The official Twitter accounts of voice actors and actresses Toshiki Masuda, Megumi Nakajima, and Kiyono Yasuno have all announced their resignations from their respective roles in the television anime of MINE’s [New Life+] Young Again in Another World (Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de) light novel series. The talent management agency 81 Produce also announced Nanami Yamashita’s resignation from the anime on the same day. According to their posts, Masuda, Nakajima, Yasuno, and Yamashita were slated to play the roles of the characters Renya Kunugi, Rona Chevalier, Shion Femme Fatale, and Creator in the anime.
Original creator MINE has been involved in controversy regarding his alleged insults and discriminatory remarks directed at China and South Korea, along with allegedly discriminatory content within the story of the novels themselves.
MINE responded to the controversy and issued an apology on Twitter. In the first of a series of tweets, he said, “Regarding some of my past tweets, I made many people feel extremely uncomfortable, and I give my deep apologies for writing inappropriate remarks.” He said he is “deeply reflecting” for posting “without accurately understanding all the facts” and without giving deep thought to his words. MINE added that he does not expect to receive forgiveness from the people he upset, but he wanted to give a “heartfelt apology.”
In addition to deleting all his tweets, MINE plans to delete his Twitter account in the near future after the apology spreads.
With regard to the [New Life+] Young Again in Another World light novel series, MINE noted his “poor writing” and “rash remarks.” As a result of recognizing the inappropriate content in his work, MINE will discontinue offering the novels on “Shōsetsuka ni Narō.” He plans to discuss with the publisher about the possibility of correcting the relevant print versions of the novels.
The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan in October 2018.