Seemingly to clear his reputation, the artist Shirabi (illustrator of light novels 86: Eighty Six and Ryuuou no Oshigoto!) published a statement announcing that it will participate in the next edition of the convention Comic Market (Comiket) 99however, will donate all of his earnings for the day to a fund for nature conservation in Japan.
«Comic Market (Comiket) 99 is happening at the end of the year, and I was wondering if I should attend or not. However, I would like to participate in this event, as I think it would cause a lot of inconvenience to the preparatory committee that gave me the space and to many other people. I would like to participate in this event. I am very sorry that you may become uncomfortable with it, I am truly sorry».
He continued: “I would like to donate all the proceeds I get from Comic Market (Comiket) 99 and a part of the income from the artists to the “Forest Conservation Fund”, which is also promoted at the event. Later we will announce the amount of the donation. We’ll be on A-48b West on Friday. The product in question will be a collection of illustrations that I have made for “86: Eighty-Six”. It is not a product available in bookstores, so you can only get it at this event. I apologize again for any inconvenience this may cause you.».
The statement was shared on comment boards in Japan, where it inspired opinions such as: “Shirabi-sensei is going to participate in the Comiket, but I think it’s better not to participate this time»; «They have already marked him, no matter what he says or does, the “antis” will not see him with good eyes»; «I think it would be better to return the money to the artists, not to the forest…»; «It is better to be a hypocrite than a do-gooder»; «No option to opt out»; and “I don’t think this is the right address, but I can’t think of a suitable place to donate. Now let’s hope the idiot doesn’t do another dumb thing at the event.».
Despite his spectacular talent as an illustrator, the reputation of Shirabi he has been reeling in recent days and is apparently aware of it from the speech he used in his statement. Shirabi mistakenly exposed a folder with an illegally downloaded hentai manga, which went viral on networks and comment forums. The artist apologized publicly to both his followers and the author of the manga in question, assuring that there was no valid excuse to justify his actions.