Nendoroid Maker Good Smile Sued Over Claims It May Violate US Obscenity Laws

Former vice presidents Guy Brand and James Young-sik Kim are suing Good Smile Company over allegations of discrimination, tax evasion, licensing schemes, and “distribution of doubtless obscene sexually specific anime merchandise” that depict underaged characters. The submitting is a cross-complaint in response to Good Smile’s 2020 suit, alleging Bran and Kim breached their employment contracts by “stealing” property, workers, and commerce secrets and techniques.

In a authorized battle first reported by Polygon, Brand and Kim declare that Good Smile directed them to “interact in nationwide authentic discrimination” which focused “workers not of Japanese nationality through the Covid-19 pandemic.” The former VPs say that Good Smile excluded them from personal firm conferences, solely permitting Japanese workers in after that they had voiced considerations over tax evasion, licensing points, and the sale of lolicon—erotic media depicting underage ladies.

The cross-complaint states that each Brand and Kim, together with different unnamed workers, discovered it “unethical to promote and market Lolicon within the U.S. to clients of all ages,” and that there have been no age restrictions on Good Smile’s web site for getting sexualized toys. They additionally recalled an occasion the place Warner Bros. allegedly contacted Good Smile on behalf of Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins to stop its partnership with the toymaker after Jenkins found “sexualized feminine figures had been being bought on the Good Smile web site subsequent to Wonder Woman branded Toys.”

Good Smile is most well-known for its line of Nendoroid and Figma toys, largely based mostly on anime characters. It has additionally expanded into partnerships with different media, like creating toys for live-action movies and tv collection.

The lawsuit additionally claims Good Smile was closely concerned with 4chan, an imageboard frequented by white supremacists. Polygon’s report contains one supply that stated Good Smile is “a passive investor” in 4chan. Brand and Kim’s allegations embody an occasion the place Good Smile coordinated advertising campaigns with 4chan, and say the corporate ignored their considerations over affiliations with 4chan after a white supremacist (whose manifesto and video had been uploaded to the positioning) murdered 51 individuals in Christchurch, New Zealand. They declare that Good Smile administration instructed them to not disclose the corporate’s relationship with 4chan to its licensing companions.

Good Smile’s authentic swimsuit was filed late final 12 months, alleging that Brand and Kim breached their employment agreements after they shaped their very own firm “for the aim of competing with Good Smile.” The essential complaints in Good Smile’s submitting contain a Stranger Things cope with Netflix, which the corporate says each Brand and Kim used their former employer’s sources to take the chance for themselves.

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