Japanese animes were all boycotted in Korea

Recently, trade agreements between Japan and South Korea sparked a mass boycott of Korean people for Japanese products and now, anime is no exception. Let’s join us to see what the current situation is like!

On July 11, the Eiga Oshiri Tantei anime series: Curry Naru Jiken, a movie of Butt Detective, was boycotted by Korean people to lower sales. The film is based on Troll’s children’s book. This book has sold very well in the Korean market but now the film is adapted to be filled with negative reviews and the audience demands to kill the whole film.

According to Box Office Mojo, Butt Detective’s movie ranked No. 5 in Korea from July 12-14 with sales of $ 640,708 and accounted for 563 screens, but in the following week, the number of screenings was only 203 and revenue. suddenly dropped to -81.3%, ranked 10th.


Not only that, an advertising agency in charge of promoting the movie Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire spoke up with The Hankyoreh that they were in an awkward position when the movie was launched on the day. July 24th Company representative answered: “There are many comments that have appeared on our bulletin board that Koreans should not watch Conan because this is a Japanese anime. It is worrisome and makes it difficult for us. It’s about promoting the movie, I guess we’ll have to see how things happen when the movie is officially released”.


Tensions between the two countries erupted early last month when Tokyo ordered control of exports of three important materials to Korea, including fluorinated polyamides (thermoplastics), photoresists (contrast agents) and hydrogen fluoride (hydrogen) used in the manufacture of semiconductor products. Japanese companies selling products to Korea will have to apply for an export license for each contract. This process may take up to 90 days.


The Japanese government said it tightened exports of semiconductor materials to South Korea because of national security. However, Korea argued that these moves were intended to show dissatisfaction with the Korean Supreme Court’s decision in October 2018, suggesting Japanese companies to compensate Koreans for forced labor in World War II.

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