The [New Life+] Young Again in Another World anime has been canceled and the light novels are being put on hold.
The Asahi Shimbun reported that Hobby Japan is canceling shipments of MINE’s [New Life+] Young Again in Another World light novel follow backlash in and outside of Japan. Hobby Japan apologized, but they didn’t say if the cancelation is temporary or permanent.
Short after Hobby Japan’s decision, the anime’s official website has been updated with a statement about the cancelation. It’s not accessible to visitors outside of Japan, but the cancelation has been confirmed by users on Hachima Kikou platform.
The developments are the latest following MINE’s past bigoted comments related to China and Korea. Between 2013 to 2015, he constantly referred to China as “an insect country” and Korea as “the raped country” while viewing the people as subhuman.
Adding fuel to the fire is that MINE’s views seeped into his writing. His protagonist, Renya Kunugi, is noted to have fought in a “world war” and killed more than 3,000 enemies with a katana and an additional 2,000 people after the war.
Readers believe that this is a reference to the Second Sino-Japanese War between China and Japan. MINE did Tweet about the Nanking Massacre, which was a Japanese war committed during this time that led to at least 50,000 thousand civilian deaths. During the massacre, two Japanese soldiers had a contest to kill 100 people with a katana.
— 増田俊樹official (@Masuda_Toshiki) June 6, 2018
MINE’s past Tweets came to light due to initial excitement following the anime’s reveal. This led to fans digging into the author’s past. He has since deleted the Tweets and apologized for Tweeting “without accurately understanding all the facts.” He adds that he doesn’t expect everyone to forgive his past bigoted views, but he felt a heartfelt apology was necessary. His Twitter account will be deleted once his apology has been circulated.
In a separate apology, MINE acknowledged the “poor writing” in the past volumes were the references were made. As a result, he will no longer offer the novels on Shousetuka ni Narou and he plans to speak with Hobby Japan about changing the print versions of the novels.
The anime was originally scheduled to air this October.