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Akihabara has been swarmed by a mob of otaku and fujoshi desperate to attend a quake relief fund-raiser headlined by none other than Aya Hirano, in an event so chaotic it was almost cancelled…

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The major participants in the event, dubbed “Stand Up! Japan!”, took in a variety of seiyuu and anime musicians:

Aya Hirano
Yui Sakakibara
Chihiro Yonekura
Minami Momochi [the doller]
Tsuyoshi Koyama
Jun Fukuyama
Daisuke Namikawa
Hideo Ishikawa
Makoto Ishii

The actual event was organised (if this is an appropriate term for an event characterised by total chaos) by the participants themselves, taking place outside Yodobashi Camera’s flagship Akihabara store.

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Hundreds of excited seiyuu fans soon descended upon the event, creating huge queues and massive confusion as they sought to catch a glimpse of the stars – although the organisers repeatedly had to remind them that a glimpse was all they could expect, as photography, handshaking, conversation and indeed any activity other than handing over cash was banned.

Online the reaction to this “charity onanism” was sceptical, with many critical of the evident lack of organisation even as they applauded the sentiment behind it.

Cold weather and huge queues also seem to have discouraged some who were actually in a position to attend, to say nothing of the lack of photographic access, although the event easily exceeded its expected attendance, to some extent becoming a victim of its own success.

Hirano tried to control the masses using Twitter:

Please calm down and queue in an orderly fashion.
The event is not supposed to be about taking photographs! It’s a fund-raiser!
If there is any more confusion there might be injuries and the whole thing will end up being cancelled.

Fortunately, it seems she was successful and the event managed to conclude as planned.

How much money was raised is not yet clear, although if the crowds were anywhere near as enthusiastic about donating as they were about thronging around the seiyuu it should have been well worth the trouble.

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    Avatar of robobob
    Comment by robobob
    04:05 04/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So, what do you do to keep a crowd from getting out of control? You Twitter them to stay calm, of course.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm surprised the crowd was even checking twitter... or did they calm down from people there telling them and aya hirano did nothing to help.

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    09:54 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Surprised you? This is Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In africa, it may end up in bloody bloodbath, like when UN distribute relief effort in Somalia.

    Tweets have much desirable effect than voice it seems

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is this, 1990's?

    Smart-phones are no longer a rarity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 06/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You obviously haven't watched Durarara.

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    Comment by fxc2
    03:40 04/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    With all these news about her you should just create a seperate blog for Aya where you can bash everything about her in your typical cynical manner. It'd be a huge success.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    +1

    Then we finally could forget about her and those attention seeking antics.

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    Comment by Gitami
    06:44 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those antics of hers are as funny as they are self-destructive.

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    Comment by motaku96
    11:41 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wanna go.

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    Comment by kamyu
    12:31 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    did they say how they are planning to distribute the donations?

    lets hope it stays out of the unicef mansion fund.

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

    The charity of Aya Hirano is bullshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow where was the bashing anyway, she used twitter to calm down the crowd. You guys keep saying people are brainwashed but ironically your saying it but there is no bashing anywhere. I personally don't have a vendetta against her just her antics that annoy me. If she stopped trolling or at least cut back, then not as much people would hate on her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    For fucks sake SanCom, you're gonna rail on Aya for trying to run a charity? Really? I thought the whole tsun-for-Aya thing the blog had was cute at first, but this is getting both annoying and wasteful. With this level of obsession and vendetta, I'm expecting the blog owner to be three clicks away from a Nice Boat...

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    Comment by sdarkpaladin
    18:45 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude use your non-existant eyes to read properly... Hirano Aya herself was only mentioned twice. This is obviously a post on the event and not her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 05/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then why is it titled "Charity of Aya Hirano"?, when there are lots of seiyuus in there and she is not the lead? It should be the Charity of Seiyuus: Pure Confusion

    Obviously sancom has a vendetta against Aya Hirano, ever since her self destructive revelation, SanCom never stop criticizing the smallest bits of Aya, even if they aren't newsworthy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 05/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly enough, there's so many people that SanCom brainwashed to think alike and start hating Aya. Majority of the negative comments all sound ill-informed and plain ignorant.

    Clearly it's not Aya that's trolling, it's SanCom... :/

    13:26 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    almost cancelled…?

    This is AKIHABARA!

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    Comment by Oni
    18:23 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Front row, the girl wearing glass (1st picture) Name?

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    14:50 05/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ohh Jun Fukuyama was there. still nice of her for this fund raising even in japan. can't believe she controlled the masses with twitter!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 05/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see why this sounds like a bad thing. I just can't help but feel that the article has a pretty negative stance on it. Organised or not, it was a charity event.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Itaru Hinoue and NaGa from Key were selling their original works on the event. I mean, how could that not attract? Lol

    Comment by Frostmourne
    21:20 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see Yui Sakakibara, it is, indeeed, a must-attend.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMGOMGOMG. Hideo Ishikawa! Itachi and Feilooooong :DDD

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is funny when Megumi Hayashibara actually claim she was getting married (and in a concert no less) everyone support her

    10 years later a seiyu claim she is no longer "pure" and she is basically a daugther of hell and all evil of the world

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You call gold digging "pure"?

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    Comment by Achiuakuna
    04:25 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, life used to be easier in the 90's. People didn't feel the need to get pissed off all the time like now.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:56 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are just choosing to get pissed off about different things. The 90s was expansion in perception, now stupid people think it's moving too fast, so they're instigating a contraction. It is exceptionally annoying. I remember the days when 'damn' and 'blast' were the worst we could get on Cartoon Network and Comedy Central. Now look at them. We have the 90s to thank for that. People got pissed about stuff like that, but they lost. Now, the terrorists are winning... terrorists being stupid people. Since they fight with spreading fear as well.

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    05:04 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No offense, but you comparing troll queen to former seiyuu queen Megumi Hayashibara? HA!

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    Comment by kazaza2
    03:36 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Despite the pandemonium I hope the fans contributed generously. The people of the Touhoko area will need it to help rebuild shattered lives.
    Kudos to Aya and the other seiyuu for donating their time and effort. They could just as well have done nothing.

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    Comment by Baronight
    03:17 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Misleading title, although i think some people do go there just to make fun of Aya Hirano...

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    Comment by henwy
    03:28 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So Aya still draws a crowd? I got the impression from sankaku over the past few months that she was a pariah in Japan and had been abandoned by most if not all of her fans. Given that, I'm surprised she'd be headlining the charity effort. Wouldn't they have put the biggest draw on top?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No she's a pariah to creepy Otaku after they were disillusioned by the shocking revelation that's she's no longer their pure perfect virgin waifu.

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    Comment by cats2
    08:49 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What, you're criticizing her for trying to raise some funds for charity..?

    I don't get this, knocking her for the sake of knocking her or something..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:32 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well people = money for help so = good it was busy as long as no one got hurt

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly enough, there's so many people that SanCom brainwashed to think alike and start hating Aya. Majority of the negative comments all sound ill-informed and plain ignorant. :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok basically they sit beside the donation boxes then people queue up and throw money in while getting to see their idols very briefly. Sounds simple enough just that where large crowds are involved things can easily get out of control.

    Still it was a simple and nice idea and well done for doing it. Just needed some better organisation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think she actually did anything worth bashing. Her motives were good, the only problem was that she had trouble keeping the crowd under control. Like her or hate her, do we really need to find an excuse to whine every time she does something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want Aya Hirano to bear my children >)<

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fukuyama Jun and Daisuke Namikawa?! I wish I was there :( (Obviously I'm a fujoshi)
    I hate living in the Netherlands.

    Comment by Anonymous

    She lost her first kiss but she's still is a virgin. A machine that detects any person whether he or she stills a virgin is on the verge of completion. I can't wait for it to be on sale. No one can fake their purity anymore.




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