Another round of threatening letters forced the latest Kuroko's Basketball Dojin events to be canceled 10 days before the event date.
2013 started great for Kuroko's Basketball. In January, Weekly Shonen Jump boosted promotional support as if to conpensate for the forced decision to remove the series from last Year's Jump Festa due to the ongoing threat against the series with the announcement of second anime season. The sales of the comic are still on the rise, breaking records with every volume published.
This is because the culprit allegedly communicated that there will be no more threats aganst fans. The Kuroko dojin event organized by Studio You was on hold until further notice because of the threatning case, but it opened entries for dates in April since they were able to secure a location. Spaces filled up very quickly reflecting the strong popularity of the series. It seemed like everything would be going back to normal.
However, the studio was forced to cancel the event in Shizuoka and Kobe by the request of the venues because of new threats sent to them and their neighboring buildings. The studio posted the notice of cancellation and reschedule on their site on the 12th.
According to the post, the studio expresses their frustration since they did their best to explain the history of the case, the possibility of imitators and their risk management plan to avoid any incidents but still their effort was defeated by the new threat again. At the end of the post, they apologize for not being able to share more details since the case is still ongoing.
Since there are no further details available for the threat, we can not determine if it is the same culprit or this is an act by an imitator. Some point out that this case gave oppotunities to those who are in favor of opressing otaku fandom and dojin activity since the threat was able to affect Winter Comic Market programming which many consider the sanctuary of otaku expression.
I hope the threatning case to come to an end as soon as possible.