Kaho Shibuya calls out Anime Matsuri organizers for poor treatment and non-compensation
Cosplayer and otaku Kaho Shibuya recently shared her experience with the anime convention called Anime Matsuri where she posted that she stood for hours and was not paid for the additional stuff she did for an online segment.
According to the cosplayer, the organizers of the Anime Matsuri event asked her to hold the iPad and be the interpreter for a 3 hour zoom call as they build a 1/1 figure on site. After the event she asked for some compensation but got ignored by the people behind the convention. At the end of her post, she stated that she won’t return for this event again.
Here’s the original post from her Twitter account:
Up til 4am, Anime Matsuri had me, only JP guest there, be their iPad stand & interpreter on a 3hr zoom call to build a 1/1 figure. My team even helped. I’ve asked about compensation for our time then got ignored. Considering there were many issues besides this, we won’t return. pic.twitter.com/AMIM3E93rT
— Shibuya Kaho 澁谷果歩 (@Shibukaho) July 29, 2021
Other cosplayers and personalities were also quick to comment and chime in about what happened to Shibuya like D-Piddy who writes:
I was supposed to be a guest there too, but even after confirming with me they just stopped replying to my messages. They could’ve told me they changed their mind but they just ghosted
Check out the other comments about her recent experience:
I’m so sorry you had to go through this. There’s some other stuff the owners of the con got up to as well. This guy does a good breakdown of what happened: https://t.co/pAwWLUT9hj
But again, you didn’t deserve to go through the shit you did. No-one does.
— Hawkatana (@hawkatana) July 29, 2021
Never, ever, ever “help out” at a corporate event without a contract/legal agreement. Sorry to hear. Corporates will use you and leave you out to dry. It’s quite common in entertainment world.
— Elizaveta / エリザヴェータ (@elizavetaka) July 29, 2021
This sucks. You deserve better Kaho!
— Jacob (@largehotcoffee) July 29, 2021
This is why there is a mass boycott against Anime Matsuri. This unfortunately isn’t the first time they haven’t paid a Japanese guest. They take advantage of the guest going back to Japan knowing that it will be difficult for the guest to sue across borders. (1/2)
— buttcape ⚔️ eatingwithstephano (@buttcape) July 29, 2021