Ren Ozawa Kicked Out of A3! By Liber Entertainment After Domestic Violence Case Surfaces
Kazunari Miyoshi, the character voiced by Ren Ozawa in popular 2.5D bishonen franchise A3, will be muted in the game until further notice.
On December 18, A3 developer Liber Entertainment published a statement following the domestic abuse perpetrated by Ren Ozawa. Multiple companies related to the abuser have already acted. The personal agency of the popular actor has already spoke to him, confirming the reports from his ex-girlfriend, and terminated his contract and fan club. TV Tokyo also canceled airing the final episode of a drama series where Ren Ozawa appeared.
As for Liber Entertainment, it explained Ren Ozawa will not be voicing Kazunari Miyoshi anymore in its media mix franchise A3!. Ren Ozawa was voicing Kazunari Miyoshi in the game and anime adaptation. Moreover, Kazunari Miyoshi will be muted in the game until further notice. Liber Entertainment will tell us more regarding additional measures at a later date.
A3, Act! Addict! Actors!, features four teams of male actors making their way up in the showbiz industry. Kazunari Miyoshi is part of the Summer Troupe and as such also sings in all of the group’s songs. It’s very likely a new actor will be picked soon. And all Summer Troupe songs in the franchise featuring Kazunari Miyoshi will be re-recorded with a new actor. This seems like the most plausible path Liber Entertainment will take. Moreover, it’s very likely all sales and VOD of the A3! Season Spring & Summer anime will be stopped in Japan. And that a newly recorded version will then be released in the next few months.
Ren Ozawa appeared in numerous stage plays adaptations, including Hakuoki, Ace of Diamond, Osomatsu san, and Fire Force. A3, Act! Addict! Actors!, is among the biggest ongoing 2.5D projects featuring male characters, together with Ensemble Stars, Twisted Wonderland or Hypnosis Mic.
The statement regarding the removal of Ren Ozawa from A3 was also shared by the Mankai Company official Twitter:
— 【公式】A3!（エースリー） (@mankai_company) December 18, 2020