Nendoroid And Figma Company Sued Over Mistreatment, Sexualised Toys

Nendoroid And Figma Company Sued Over Mistreatment, Sexualised Toys
Photo: Good Smile Company

In 2020, popular figurine manufacturer Good Smile Company sued two former vice presidents, Guy Brand and James Young-sik Kim, for competing with its merchandise business while employed at GSC. In response, the former employees have filed a cross-complaint claiming that GSC actively profited from sexualising underage characters, discriminated against non-Japanese employees, evaded taxes, and funded 4Chan.

Good Smile Company is known for producing poseable figurines from anime and other popular media, most notably Nendoroids and Figmas. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, but has operations located in the United States.

As reported by Polygon, Good Smile Company’s initial suit accused Brand and Kim of taking advantage of the company’s relationship with Netflix, and actively creating competing merchandise with the Stranger Things IP. The suit was mostly concerned with competing interests and a breach of contract.

While employed at GSC, these executives had signed noncompetes, non-disclosure agreements, and an agreement to refer business opportunities to the figurine company. GSC claims that Brand and Kim had asked to be switched to independent contractor status while they were forming their own company.

In the cross-complaint filed this month, the former employees stated that the managing director repeatedly defended the sales of “lolicon” figurines (lolicon refers to erotic art of underage anime characters). After the employees had informed her that these sales would violate American obscenity laws, the suit alleges, she retaliated against them by stripping them of their authority. Their complaint also states that they were asked to terminate American employees and retain Japanese-born employees during the pandemic.

The cross-complaint also alleges that GSC had knowingly evaded sales taxes for years, and that they owed a significant amount of back taxes to the United States. According to Brand and Kim, GSC had acquired the famously right-wing and white supremacist website 4Chan, which was being managed by the GSC headquarters in Tokyo.

These former executives claim that their workplace concerns were ignored and they were eventually pressured to resign. This claim contradicts GSC’s claim that the former executives voluntarily chose to end their permanent employment.

Their case will eventually be heard in California state court.

Comments

  • These execs sound like real scumbags. Got caught with their hands in the till and decided that the best form of defence was attack. While I don’t doubt that some of what they claim is true, they definitely deserve what’s coming to them.

  • “GSC had acquired the famously right-wing and white supremacist website 4Chan, which was being managed by the GSC headquarters in Tokyo.”

    Ah yes, the white supremacist-oriented 4chan, where people discuss… hold on, what’s this, origami and mathematics? Cooking and possible schizophrenics talking about paranormal occurrences in their lives? A guy playing pokemon at his grandmother’s funeral? I thought this was the den of white supremacy where we all talk about the coming racial uprising! Talk about a letdown.

    I get that you have an agenda against 4Chan because it’s the big bad boogeyman of the internet, but at least take a gander at what you’re talking about, when it’s two-three subforums you’re peeved about. The most active of which have less than 120 people posting on them in contrast to the non-political subforums which pull upwards of 200, on a dying website.

  • ” According to Brand and Kim, GSC had acquired the famously right-wing and white supremacist website 4Chan, which was being managed by the GSC headquarters in Tokyo. ”

    Tell me you dont know 4chan without telling me you dont know 4chan.

  • I also came here to chime in on the description of 4chan.
    Yeah, 4chan has the very right-wing white supremacist board /pol/ but the thing is, every other board on the site hates that board. They all feel like its users shit up the site for the rest of them.
    The whole places is very politically incorrect, sure, but most boards are just about their own thing. To paint it all as right-wing white supremacists just feels like someone who did no research.

    • Most of the Q loonies left 4chan because they got annoyed at being constantly mocked by everyone else on the boards. There is also numerous times very obvious feds post trying to draw out the Q types. Its very easy to spot posts from feds lol.

      /b/ is beautiful chaos.

    • There is a lot of people on this website (the usual suspects) who think 4chan is /pol/ so its not a shock the author of this article thinks the same.

  • I think you should change the Definition of Lolicon, it is the Attraction to Girls that look young. They don’t need to be underage to be a loli as “Loli” is a Body type, not age.

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