Veteran Mangaka Defends Oshi No Ko Anime Amid Recent Controversy

Oshi No Ko anime had been tangled in quite the controversy as the plot of episode 6 closely resembled the cyberbullying tragedy of the late wrestler Hana Kimura. This was brought up by Hana’s mother, who accused the production team for using her daughter’s tragedy as a free source material.

While the anime’s team is yet to respond to the accusations, a veteran mangaka Kyoichi Nanatsuki, who is known for his work Project ARMS, came in aid for Oshi No Ko anime.

Kyoichi defended the anime stating that he was someone who had read Oshi No Ko manga and that the series goes beyond using the tragedy that occurred in a reality show as a subject.

He was of the opinion that the series tackles and explores the reasons behind such tragedies and what could be done to save someone from it.

He also hopes that the recent controversy doesn’t interfere in the broadcast of the anime and that it continues as it is.

I am someone who has read the original work of ‘推しの子’ (Oshi no Ko), and this series goes beyond using the tragedy that occurred in a reality show as a mere subject matter. It sincerely delves into questions like: What caused the tragedy? How could the victims have been saved? The series explores these aspects and elevates them. I truly hope that the broadcast continues as it is.

Kyoichi Nanatsuki is a Japanese manga author known for his work in the field of action, science fiction, and mecha genres. Nanatsuki gained recognition for his collaboration with artist Ryoji Minagawa on the manga series “Project ARMS.” It was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1997 to 2002.

In addition to “Project ARMS,” Nanatsuki has worked on other notable manga series, namely Area D: Inou Ryouiki, Detective Xeno and the Seven Locked Murder Rooms, Jesus, among others.


Oshi No Ko anime started airing in Japan on April 12, 2023.

Cast includes:

  • Rie Takahashi as Ai Hoshino
  • Takeo Otsuka as Aqua
  • Yurie Igoma as Ruby
  • Kent Ito as Goro
  • Tomoyo Takayanagi as Sarina
  • Yumi Uchiyama as Aqua (child)
  •  Megumi Han as Kana Arima 
  • Manaka Iwami as Akane Kurokawa
  • Rumi Okubo as Mem-Cho

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The anime adaptation is being done by Doga Kobo. The key staff involved in the animation production were also revealed.

Daisuke Hiramaki will be directing the anime, while Saori Tachibana will serve as the assistant director. Series composition will be handled by Jin Tanaka and Kanna Hiramiya will be in charge of character designs.

Akasaka who is the writer of the original manga said that the anime adaptation will be a good work, and asked fans to look forward to it.

Oshi no Ko is a manga series written by Kaguya Sama: Love is War creator Aka Akasaka and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari, who is author of Kuzu no Honkai. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump since April 2020, with its chapters collected in seven tankōbon volumes as of February 2022.

MAL describes the plot of the manga as follows;

Sixteen-year-old Ai Hoshino is a talented and beautiful idol who is adored by her fans. She is the personification of a pure, young maiden. But all that glitters is not gold.

Gorou Honda is a countryside gynaecologist and a big fan of Ai. So when the pregnant idol shows up at his hospital, he is beyond bewildered. Gorou promises her a safe delivery. Little does he know, an encounter with a mysterious figure would result in his untimely death—or so he thought.

Opening his eyes in the lap of his beloved idol, Gorou finds that he has been reborn as Aquamarine Hoshino—Ai’s newborn son! With his world turned upside down, Gorou soon learns that the world of showbiz is paved with thorns, where talent does not always beget success. Will he manage to protect Ai’s smile that he loves so much with the help of an eccentric and unexpected ally?

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