“Outrageous!” – K-ON! Movie Denied Top Academy Award


K-ON!’s legion of fans are expressing their outrage and dejection at the K-ON! movie missing out on the top Academy Prize for Animation, with the “Most Excellent” prize for animation instead going to Kokurikozaka Kara and K-ON! being stuck with a mere “Excellence” prize.

The “Japan Academy Prizes,” being something of a cheeky knock-off of the “real” Academy Awards, differ in how they award prizes – rather than an award and nominations, there are 5 “excellence” prizes in each category, but only a single “most excellent” prize for each:


The normal award candidates were announced previously, but the top prizes were only announced at the recent and heavily televised awards ceremony, which saw production staff in attendance to better experience their humiliation and disappointment:



To K-ON! fans, it seems only the “most excellent” prize is worth having and there is a certain amount of sadness and outrage at their favourite moeblobs being denied it, despite the obvious impossibility of anything beating a Ghibli title:

“And we all believed K-ON! would get it…”

“Right, everyone go home. It’s unfortunate but it was going to happen.”

“Seriously? I’m going to bed…”

“I laughed. Still, it was expected.”

“The K-ON! worshippers sure seem to have believed they’d get it.”

“Honestly, this was not a surprise!”

“As expected of Ghibli and company…”

“They always get the most excellent prizes every time they come up, so it’s not too surprising.”

“They should just rename the Animation Prize the Ghibli Prize and be done with it.”

“Serves you right, K-ONtards!”

“Who cares about this stupid prize anyway.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Fact: Miyazaki's movies are horrible, and shouldn't even be counted as "anime".

    I love how whenever white people pretend like they know anime, and I ask them what anime they've seen, all they can list off are Miyazaki movies. Pretty sad, really.

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    Comment by TFish
    00:15 04/03/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Frankly I'm just tired of hearing about them. I liked spirited away, but I really don't get why each one is supposed to be some masterpiece, especially ponyo. The plot of that movie had so many things going on in it I felt like when it was being written the guy kept forgetting where he was going with the story, and decided to just start a new one.

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    03:07 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't even like Spirited Away, Castle of Cagliostro was way better.

    But this stuff, IMO, can't even be compared to the movies made by Shinkai Makoto.

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    Comment by KingFisher

    Agreed. Shinkai Makoto is awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No one called Ponyo a masterpiece. No one. Ponyo is regarded as one of Miyazaki's worst. That being said, Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki have made some amazing movies, that can't be denied:

    Princess Mononoke
    Laputa Castle in the Sky
    Porco Rosso
    Only Yesterday

    Comment by Anonymous

    no offence, but u talk like an otaku :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    I'm just as tired of hearing K-ON! as some kind of masterpiece from the Japanese. It's nothing but moe BS. It's laughable that the Japanese crticize White people for acting like they know a good anime, when all it takes for an anime to get praised from these Japanese basement dwellers is overly used moe crap, tits and girl characters who hasn't lost their virginity.

    Doesn't take much to impress these anti-social wimps.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Guess what guys, there is a single dude in this forum who has 8 accounts to downvote anyone who hates K-ON, just saying. I think he is having the time of his life btw.

    Also anon 17:20 your opinion is fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 05/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    i'm with you

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 04/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Don't forget to LOL at the old dudes who's only answer is "Akira"

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    Comment by KingFisher

    Hey, Akira is an excellent film. Don't knock it down like that. And just because something becomes mainstream doesn't mean its shit. Plenty of stuff start out as a cult following and then get popular latter. Get over yourself about how everything that becomes mainstream is shit. That's like an emo, 8th grader attitude you got there. Are you trying to be a rebel or something and think it's cool because its not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 05/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Oh, trust me, nobody actually likes Akira except white people who pretend to think a silent film is the best movie of the year in order to look "deeeep".

    If you actually said Akira was your favorite anime in Japan, Japanese people would try and stifle their laughter. They would think you're an emo 2nd year in middle school trying to be a rebel or something.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nice, Miyazaki movies get popular and now is shit. good... Akira get popular too, and is shit too. nice. Every mainstream is shit. Good O_o

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    Comment by AiEm
    10:17 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep just like how K-ON achieves a certain level of mainstream in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 05/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    So...K-ON! is the Justin Bieber of the Japanese anime world eh? Makes sense. Though I'll at least say K-ON! isn't as bad as Bieber. Still they have one major similarity, masses of retarded fans....

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 04/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)
    Don't forget to LOL at the old dudes who's only answer is "Akira"

    and i will LOL at you when you get old and realize we old dudes were right, and you were wrong.

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    Comment by Gradius

    Akira was ok, MUCH better than this shit called k-on!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    I so agree with this. Elmer Fudd should screw Azusa Nakano...in the ass...with his penis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    APPROVED! it should have...


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fact: They can't fap to miya/ghibli films

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "They can't fap to miya/ghibli films"

    I'll take you up on that offer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    could you explain me why those movies are horrible? i like those movies D:
    PD: if I have not written well sorry for the bad English

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The visuals are great and the roots in culture is awesome, but that really is all there is to it. The eventual climax often ends up being strange and often contrived.

    The fans also overrate it to the point of ridiculousness. It is a nice watch, but on concept alone, it is not amazing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't even bother with awards anymore. Just too many damn fanboys complaining these days.
    You know what, if we wanna do rankings then do your own personal rankings of your favourite anime, then they'll be as legitimate as anyone elses ranking because they are your own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    They are horrible because k-on fans believe it stole the prize of "most excellent" to the k-on movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:37 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    because white people can only pretend to know anime anon at 19:56?

    Do you drill lotso white people about their anime knowledge or something?
    I dont think race has much to do with the amount of anime one has watched myself... If your asian youre more likely to be exposed to it but thats about it. I wouldnt mind asking what anime youve seen out of curiousity. To see whether I qualify as a white person who doesnt just pretend to know about anime, but actually knows about anime(;゚д゚)ァ.... !

    Commenting on the opening of your post, the ghibli movie that won wasnt directed by the miyazaki your refering to, hayao, but actually gorou, so technically its not one of "Miyazakis movies" although he probably played a large role in some portion of it. You havent seen it yourself so you have no way of actually knowing if its horrible unless you saw it in theatres in japan. While I am unsure which ghibli movies you have seen to make such a baseless generalization, I do realize they often repackage the same enviroment/tradition friendly themes in each film. However, aside from that point I find it hard to understand why you consider them horrible. Maybe youre just trolling for a serious response like Im providing or you might just have odd tastes?

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    Comment by Bigall
    01:32 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very good point indeed. Gorou work has nothing to do with his father's work.
    Gorou's story is a compelling story deep story of the rebuilt of Japan after the 2nd war, from the point of view of a young coupe. There is no fantastic side to it, no kamis, no ghosts or magic what so ever. It is as far as it could be from hayao's works.

    I will add also another thing. There Gorou gave an interview to a french tv channel about japanese culture. I observed something funny, when asked about his fathers influences, you could see by his reaction there was bad blood between them. Gorou was concienst that of his father's interest for him and its sucess, but he always saw his father has someone to surpass. And that"s why he did something completely different from its father's works.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can't even draw a decent apple.

    Complaining about everything. Sheesh.

    Comment by Anonymous

    no offence but u seems to be an otaku :)

    Comment by Anonymous

    I love how whenever Sankaku users pretend they know about their stuff, they just do exactly the opposite of stuff they hate.

    In this post, it's all about hating Miyazaki movies while there's nothing wrong with them. How exactly are you different than K-on haters, you damn hypocrite?

    Before you talk back: I think I know my stuff when I tell you about my studies. It's animation film.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 04/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    well, it's a pity that you're very retarded about your own studies. You can't even see the difference.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 04/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    well, it's a pity that you're very retarded about your own studies. You can't even see the difference.

    and you are obviously blind but i think that maybe the one who is retarded is you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Who the hell studies animes? Animes are made to be enjoyed, not studied. Only pros that actually live from animes should study animes (persons that actually create something).
    For the persons that actually use the term study to downgrade others are really weebo fans that don't have a life.
    K-on slice of life? Get out you're room and get yourself a real slice of life!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Before you talk back: I think I know my stuff when I tell you about my studies. It's animation film.

    Too bad they don't teach any logic and rhetoric in your art school.

    In this post, it's all about hating Miyazaki movies while there's nothing wrong with them. How exactly are you different than K-on haters, you damn hypocrite?

    You have no idea what that word even means, do you? A hypocrite is someone who advocates rules for others but believes the same rules do not apply to them. It would be hypocritical for the same person to hate Miyazaki movies and think that nobody should hate K-On movies. The person you reply to never claimed the second part, unless I'm missing something.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm sure the K-ON movie has more amazing visuals and a deep story than every Miyazaki movie

    Oh wait, it's just otaku pandering shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Fact: You're dumb if you think K-on is in the same league as a Miyazaki film.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Miyazaki movies are the best japan has had to offer in years.

    If you think K-On deserves anything besides a prize for great animation you're clearly stupid.

    Besides that, K-On never even tries to do something. No crazy scenes or complex animation besides playing instruments and some lipsynch.

    Ghibli Studios on the other hand do what they have to. And they are the absolute best at it, even if their things look old (which is completely on purpose)

    Deal with it, fag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kara no kyoukai came out close to 5years ago, and It's still better than any Miyazaki movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 06/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus fucking christ. +5 to you man for making me reply to your comment but Kara no Kyokai anime is just mind-numbingly boring. Yes it has great visuals, yes it has good drawing but BY THE GODS the dialouge, the pacing and the way they execute the story made me experience a feeling that can only be compared to attending a catholic mass during the Lenten season. That is how boring it is.

    And yes Touko Aozaki is so edgy and 'DEEP' that it hurts and episode 7 just makes me quit the whole business.

    You got opinion man but your opinion can make another guy RAGE HARD!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    This comment is so retarded it doesn't even warrant a debate. But still, good trollbait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Nay, that's not troll bait. It's called an opinion.

    You want to see troll bait, check this out:
    Fact: The persons down-voting all comments that aren't in favor of k-on celebrate Mio's birthday with cake, all alone and naked in their room.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Well it would be good troll bait if it wasn't probably true. It's ironic that the Japanese (namely 2channers) like to rag on Koreans mass manipulating like/dislike on Youtube, while they mass manipulate the voting system here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Fact: Anyone in the internet can write something as a fact and not be truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    "Not built on standard anime archetypes" - it cannot be real anime :]

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Fact: Anyone with their fanatism up their ass can be in eternal denial.

    ...And the downvoting is proof of that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:15 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.9)

    Go and fuck your mother's face. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Wow, I'd go to a doctor if I were you, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Look at all these white people on this site claiming K-ON! isn't "deep". And I assume what you think is that "Death Note" and "Code Geass" are deep? Oh, look at Light and Lelouch, they're being villains for the rest of the world, how "deeeep".

    Well, I'm sorry to let you know, but shounen anime in Japan is actually made for the teenage market. So you have the mindset of a Japanese child. But by all means, continue watching your "deeeep" anime, just leave the real anime alone for the rest of us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 03/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Infinite internets to you sir. Code Geass and Death Note are both for middle schoolers, and mostly girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:55 05/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Agreed. About time that "Code Geass"/"Death Note" fans realize that what they think is "deep" is really meant for the mentality of a child.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can you name anything "deeper" than that? (legit question) :P

    But will you guys just stop arguing about freaking genres, if you like K-On then thats fine, but you dont have to go around being a stupid fanboy and insult other types of anime.

    Same goes for you people calling K-On "shallow", too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's this about "white people". Japanese people tend to be more pale. People even used that as an argument for the depiction of pale/white characters in Anime. But I guess black people are more knowledgeable with anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe northern japs, but lets be honest most of them are yellowish, have you not seen the vids on here?

    Would you also consider chinese white? if so your colorblind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 04/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    And have you seen any white white people? Most of them are kind of pink-ish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is just blood vessels. I wouldn't say most, also have you seen anime girls with pink elbows, cheeks, nipples and knees... lol what is up with that?

    Comment by Anonymous

    white people are a very light peach colour actually

    Comment by Anonymous

    You mean K-On is deep? An anime based on a group of girls what play in a band can be "deep"? Sorry, but no.
    I won't say Code Geass or Death Note are deeper than K-On but If you say "shounen anime in Japan is actually made for the teenage market. So you have the mindset of a Japanese child" then I say "slice of life with harem and a little service animes like k-on are actually made for the virgin and hikikomori market. So you have thr mindset of a virgin hikikomori".
    If the Academy thought that K-ON! movie doesn't deserve the top Academy Prize for Animation, I suppose they have their reasons; So stop cryng like a child and start to think a little.
    When you find people in forums and boards writing bullshit about K-On you usually go in group and call them "haters" and "childs"; but this time the "haters" and "childs" are the Academy members, so I hope you understand K-on is your favourite magnanime but that doesn't make it to be the best manganime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "An anime based on a group of girls what play in a band can be "deep"?"

    Um, yeah? Why can't an anime about a group of girls in a band possibly be deep? Note that anime in question need not be K-On.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Beck... That's Why this band slice of life anime sucks.

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    Comment by Flex Fletcher
    00:48 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.9)

    This guy was a little harsh with his comment, but he has his point. I aggre with the fact "Your favourite anime doesn't has to be the best anime" and I partialy agree with the fact "The acadamy must have their reasons to not to give the prize to K-On", because I think they must have their reasons but I can't imagine what kind of reasons do they have.
    And in the specific case of K-on, the usual anger you feel when your favourite anime is "attacked" is multiplied to nfinite by a legion of fans. But that doesn't make K-On a better anime, that make K-On an anime with noisy fans.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Seriously now, I think we have a single guy in this forum who has 8 to 9 accounts and he will downvote any opinion that he view as degrading to K-ON. Good job on having the "life" dude, your parents must be proud. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 05/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Wow, I cannot believe that you guys would actually down vote Flex Fletchers insightful comment on the K-ON fans behavior. Though hurtful, what Anon 22:41 and Flex has said are the truth. Many fans may whine but it does not mean that the show has high quality(well if K-ON has quality at all that is). There are "FAR" better anime besides K-ON and guess what show is far better than K-ON who got the prize.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Defining K-on by its simple narration, young female characters and simple style, I would rather say it's more a Shojo than a Seinen...
    So if you like K-on, what does it make you? :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 03/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    If you're seriously suggesting that K-ON! is "shoujo", then I feel REALLY sorry for you.

    I guess that just proves me right that white people don't know anything about anime. 仕方がない。

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 04/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    K-On is seinen. It's based on a manga runing in a seinen magazine. Why is this even being debated?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 04/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It's a seinen manga and that's a fact, you ignorant ass, not an opinion. You don't get to decide what is or isn't seinen or shoujo or whatever category you want or don't want to put it into. It's not a matter of opinion.

    "What part of the live of these 16 years old girl made it good for to be in a Seinen magazine?" Well gee, what could POSSIBLY interest young men about teenage girls? Use your brain.

    And the magazine is "Manga Time Kirara". Learn to wikipedia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So educated us. What type of anime is K-on?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    K-On is the kind of anime that can find more than enough viewers among young women. Just because it's marketed primarily to men doesn't mean it wouldn't be popular among other crowds, given chance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Duh, it's a slice of life moeblob comedy anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    @Anon 9:40

    Of course it's generally perverts and moe fantards. It's because they can fap to it. The fans are nothing but rabid virgins themselves, remember the shit VA's got into just because they have a boyfriend or lover? Yeah...you K-ON! fans sure can say shit to us White people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Moeblob comedy anie, so it's like one of those Disney tv series for teen but in japanese anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Why is it a seinen? What part of the live of these 16 years old girl made it good for to be in a Seinen magazine? And which magazine is that by the way?

    And please don't say "Slice of life" because it's not a good argument. There are pure dark fantasies and historical romances that are also Seinen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    "Well gee, what could POSSIBLY interest young men about teenage girls?" Love your logic.
    So either following your logic the male fans are either young man (aka teenagers) or perverts?

    I don't any self respecting woman with more than 18 reading about some girls with...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 07/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Alert guys, we have a single K-ON tard who has 8 to 9 accounts in this forum so he can downvote any opinion that is degrading to K-ON. His parents must be so proud. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Can't you read, we can't be helped because they don't know what type of anime it is either or they can't define it without insulting themself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Actually, in the same vein as Azumanga or lucky star, it is a shounen (note, not all shounen need to be fights)comedy, and while I won't say that either of the series previously mentioned is "deep", I'll tell you at once, "deep" series re characterized by well-done character personalities that can be related to people in reality, according to experience and situation of the same, also a plot that includes small details such as foreshadowing, symbolism, small details that actually tell you about characters while allowing for debate within them. An anime about high school girls acting as if they were in elementary doesn't have any of those mind you.

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    Comment by Gradius
    03:07 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.9)

    Cause my dead anon, k-on are for TARDS, this is why!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Can't speak for Code Geass, but I think that Death Note has many good points (like is it ethical to kill criminals and so forth). It makes you think.

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    Comment by Bigall
    21:54 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Japanese white or Euro/American/Australian White? You should be more specific. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 03/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    @ "Bigall"

    Using "^^" doesn't make you more Asian, no matter how much you may want to be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry about being flamed, after all as anon you don't fear much.

    Correct me if I read this wrong.
    "^^" came to be used because of foreign infuence, English and Italian to be more precise? Or is it the other way around? My japanese still needs alot of work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    干。 “^^”跟我们亚洲人有啥关系啊。And I think I'm gonna get flamed for typing in chinese :(

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    Comment by Bigall
    09:54 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh and by the way, do you actually know what this is "^", because I think you're not using it in you're language. It's comes from the evolution of European languages. So how come some people think this "^^" as asian origins or would represent asian persons? Just wondering.

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    Comment by Bigall
    22:47 03/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.9)

    Thank you for that. It would be really bad if it did turn me asian. I like who and how I am.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 04/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    well, i can see how deep your brain sink, with your stupid comment and self made vote

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