Korean Death Threats Made Against Hetalia Author

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The Korean furore over supposedly racist WWII parody anime Hetalia, which resulted in a partially successful campaign to force the anime off the air in Japan, did not stop at threats of cyber-terrorism; it appears even death threats have been issued against the author, 日丸屋 秀和 / Hirumaya Hidekazu.

The threat in question originates from the same boards (Daum’s “Agora”) responsible for spawning the various petitions which initially led to the anime’s cancellation; the commenter is succinct about his wishes: “Let’s go to Japan and kill the bastard! The author’s name is Hirumaya Hidekazu!”

The author actually lives overseas (in New York), so some research is evidently lacking on the part of the would be assassin, and his potential victim may be safe as a result.

Still, calling for the murder of a comic author is something which puts him amongst extraordinarily dubious company, as you may recall from recent similar events elsewhere.

As if issuing such a distasteful call to arms were not enough, the same commenter goes on to say whilst affirming his vote on the petition to ban the anime: “I sign! We’ve all got to kill every last one of those filthy Japs!”

The threat was actually made on the 12th, around the time of the original attacks on Hetalia, but for some reason no Koreans saw fit to report it, or remove it. Thus it was left to Japanese observers to uncover.

It is not clear whether any more such threats, or exhortations to murder or genocide, have been made, though sadly this does not seem entirely improbable.

You can see the relevant 2ch thread preserved here, along with a cache of the original Daum pages.

Of course, nobody would deny that such froth is a frequent characteristic of boards the world over; however, in many nations such grave threats are dealt with seriously by police, due to the knowledge that a small but tragic proportion will inevitably turn out to be genuine, something understood only too well in Japan. Whether Korean authorities will be investigating this is not clear.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:01 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “I sign! We’ve all got to kill every last one of those filthy Koreans!”

    fixed

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amusing how many people actually echo the sentiments of the original Korean post, just with slightly different countries named...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    THEY ARE NOT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. KOREA IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM JAPAN FOR THE BETTER! JAPAN IS FULL OF RACISTS THAT HATE KOREA. THEY KILLED AND ABUSED MANY KOREANS WITHOUT CARE.

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    Comment by t//B
    03:13 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    All caps. Your argument has just been nullified by your own idiocy.

    Comment by Dorian Cornelius Jasper
    08:31 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I assumed he was being sarcastic.

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    Comment by Kabayongtao
    02:41 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha...
    Change "Japan" for "N.Korea" or "S.Korea" and you will have the same thing.

    →SOUTH KOREA IS FULL OF RACISTS THAT HATE NORTH KOREA. THEY KILLED AND ABUSED MANY NORTH KOREANS WITHOUT CARE.

    or

    →NORTH KOREA IS FULL OF RACISTS THAT HATE SOUTH KOREA. THEY KILLED AND ABUSED MANY SOUTH KOREANS WITHOUT CARE.

    See, Koreans are the real racists.

    Koreans, (both North and South) are just crazy. They can't even unify their country and live peacefully.

    Korean civil war did more damage to Korean people than Japanese occupation. Koreans need to afraid and hate not Japanese, but their own leaders.

    Comment by Leode
    15:54 06/02/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    →SOUTH KOREA IS FULL OF RACISTS THAT HATE NORTH KOREA. THEY KILLED AND ABUSED MANY NORTH KOREANS WITHOUT CARE.

    I like the statement above. It is one of those "fill in the blanks" type of joke. Basically you can replace the names of those two countries with names of other countries or groups whom you hate or are trying to slander. And they work reversible too!

    Eg:

    "France" + "English"
    →France IS FULL OF RACISTS THAT HATE English. THEY KILLED AND ABUSED MANY English WITHOUT CARE.

    "America" + "Negros"
    →America IS FULL OF RACISTS THAT HATE Negros. THEY KILLED AND ABUSED MANY Negros WITHOUT CARE.

    "Autobots" + "Decepticons"
    →Autobots IS FULL OF RACISTS THAT HATE Decepticons. THEY KILLED AND ABUSED MANY Decepticons WITHOUT CARE.

    ...more than meets the eye.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We know South Korea massacred civilians and the casualties were from 200,000 to 1,200,000. However, Koreans never admit this histrical fact. They believe only what they want to believe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you are a liar

    Comment by Akagi
    01:04 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need their own National Brotherhood Week.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIlJ8ZCs4jY

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everybody's gotta have somebody to look down on.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv7SttbcHIk

    Comment by Leode
    17:09 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what?

    If you can't beat them... join them.

    I hereby declare that Hidekaz Himaruya has insulted the national pride of Malaysia by excluding Malaysia from the Hetalia Axis powers manga/anime.

    I call on all true patriots of Malaysia to rise up and petition their members of parliment to table a resolution calling on the UN to DEMAND that we be included in what will no doubt now become a legendary manga!

    Failure to let the world know how Malaysia let Japan ride all over our country is a dire insult. What? Do people think we don't exist? We who labored long and hard with our twin erections that were at one point the tallest in the world?

    Malaysia Boleh!
    (And if Parliment won't take action - then we need to send out death threats!)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ooooh scary......I'm trembling...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 14/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *hetaliafag here*
    JESUS ICE SKATING CHRIST. MALASYIA IS NOT IN HETALIA BECAUSE IT WAS NOT A CENTRAL PART OF ANY OF THE WORLD WARS/HISTORIC EVENTS THAT HIMAYURA COVERED.
    I AM SO SICK OF PEOPLE BITCHING THAT THEIR COUNTRIES ARE NOT IN HETALIA.
    "BAWWWWW! THERES NO PHILIPINES/PORTUGAL/LUXENBURG/NEW ZEALAND IN HETALIA! BAWWWW!"
    SHUT THE FUCK UP, YOUR COUNTRY IS NOT IN HETALIA BECAUSE NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY.
    GET OVER IT AND STOP BEING SO BUTT HURT

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    Comment by Katameido
    23:59 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dare not to hope for that, my friend. If they ever do that, i can see UMNO and PAS politician fussing on Buletin Utama every night, then national extremists doing 'tunjuk perasan' in front of the Japanese embassy, followed by a boycott over all Anime and Japanese materials..

    And what kind of Malaysian army do you want to see in Hetalia? A sissy version of Sergeant Hassan..? lol

    Comment by Leode
    22:40 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking more of a Siti Nurhaliza thing... complete with tudung of course.

    But you're right, UMNO would take the thing very seriously in an attempt to divert attention away from the whole Perak thing...

    Comment by Right..
    18:03 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So if I was to create a show as a white person making stereotypical jokes against black people, I'm sure I'd have an angry mob in front of my door, ready to basically kill me. How is this any different?

    Comment by Mond
    10:28 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hetalia even makes jokes about Japanese people! Did that 'white person' make fun of himself?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact really dislikes Korea, doesn't he?

    Stupid threats and extreme views like that aren't limited to Korea. Hey, just look at 4chan! The whole world's full of retards, we just don't see them because nobody's pedantically gone and searched for them. This is the internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We are Legion! -Anonymous

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    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    10:02 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ZOMG QUICK SOMEONE CALL JESUS WE HAVE SATAN SPAWN! lulz

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    Comment by Artefact

    I don't recall 4chan ever trying to get an anime banned, or threatening a mangaka. If they do, you will see a critical article here.

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    Comment by t//B
    23:42 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did try and get a cult destroyed.

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    Comment by Hanzo’
    22:16 10/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hah! touche

    Comment by zad
    10:38 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys all believe this stuff? The only purpose of this article seems to be to turn everyone against the EVIL Korea. It was only a brief period of protest like many debates in Korea and almost no one gives a f*ck about Hetalia in Korea nowadays. You guys are just overreacting and keep dragging on this same stupid stuff.

    Comment by cactuar_jinn
    16:25 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    /agree

    I spoke to many Koreans living in America and Korea about this whole topic. Most didn't even know what the hell Hetalia is. It's all just being blown out of scale by other countries, imho.

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    Comment by FallsFromGrace
    18:07 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except it the minority who care who make the laws

    Comment by Dorian Cornelius Jasper
    08:29 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, don't blame the internets. Blame Korean lawmakers and ultranationalists for actually making this an honest-to-goodness newsworthy incident instead of the usual paw-fight.

    If people are honestly surprised that they're being held accountable for their stupidity on the internet then they need to be trolled more.

    Comment by Billy Herrington
    09:20 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the artist lives in New York. Does that mean can he speak english?

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    Comment by Miroku74
    10:05 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the people in New York STATE can't even speak proper english.

    How do I know this? I live there. The State, I mean. And I'm surrounded by immigrants, wiggers, and old people. -_-

    Comment by Mond
    10:23 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's studying in a US University and watching some English TV programs with other students.
    I think he can.

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    Comment by Katameido
    23:49 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And we don't see nor hear his American neighbours detest him for parodying their own national armies..

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *face-fucking-palm*

    I knew internet was serious business, but hoy shit, it was THIS serious?

    The guy posting this CLEARLY reeks of troll.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    13:47 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guy should be put under arrest, as it is a crime to do something like that.

    The only sad part on this is that Koreans/Korean police didn't do anything about it yet.

    Other than that, unfortunatelly the Internet is filled of people just like him... lowest scum on Earth.

    People who make life threats on the Internet shouldn't even be considered humans... some coward low life forms, that's what they are.

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    Comment by Dorian Cornelius Jasper
    08:30 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What kind of internet forgets to use the term Weeaboo when appropriate?

    This is scandalous, I say.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 16/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see what the problem is. Hetalia is crap anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:39 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    THANK YOU!~ an idiot who thinks Hetalia is crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. The Korean's spelt Himaruya's name wrong. =/

    Comment by Tsukasa
    11:25 16/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find it amusing how because of some crackpot Korean, you guys all think they represent a whole nation to you all. Seriously, I'm Korean and I love Japan and all, but you guys who are saying "KOREANS SHOULD DIE" should relax and think for ONCE.

    Yeah that scumbag and those petitioners should die, but the whole Korean nation itself? Since when did one Korean crackpot (who by the way CONVENIENTLY lives in AMERICA for those of you who don't know and also CONVENIENTLY uses the word JAP like a typical racist moron living in America(Koreans who actually live in Korea don't even say the word JAP to insult Japanese since they don't even know that word, but rather uses a different KOREAN word if they ever do insult them)).

    And you also got to understand that some Koreans REALLY hate Japanese people because of their past with Japanese people (you know the whole Japanese colonization stuff). For Korean people, it's the same as how Jews were controlled and killed by the Nazis. Most people should try to forget and forgive, but there are people who are still strongly feeling like that and are very nationalistic. I myself don't really care since it's all in the past, but there are people still like that around who in my opinion should, like everyone else said "CHILL", but who am I to say anything about that since I didn't experience anything like that? Of course, you guys never even thought of that all before making your extremely thoughtful comments now did you?

    Seriously though, what the hell do I expect from narrow minded idiots? All you people who say that Koreans should be nuked etc. are nothing more than the same person as that Korean racist idiot saying that Japanese people should all be killed. I'm sure if some American person made the same type of action as that Korean crackpot, you wouldn't talk about bombing your own country now would you? Seriously, all you racist idiots, please stay wherever the hell you are and just don't come to Asia. Just don't come to Korea or even Japan for that matter because people like you aren't even welcome.

    P.S. And from what I say on the Daum page, there are 161 people who are on the petition. A FREAKING 161 people. I mean really that's like the whole Korean population, right everyone? We should blow that country away because of them. OH YEAH!!!! Bring on the WWIII Baby! Bring it ON!!!!

    Comment by GUNSPECTRE
    14:42 16/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazing how stupid and ignorant some (most) people are on this site, huh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    THANK YOU! ~ someone with some sense on this damn thread.

    Comment by Sorara
    08:08 14/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's funny is that other countries are more ridiculed than Korea in Hetalia...

    Lol, can't they just chill? They need to handle being insulted if they want to become a powerful nation, hehe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 14/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously. I mean, the name of the show is "useless Italy". I havent seen any Italian protesters.
    But, the Italians are too busy being chill to notice being made fun of...

    Comment by PwnKage
    19:37 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now, Hetalia would only be something to bitch about if Hirumaya Hidekazu makes Korea a hardcore nationalistic who hates Japan, is racist and makes anonymous threats to authors about manga.
    So those anonymous, Hetalia hating Koreans should go bitch at those "Korea sucks" websites. End of story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 18/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't care about Korea but Hetalia really sucks. I have to agree with the Koreans on this one. All of those small plots from the webcomic are way too character-oriented.

    I know this is sort of yaoi anthropomorphism but the whole mood of the series doesn't have to be whole 'only-character-dynamics' or something like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 06/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Koreans… you meant Northern or Southern?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 02/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Korea doesn't even show up in the anime!

    Calm down!

    Comment by Ode to Heights
    15:36 24/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, like wow. Aggressively creepy much?

    I'm not one to judge as to why some or most Koreans find the portrayal of Korea-tan offensive but...aren't death threats to Himaruya a bit too much? Plus, the damn petition? I mean, why would the government of S. Korea would want to intervene or get itself involve in something as trivial as a webcomic that was made purely out of comedy. They're fussing over something like that when the government (not just referring to Korea)should address real problems here. We all know that Himaruya-san has given flaws to almost all nation-tans. How is Korea any different? You don't hear other nations bitching about their portrayals, like crazy. Besides, I have seen far worse TV shows out there that fills every episode with racism jokes and other shit. Ever heard of South Park?

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    Comment by Katameido
    00:24 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then shall the Japaneses go to Korea and assasinate the author of that Korean manhwa Devil's Island..?

    They (that manhwa) killed a Japanese loli in a gruesome way (doesn't shown graphically though) and then introduced 4 Japanese characters potrayed negatively; a shameless sex maniac rapist FBI, a crossdressing male miko, a(nother) crossdressing female punk that's determined to do a transexual surgery, and a err.. typical sadistic sage.

    .....

    The ending went pretty good imo though, with the reverse-trap decided to stay as a female after being convinced by the young Korean priest that she looks pretty as a girl, although some parts still looked disturbingly rascist..

    Comment by Leode
    16:01 06/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You got me at "shameless sex maniac rapist FBI"... (I have visions of a psycho white Malaysian police officer from another manga...)

    So where can I find this Devil's Island? JanimeS and other popular ManHwa sites don't seem to have it and google tends to bring up other ManHwa's that feature Devil's and Islands (like Masca).

    Apparently it's sold in specialist bookstores in Malaysia but if there's a place online where I can take a look, it would be much appreciated. (Would save me a lot of effort and petrol. Save the environment and let me know!)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 16/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    find old Kreko/Komik Remaja Issues, Devil's Island is in KR's issue 50++ to 100++ (roughly around 2002/03 me think b4 they change the numbering to issues yearly)

    Now I'm worried that my parents gonna visit S. Korea for business affairs







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