2ch founder and male idol Hiroyuki is no fan of anime otaku it seems, and wasted no time in insulting them in recent comments made on NicoNico Douga (of which he is the boss), calling them “gross”, “annoying” and “unable to communicate properly”.
His comments were made in response to continuing demands that he allow anime threads on the “New Housoku” board, which he dismissed out of hand in a forthright manner:
“There’s always people telling me ‘Allow anime threads on New Housoku, damn it!’, but I won’t!”
“Even if they tell me ‘Louise-tan is kawaii (´Д｀；)ハアハア’, it’s still not on.”
“Amongst anime fans, it’s best to contain the ones with very low communication ability. You’re damn annoying and completely gross. If we let them loose, do you think they (non-anime fans) will think people who like anime are normal?”
The long standing practical reason for the ban is apparently that the kind of anime related “news” discussion generated is out of character for the board.
Of course, this incited a furore on 2ch:
“He’s right. Listen up anime otaku!”
“He’s probably not even an admin anymore.”
“Does he even still have any rights at all over 2ch?”
“It’s pitiful that he can’t understand how cute Louise is.”
Many of course referred to the uncertain situation surrounding the control and ownership of 2ch now that it has been transferred to the mysterious “Packet Monster Inc”.
Perhaps he is acting responsibly in shielding genuine anime fans from a potential public misperception that they are all like the crazed and obsessive otaku found on 2ch anime boards?