A Japanese anime animation studio is facing backlash after its main character cried during an emotional support animal scene in a new episode of its anime.
The episode, which was released on Sunday, features a Japanese girl, Kana, who has a cat named Mikuru.
In the first half of the episode, Mikuru cries while being comforted by Kana and the rest of the group.
The episode ends with Kana crying again and apologizing for the episode.
The anime studio Niconico said the scene was not intended to be an apology.
“The character who cries during the scenes of a support animal has a very special character, and it is not necessary to say sorry to her,” Niconicom said in a statement.
“The anime shows a very sad scene, and we are sorry that it caused her a lot of stress.”
The company said the character’s emotions were not being handled in the scene, but that the studio decided to remove the scene after receiving criticism.
“We sincerely apologize for any disappointment this episode has caused the Mikuru viewers,” Naconicom added.
“We also hope that the fans who had watched the episode will forgive us.”
Niconicomi said it is investigating whether the character was actually crying or had a mental health issue.
A representative for the studio said they had no comment on the controversy.
“The Mikuru characters are well known for being emotionally supportive and we understand that their emotion is very important to the audience,” Nianticom’s president, Yoshihiro Fujisawa, said in an interview with the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper.
“They are not emotional support animals.
The reason for this is that we don’t have the capacity to process emotional support information in a way that is appropriate for the audience.”
The Mikururu episode was first shown in February.
The Miku character is the Japanese word for love.