Fans of useless heroine anime Sakura-sou no Pet-na-Kanojo have been enraged by a series of suspect changes made to the original light novel, which most seem to ascribe to nationalist meddling by Korean interests.

The anime first caught the attention of viewers in November when it featured a curious change – the original light novel features a nursing scene in which a “simple rice gruel” (okayu) is served.

In the anime this became “samgyetang,” a Korean chicken soup dish traditionally widely believed to prevent illness due to its ginseng content, along with some praise of healing powers:


Samgyetang is not widely known in Japan, and the fact that cooking spots on at least 5 channels suddenly began featuring it during October and November soon had many speculating that the change was far from coincidental:


It was also observed that the second half of 2012 saw over 120 blog posts on Ameba extolling the merits of the soup – after a grand total of 3 in the 3 years previously.

With the considerable overlap between creepy late night anime fans and crazed Korea-hating online right-wingers, a scandal soon ensued, culminating in calls for a boycott, although whether the addition really was a crude attempt at stealth marketing by the media keiretsu involved was never conclusively established.

The next episode of the show to inspire a similar controversy was even more overtly political, and all the more incendiary to nationalists: a graduation ceremony, which in the novel featured references to the (normal for Japan) national anthem and flag, had both elements excised completely:


There has been a fair amount of relatively thoughtful speculation as to what is going on – although few are left who doubt that such changes are intentional:

“A repeat of the Samgye episode?”

“With them going this far you can’t help but think it deliberate.”

“Both the people doing this and the people noticing it are pretty crazy…”

“Is this because they want to sell DVDs overseas?”

“It’s being sold in Japan so why would a flag be a problem?”

“Even K-ON! had the flag so I don’t see why this would be a problem.”

“It is pretty jarring to have no flag at the ceremony like that!”

“The poor creator, having his work hijacked for propaganda purposes, and now the whole thing is hated because of what they did.”

“The production committee just got taken over by filthy Koreans, end of story.”

“If it is being produced in Korea they probably won’t let them include the Japanese national anthem. Though in any case the anime is still rubbish either way.”

“Maybe this is an attempt to market it with controversy?”

“Most works disappear into obscurity… perhaps manufacturing some controversy like this is a good marketing strategy for them?”

“I hope the studio responsible stops doing any more adaptations.”

“They must have thought nobody would notice – considering the Korea allergy afflicting anime otaku and the fuss they made over the soup, you’d have thought they’d have learned their lesson.”

“The poor author getting his work kimcheesed like this!”

“Why couldn’t they learn from what happened the first time.”

“The one I really feel sorry for in all this is the poor author…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 20/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    dont know why they changed it. did not get me more interested in korea at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dish looks pretty disgusting with the skin, bones and uncut vegetables... Yuck..

    The Ginseng won't help this.


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    Comment by CaioSaber
    00:32 17/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it tastes quite good (except for the ginseng, but you don't have to eat it).

    And Japan could, well, draw Japanese flags on Korean animations for revenge.

    Oh wai...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seeing as the animation work for a lot of anime is outsourced to other countries like Korea these days, I suspect that may have been what happened here.

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    Comment by ntbxp
    10:20 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe because the Japanese flag and the national anthem are offensive to some Japanese, Koreans and Chinese in Japan due to WWII.

    Despite they are disgusting those, there are no strong alternative to those "sinful flag and sinful anthem". Maybe those Japaneses think we banned the flags and national anthem from our schools too in name of cosmopolitanism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    about 95% of the people wouldn't even have noticed at all to tell you the truth. it's a unimportant cut away scene people don't usually pay much attention to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    shad ap ya korean !

    Comment by Anonymous

    You keep talking but all I hear is out of you is "DERP". Retards like you shouldn't be allowed to live, much less allowed on the internet.

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol little jap boy go back to trying to laugh while being asspained with impotent rage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first instance was probably simple product placement. Some company hopes to benefit from the dish's increased popularity (maybe they sell an instant package?) and paid the studio (and cooking shows) a hefty sum of money.
    The second change I find harder to explain. It looks more anti-nationalistic than pro-Korean though. Maybe the studio thought that in the current political climate it would be better not to offend the Chinese and/or Koreans? Still, spineless idiots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All this over a glorified fuckin chicken soup.

    Slanty eyes, why are you so pathetic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't you know Korea owns chicken soup now? Yep, turns out your grandma's chicken soup from Russia/Brazil/China/Congo/Texas... wherever you're from, is actually plagiarized from Koreans! Thanks to them, sick ppl can have chicken soup. In fact, chicken belongs to Korea!

    Wing-nut logic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 20/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    dont be pissed about this shit if you outsource your animations to fucking korea!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Still... I can't blame them this is pretty much a middle finger to Japan. Fucking Koreans...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    have a fuck yourself

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It should be pretty obvious between two groups that hate each other...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    sorry, im an outsider but i hate korean, so it's 2 to 1

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    most of the world outsources their animation to korea...just look at the credits for any decently done animation, more often than not you'll see korean companies working on it. But I highly doubt korean had any hand in this... Haters are just haters no matter where they come from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn right. lol

    Comment by Anonymous

    So.... a lot of anime show food from other places... burgers ( America), mapo tofu ( China), Taco (Mexico)... yet, one Korean dish triggers the rage... I am unable to compute unless they just simply hate anything Korean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    And don't you forget the missing flags. Usually there will be the national flag at such an event which were clearly omitted from such an important graduation ceremony.

    So, yes, those damn filthy Koreans at it again.

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    Comment by Senjou
    09:09 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    All of these wouldn't happened if those Koreans stick to the script instead of omitting and adding stuff that weren't supposed to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's not just because of the food itself, but the "unnecessary" sudden change of the food.

    and from all the food the world has, it just has to be a korean food. One of the countries that currently is still in heat with Japan.

    From the "traditional simple Okayu" to a korean cuisine, if that's not a "slap to the face" I don't know anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Powerpuff Loli
    The last thing a Japanese would be serving would be a Korean cuisine for that matter so it clearly isn't overreacting on their part because this clearly looks like a slap to the face.

    If someone slapped me, I will slap back.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    B-but I love kimchee in my okonomyaki...

    Comment by Anonymous


    What a typically childish japanese reaction. No wonder your people are the laughing stock of the world. You tend to get in over your head about a lot of things. Better watch that mouth of yours if you know what it means to stay healthy.

    Not that any japanese are capable of knowing what's best for them so foreigners and koreans have to beat it into their pussies.

    Comment by Anonymous


    Japanese are bitches anyway, they are very cowardly and afraid to face up to real challenges because they are too busy trying to guard their non-existent 'pride'.

    At least the koreans have the balls to do something.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli

    There was something intended there. Maybe for the Japanese to overreact as if it was "a slap to the face" shows nothing but pettiness from their part.

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    Comment by Siveria
    11:51 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan hates korea and korea seems to hate japan for some reason or another. The japanese are still preety xenophobic last I checked, they don't really like other races, just their own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 20/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The Japanese have always been nice to me, to my face anyway, i could care less what they say behind my back, but thise Koreans...they'll let you know to your face that they think they are decended from the gods and you're not good enough to drink thier toilet water, which is what that soup looks like.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:34 20/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The japs are so xenophobic that their definition of "interracial porn" is "a guy from Tokyo fucking a girl from Osaka".

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What Asian country isn't at this point?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Koreans are also quite xenophobic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm korean and I prefer the creepy otaku japanese culture over the fake and plastic korean one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >23:25 Oh look this jap's pretty cheeky. Bitching about 'racism' and typing LOL haha. You got a problem?

    >Keep your mouth shut if you don't know what the fuck you can talk about.

    I don't have to allow you that I speak freely at all.
    You gaijin must stop watching Anime created by 'jap'.
    You are superior race rather than 'jap' as you know, Do you lost a last pride as master race?
    Racist white fat boy as you are suitable to watching homosexiual porn such as Hitler's nude.(laughing)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I am Japanese guy, and I accept and do not deny your stereo-type prejudice for Japanese people.
    But why you are fond of such a xenophobic people's product?
    Anime and Manga are created by xenophobic Japanese people.
    Nazi Germany's propaganda movies are dangerous for anti-racism.
    So, you must stop watching Japanese dangerous cultural products as soon as.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    22:53 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)
    22:42 Oi, jap. Learn some proper english instead of spewing broken garbage like you know something.

    Oh, this is an idealistic example of racism(LOL). Cannot also you, gaijin speak proper Japanese? Yes, I can't speak proper Engilsh, but I don't have to shame it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    02:59 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Very typical japanese reaction. Go back to 2ch and bitch more like a whore in heat.

    Very typical swine reaction. Please try to be a real human. You smell strange like as white fat pig.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a ridiculous bitch move by japs. You little shits are so childishly petty and idiotic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @12:34: I'm pretty sure that was a joke, but "black guys fucking a Japanese girl" is a pretty big subgenre of porn in Japan. Well, it's usually "black guys raping a Japanese girl", but you get the idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 22/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're treading on thin ice here saying that about the Japanese. The Japanese Defense Brigade is all on your ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    It's always funny to see little island monkeys pretending to be better than other people when everyone else looks at them the same way they would look at a spoiled 12 year old girl who stepped into a wrong neighborhood with 'Fuck Me' sign taped to her ass.

    You cowardly little cunts are always taking it up the ass from your 'elders' and 'superiors'. Go suck your father's cock jap boy :)

    Comment by Anonymous

    There's a nip here with broken language skills that can't string two words together like a bitch he is...

    Japan's alway's been everyone's bitch. No wonder they got slapped down by the world last time around. Now the world is going for the main dish! (japanese women)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Americans are also very xenophobic.

    Comment by Anonymous


    HAHA little yellow piggy doesn't even know how to quote things right. Keep coming back trying to get that last word in like a bitch! You people don't even take showers every day and your streets smell like yellow monkeys that don't even wash their hands after going to the toilet.

    Why are all your women opening up their legs to foreigners so easily? Everyone around the world knows your women are just cumdumps of east asia.

    Comment by Anonymous


    I've seen more than a few black guy-japanese girl thing here in the states. Most of those girls looked deliriously happy opening their legs for a giant black cock to ravage their tight little pussies.

    One of them even flat out told me japanese guys are effeminate and impotent.

    Comment by Anonymous


    He thinks his shit moe drawings and pathetic comic fantasies are basis of pride for his culture.

    LOL this jap kid. How pathetic do you have to be to have to take pride in something that shallow and childish?

    Comment by Anonymous

    02:14 HAHA lol you wish I was fat eh? Try 6 5 and 230 lbs with very little of it fat. My japanese girlfriend can tell you a bit more about it, when her mouth isn't down trying to take in all of my cock.

    Since when did I ever say I watched your sad excuse of 'culture'? Bitches like you are the reason I come to this site since it's so amusing to see your reaction to genuine reality.

    Very typical japanese reaction. Go back to 2ch and bitch more like a whore in heat.

    Comment by Anonymous

    22:42 Oi, jap. Learn some proper english instead of spewing broken garbage like you know something.

    Comment by Anonymous

    23:25 Oh look this jap's pretty cheeky. Bitching about 'racism' and typing LOL haha. You got a problem?

    Keep your mouth shut if you don't know what the fuck you can talk about.

    Get the message?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about curry?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:13 21/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    looks like u need to check ur eyes

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese and Koreans do not mix. They're the mexicans to Japan basically.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So the Koreans try to climb over Japan's fences and snuggle drugs in through balloons in thier butt? I definatly wouldnt compare them to Mexico, from what i was told by a friend who lives there, a "gringo" would get shot within a few minutes now, with the cartels running everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 20/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    its just that Burgers are well known, and Mapo Tofu are one of Japan's fave dishes, the taco is also quite well known due to the american military bases in japan.

    that chicken soup(a copy of a chinese chicken soup btw) is not a well known dish at all is what caused the problem.

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