuation of the popular anime.
However, it seems that this backfired and gave little reason to celebrate. Because on the illustration, which you can find below, Satou Gojo and Shoko Ieiri can be seen mocking Suguru Geto with a gesture. Even if it is a cartoonish expression at first glance, this gesture is widely considered offensive to people of Asian descent.
A heated debate followed, in which the animator was confronted with accusations of racism, which is why he deleted the image and apologized with a funny illustration. But even this was considered inappropriate by some fans, and criticism continued to pour in, whereupon the animator subsequently apologized again seriously and sincerely for the first illustration.
The 23-episode second “Jujutsu Kaisen” season has been simulcast in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles on streaming service Crunchyroll since early July 2023. New episodes appear every Thursday at 19:25.