I just read the Haruhi suzumiya seiyuu scandal, and I was wondering if its really true about Otakus in Japan being butt hurt, because of their favorite idol just happens to be a person just like everybody else. I also heard that the idols weren't aloud to date other people. Just so that they would seem unreachable... That just sounds horrible. :(
Yes, it’s true and I’m very ashamed of this common quirk in Japanese fandoms.
For those who aren’t aware, a while ago, Hirano Aya (the voice of Suzumiya Haruhi) publicly announced that she was in a relationship. Hirano Aya is a voice-actress, but she also receives wide attention for her pretty face and other entertainment-related works. Nowadays, she is more of an idol than a voice-actress. But when Hirano-san announced her relationship, hundreds of male fans erupted in rage. They sent her photos of shattered CDs and torn-up pictures. She even received death threats. Despite all this, Hirano-san stood her ground and defended her right to live however way she desired.
Unfortunately, Hirano-san’s case is not the first, nor is it uncommon. For decades (this is not a recent issue), many young Japanese celebrities have either hidden their romances from the public or have been denied the right to hold such relationships. In a sad way, the ban is protecting the idols. As celebrities get older, the ban and the fandom become more lenient on them. They are able to have open relationships without too much of a fuss. But the young and the popular don’t get it so easy. For example, members of the popular idol groups “AKB48” and “Johnny’s Jr.” are strictly forbidden to have romantic relationships. This is due to the large number of overly loyal and delusional fans (both male and female).
I will say it upfront: these fans disgust me. They latch onto an idol and obsess over them. These people firmly believe that their idol exists solely for their enjoyment. Some even dream about the possibilities of intimately meeting and eventually marrying their idol. These fans can be sorted into two groups: those who unrealistically claim the celebrity as their own and those who possess the “if I can’t have them, no one can” mentality. When an idol makes a romantic relationship known to the public, these delusional fans lose their minds. They feel “betrayed” and brutally attack the happy lovers… Honestly, this is just sick. What right do they have to decide how and to who a person is going to love!? They don’t own these people! They have absolutely NO right!!
Recently in Japan, voice-actors have been receiving A LOT of attention - to the point where some are just as popular as idols. However, this popularity comes with a price: the delusional fans. Because VAs are not necessarily idols, they are not forbidden to have romance in their lives. However, most are encouraged by their agencies to keep it quiet. Hirano Aya thought her fans would understand, but her honesty backfired. Many years ago, Miyano Mamoru and his new wife were attacked as well. Suzumura Kenichi and Sakamoto Maaya made a HUGE risk by announcing their marriage… It’s absolutely horrible that such happy news can be ravaged and torn apart.
I also have idols that I adore to no end. I love them and sometimes joke about wanting to marry them. But if my idols announced tomorrow that they were in a loving relationship, I would give them all of my love and support. I want them to be happy. But so many people don’t feel the same way. (>__<)
“Every year, the bright Scandinavian summer nights fade away without anyone’s noticing. One evening in August you have an errand outdoors, and all of a sudden it’s pitch-black. It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive.”—Tove Jansson, The Summer Book, trans. Thomas Teal (via neitt)
From now on Im going to speak like an anime protagonist giving an inspirational speech, because….. *clenches fist* because there are people who believe in me! People who are constantly giving me strength! And even if they’re not with me right now…. *faint smile at the ground*…. They’re always sending me their wishes a-and I want to be able to give them courage too!!!!