Korean Nazi Cosplayers in Marketing Putsch


A unit of Nazi cosplayers has incited international consternation by goose-stepping about the centre of Seoul in a marketing action in support of WWII MMOFPS Karma II.


The muscled young men, pictured, braved the chill of wintery Seoul to ensure the game’s release got proper attention, and seem to have succeeded, drawing both Korean interest, and the international disapproval which soon accrues to the “Asians disrespectfully wearing Nazi uniforms” genre of mock news.


The impact of their Nazi salutes are seemingly only marred by their failure to choose S.S. over Wehrmacht uniforms; though unlike the better class of Korean publicity stunt, tearing apart live animals or cutting themselves open does not feature.


Similar previous marketing schemes in Korea, invoking the name of the late Fuhrer himself, also managed to attract much censure, so it is interesting that they would apparently not mind repeating this.

Of course, some would say the hysterical reaction such antics inevitably provoke is completely out of reasonable proportion, considering what many western war otaku get up to in their weekend antics…

Via Netharuka.

Harmless publicity, or thoughtless disrespect for a sacrosanct conflict?

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    Comment by Firo
    23:35 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All hail HORO!!1! 0/ 0/ 0/

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    Comment by Eloy
    01:23 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What they should have done was have a group of Wehrmacht cosplayers going against against a group of Soviet cosplayers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. Wehrmacht, not SS, against the Soviet Red Army. Keep one thing in mind. Not all Germans were Nazis and not all Nazis were German. All said and done, the Germans were invaders in the real conflict and the Russians, despite their atrocious and inhumane leader, were defending their country. It was a dreadfull conflict inflicted not only on the citizens of the countries that were invaded, but also on those German citizens that either weren't Nazis and/or were against the war and the totalitarian regime.
    I repeat again;
    A totalitarian regime where the wrong word said or you didn't follow orders would result in a visit by the Gestapo and tortured, then either shot there and then or shipped off to die in the death camps.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Koreans = wonderful irl trolls.

    Comment by Saouri
    19:12 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who let the dogs out? Arf arf!!!
    Ok, those mens have a nice body, but... few days ago Korea complains about an anime.
    Mmmm... they are looking for international incidents about this?

    I know is just a campaing for the game but is weird for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're still sour because Japan practically made Korea their bitch (1910-1945). The stripping of national identity and culture during the occupation, not to mention most of the "Japanese" grunts during WWII are actually Zainichi Koreans. Most Eastern Asians harbor some sort of a grudge against Japan for stuff like that,... on the other hand,... Nazi? What's that?

    Anyways, the game itself is not a WWII game,... but an alternate reality one where Nazi Germany have conquered western Europe in 1950 and about to square off with the Soviets. Screenshots on the locales looks nices ( http://upload.karma2.co.kr/file/data/screenshot/090121/5403090121143816.jpg ),... buff Asian Wermacht not included of course.

    This one is pretty disturbing tho, http://upload.karma2.co.kr/file/data/bnotice/090120/1740090120111033.jpg


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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    21:11 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My comment on this would be:

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    Comment by ipood
    21:29 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha oh wow, why the SS uniforms. Also can't people just give it a rest already? The hypocritical response on these things just annoys me to no end, actual neo-nazi groups aren't given much attention at all while a publicity stunt like this would be used as a scape-goat for political popularity.

    Comment by kenjiharima
    21:23 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    such manly bodies...MY EYES!!! X_X

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The real nazis are rolling over in the graves right now.

    Comment by Stormy001
    10:26 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ironically, if Nazi Germany conquered Korea, they would pack them into gas chambers because of the Aryan requirement.

    How ironic.

    Comment by ninjathatrocks
    13:13 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope these people are raped and vomited on,but they'd probably like it. Nazis we always sucks just as much as this crappy game comig out

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 12/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    idiots. But then again there are idiots that do this kinda shit everywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 04/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wehrmacht uniforms wouldn't seem half as distasteful as US uniforms in Korea.

    Remember where they are.

    Remember what happened the last time US Army uniforms of around the same period were seen in Korea.

    Comment by WondrousWizard
    05:52 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    their is still some people who support the nazi ideology... I don't know how many they are, but it's sad. It's like the KKK who's against black people. Wonder what they will do now that america has a black as president. I firmly support Obama for now. Let's hope that power will not corrupt him like it did with past president.

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    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    10:14 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I only have one phrase for this.

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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    Comment by Shuu
    09:48 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Korea, the Führer does not approve of your attitude towards his ally, Japan.

    Comment by hofodomo
    10:26 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i was gonna say "lol japan".

    but then i actually read the post.

    Comment by MMM
    13:19 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this made me so wish someone just air Hetalia and end the ep with a big font "fuck u korea"!!

    Comment by himitsuu
    19:09 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd.

    But true.. :/ They have a really warped understanding of what an insult is..

    I do hope Hetalia airs eventually.. ;__;

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    Comment by EvilDevil
    13:07 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *slams head on desk*

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no korean-jews that complaining?

    Comment by WondrousWizard
    13:47 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Korean-Jews, is that really exist? Man, doom day seem to be here sooner than expected!!! With recent news about Korea, they are making me a racist about korean... I put Korea as the last place i want to visit in my near futur.

    It's true that Hitler and Nazis are still a delicate subject... with all happen during second world war, it will take more 100 years before we can forget, but the nazi symbol will never be accepted because it's a symbol of racist and hatred.

    Comment by Prthivi
    00:11 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WondrousWizard, what is nazi symbol you mean? Is it swastika? If that so, I tell you that swastika is used not only by nazi. And it is used for thousand years. Generally it means good, fortunate, lucky, sun and another positive things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's called a manji

    Comment by WondrousWizard
    03:05 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if that's true... still this symbol (swastika) became that and express those feelings and thinking for the majority of the world. It's like what U.S.A. represent for the whole world right now... because of Bush and his government and some others president from past, U.S.A. is know as a selfish and pro-war country. But the people of U.S.A. are not like that, I mean, not everyone or even the majority.

    Just put the nazi swastika on your shirt for everyone to look and go around... great chance you will get some trouble or simply people will look at you weirdly.

    That's how the world is my friend... sad but true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fun history facts.
    The 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army used a yellow swastika on a red background as a unit symbol until the 1930s. The Lafayette Escadrille squadron flew World War I fighters against Germany from 1916 to 1918, first as volunteers under French command and later as a US unit. The official squadron insignia was a Native American with a swastika adorned headdress. Some of the squadron planes also bore a large swastika in addition to the squadron insignia.

    Ironic no?

    Comment by DeGrade
    14:24 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Christian population is large enough to provoke enough anger, certainly.

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    Comment by t//B
    14:08 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aw, don't be such a sourpuss. Despite all the demonstrations and psuedo-nazis and anti-american-beefism, the country itself isn't all that bad. The country-side is green, the mountains are lush (mostly due to the Japanese invasion (They wanted green mountains to remind themselves of their homeland. Korea originally had rocky mountains like China.), and the fields abundant.

    The cities are jam-packed with western logos (like Outback Steakhouse (MUCH better than in the US), and snack cart/stalls are always abundant where sweet old ladies and friendly, hard-boiled old men greet you with smiles and familiarity even if you are a foreigner (not to mention excellent food).

    Thanks to Japanese influence, if you wanted it, you could even get Takoyaki or Taiyaki from the aforementioned food stalls. The takoyaki at the ski resorts are to die for, btw. Crispy on the outside, chewy and filled with mouth-watering batter on the inside.

    Comment by WondrousWizard
    02:59 23/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Anyway, I have already 10 country I want to visit in the next 10 year... I never felt the need to go there. But I don't like to look down to Korea because it's not often the people who's being jackass, it's the governement and the higher-up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:55 24/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    dont forget the extreme rightists who are practically zealots about korea and their crazy protests

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Crispy on the outside, chewy and filled with mouth-watering batter on the inside" reminds me of my Korean girlfriend.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    12:40 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's da Fuhrer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And the Koreans complained about an Anime that didn't insult them, but then do this??

    Comment by イチロ イノ (Ichiro Ino)
    21:39 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they also invented kimchi... i dunno...

    Comment by 뭐?
    13:20 16/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    왠만하면 한글로좀 써봐
    그래야 좀 알아먹지

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    07:08 16/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 10/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahaha hello I'm Korean
    It's not Nazi....
    It's just informing the game...shooting game

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    Comment by Artefact

    Koreans invented logic, so they have a special command of it.

    Comment by misae
    14:39 24/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then no logic means no KR?
    I think people are playing with Soviet Union logic a bit too much... :)

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    Comment by Zelgadis4tw
    18:43 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They also invented Sinanju, the ultimate FINGER MARTIAL ART...ahem, but yes, woo boy, logic is amazing isn't it?

    Comment by SaruDa
    13:43 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I ask your hand in marriage.

    Comment by Yoichi
    13:48 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget, they also invented Yukkuri :p

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    Comment by metatron
    15:34 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by DeGrade
    14:22 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Logic is fantastic. It allows for the groping of hundreds of schoolgirls.

    Comment by muteKi
    12:49 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It boggles the mind...

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    Comment by t//B
    12:56 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's only a minority of the people who complained about Hetalia... A very, very small minority.

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    Comment by exia
    13:04 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    enough to take it off air.

    Comment by sankyuu
    19:29 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why, that's not many people at all!

    Comment by misae
    14:41 24/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because everyone knows that netizens of KR are influenced by a few group of trolls, which is also bound to rushling everything.
    People need to get jokes these days...

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    Comment by Artefact
    13:07 22/01/2009 # ! Questionable

    And including national politicians...

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    Comment by metatron
    15:35 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the mass media

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