Yesterday we posted about an illustration by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi that urged readers to vote while expressing frustration with Japan's current government. With an election right around the corner on July 21, Takahashi likely thought he had his heart in the right place, but fans felt he crossed a line when using his popular characters to make such an overt political statement.
While fans acknowledged Takahashi's right to freedom of speech, many of them didn't take too kindly to phrases like "selling out the country" and "dictatorship" being put in the mouths of Yugi and the Dark Magicians. Thus, Takahashi has since issued an apology.
Here's what he said in response:
"It seems I've caused some trouble. After taking various points of view into account, I would like to offer a deep apology to all fans for having the characters make political proclamations."