The Animate Café Tennoji in Osaka announced on Tuesday that the café’s planned Kuroko’s Basketball collaboration event has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to open on November 23.
Animate apologized for the inconvenience to customers and for the late notice. Animate added that due to the recent string of threats related to the Kuroko’s Basketball franchise, the company decided to prioritize the safety of its customers and cancel the event.
Since last month, more than 20 locations linked to Kuroko’s Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki, including the Comic Market dōjinshi event, have received threat letters with powdered and liquid substances. A source in the investigation of Kuroko’s Basketball threat letters said there is a high possibility that the liquid sent to Sophia University on October 12 could emit a lethal dose of hydrogen sulfide if vaporized.
Two Kuroko’s Basketball dōjinshi events, “Shadow Trickster Osaka,” and “Miracle Quarter” in Sapporo, were canceled this month. The Tokyo Big Sight event complex received a threat last month, but the “Shadow Trickster 3” event proceeded without incident on October 20. The official “Kuroko no Basuke produced by Namco Namja Town” event in Tokyo did end 19 days early as a result of the threats.