Internet can be a scary place when it comes to online privacy. It could be especially harmful if you are an online celebrity. Ryuu Nakayama, director of the animated adaptation of the Chainsaw Man manga became the victim of a privacy attack when his past tweets against china and south Korea surfaced online.
Nakayama has two accounts on Twitter. One for his private life and one for work, where he often posts update about Chainsaw Man anime adaptation. His public twitter account is @r_nkym_ which most of the fans are familiar with. However, his private account @yuuna tweets are only visible to approved followers. One follower from his private account ended up leaking Nakayama’s past tweet against China and South Korea.
Recently, Nakayama made a post through his private Twitter account, where he wrote:
“After my stay in Sichuan, I returned to Japan. It was too pleasant a four-day stay. My image of China and Sichuan has completely changed. I could feel the enthusiasm for animation as much or more than in Japan. I want to go back to Chengdu. See you again soon!”
This post might have been a mistake from the director, as he wanted people to know that he has changed his opinion about China. But, Instead, this post aroused curiosity of some followers, who dug his tweets against China from past 10 years.
On December 13, 2011, director Nakayama tweeted:
“No matter what, I am afraid to visit China or South Korea, especially to go to eat or drink there.“
On October 22, 2011, while commenting on a viral video from China, where a girl is injured and people walk by without caring he said:
“I think the Chinese hit-and-run incident really shows the level of morality in China, and I despise the fact that 18 people walked past the hit-and-run girl. The theory that “some people are not like that” cannot be disputed, even if you think that most people are like that.”
On February 7, 2011, he wrote:
“The Chinese in the study are intellectuals who are professors in Japan, but when it comes to copyright issues, they don’t admit blame, they only defend China. I thought these people would be more understanding, but it seems that morals are not well understood, regardless of academic level or wealth“
On May 3, 2010, Nakayama tweeted:
“Seriously, I can’t eat Chinese food anymore. I will never go to china“
And the list of tweets goes on and on, point being that 10 years ago Nakayama was not very font of China but his opinion has changed with time.
What Will Happen To Chainsaw Man anime adaptation?
If you are worried that this can affect the production of Chainsaw Man, Well, You might not be wrong entirely. It is no secret that Japanese animation now heavily rely on China for funding and things like this are certainly not going to help.
Previously, Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai from (Young again in another world) anime adaptation was cancelled when the author of the light novels old tweets were dug up where he criticized China. Let us hope that these Tweets from the past don’t hurt the production of Chainsaw Man, and director Nakayam won’t get fired from his post.