Some jerk's vendetta gets Kuroko's Basket banned

4:00 PM on 12.10.2012 // Josh Tolentino
  @unangbangkay

Sadness from Comiket 83

Never underestimate the power of otaku. Now, I'd like to say that that phrase is some kind of testament to nerd ingenuity or some other super cool thing, but the tone I must adopt this time is one of warning, that this is once more proof that angry nerds can ruin anything.

The thing being ruined this time is the presence of Kuroko's Basketball, a popular sports manga (and now anime) created by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. For months now Fujimaki has been hounded by letters containing threats of violence, and occasionally suspicious, potentially dangerous substances (such as unidentified white powders and hydrogen sulfide).

Exactly who the culprit is is unknown, though the wording of the letters suggests a personal vendetta against Fujimaki rather than insane hatred for his work. Either way, damage has been done. Threat letters and chemicals had also been sent not just to Fujimaki, but Kuroko's publisher at JUMP Magazine, organizers of fan events, and even Sophia University, Fujimaki's alma mater. 

Now the latest, and perhaps most painful casualty in one weirdo's war against Kuroko and Fujimaki is the manga's presence at this year's Winter Comic Market 83. Organizers have regretfully announced that all Kuroko's Basketball-related doujinshi circles are disqualified from operating at the convention, and the sale and distribution of Kuroko goods and other items has been prohibited. It's a harsh blow, considering that at least nine hundred different circles were registered to sell or promote their Kuroko's Basketball fan works at the show. That's more than any other property barring Touhou Project and Tiger & Bunny! And now they can't come in because of one jerk!

Considering how nasty the threats had been, and the advice of the police, I can't blame Comiket's organizers for caving, but this is tragic all the same. It's one thing to nurse a grudge against Fujimaki or Kuroko's Basketball, but it's another to threaten and attack the fans. Here's to hoping the a-hole is caught soon.




 Reblog (or) Blog Reply

Josh Tolentino, Managing Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure unangbangkay Tips
Josh is Japanator's News Editor, and contributes to Destructoid as well. Despite not owning a hat, he insists on having a little "Press" card to insert into the band. For high school reasons he's... more   |   staff directory

Get more Japanator:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.


  Around the web (login to improve these)




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter?
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -