Thu 5 Aug 2010
Aya Hirano, well known for her performances as the Lucky Star‘s Konata, Death Note‘s Misa, and the titular character in The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, went on a talk show recently and discussed her love life, from past relationships to boys in general. Cool, good for her. In this world where famous people are judged for everything, it’s good for them to go on talk shows once in a while and talk about this stuff. It humanizes them — like Taylor Swift going on Ellen DeGenres to talk about her love life. I’m sure her fans are happy to see her on TV.
Of course, that’s in a world when rabid fans make sense. Instead…
Fans became enraged in front of their TVs and took to 2ch, where they wrote abusive messages towards Hirano and, allegedly, even began planning her death. As Hirano herself had never said in front of her fans that she’d been in a relationship until now, amongst her core zealous fanbase, the majority seemed certain that she’d never had a boyfriend. Therefore, the appearance on this program was the very first time Hirano had ever spoken of any such romance like those she described, and the fans’ rage in response to having watched the program was uncontrollable.
Even though it was merely the ordinary girl’s talk commonly seen on and expected from Gout Temps Nouveau, Hirano’s fans, who had truly believed in her supposed lack of a boyfriend, were full of tearful, anguished comments. Not stopping at just those, however, their outrage spiraled out of control as some users began planning for the assassination of their former idol, one comment reading, “I’m glad I didn’t record [the program]; I’m going to kill Hirano Aya.” Even on the seiyuu’s Wikipedia page, a string of characters reading “die” was written approximately 67,000 times (as of now, the article has been restored to its original form). Meanwhile, in a slightly less extreme reaction, fans in possession of her CDs and posters have been destroying them and uploading pictures of the ruined merchandise to the Internet. This upset towards Hirano seems like it won’t die down for a very long while.
That’s right, they are plotting Aya Hirano’s death for having relationships in the past. Get real you losers, do you think an accomplished, famous, beautiful voice actor/pop idol would have never had a boyfriend? That doesn’t mean they are “pure” it means they are lesbian.
Remarkable the day is when I speak out for Aya Hirano of all people. I’m not a fan of her singing and her voice work is good but I consider it far overrated, but this doesn’t change the fact that her fans are acting like absolute lunatics. Destroying your Aya-chan paraphernalia doesn’t show your anger at her relationships any more than it shows that you are a sad pathetic loser with nothing else in the world to care about than someone who doesn’t care about you as a person one bit. It’s why “otaku” is a dirty word.
Let’s rewind: what would Aya Hirano not having relationships accomplish? Is she saving up for some virgin who sits alone in his apartment all day long rewatching Akane iro ni Somaru Saka? What the hell is so wrong with Aya looking for some happiness. Who cares? I don’t blame her because all the dumb otaku stalking me would make me pretty miserable, too. And I better be preaching to the choir here, the general opinion to this whole bonanza is thankfully against the rabid fans. And disregard Sankaku Complex’s ridiculous report on this event, that website’s journalism is yellower than egg yolk. The only thing Artefact hates more than facts are the Xbox 360, China, and hair products.
It’s not like this phenomena is new or anything, however. I understand the mindset of being slightly disappointed when your favorite celebrity dedicates their life to someone who is not you. People have even speculated that John Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Onno broke up the Beatles. Miley Cyrus of Hannah Montana fame and Nick Jonas of the Jonas brothers dated for a while, much to the chagrin of rabid 12 year-olds. But they didn’t try to murder the two of them. American female pop singers probably wouldn’t even have jobs if they didn’t have previous relationships and broken hearts. What would they sing about? Don’t like it? It’s ok to walk away and stop being a fan. But having tantrums that make you look nothing but a fucking shitshow and threatening her life makes the entire fandom look bad. 12 year-old girls who watch the Disney Channel act with more tact than those otaku — at least some of them were supportive of Niley.