Idol Group Sued Over Dancing Otaku


One devout idol enthusiast has sued idol group KOBerrieS and concert sponsor Radio Kansai for being unable to hear his beloved songstresses due to the clamorous noise produced by dancing otaku in the audience, bringing almost American levels of litigation to the already rotten world of idols.

Otagei (“otaku performances”) consists of synchronized glow stick waving and shouting and serves as a means for otaku to appease their idols, one particular concertgoer however was not at all amused by this questionable tribute as it apparently hampered his ability to enjoy the concert.

Some examples of Otagei dancing:

The disgruntled idol fan held the event’s organizers responsible for not confronting the disruptive otaku and demanded ¥1 million (almost $9000, which was likely the amount he spent attempting to gather concert tickets by purchasing idol goods) as compensation, or for KOBerrieS to perform another concert – which he would be given a ticket for.

The court however dismissed the lawsuit and rejected the subsequent appeal (3 years after the concert occurred), claiming that the dancing was merely an eccentric way to appreciate the music (and showing their ignorance of idol culture in the process) and that as the event had no rules against such dancing the claim was even more spurious.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 01/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    > as the event had no rules against such dancing the claim was even more spurious

    "Even more"? Wouldn't that be the main point to base the judgment on?

    If it did say something in the fine print along the line of "disturbing other customers by excessive dancing is not allowed" and the staff still refused to do anything about it, then it would've been strange to just let them off the hook.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:44 01/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably another appeal coming, as there is already precedent on the books for this exact situation. The offending party (though not necessarily the venue) was found guilty.
    I forget the case ID, but you can watch the judgment here. Judge Kizuna Ai presiding:

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    Comment by Conduit
    05:45 01/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too be fair the sound system at a concert should be powerful enough to let the performer be heard over a raucous crowd.

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    Comment by Crowbar
    15:00 01/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clearly you have no fucking idea of sound levels at a concert, regardless of technical possibility, legal permissibility, and what a hysterical fan crowd can produce, so here's a nice cup of shut the fuck up, why don't you have some.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 01/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The idols should hire people like this to do this onstage behind them.

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    Comment by Esfruj Esfifurz
    00:41 02/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool but meaningless. I don't get the passion that young Japanese have for synchronized dance in large groups.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ask for ¥1 million.... or a concert ticket.
    I knew creepy idol otaku weren't the brightest, but this tops the cake.

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