Earlier today, Hidekazu Tanaka, a composer whose work includes contributions to Pokémon Journeys: The Series and The Idolm@steradmitted in court to stalking and soliciting a 15-year-old girl for sex, as well as dozens of other obscene public acts over the past 10 years.
During a trial before the Tokyo District Court, the 35-year-old composer admitted propositioning a minor for money in the Meguro district of Tokyo last August, an incident in which he also allegedly grabbed her hand. by force, according to anime news network. Tanaka was later arrested by Tokyo police in October of that year on charges of forced indecency, which in Japanese criminal law refers to acts of assault or intimidation that have a sexual element.
Tanaka pleaded guilty to all charges during his preliminary trial, according to Silicone. She also confessed to taking upskirt photos of girls’ underwear at a train station, as well as exposing her genitalia while she was riding the train dozens of times over the past decade, according to a Japanese outlet. TBS.
“I wanted to feel the thrill of being found or not,” Tanaka testified in court. “I did it to relieve my daily frustration and work stress.”
Tanaka is credited with writing the theme songs for the Slice of Life anime. Aikatsu!the supernatural anime Highschool of the Dead, Oreimo 2, Monogatari Series: Second Season, and fantasy anime Sword Oratoria: Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon? On the side. He has also contributed music to a few games, including Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
In addition to having his work drawn from other anime, Tanaka has had his composer credits for Pokémon Journeys: The SeriesThe opening theme song was dropped from new episodes. In addition, Japanese voice actress and singer Momo Asakura has removed the song “Day and Night Dream ‘Shiroku Jichūmu’”, which Tanaka composed, from her “Piacere!” concert tour setlists, according to ANA.