Tomonobu Itagaki, the man behind Xbox hits Ninja Gaiden
and the Dead or Alive
series, has been formally charged
with sexual harassment. According to ZAKZAK
, the former employee -- she quit on September 10th -- claims that she had a physical relationship with Itagaki since 2003 and is asking for the sum of 10 million yen (US $85,000). Itagaki acknowledges the relationship, but claims that it was consensual. Itagaki has reportedly been demoted at Team Ninja, though it is unclear if this was done as punishment or if it was done to downplay his image in court.
We have to admit the grim humor of the situation. He is
the creator of Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
, after all. We're fairly certain that it's at least a little
funny that the man who basically introduced 3D bouncing breasts
to the world is now being charged with sexual harassment. Whatever the outcome, we hope it doesn't interfere with Ninja Gaiden 2
. We'd also like to note that this news traveled very fast; Itagaki's Wikipedia page
is already updated for crying out loud! For our Japanese savvy readers, feel free to translate the original article
Man, first there are movies
on Marketplace, and now Tomonobu Itagaki is busted for sexual harassment. This is shaping up to be a weird day.