Otaku Suffer Heavy Losses as 8.9 Quake Devastates Tokyo

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Otaku throughout Tokyo and northern Japan are reporting heavy casualties as the region was wracked by a massive magnitude 8.9 earthquake, one of the most powerful in recent memory.

Many suffered toppled figures and found manga volumes flung from their shelves, with heavy casualties reported amongst figures flung from loftier displays. The cleanup is expected to take many hours.

Fortunately, Internet and electricity services were all but unaffected, allowing visual reports of the casualties incurred to be circulated quickly – some of the scenes recorded may be disturbing:

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The main earthquake was intensely felt in the otaku heartlands of the Kanto plain, and several large earthquakes and near continuous aftershocks continued for many hours after the initial quake; coastal areas in Japan and beyond also suffered considerable inundation as a result of tsunami.

However, although large even by Japanese standards, disruption is expected to be transient and significant damage appears only to have been suffered in a few particularly hard hit localities – not least Sendai, severely flooded by tsunami, and by such ill-fated structures as Chiba’s oil refinery and the Tokyo Tower:

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    Avatar of Zippydsmlee
    Comment by Zippydsmlee
    22:42 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ah christ ><

    I hope this forces them off the media ban insanity!
    Otherwise good luck japan hope you deal with this disaster better than the US !

    Avatar of PewPewPew!
    Comment by PewPewPew!
    01:04 12/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Japan's ranks high among the countries who have efficient disaster-management capabilities. Hope they get back on their feet quick.

    Avatar of erochichi
    Comment by erochichi
    01:29 12/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    They will, but what is lost, lives etc, has been lost forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    screw you, racist bastard. It would be better if the quake killed all senile, crazy bigots like Ishihara

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 12/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    WTH!? This sux!
    It would have been way better if
    everyone in Japan was killed in the quake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Tokyo re-election must've caused Japan to shudder with rage and hopelessness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't feed the trolls

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And we dont need ppl who bash on other countries when a disaster strikes...so just go die anon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They must have learned from the Kobe earthquake, which although it had a lower scale still did quite a bit of damage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I SMELLS ANOTHER RELIGIOUS BIGOTS

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    03:41 and 03:46
    Go die pussies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm deeply ashamed to call myself American at a time like this. What we did to Japan using HAARP was uncalled for; my heart goes out to the Japanese people.

    - Sean Henry, NY.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow. Anons fighting Anons. How heroic. 9_9

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's QB doing there?

    Comment by Anonymous

    FUCK YOU Anon03:20 12/03/2011#!
    Go kill yourself. We don't need trash like you in this world.

    Comment by Anonymous

    says the guy with the nazi asian avatar.........

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:14 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    its tokyo magnitude 8.0 all over again.....aaaaahhh nooooooo

    Avatar of Aniota
    Comment by Aniota
    22:57 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Live Action

    Also
    Suigintou's expression says it all (pic 11)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:04 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Many Many times today I was suprised Tokyo Tower Lives in a gibbled form but lives nonetheless

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I hope the Japanese remain safe.

    Avatar of Ciscotaku
    Comment by Ciscotaku
    23:45 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    my thoughts and prayers goes out to every victims and families in japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 12/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    damn....my family live there..hope theyre safe

    Avatar of FlyingCake
    Comment by FlyingCake
    00:59 12/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Answer prayers by donating to the relief and rebuild effort. Stay strong Japan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 12/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i'm praying for them...
    this is really serious =\

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 12/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    i hope ishihara and all the other candidates are a goner...

    and everyone else = safe

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 12/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i hope they're alright

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    Comment by Heigen
    01:12 12/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I hope all mangaka are safe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 13/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would calling Gundam really help? The thing got snapped in half too, although the pics are missing from this post.

    Comment by GodMan
    07:17 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe with foreign countries contributing to aid Japan's plight will show those racist xenophobes that everyone is the same and willing to help one another in their time of need. Even that bastard

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope they called gundam...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My prayers to Japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 12/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    My prayers go out to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 12/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Isn't providing prayers basically worthless though?

    I mean, if you do believe that prayers would work, you technically believe that a higher power is at hand. But if a higher power is at hand, then said natural disaster was also caused by said higher power.

    Doesn't that make the prayers thus useless as you're praying for the same higher power that caused such devastation to fix things as well, which you know is going to be impossible and will be left in the hands of the human race to rebuild itself?

    Not saying the intention wasn't nice. Just that the act is entirely meaningless in the whole grand scheme of things and only really serves to make yourself feel better about the situation.

    You really want to help? Try to donate. Even a measly dollar is better then nothing, as it's still something. And if tens of thousands of people who offer their prayers instead reach out and offer a dollar. That's ten thousand dollars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Go take a general philosophy class in order to see how your higher power point of view. Rather not make sankaku into a place of religious warfare.

    But yes donating physically helps.

    Avatar of crescentindigomoon
    Comment by crescentindigomoon
    09:41 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    just wanted to say your comment totally uplifts the situation better than any prayers, I have a lot to think about and give now

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah that darn sankaku~ what a minx and that desire of Chernobyl fun fun in the last Picture! Earthquakes are only fun if your smoked up Smashing High~ but I did have a out of body experience on my rolling chair when one was felt at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. The Whole room MOVED while I was looking up at that moment.. trippy indeed and it's ~almost~ pant wetting when a mini quake made the fifth floor at AsoBit City in Akiba wobble while I was looking thru some PS2 games! Tsunamis, Typhoons and Earthquakes~ oh my - I've felt & saw them all in the beginnings of 2000!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why I'm going to donate money as soon as I get paid!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 13/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's an idiotic strawman argument. If there is a higher power that higher power if all-mighty still does not necessarily will everything.

    Go and study some religion and philosophy before wrapping your feel-good messages in with anti-spirituality... if there is a higher power it may help and even if it doesn't asking people not to pray is like asking them not to hold funerals.

    Comment by GodMan
    08:04 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And besides higher power has nothing to do with this. Say hi to plate tectonics and laws of water displacement. Prayer, true or not, gives hope to the misfortune. Without it people will begin to blame one another and break into chaos thats why religion exists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    aren't you putting to much thought into this higher power stuff?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I humbly agree.....1000's lost their lives today, can't we show a little respect?
    And yes, it is sad that we won't have any new anime episodes or manga for an unknown time frame.

    Have some patience.....Japan is a strong, wealthy country; and Obama wants to send financial aid their way, which is all good, but I pray that the help will actually reach them before it's too late, as most of the country has no electricity, food or shelter from the elements :(

    So please, show some kindness towards Japan and those families who have lost some loved ones, and pray for their fast recovery (even though it might take up to a year before they completely recover)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not until we get you there first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    06:52 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I hope you already cremated before your wishes come true.

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    02:11 12/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    I hope the Ishihara remain safe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    really him, i kinda hope he's not censored too... damn kind soul of mine

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun

    Censored by God.

    Avatar of Alex Rivers
    Comment by Alex Rivers
    19:35 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That's why you don't take the figures out of the box.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:27 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ... What do you think Otaku are? Creepy North American comic collectors? The purpose of figures in Otaku culture is fapping, not collecting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    happy day for those guro figure lovers then

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 22/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am glad I live in a place where there is no earthquake or any other natural disasters....yet.

    Keep in a box!?
    Its for the very purpose of displaying(especially for figma) with many poses I can come out each week.

    Fapping!?
    Please don't stereotype all the otakus.

    Avatar of Beckii Cruel
    Comment by Beckii Cruel
    19:36 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    To be honest, I was not as distressed about the earthquake until this article. Now, I can begin to empathize.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 11/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    And Sankaku lowers itself even more! this is definitely tasteless and insensitive.
    what next go to the injure and asked them if they hurt?

    really bad taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree completely. Some perspective is needed here, to hell with the figures, manga, and stupid nik naks, get to worrying about your fellow human being!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like your penis

    Avatar of kim tiu
    Comment by kim tiu
    23:50 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And as for K-ON seiyuu, Mio-chan reported that she's fine.

    Nothing known about the others, though.















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