2ch Stalker Threatens to Sue Seiyuu Victim Haruna Ikezawa

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Seiyuu Haruna Ikezawa, best known for her role as Yoshino Shimazu in Maria-sama ga Miteru, along with Momoka in Keroro Gunsou, has announced on her site that she has been the victim of a deranged stalker.

Going by the name of “Phoenix”, who attempted to turn the tables on her in a lengthy series of posts where he claimed she was spitefully defaming his character and warned her that he was preparing to sue her.

The seiyuu explains that the maniacal 2ch otaku in question started stalking her, following her around and even intruding upon her place of work and interfering with her acquaintances.

Becoming worried, she enlisted police assistance to deal with the unwanted follower, who apparently was losing touch with reality; illustrating the disjuncture, he apparently said “Haruna cried out of love [for me]!”, to which the seiyuu responds: “I cried because I was scared [at him jumping me in the middle of the night]!”

But where he really showed his mettle as a stalker was in his various threats of legal action against her “defamation” of his noble character: “If it comes to the worst, I have unshakable proof and am considering suing her”.

He goes on in innumerable posts to concoct a Munchausen-esque scenario of her being a recalcitrant acquaintance of his behaving unreasonably towards him.

The stalker was eventually placed under a restraining order, and apparently has been of no more physical trouble.

She revealed all this in a lengthy confession on her blog, which she deleted as she said she would. You can still see it in various places online.

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Although obviously seiyuu otaku are extremely prone to this sort of bizarre mania, and should properly be considered at fault, we must also bear in mind the fact that only by carefully cultivating this kind of obsession amongst their fans do celebrity seiyuu and idols attain the status and profits they do; as a result, it seems incorrect to think of them as being purely passive victims.

This is surely part of the trade, for better or for worse…


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    Comment by metatron
    14:27 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i feel pity for these kind of fans...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The stalker is fail lol

    why should he stalk this 3D disgusting pig?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because all the 2d girls were taken?

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    16:56 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably he doesn't want 2d girls anymore.

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    Comment by Tyciol
    10:40 14/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This guy is probably the most epic troll in existance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 19/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is everyone missing the irony that she plays Momoka--a crazy delusional stalker?

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    Comment by ollie
    17:57 07/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would someone please describe to me what this 2Ch is? I hear about it all the time but have no idea what it is. It seems kinda creepy, like a bunch of loser kids obsess over specific things and whatnot.

    Comment by OverMaster
    02:22 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone get Kaere Kimura on the phone, ASAP!

    Seriosuly, though, just saying 'It's part of the seiyuu job' is like just shrugging at a policeman being shot on duty and saying 'It's his own fault for being a policeman'.

    I also think the guy who put a large part of the blame on Japan's dated views on mental health and treatment of these problems is spot on.

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    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    12:16 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Occupational Hazard. Dude needs help. おしまい

    Comment by Scion
    12:09 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have to be fuckin insane to think that someone desevres this kind of BS just because they get "paid" to be a seiyuu. What the hell you think a order of protection is for. Let the male bitch rot in a cell for a good while then. There's your consequence for your actions. I'm too pissed to say anything else.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Learn to read. I never said she "deserves" it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I also disagree that the seiyuu deserve this kind of treatment. And to say that they cultivate this kind of obsession is also a questionable statement at best. While I understand that this website is nothing more than a blog, and as such have a fair amount of opinion, I still believe that you should at least support your statements. Especially when it comes to things like saying seiyuu are not passive victims of stalking. It is, at best, misinformed, and at worst, a distorted view of being a celebrity.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    15:05 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea, i don't think seiyuu encourage obsessive behavior, it just comes with the job. Within all celebrity fanbases, there is bound to be a few nuts waiting to snap. Buts its al god. Until they pull a John Hinckley.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    15:10 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Buts its all good*

    typo

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Totally agree with you. Seiyuus are probably paid or encouraged to "talk" up whatever project they are working on and also to enhance their hireability for future projects. I seriously doubt they do anything because they want to encourage crazed behaviour; highly paid or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think seiyuu's have some devious underlying motive where they entice otaku's into what is basically worshiping them, that requires a little too much intelligence for your average voice actress. If anything it is their agents and the society that can take the blame, addressing them with such lofty terms as "idols", give me a fucking break, they are pretty and they do anime voice overs.

    Regardless though, the brunt of the fault lies with these borderline mentally ill otaku's who cannot differentiate between a woman crying in distress and a woman crying out of love, it isn't like there is some subtle nuance with the two that can be easily overlooked. Perhaps if you weren't so damn creepy, you would be able to at least enter the Friend Zone of your target of stalking.

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    Comment by Aoshi
    19:10 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What comes to mind when you say average intelligence voice actress is...

    Hirano Aya.

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    Comment by Artefact

    An average intelligence seiyuu would be to be more than just a notch or two below the general population?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually,I wouldn't even fault the mentally ill completely. I would fault in EQUAL terms:

    1. The parents of the otaku for ignoring signs of weirdness that I'm SURE were obvious for YEARS.

    2. The otaku themselves for not seizing on those LUCID moments where they KNEW they should've gotten help.

    3. JAPAN ITSELF. THIS IS WHERE THE LION'S SHARE OF FAULT LIES. Seriously, Japan at large needs to relax it's Goddamn spinchter for a change and realize that their collective culture is DRIVING SOME PEOPLE FUCKING CRAZY. They need to drop the stigma on mental illness & start treating their people.

    Trying to urge the mentally ill to just knock it off won't accomplish shit. Executing them AFTER THE FACT is the epitome of FAIL. The sick need treatment and Japan as a nation needs to drop their stupid pride and do the right thing.

    Comment by Roji
    08:32 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maniacal and obsessed stalkers piss me off. (-.-)凸

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    Comment by 001
    07:34 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait I might have missed it because I'm sleepy at the moment, but, sue her for what? o.o

    Comment by HELL
    07:59 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking stalkers should get dumped in a cell to rot for a few years.

    Scumbags, learn to draw a line.

    Comment by VDZ
    13:06 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps we should TEACH them how and where to draw a line, something which they obviously did not learn correctly in their childhood, rather than dump them in a cell to rot.

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    Comment by R
    11:13 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking the same thing.

    Comment by vtr9kvictor
    08:01 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree with your conclusion that perhaps seiyuu deserve such treatment. Being the target of someone who has lost contact with reality is not the fault of the targeted person. I also challenge your implicit assertion that seiyuu make large "profits". I know that that is not the case in the US with actors who do English dubs, they are very low paid, and I cannot imagine Japanese seiyuu to be much more well paid. Those who make large sums of money invariably do so through appearence fees and not pay from their roles, and are exceedingly rare.

    Any anime/manga fan, whether they call themselves "otaku" or not, should denounce this kind of behavior as counterproductive to us enjoying the object of our fandom.

    Comment by Tatsu
    08:19 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No... im pretty sure he didn't imply that seiyuus make large profits... I mean, it would be contradicting the phrase he said in some article that seiyuus make less than your standard wal-mart worker.

    Comment by HELL
    08:35 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a thread going on since a few years back in Animesuki that talks exactly about this, on how low are paid most seiyuus.

    That's why, as you said, they resort to other mediums to gain more money such as some taking the modeling or singing path alongside their seiyuus careers.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I never said they deserve such treatment. I pointed out that their actions implicitly invite such treatment, which seems undeniable. If a lady is unhappy with the idea of thousands of otaku using her image as a fantasy object, logically she would not sell the image to them for that purpose, and promote herself to that end.

    Cultivating this kind of obsessive fandom is essential to the careers of idol-seiyuu - most do not after all sell their CDs and concert tickets to an audience larger than these otaku.

    Most seiyuu do not of course make much, but the idol seiyuu (or idols in general) we are dealing with here are a different matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHAHA @ Ikezawa Haruna is idol seiyuu. She's not.

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    Comment by Geerie
    16:07 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think meant idols or seiyuus

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon completely agrees. When you rely on obsessive fans to buy your overpriced goods - multiple copies of your terrible CD's and gravure books and DVD's - and it actually works, you can expect some of them to just go too far. They are needed to be obsessive to buy the stuff that is being marketed.

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    Comment by dmil666
    11:59 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to agree. When someone's career depends upon being in the public eye, you have to cultivate your fanbase. The downside of course is that you lose most of your privacy and attract obsessive freaks.
    As the saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen".

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    09:46 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im with the stalker cause no one else seems to be...he probably has a kick ass Trap card in face down position just waiting to be played :D

    Comment by xxc
    15:53 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's a trap, anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just watch M+H, to find out.

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    Comment by Jin Stevens
    10:17 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have no problem with people obsessing over something from afar, but I draw the line at physical confrontations. I don't see how the seiyuu in this situation is at fault at all.

    So that's what Yoshino's seiyuu looks like.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude is dumb, the end. Know your place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sure you know yours?

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    Comment by motaku96
    11:06 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lately I've been thinking about how paparazzi following movie stars and pestering them with pictures and interviews is their way at getting back at the successful people. I'm not really sure who I support in that case(but damn, ever watch tmz? those guys are annoying), but in this case I think the seiyuu is in the right. The stalker sounds delusional and possibly dangerous. He gives otaku a bad name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Defamation? It’s only defamation if it’s untrue.




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