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'Evangelion' studio receiving threatening fan comments; will report offenders even outside Japan

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Few anime releases in history have been bundled with such intense anticipation and high expectations as "Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time." Coming at the end of a nine-year wait since the last piece of "Evangelion" animation, it not only serves as the conclusion to the 14-year-long "Rebuild of Evangelion" movie series, but as the endpoint of the entire franchise, which started with the "Neon Genesis Evangelion" TV series all the way back in 1995.

Inevitably, though, a certain proportion of fans who are so emotionally invested in a piece of media will feel like that investment didn’t fully pay off after seeing it. Unfortunately, some of those who were disappointed in "Thrice Upon a Time" have been trying to make up the difference by slandering or threatening members of Studio Khara, according to the animation house behind "Evangelion."

Studio Khara posted the following statement on its official website:

"Thank you for your support of the 'Rebuild of Evangelion.' We have confirmed cases of slander, threats, and suggestions of criminal activity against individuals related to the film, as well as distorted misconstructions of the film’s content and articles and other media related to it.

"This film was a collaborative production created by many staff members, principally at Studio Khara. Our company, in regards to created fiction, sincerely accepts the perceptions, reactions, feelings and opinions related to it.

"However, damaging the dignity of people related to the production, making slanderous or threatening remarks against them, or suggesting criminal activity based on individual interpretation and inferences of the film, or it not meeting personal expectations, are things we strongly object to, regardless of circumstances.

"Furthermore, in cases of statements which clearly constitute criminal defamation, intimidation, or death threats, we will contact the police if the comments originate from inside Japan, and even for statements originating from overseas we will report the statements to each country’s respective investigative agencies and pursue legal action, including seeking monetary compensation for damages."

▼ Trailer for "Thrice Upon a Time"

Anime fans who have been around for a while may remember that when the "Evangelion" TV series ended on a controversial note in 1996, creator/director Hideaki Anno was the subject of an intense backlash that involved dissatisfied fans saying they wished he would die, and the anime itself has always drawn heavily on Anno’s personal struggles with depression. Whether the statement was prompted in response to hurtful comments made about Anno specifically following the release of "Thrice Upon a Time," or is a case of Anno, who essentially runs the studio, making the company’s stance clear to protect his staff is unclear, but in any case Khara is showing itself prepared to fight back against against both slander and piracy on a global scale.

Source: Studio Khara via Hachima Kiko

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Threats. Over a movie. Crazyness.

Some people really do their best to ruin nice things for everyone.

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This is absolutely unacceptable. I understand some fans having very strong feelings towards an incredibly influential part of their life, but targeting and threatening the creators is not ok under any circumstances. As a huge anime fan myself, I know that the best thing to do is whine and rant about it to other anime fans and then move on. It sucks, but you'll be ok.

And I can't help but think of the Kyoani fire from a while back. Such a devastating, heartbreaking tragedy... no true otaku would want anything like that to happen again.

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I felt the same regarding final two seasons of GOT. But I didn't released my Direwolf on the directors, did I?

More seriously: for many anime fans, fiction is blended with reality. A lot of folks here have been allowed to grow up like this, and live in a parallel anime universe. There are serious consequences, such as the petrol arson and murders at the Kyoto studio.

There are a lot of empty souls here who don't want to partake in the hard grind of reality.

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The exact same thing happened when the show ended back in 1996. The only reason the End of Evangelion film was made afterwards was due to the barrage of death threats and hate Gainax received from fans dissatisfied with the ending. Not much has changed in 25 years, anime otaku continue to show themselves as socially maladjusted weirdos

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anime otaku continue to show themselves as socially maladjusted weirdos

Take it easy genious, you can generalize one collective because a few clowns, the same happens in sports, politics, even between neighbours, cut the darama..

2 ( +3 / -1 )

*can't

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https://japantoday.com/category/crime/kyoto-animation-arsonist-says-which-scene-he-feels-copied-his-work-and-incited-attack

What bring the Kyoani arson case here ?

That has nothing to do with it. It was not done by an anime fan disappointed with a story. It was someone considering himself as a victim of robbery in the form of plagiarism.

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Not much has changed in 25 years, anime otaku continue to show themselves as socially maladjusted weirdos

Really? I don't remember fandom (of any sci-fi/fantasy/anime etc) being so toxic as it is these days.

Pre-internet, there could be robust discussions and good-natured banter in the fanzines, letters section, signings and conventions but this takes it to a new level.

Sometimes, a story or franchise people grew up with won't often go the way they thought it would. Why, I'm still traumatized over the Blake's 7 finale, but I'm not going beserk and wishing ill on anyone. Keep it healthy, for goodness sake.

(am not really traumatized, in case anyone takes me seriously on this)

"Furthermore, in cases of statements which clearly constitute criminal defamation, intimidation, or death threats, we will contact the police if the comments originate from inside Japan, and even for statements originating from overseas we will report the statements to each country’s respective investigative agencies and pursue legal action, including seeking monetary compensation for damages."

Good. Go get the malcontents who spoil it for the rest of us.

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Well, as long as they don't actually do, let them bark.

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Inevitably, though, a certain proportion of fans who are so emotionally invested in a piece of media will feel like that investment didn’t fully pay off after seeing it. Unfortunately, some of those who were disappointed in "Thrice Upon a Time" have been trying to make up the difference by slandering or threatening members of Studio Khara, according to the animation house behind "Evangelion."

Agree with Artist. It really amazes me how people find the time and effort to make threats that they could get in trouble for over a series that they're probably watching for free anyway, just because they're dissatisfied with it? Even if I watched a movie from the big screen or have eaten at a resto that did not satisfy me, I would not even begin to consider threatening anybody over it. Just move on. It just shows how big of a jerk and immature person they are. This isn't a Japan-only problem, it's just that more people nowadays get offended over the smallest of things and are very self-entitled.

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Report people outside of Japan? Good luck with that.

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Why such pointy noses and round sunken eyes? These characters belong in a Chucky movie.

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I think Studio Khara should quote and adapt Rikki Farr's epic rant from the Isle of Wight 1970 music festival as a direct reply to those few weirdos. Studio Khara put this project for the fans with a lot of love, and they worked for 14 full years to get this done.

I'm just disgusted by such destructive behavior from a few disgruntled idiots.

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Really? I don't remember fandom (of any sci-fi/fantasy/anime etc) being so toxic as it is these days.

Pre-internet, there could be robust discussions and good-natured banter in the fanzines, letters section, signings and conventions but this takes it to a new level.

Nah these kind of wombats have always been part of nerd culture. All the internet has done is allow them to screech in a manner that has to be heard.

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Are we allowed to say the movie is bad, or is that "slander"?

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I do not condone this behavior in anyway shape or form. HOWEVER....... What were they expecting? It's been 11 years since the last movie. They can easily simuldub the movie in all the other languages and speed up the release outside of Japan. They know they have devoted fans all over the world chomping at the bit wanting to view the last Evangelion work by Anno. Use your brains Studio Ghibli. Market your movies better. Know your audience. Give them what they want and they will give you money. This is how business works. Like I said earlier, I don't condone threats of violence or rude behavior, but I do understand their frustration and I share it with them. Do not create an environment in order for this type of behavior to flourish. Now get to work and give the rest of the world what it wants.

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Are we allowed to say the movie is bad, or is that "slander"?

I believe there's a distinct difference between giving constructive criticism and just downright threatening people because of how the series ended...

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