Azusa Nakano’s Birthday Stokes Otaku Frenzy


Azusa Nakano‘s legion of fans has been celebrating her November 11th birthday with more enthusiasm than ever, crashing TBS’s site repeatedly in their frenzy to get at her birthday goods, and flooding the Internet with their many tributes.


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    05:21 11/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Happy Birthday Azunyan

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Question is...this kind of they make the cakes or are sold somewhere????????

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    Comment by Momo
    01:44 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know if you have a Baskin Robbins anywhere near you, but they do draw it out for you on the cake if you bring an image.

    I got a Azusa and Yui one once for the hell of it. Very nicely done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 11/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)


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    Comment by cpc65

    She can't hear you because she doesn't exist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 11/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    well well matey i think thee hangs around the wrong harbor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Doesn't stop us celebrating Christmas.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Says the Crazy-Fat-Guy, dressed as a yellow butterfly....."

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    Comment by Burly
    21:30 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone's got butthurt. boo, go back to your cave, troll. :)

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    Comment by Momo
    08:36 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what you think.

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    Comment by Lunatique
    03:23 11/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Happy Birthday Azunyan!

    Comment by Anonymous

    And yet shameful type b otaku dont like to be criticized and believe moe is the ultimate masterpiece!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can enjoy it , love it but have the sincerity and objectivity to accept moe and kyoani dont mean = "best ever" "masterpiece"

    Understand and accept why Haruhi or Mio or Madoka are really NOT the best heroines ever when the voters are ALL fans and not only hardcore moe/fanservice lovers:

    Fuji TV Releases "TOP 50 more loved male/famale heros in history"

    Top 50 Animated and Tokusatu Heroines
    50. Kaoru (City Hunter)
    49. NANA Osaki (NANA)
    48. Kiki (Kiki's Delivery Service)
    47. Kyōko Otonashi (Maison Ikkoku)
    46. Dokin-chan (Soreike! Anpanman)
    45. Francoise Arnoul (Cyborg 009)
    44. Akane Tendō (Ranma ½)
    43. Snow White
    42. Lum (Urusei Yatsura)
    41. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
    40. Saki Asamiya (Sukeban Deka)
    39. Maya Kitajima (Glass Mask)
    38. Megu Kanzaki (Majokko Megu-chan)
    37. Sara Crewe (A Little Princess Sara)
    36. Bijinder (Kikaider-01)
    35. Uran (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy)
    34. Megumi Noda (Nodame Cantabile)
    33. Doronjo (Yatterman)
    32. Clarisse de Cagliostro (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro)
    31. Akiko Hoshi (Kyojin no Hoshi)
    30. Benio Hanamura (Haikara-san ga Tōru/Smart-san)
    29. Hitomi Kisugi (Cat's Eye)
    28. Reika Ryūzaki (Ace o Nerae!)
    27. Yuria (Fist of the North Star)
    26. Momoranger (Himitsu Sentai Goranger)
    25. Yui Hirasawa (K-ON!)
    24. Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
    23. Bulma (Dragon Ball)
    22. Sohryu Asuka Langley (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
    21. Sayla Mass (Mobile Suit Gundam)
    20. Arale (Dr. Slump & Arale-chan)
    19. Hiromi Oka (Ace o Nerae!)
    18. Ran Mōri (Detective Conan)
    17. Nausicaä (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)
    16. Sapphire (Princess Knight)
    15. Yuki Mori (Space Battleship Yamato)
    14. Momoko Sakura (Chibi Maruko-chan)
    13. Kozue Ayuhara (Attack No. 1)
    12. Honey Kisaragi (Cutie Honey)
    11. Atsuko (Himitsu no Akko-chan)
    10. Oscar François de Jarjayes (Rose of Versailles)
    09. Anne Yuri (Ultra Seven)
    08. Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
    07. Sally Yumeno (Mahōtsukai Sally)
    06. Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon)
    05. Nami (One Piece)
    04. Heidi (Alps no Shōjo Heidi)
    03. Maetel (Galaxy Express 999)
    02. Fujiko Mine (Lupin III)
    01. Minami Asakura (Touch)

    Top 5 Up-and-Coming Heroes/Heroines:
    01. Miyuki Hoshizora (Smile Precure!)
    02. Toriko (Toriko)
    03. Nozomu Taiga / Ultraman Zero (Ultraman Saga)
    04. Asemu Asuno (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE)
    05. Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

    Top 50 Animated and Tokusatu Heroes
    50. Golgo 13
    49. Bem (Yōkai Ningen Bem)
    48. Spider-Man
    47. Joe Shimamura (Cyborg 009)
    46. Kaede Rukawa (Slam Dunk)
    45. Harlock (Space Pirate Captain Harlock)
    44. Akaranger (Himitsu Sentai Goranger)
    43. Kamen Rider Black
    42. Akakage (Kamen no Ninja Akakage)
    41. Shinnosuke Nohara (Crayon Shin-chan)
    40. Gan-chan (Yatterman)
    39. Koji Kabuto (Mazinger Z)
    38. Kamen Rider V3
    37. Goemon Ishikawa (Lupin III)
    36. Kira Yamato (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed)
    35. Retsu Ichijōji (Space Sheriff Gavan)
    34. Ken the Eagle (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)
    33. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
    32. Gekkō Kamen
    31. Ultraman Tarō
    30. Kamen Rider Kabuto
    29. Conan (Future Boy Conan)
    28. Kamen Rider Kuuga
    27. Kinnikuman
    26. Daisuke Jigen (Lupin III)
    25. Tetsurō Hoshino (Galaxy Express 999)
    24. Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)
    23. Tuxedo Kamen (Sailor Moon)
    22. Kamen Rider Den-O
    21. Akira Fudō (Devilman)
    20. Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
    19. Hanamichi Sakuragi (Slam Dunk)
    18. Anpanman (Soreike! Anpanman)
    17. Naoto Date (Tiger Mask)
    16. Ryō Saeba (City Hunter)
    15. Amuro Ray (Mobile Suit Gundam)
    14. Susumu Kodai (Space Battleship Yamato)
    13. Tatsuya Uesugi (Touch)
    12. Char Aznable (Mobile Suit Gundam)
    11. Kenshirō (Fist of the North Star)
    10. Joe Yabuki (Ashita no Joe)
    09. Hoshi Hyūma (Kyojin no Hoshi)
    08. Atom (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy)
    07. Ultraman
    06. Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan)
    05. Ultra Seven
    04. Kamen Rider 1 (Kamen Rider)
    03. Lupin III
    01. Son Goku (Dragon Ball, tie)
    01. Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece, tie)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow.. I didn't know Touch was this popular.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    According to your top-50, Haruhi (24) and Yui (25) have the status of classics. Also, K-ON! (2009-2010) is the "youngest" show to have a character included in the ranking.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "You can enjoy it , love it but have the sincerity and objectivity to accept moe and kyoani dont mean = "best ever" "masterpiece" "

    Objectivity has nothing to do with this. There is no objective standard by which to EVER decide that one anime is "better" than another. What is "best" is inherently a subjective decision on the part of the individual.

    So when a moe-lover says that they think moe is the "best ever" what they really are saying is that moe is best FOR THEM. When you (and so many others) say moe sucks, you mean moe is not the best FOR YOU.

    All these lists and polls are simply opinion polls, with no objectivity present or implied.

    So when I say that I find K-On to be the best anime that I have ever seen (and I've been around since the Dirty Pair days, son; no, the original ones), that is only my opinion, and you don't need to take it as an attack on your own opinion. It's perfectly okay if you don't like it. But you don't need to crap on those who do.

    So let the Azu-nyan devotees have their fun. (Although I believe that Mugi-chan is clearly the better choice.) (that's a *joke*, you know... remember what those are?)

    Comment by Anonymous

    04:09 11/11/2012

    ITS FUJIS TV TOP 50 not some fan or some rorums fans.

    Nothing wrong haviong moe charactres there, some of us may not like it but they made their mark in anime history for good or bad.

    Noe the issue here is that moe/fanservice lovers are NEVER onbective and will only rank their series targette at them as "best" "top" "masterpiece" "greatest"

    This is one of the biggest issues with moe lovers, how many lists have we seen here when they rank the top best series/heroines, etc, etc, and they are only moe and fanservice series/characters listed?

    When you have equal ground and take into account ALL fans and not just certain types, then you have balanced lists like FUJIS TV 50, theirs no WAY IN HELL Haruhi and K-ON, Madoka can as a series or characters can be top any objective ranks, that these series appear around the middle is fair enough sound extremely more real like labeling them automatically and blindly "best ever" in any ranks.

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    Comment by HouseLife

    At this point I just say that K-on did to slice of life anime what Haruhi did for anime as a whole back on 2006. KyoAni definitely has people that prove that there are still people who can truly take something to a level beyond expectation in their work.

    Having just finished Hyouka, I had to rewatch parts of the last episode because fucking museum quality background art distracted the hell out of me.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    15:25 11/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I miss Azu-nyan so much. Happy Birthday, Azu-nyan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not big on K-ON but, meh, each to their own. Happy birthday Azunyan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are they celebrating the same birthday every year or do they imagine shes aging?

    How old is she now?

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    Comment by kamehappo
    07:59 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    3 years. She was born in the end episodes of first TV series in June 2009.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They wil despair when she hits the 30 number. Unless you are into that thing off course.

    Btw I think they are celebrating the day that she is born not that she is aging every year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Happy Birthday Azunyan!!! :3
    We love you!

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    Comment by Cheese-kun
    23:17 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everything was good until No. 43.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's what is the truth, though. Pathetic that people obsess over fictional characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:44 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So... the animated girl is supposidly 18 now right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    When you wish someone "a happy birthday," you do it to make them feel special. Loved. Cared for. Whichever. You do it and they normally respond in kind because they *usually* have some sort of friendship going with you and value your being in some way.

    Cartoons do *NONE* of this. They sit there. Unassuming. Unfeeling. Incapable in independent or SENTIENT thought.

    So why, WHY do people continue to wish these "things" a "happy birthday" when the feeling will never be reciprocated?

    Heyyyy you baked a cake for that character on your lcd screen. TOO BAD SHE CAN'T FRIGGIN' EAT IT DUE TO NOT BEING ALIVE.


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    my birthday is also on november 11.

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    10:11 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coincidentally 11/11 is Remembrance Day observed in commonwealth nations to commemorate the veterans who served on the frontlines and it began at the conclusion of ww1.

    Now I'm no scientist but I think ww1 ended cause everyone agreed to <3 Azusa rather then to fight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who gives a shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    angry person right here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know which is funnier, the people that can't tolerate others having different interests than them, or the hardcore fans taking up pitchforks to anyone that disagrees.
    This is why we can't have nice things.

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    21:29 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


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    10:52 17/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's almost like worshipping no'?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 17/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    p.s happy birthday.. i guess

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    17:50 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everytime I open an article that has 'otaku' in its title, it's like being hit with the virtual stenchwall of Eu de ForeverAlone.

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    22:47 19/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you know the happy birthday is copywritted. This is why Hollywood movies can no longer have the happy birthday song in it.

    Interesting less azunyan merchandise out on display during her birthday than last year. Is the Azunyan fever finally calming down?

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    15:06 30/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always wondered what would have happend if Ayana Taketatsu hadn't gotten teh role of Azusa, if she would have continued doing more roles like Ako from Kiss x Sis or maybe even get an H-game debut. Ooh now that I think about it...I really want to hear her voice in an eroge...heh heh heh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 27/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Azusa sucks! Worst K-ON! character ever!

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    13:04 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Belated Happy Birthday Azunyan ^_^

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    10:29 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Picture 43. Just. Great.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 12/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Happy Birthday Azunyan

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 13/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol picture 43 LMAO

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True roniness knows no bounds!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't some guy in South Korea marry his pillow?

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    05:55 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good for otakus, ww1's armistice is a better reason to remember this partciular date though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    particular*, dat typo.

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    05:16 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    May Yui and the rest of your band-mates shower you with affection...

    Happy Birthday, Alessa--er, I mean Azusa!!!

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