Tuesday, June 25, 2013

More criminal charges against Vul Panther's actor

Previously, I'd mentioned that actor Asao Kobayashi, actor for Vul Panther in beloved 1980s series Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan (and son of famous composer Asei Kobayashi) had been arrested in Aomori Prefecture for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor that he had met on the Internet via a social networking site. Things just keep getting worse for him, it seems.

Vul Panther who? Sun Vulcan was a two man sentai, right?

Yesterday, it was reported that a new charge was added: production of child pornography. Apparently when Kobayashi committed the act on the underage girl, he also took photos of the incident using his mobile phone. This constitutes production of child pornography under Japanese law, and has led to his re-arrest.

Illegal Sentai Loliconger

It's always disappointing when people who used to be idolized by children commit crimes. It shines a negative light on their performance in their original series. Some have speculated that this could lead to Toei promoting Sun Vulcan less due to Kobayashi's actions.

Thanks to the posters on 4chan for making the event less depressing with images.

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