Anime fans are aghast at seeing the two most controversial figures (or “biggest trolls” as some would have it) in the anime world join forces – scandal seiyuu Aya Hirano is now a follower of washed up director Yamakan.

For those not following his recent career, after his triumph with Haruhi, Yamakan has become widely ridiculed online – having squandered his reputation in a variety of provocative Internet exchanges, only to then become a laughing stock with the abject failure of Fractale, upon which he staked what was left of his reputation.

From the “idiot detector,” as Twitter is increasingly known to 2ch:

Yamakan: Oh! I got followed by Hirano!

Hirano: Dropping the honorifics are you!!

Yamakan: In that case, it’s Hirano-chan.

Yamakan: Sounds a bit like Hirame-chan, doesn’t it? [a character from the manga Jarinko Chie]

The online reaction to this conjunction of dark powers:

“The ultimate troll combo!”

“Uwa! They’ve already been having secret liaisons…”

“Hirano must be grateful to Yamakan – however you look at it, Haruhi was a success because of him.”

“Yamakan has probably already done her.”

“They are a good match for one another really.”

“Does this mean we finally get a second season of Lucky Star?”

“Twitter specialists have to be on good terms as they have nothing else.”

“They have both been abandoned by the anime world…”

“She sure knows how to get ahead using her bed!”

“With all his bluff and bluster it seems he’s now out of favour with industry types. Now he has Aya…”

“So it’s to be flamewar marketing?”

“This pair can put on the ultimate Twitter performance.”

“She really loves men with no future…”

“It’s good that a pair of failures can get on so well.”

“Are the lifeliners still breathing?”

“There aren’t any left…”

“Yamakan and Hirano, two personages reunited in ruin. Well, I suppose it’s beautiful in a way.”

“True fans boost you even when you are on your way down!”

“Get on with Kannagi season 2!”

In other news, after glibly ignoring the scandal at her heels and nipping off to attend an event in Taiwan where she correctly wagered that her uncontroversial “Hirano = Haruhi” image still held sway, she returned only to tweet of her dismay at finding herself locked out of her own blog, saying she was looking forward to being able to make a “big announcement” in the coming days – though likely just the details of her new agency.

Whether this was merely the result of transient technical problems or some final spat with her agency is not clear – although it seems probable even a change of agency will not solve her image problems, and associating herself with the second most controversial figure in the anime business certainly will not…

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    Avatar of Firetribe
    Comment by Firetribe
    04:41 19/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Cut Yamakan some slack. He called out Ishihara on the comment he made about the March 11th quake being divine punishment. So for that he has my respect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    At least the man can speak his opinions and not just follow along like the rest of the sheeps.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    16:43 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeah To Yamakan...Please get a I-Shit-Hara figurine then BEHEAD it on your national TV you will get a praise from every Otaku and the people in the Manga/Anime Industry!

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    Comment by shiroki
    14:53 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Have to agree that Ishihara is the greater evil

    12:46 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yes I respect him for that.

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:06 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But Artefact loves Ishihara! And hates Yamakan & Aya H.
    Yamakan did something against Ishihara what Artefact & his best fool friends in 2ch would never dare.

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    Comment by OTIKA
    11:24 22/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You just can't win against the unreasonable masses these days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 23/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? Wow, go Yamakan. 'Bout time someone said something against that shithead.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't remember this. Not that I doubt it. I'm just curious...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Fractale was far too highbrow for the nose-breathers at 2ch to understand, but it had some serious flaws that prevented it from fulfilling it's potential. And I am still a huge fan of Hirano. I don't care how many men she fucks, she's still an amazing talent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Oi, Yamakan ain't no troll.

    He openly spoke out against KyoAni's Haruhi Season 2 and Ishihara. He has some balls unlike the other wannabes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Truth to the tards at 2ch! He made a great series that sadly lasted only 11 eps in Fractale and of course the amazing First season of Haruhi~!
    I look forward to other works by that man.. in regards to the female seiyuu~ Bitch needs to keep her Fucking tour twitter free and cell closed to to public for tha chilldrewn!!

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:30 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yamakan's issue is that he feeds trolls not that he is one himself necessarily.

    It's horrifying to think that trolls actually represent the anime fandom. They don't. It's best to ignore them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    About that Haruhi Season 2. I dont' think so. Surely E8 fiasco was frustrating but Yamakan threw a low blow. He had nothing to do with Haruhi since he was fired and saying so that he did know about it and he had influence over it was stupid.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    05:46 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Two Ultimate Trolls of Japan? I thought those titles belong to Ishihara and Manbe-kun.

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    Comment by erochichi
    06:37 20/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara yes, but i doubt about Manbe-kun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Why is anything past 2010 Aya related tagged seiyuu?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 19/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    She played an inanimate object in Nichijou.

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    Comment by Gradius
    09:49 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps now the combo will explode?

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:10 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because she is doing seiyuu work. And will be doing for long time being.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 19/08/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    he he He Ha Ha HA HA HA HA HA Your intelligence is as lacking as your grasp of the written language.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    well she's still a seiyuu technically since she's still voicing for old roles.

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:37 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let us see, if Aya Hirano will be doing new roles in otaku anime. I think she will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 19/08/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    "will be doing for long time being." This is the part in which I'm referring to, As her career will only flounder and end up doing bit roles in children shows like Pokemon. She'll never again be in a show that panders to otaku(People that actually buy shit) with her as the main character.

    Of course she is still in some shows, but that is mostly because those are long running shows(Fairy tale?) or sequels(Qwaser)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:32 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yamakan is a troll for denouncing K-On and Hirano is a troll for sleeping with a guy? Fantastic logic there, 2ch! This is why I take you guys so seriously!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 19/08/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    HAHAHAHAHAHA that's funny considering K-ON! is worshiped here like some sacred anime.

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    Comment by erochichi
    22:05 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there any anime you DO like? I happen to love both Yamakan`s work like in Haruhi etc. and K-On too!
    I don`t get angry if he does not like moeblobs.
    People should be allowed to have different tastes, before ridiculing them.

    Except those like Narutards...

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    Comment by erochichi
    22:08 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correction: i meant: Hirano Aya will do seiyuu work for long time in the future.

    Yes, my English is bad. But i accept every advice to get better in it.

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    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    03:50 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Same here. I didnt know that Fractale was a failure.
    maybe guys in 2chan didnt like it? they hate everything.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    05:53 19/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I must have been watching a different anime than the people on 2ch.

    Fractale is good, it's no SAC or Cowboy
    but it's better than a whole bunch of others I could mention.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It had low dvd sales, that's all that matters in the eyes of the companies. It's a commercial failure.

    Whether 2ch people or white people liked it doesn't matter. Not enough people liked it enough to buy it.

    If the white people like it so much, how come they didn't buy the DVDs and increase it's sales?

    The white man only complains but does nothing to solve the problem.

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    Comment by Kouma
    12:00 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It wasn't even sold in Western markets.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    09:57 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Was it marketed at all in Eagleland?

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    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    09:47 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    failure as a product or as a show? Japan give very low ratings and reception to great shows/movies like Samurai champloo or The Wings of Honneamise and great ratings to any trash with the flavor of the moment.

    Heck, I´m not even a fan of Fractale/yamakan, but I cannot consider it as bad show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really liked Fractale. It wasn't anything groundbreaking(In fact threw in a ton of references to other well respected things.), but it was definitely a good, entertaining show. It's not as if they left it open, but I wouldn't mind another season. Perhaps another story in the same world. Just different characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 22/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    White man wonn't buy it if it's only sold in Japan and limited to Japanese language.

    Avatar of erochichi
    Comment by erochichi
    05:02 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    2ch writers IQ is below 0.
    Fractale was good!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i'd really like to see ppl having an IQ of 0.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 19/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it's called 'coma'.

    Avatar of erochichi
    Comment by erochichi
    22:14 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 05:56, you are 2ch member...or Ishihara? You can`t be one of North Korean leaders, none of them is a genius in English language like you.

    I know, you are Artefact!

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    Comment by erochichi
    05:45 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can look at Artefact, 2ch members, Ishihara, Korean leaders...those people.
    You don`t have to take that IQ -0 ranking literally, you get the general idea.

    Comment by Anonymous

    All you need to do is look in the mirror dumbass! Stop trolling

    Comment by Anonymous

    2ch is a message board in the same way this place has a forum and commenting on articles.

    If it was good, why don't you white people go buy some of the DVDs?

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    Comment by erochichi
    22:20 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently it has not been released in the west, yet.
    I am from my part buying much licensed manga and anime plus hentai stuff. I support my favorite artists and companies in Japanese entertaining industry, for, say, 5.000-7.000 USD every year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fractale started strong, but after the "Nessa" episode, it just wandered off into WTF land.
    By the end of it, I was going "This made no sense at all."

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    Comment by Conduit
    04:26 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fractale was a good anime, if its considered a failure its only because it lacked the only two things otaku trash care about, moeblob and fanservice.

    As for Yamakan, he's only hated because he had the balls to publicly denounce the God of moeblob, K-On! for the pointles drivel that it is.

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    Comment by Megidola
    04:52 19/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fractale tried to be epic but failed to deliver, and ended up rushed and unsatisfying.

    As for moeblob and fanservice- Nessa was an archetypal moeblob, and Phyrne was swimming naked at one point.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    05:52 19/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's ridiculous that people tend to call popular shows with moe as Moeblob Trash but somehow ignorantly call any series with almost the same amount of moe elements but just less popular as superior totally-moeblob-free anime.

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    Comment by Megidola
    07:24 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    No, "moeblob" refers to a cute character without a complex and developed personality. It doesn't mean an anime with no plot or storyline.

    For example, Menma from Ano Hana is essentially a moeblob, but the anime aimed to tell a deep and moving story.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    10:09 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sheesh, seriously I think almost everyone here has come up with their own definition of "moeblob" as moe shows with no value for having no plot, just because the term first sprouted into frequent usage in anime discussion from popular non-plotty slice of life shows like Lucky Star and K-on.

    Definitely, I'm always going to defend K-on whether I'm a fanboy or not. Sure it doesn't have that plot which Beck and Nana had but at least the characters are well depicted as well as how the franchise is worth praising for having enough nuts to let the girls grow up and graduate; something that not even the director of Glee or even Gosho Aoyama would agree to do.

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    Comment by erochichi
    22:31 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1, you are mostly right. But i like moeblobs too, if they are entertaining, like just in K-On, or Kannagi. I rather watch them than something with, heavy, complicated plot, which is tedious to follow.
    But of course many big plot anime, manga etc. are really captivating too.

    "Almost all anime and manga have atleast one moe character, moe simply means a cute or otherwise appealing character."

    So true. I liked Gosick. It is like that, with good plot, maybe there was too many moe girls, besides Victorique, like Avril.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And it failed because Menma is the fucking worst character ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    In moments like these, we *facepalm.*

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    Comment by Kyo-chan
    15:09 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)


    Way to fail, dumb ass. Moe does not mean, "a cute or otherwise appealing character".

    It refers to the fetish for or sexual attraction to idealized people.

    Lrn2vocabulary. n00b

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    Comment by Conduit
    06:15 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    Awww, how cute, K-On fanboys trying to defend moeblob without even knowing the basic difference between moe and moeblob. Almost all anime and manga have atleast one moe character, moe simply means a cute or otherwise appealing character. Moeblob on the other hand is the style of anime and manga where there is no decernable plot or storyline and the sole reason to watch is to fawn over the cutesy characters.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You do realize that almost all the posts on this site are about "moe", "fanservice", "loli" and all the posters go on raving for more. Funny how that works.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    People have different opinions than mine, therefore they must be "otaku trash".

    Fractale had low dvd sales because few people liked it, big deal. If you like it so much, go buy the DVDs and support the creators.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Are you seriously criticizing Japanese otakus for liking fanservice and moe anime when 90% of the articles on this site are "2ch Goddess", "Sexy anime", "Loli fanservice anime", "Ishihara wants to ban fanservice anime, fuck you Ishihara"?

    Do you not see the hypocrisy? It's like anything 2ch hates, all the sankaku trolls suddenly like and vice versa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    i hate to burst fanboy bubbles with reality but it needs to be done.

    reality check, Fractale is generally considered a failure on the terms you'd consider any product a failure.
    it's TV ratings were low. low to the point where one of the noitaminA (Fractale's TV programming block) producer even came out publicly and said that it's rating were well below what they had been expecting for the series.
    couple low TV ratings that with HORRIBLE DVD/BR sales and you get FRACTALE = FAILURE by any measure that an industry would care about.

    that's not 2ch being 2ch.
    that's far more qualitative evidence than any Yamakan fanboys are going to be to spin up to try say Fractale DIDN'T bomb.

    and Yamakan was considered overrated far before he talked shit about K-on.
    he gets far more credit for Haruhi than he deserves, and nothing he did prior to pre-Haruhi or post-Haruhi was that great.

    it would be more accurate to say Yamakan is only loved by his fanboys because of the exaggerated influence the remaining Haruhi fanboys believe he actually had in that series' creative production.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Do not reason with the white man.

    The white man doesn't even buy the DVDs. The white man only pirates anime and manga anyways.

    What say do they even have on the matter? If it were so good, maybe the white man would spend their $80 on the DVD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    edit since edit function doesn't seem to be working right for me = "quantitative"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's considered a failure because it deviated too much from the original story and characters...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hehehe behead another K-ON figure viral troll.

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    Comment by Your Name
    04:00 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets just say it would have worked out better as a film :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Low sales = Few people interested in buying.

    Few people interested in buying = Few people liked it.

    Few people liked it = FAILURE.

    If you liked it so much, go buy the DVDs and support Yamakan.

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