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 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.

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    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

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    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.

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

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

    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
    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

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    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.

    Avatar of Zero
    Comment by Zero
    19:38 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm sorry if this is gonna make me sound insensitive, evil, cold, or something but I really wanna know

    Is Ishihara dead? if not, then at least severely injured? I hope the answer is yes

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    This did completely overshadow his campaign announcement, so it did some good there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Even nature doesn't want Ishihara to be re-elected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oddly enough if that were true there would not have been an earthquake now would there
    Since they were promoting what you just said

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    02:33 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes it did some good I agree, since they need to concentrate on picking up the pieces and damage control before - further ridculing them selves in the public eye.

    Avatar of Cuckoo bird
    Comment by Cuckoo bird
    19:51 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would anime broadcasts be delayed by this?

    Avatar of moqadmodar
    Comment by moqadmodar
    21:53 11/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    hopefully UNICEF is levelled to the ground

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    is agnes chan dead?
    hope she is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Hey! I'm a korean otaku!
    Just because some Koreans are bad and corrupt haters doesn't mean every single Korean is.
    Fuck You.

    Avatar of jr2nd
    Comment by jr2nd
    21:46 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i bet Ishihara and Matsuzawa if still alive will use this for personal gain.

    We got an earthquake because our youth are corrupted by hentai and video games.

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    Comment by Yourtime
    21:10 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh god no x_x

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    21:38 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not delayed but possibly marred by other news.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    21:26 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Matsuzawa? Is he dead?

    Avatar of Lamberto
    Comment by Lamberto
    21:25 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LDC you're a fucking cunt.

    Avatar of Aqualung25
    Comment by Aqualung25
    20:05 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well....

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    expect few weeks delay for now

    Avatar of LDC
    Comment by LDC
    21:16 11/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    It's all the Koreans fault! those fithly pests!

    Avatar of Malakim
    Comment by Malakim
    22:48 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm sad to say this Zero but Ishihara and Agnes each trampled Japanese otakus and little children respectively to scramble to safety.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    20:55 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ishihara and Matsuzawa should have taken the place of those 32 victims..

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is all part of Ishiharas plan. He wants to sink the youth to prevent it from being corrupted.

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    Comment by Cuckoo bird
    19:42 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara and along with the other pro Manga Ban candidates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 11/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

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

    really bad taste.















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