Kannagi Cessation “No Connection at All” with Otaku Excess

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In news which may come as a relief to Kannagi fans, though which still leaves open the unhappy issues of what ails Kannagi mangaka Eri Takenashi and whether the official explanation is accurate, the editorial staff of ComicREX have explicitly denied that the hysterical otaku reaction to the issue of Nagi’s virginity had anything to do with the manga indefinitely ceasing publication.

Their denial is strongly worded, but fails to provide any details:

“The author’s health is in a bad way, and she can no longer write. If she recovers, we may hear an explanation from her.”

“There is no connection whatsoever with the recent disturbances.”

They are also unable to confirm receiving any threatening protests from otaku.

Via J-Cast.

It must of course be said that the chances of them acknowledging otaku related trouble if it were the cause seem rather low (in fact completely implausible), however an explicit denial certainly carries some weight and simple illness seems perhaps the most plausible explanation.

Still, yet again failing to issue any substantive reason is not the most effective PR move which could be made. An explanation from Takenashi herself may be forthcoming, although again few would expect her either to admit to an otaku connection if it were the case.

Once again it seems wishing Takenashi a speedy recovery is the only course left open to fans…


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    Comment by Kev
    12:55 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably less with Takenashi being sick (if she's even sick at all) and more to do with the publisher putting Kannagi in the freezer until this whole thing blows over...

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    Comment by metatron
    22:55 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    let's all just wait for Takenashi's word when she gets better...i think she's just too stressed

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    Comment by Reboot
    18:26 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    STOP WHINING AND KEEP ON WRITING, BITCH!!!

    [Just kidding...]

    Comment by Lain
    07:32 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    If she's that ill, why can't they have the editors keep up the story? I'm quite sure the basics for the development of the story are already set.

    Comment by Verbatim EX
    15:06 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope she doesn't end up like the author of イタズラなKISS...6 feet below the ground

    Comment by kenjiharima
    04:06 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just a cover up there must be some otaku theme behind this. Also as the old news of a artist that died, hope it doesn't come to that.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    But still.. I hope she will get well soon.. No matter what the cause of her illness (from otaku or her own health)...

    I'm really looking forward to the continuation of the manga..

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    Comment by relentlessflame
    03:22 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^^; And here again, you editorialize and speculate that "well, it *still could be* the otaku, but they'd never tell us if that were the case!" You question whether the official explanation is accurate, you claim they don't give a "substantive reason" (they've told us twice now that her health is bad, and now further added that she can't write). You even made sure to put "No Connection At All" in quotes in the title, because, hey, we wouldn't want to state it as fact -- there's still a chance that it might not be the full and complete truth! :O

    Why do we need the tabloid-like speculation? Why would you assume they might not be telling the truth? Why must this all be some sort of giant conspiracy to cover up the potential excesses of a few crazed otaku?

    At least this time you admit that "simple illness *seems perhaps* the most plausible explanation" (emphasis mine). Maybe that's progress... ^^;

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do we need a virgintaku like you?

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    Comment by Artefact
    03:49 10/12/2008 # ! Incandescent

    If you want news which doesn't question the official explanation of events, go elsewhere.

    We've seen before that editors lie and dissimulate, and worse, just as much as anyone else. They'll say whatever's convenient, and it's undeniable that they wouldn't admit to otaku trouble being at fault, even if it were the cause.

    They're in this to make money (and good for them), after all. There's no conspiracy at work, just human nature.

    The quotes are there because it is a quote, there's no other reason. It isn't what I said, it isn't a fact, it's what they said.

    A simple explanation as to the cause of her illness will set all this to rest... hopefully it will be forthcoming soon.

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    Comment by relentlessflame
    15:17 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's no doubt that "questioning the establishment" can be a noble endeavour. Certainly, like any organization with a vested interested in preserving a good public image, there will always be PR and spin. But, surely, if you can (and should) be skeptical of the "official spin", you should expect others to be just as skeptical of the spin you apply to the story yourself. It's certainly no less suspect.

    My contention has always been that you're sensationalizing the issue by applying your own spin (or, perhaps one could argue, the spin of 2ch). It makes for a good headline, and brings in the hits, but what's the real story here? You're right when you say that nobody can know for sure. In the meantime: reporting the facts, fanning the flames, or a bit of both? I guess I'm just trying to figure out what you're going for. Everyone is biased and everything is spin -- you just need to understand the perspective of the person talking.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Make no mistake, I'm not questioning the establishment here - whichever way you look at it, the chances of them telling the truth if it is problematic is nil, and their statement is thus something of a non-statement. And I never complain about scepticism, indeed it is a quality I esteem.

    The purpose of Sankaku Complex is to entertain and inform, in equal measure (though most of the information is of course relating to entertainment, and accuracy takes total precedence over entertaining).

    What we present to the audience is what appeals to them (maybe it appears eclectic to the untutored eye).

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    Comment by relentlessflame
    17:33 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I suppose this sort of begs the question: if it were really true that the actions of obsessed otaku caused a problem for the author, why are we so certain they would want to keep that quiet? Even the otaku media doesn't seem to hold the extreme otaku culture in very high esteem (even while pandering and catering to it). The larger Japanese media certainly spares no opportunity to paint otaku in a negative light. I don't know that it would necessarily be a negative PR move to place the blame on the extreme actions of a few crazed fans if that were in fact related to the problem. It all depends on the way it was stated. But still, my belief is that 2ch was being its typical self here, and making a large commotion out of nothing. (As you know I'm sure, it certainly wouldn't be unlike them to buy the whole series of books only to photograph them being burned so they could post it on 2ch and act all enraged, and all that simply to mock the few people who were actually being serious. That's what they *do*. ^^; (See also Nico Nico Douga's comment system -- you can't take it at face value at all.))

    And make no mistake either -- I wouldn't be here myself if I didn't understand and appreciate (at least most of) the "eclectic" mix of content (been following the blog for a long time). But, that being said, I'm all for taking a reasoned approach to an issue before jumping to conclusions, and I do at times find that you like to pepper your fact-based pieces with hastily-drawn conclusions and speculation. I think reality is often a bit more "mellow" than you sometimes make it sound, and that sometimes the simplest answer *is* the correct one. Sometimes. :p

    Comment by math4origami
    18:19 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think that Artefact is doing anything wrong in stating the facts as he found and then looking at previous news events and trying to connect them. He never says "this is for sure what happens". You said yourself that anything online should be taken with a grain of salt. So, any intelligent reader would take a grain of salt to these reports and form their own conclusion.

    And, as for the "quotes" business, that's perfectly fine. What if those were two quotes pulled from different sections of a statement?

    "quote a" ... "quote b"

    What he did implies two quotes of equal value, just maybe spaced apart in the original source.
    He did NOT do:

    "quote a ... "quote b" "

    That implies quote b is less than a, which he didn't do.

    And, it doesn't make any sense to force your view of important onto anyone else, including 2ch. I may consider economy important, or I may consider democracy and freedom important. Just because I hear someone talk about something I don't care as much about doesn't mean I should say, "You, stop talking about that, it doesn't matter." If it's not important to you, just ignore it.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    22:31 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's more him not wanting to read anyone's else opinion. For me an opinion is just that, an opinion. You don't have to accept it. But you don't have to tell people to stop stating it either

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    Comment by relentlessflame
    14:55 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not that I want to drudge this up again, but I just need to say: it's totally, 100%, absolutely fine for Artefact to blog about whatever he wants, of course! I'm not telling him to stop stating anything at all. But I sometimes find it hard to discern, due to his writing style, where the "news" ends and the "opinion" begins. That's all. More power to Artefact and all bloggers for posting their opinions, whether I or anyone else agrees with them. But, of course, the whole reason we have a comment section is to post our own opinions about the stories too. That's part of the conversation.

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    Comment by Kageryu
    03:58 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really, I mean, who would honestly expect a company to come out and say their fans are to blame? Happy fans are generous fans, unhappy fans are cheap fans.

    Be it the truth or not, admitting it would be a PR disaster.

    Comment by TheFluff
    03:25 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    is this the place where I say "that's what I said all along"?

    Comment by wit
    03:41 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope totally not, there's still a 1 in 9999999999999999999999999... chance the otaku are responsible for this!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Firstly: I can't remember having read anywhere on this site that the otaku outrage (or what appeared to be outrage but was caused by only a few, doesn't really matter) was the most likely explanation.

    Secondly: If you were the editor, would YOU admit it when there is a chance that fan outrage, no matter how big it actually was, caused one of your authors to stop writing? Especially if you have the option to just claim that the author isn't well, which probably is not even a lie? Would you?

    Comment by Darkoneko
    04:20 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mangaka became ill ? probably due to stress and pressure. Plus women tend o be more sensitive to these things

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    Comment by Dee
    04:21 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    She is torn between the Nagi she knows & what fans want. It's a disaster. She needs a break.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You gullible fools, this is OBVIOUSLY the Otaku Illuminati manipulating them into stating the matters are unrelated, led by the PM, who also happens to be an alien from the third moon of Jupiter, who plans to take over the world through subliminal mind control.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no way no way. It's otaku we're talking about here. They'd never use subliminal mind control. Giant mecha all the way. With hentai-figurine-firing autocannons, fueled by the furious fapping of a couple thousand sexually-frustrated NEETS.

    and Aso is definitely from an alternate dimension where the Otaku have already won, not Jupiter's moons. He came here to lead the Otaku in glorious revolution once more. Follow his teachings carefully, for once he's lead his chosen to victory, he will travel to the next dimension on his noble journey

    Comment by coral422
    08:01 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    What does PR mean?

    Comment by Johnson
    14:51 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    wut - well hey, if he doesn't know, he doesn't know. I had to think about it for a second too.

    PR = Public Relations

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 23/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nononono,it's pornographic readings. Obviously.

    Comment by wut
    08:29 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    How on earth have you made it this deep into the internet and still be incapable of using one of the fucktonillon of resources to look up a word?

    Kids these days.

    Comment by notaname
    07:47 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    “The author’s health is in a bad way, and she can no longer write."
    That's... actually rather worrying. You've got to be pretty ill in order to be completely unable to write. "If she recovers" with a conditional 'if' certainly isn't reassuring.

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    Comment by Artefact

    In case anyone was wondering, the original has it:

    (作者が)純粋に体調を崩されて、執筆が不可能な状態であるということ。回復すれば、ご本人からの説明もあるだろう

    "In a state where she is incapable of writing" and "If she recovers..."

    That does indeed sound alarming. Perhaps the editors are just being very literal.

    I hope the "if" refers to "if, in the near term, she recovers...", rather than a blanket "if"...

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    Comment by GhostBanquo
    07:50 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's got the cancer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh please, you can at least write with cancer, clearly she is quadriplegic.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    VERY funny dude.... VERY funny.....




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