Pokemon anime composer arrested for attempted sexual assault


Published: 2022-10-25T17:27:35

Updated: 2022-10-25T17:27:43

Hidekazu Tanaka, the composer for Idolmaster Cinderella Girls and recently the Pokemon Journeys anime, was arrested on October 24 after an attempted sexual assault.

35-year-old Hidekazu Tanaka has been charged by Tokyo police after a disturbing incident involving a teenage girl back in August.

Anime News Network reports that Tanaka had uttered obscene words at the girl while he forcibly pulled on her hand in a train station’s bicycle parking area.

Authorities say the girl reported the incident and the Metropolitan Police Department found a video of Tanaka following the girl in the station’s security camera footage.

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Hidekazu Tanaka composed the opening for Pokemon Journeys.

Tanaka was charged with attempted forcible indecency, which in Japan is a legal term “which includes sexual assault” according to Anime News Network.

The composter has a long list of anime and games under his belt including Pokemon Journeys: The Series for the second and fourth versions of the opening song “1・2・3.”

Officers are still investigating the case and it’s not yet known if a court date has been set.



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