Outrage at “Anti-Japanese” Wolverine Poster


A leaked image of a poster for Hollywood’s upcoming “Wolverine” X-Men film has been accused of desecrating the glorious national flag of Japan, with the sacred “hi-no-maru” being clawed most viciously by a dishonourable barbarian.

The leaked poster shows the Wolverine’s trademark claws tearing through the hi-no-maru emblem featured on the Japanese flag, along with a pun on “rising sun.” Whether the poster itself is genuine is not clear.

The choice of design doubtless refers to the fact that the film, due in mid-2013, is set in Japan and reportedly covers Wolverine’s marriage to a yakuza princess (or in other words is a good excuse to ram gratuitous yakuza, ninja and samurai action into the story).

The immediate online reaction amongst Japanese with nothing better to do (i.e. Twitter and 2ch) was to energetically denounce the poster as a clear example of yet more anti-Japanese sentiment on the part of the wicked Americans, or else to denounce the denouncers:

“This is unforgivable!”

“The Japanese-American Alliance isn’t an equal one! Real friends wouldn’t do this to a flag!”

“I’m not net-uyo by any means, but I find this disgusting.”

“This is sure to aggravate the right-wing types.”

“Come on, only people like us are going to care!”

“It’s actually quite an elegant, simple design. Sorry.”

“Isn’t this just an excuse to get their ‘Rising Soon’ pun in?”

“I smiled at the pun. But how much do they hate Japan to go to all this trouble?”

“Doubtless the work of some Chinese or Korean scum.”

“A lot of people seem to think it’s a fake in any case. Looks good though.”

“It’s pretty sad if it turns out to be true. To think America has to stoop to this to enhance its ruined national prestige.”

“What would you expect from a nation so base as to burn the Koran! I understand how all the Muslims feel now.”

“Oh come on, what is anti-Japanese about this? It’s no worse than splitting a hi-no-maru bento amongst four people.”

“Destroying the hi-no-maru, that’s on the same level as something a dirty Korean would do. Americans are always doing this to people’s flags.”

“American comics are so behind the times…”

“Another retarded excuse to trot out ninja and samurai in a film.”

“I laughed at the stuff about them dressing up as samurai for Mariko’s wedding, and then her getting poisoned with fugu by a rival syndicate. What is this, a comedy?”

“Disrespecting another nation’s flag is just repugnant.”

“This is the true nature of Americans. They still fear Japan and Germany.”

“They must be pretty stupid not to realise some people would take it this way.”

“What kind of imbecile gets upset over a shredded hi-no-maru, honestly.”

“What does anyone expect of the Yanks, they love war and provoking people.”

“Only Japanese would let them get away with this. It would be a big issue with any other nation.”

“The film looks like another one of those sleazy pulp Japanese settings whites love so much. They even have the random Japanese wife/girlfriend thing going.”

“Wait, this is set in Japan? They love Japan don’t they!”

“You guys are too easy to troll with this hi-no-maru stuff…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 22/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It still hasn't been confirmed if this is an official poster. There have been cases of early fanmade teaser posters for a lot of movies. This could be one of them. (Someone on 2Ch brought up the lulzy possibility that it could be a poster for the Chinese audiences.)

    If it really is a preliminary draft, then it'll probably get deleted soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nah, japanese are too open minded now to say that kinda shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 26/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You are sadly mistaken. They are to polite to say that kinda shit, but when it comes to 2chaners....those people are vicious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 31/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well 2ch is the closet voice of Japan sadly. Unlike say youtube, it's primary users are Japanese. Add to the fact that Japanese Anons on the net are extremely blunt about what they say and feel. It's also why many Japanese compaines and even politicians use 2ch as a go to place for various things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 23/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)




    "It's just concept art and won't be used as the official poster for The Wolverine from what I'm told."

    ---Rob Keyes

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    Comment by keik
    18:43 28/03/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Even if fan-made... to translate this imagine your country flag, IE, USA banner with stripes and stars and on some random movie poster, that flag is burning from top, half got shit on it and on bottom naked ruski is wiping his as with flag - it would cause uproar in obamaland and that's what is now happening in Japan. there might be even some yakuza ninjas stalkings wolverines kids or something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 24/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think depicting the US flag burning, covered in shit and being used to wipe a Japanese man's ass is a bit different that showing the rising sun emblem with Wolverine's claws through it. Don't be so overly dramatic.

    If there was a Godzilla movie showing a shredded American flag at the bottom of a Godzilla footprint as symbolism for Godzilla coming to America, I wouldn't get bent out of shape and start ranting that Japan was insulting America.

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    Comment by Minru
    13:03 22/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The sad thing is that hollywood thinks "gratuitous yakuza, ninja and samurai action" is all japan is good for!

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    13:40 22/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Uh, you've never watched "Lost in Translation", have you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I watched it and liked it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    no loli no care...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 22/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    This made my day. Thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 22/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    1 reason y the japannesse culture is going down

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 23/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "no loli no care" well thats just japan then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 22/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Can't have more lolis until the Japanese have more babies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 22/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I agree. I just come here to see the sex with young girl pictures and talk about attributes and ways of taking advantage of elementary school age kids.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    19:41 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    An anonymous user up-voting themself forty+ times. I don't know whether to be amused of nauseous.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Forget culture. More lolis.

    Comment by Anonymous

    dont' give a fuck about whatever the fuck you said

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    NTR????!!!!!!!! shit! FUCK EVERYONE/EVERYTHING

    Comment by Anonymous

    The why do you comment? You Troll?

    Comment by Anonymous

    it's Sankaku man trolling is obvious shithead

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 22/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    ya mums a horde get over it

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    memoires of a gueisha?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 23/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, if it makes money...

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    Comment by Kyo-chan
    13:05 22/03/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    “Come on, only people like us are going to care!”
    “Oh come on, what is anti-Japanese about this? It’s no worse than splitting a hi-no-maru bento amongst four people.”
    “What kind of imbecile gets upset over a shredded hi-no-maru, honestly.”
    “You guys are too easy to troll with this hi-no-maru stuff…”

    Few grains of sane salt, in the great sea of xenophobic racist ignorance...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 22/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    "Few grains of salt, in the great sea of xenophobic racist ignorance"

    That also sounds a lot like SanCom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So I get downvoted instead... Ah, well, glad to see there's reason all the same

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    01:41 23/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nobody likes a smartass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 23/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 22/03/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    ^ Only thing we can be sure of on Sancom is this and the fact you will be downvoted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    They don't understand that other people aren't so thin-skinned or insecure enough to bark like a bitch in heat everytime there is even a slimmest show of 'dishonor' against one's nation. If one is proud and secure about his nation, why the need to bitch like this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen burning american flags in many films, and I've never seen anyone complain about that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 23/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    dishonor? shamfur dispray!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Pretty much the same stuff on Sancom if you changed it to an American flag.
    Just saying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What are you talking about? American themselfs burn their own flag all the time just to prove they don't give a fuck. In fact, I say burn your flags proudly, as you are excersizing your sacred constitutional right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ok this is pure horse shit saying that Americans won't care if you burn the US flag. I dare any of you to burn a american flag in front a conservative like a Texas or Arizona one...they're going to go ape shit on you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So true. American hypocrites.
    I'd totally burn the American flag and take a shit on it. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    then i'd find and burn you and take a shit on your corpse ;D

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And not a single fuck would be given. We might pay you a visit or two however, so be sure to keep your face out of the picture :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:33 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    failing at sancom detective power

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 15:25 & 15:27
    LOL u so mad u had to post twice in a row? My my, so more threatening when edited...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Lol. Talk about barking like a bitch at a couple of quotes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone's mad? Yeah he mad ^__^

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol bitch got fuckvoted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    do that to american flag and there will be WWIII.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 22/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)


    You do know that the American flag is the most desecrated flag in the world, right?

    And no one here in the U.S gets butthurt about it.

    Grow the fuck up Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 23/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't believe americans are still in denial after those links... Heh, guess that attitude's kinda the reason why america's so popular around the world.

    "One overpatriotic loonie = entire country"
    Because a couple of quotes from 2ch = entire japan rite?
    Oh and you used the word patriotic. So you're definitely not feeling sympathetic toward the loonie, and obviously isn't butthurt at your flag getting burned.

    "this is the us doing it to their own flag"
    I agree. Kinda like me saying "I'm one sick bastard" vs somebody else "He's one sick bastard". See?

    "world needs to grow the fuck up"
    Funny. I thought the norm would be thinking the opposite.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    BUT guys this is the US DOING IT TO THEIR OWN FLAG.


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:15 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right, because one overpatriotic loonie = entire country. D:

    Stop looking for excuses to be offended and acting like even bigger idiots than the ones that "offended" you. You've got bigger problems than a 'whose dick is bigger' contest on the internet.

    And btw, that goes out to every nationality, anyone can be an overzealous dickhead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no one in the U.S gets butthurt about it their flag? Really?

    Take a look at this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbbpVAWeZU8&feature=player_embedded [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbbpVAWeZU8&feature=player_embedded]

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    World needs to take their giant ass pain dildo out of their asses and grow the fuck up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you people seriously believe the blatant lies you say? Americans will get butthurt if you even fly another flag next to the american flag, let a lone if you desecrate it.


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    they are butthurt even if an 1/20 arab (your grand grand grand pa ) in another country goes to school because "they wanted it their way"

    trying to understand america is like.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    We're quite used to people from other countries defacing our flag. It happens all the time. No big deal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 22/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Implying the American flag is worth defending now at days. Lol

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