We all have characters we love and characters we hate, it’s just that some of us go further than others when those feelings are concerned. Fushimi Tsukasa, author of the Ore no Imouto wa Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai light novels, experienced first-hand how attached some fans are to the characters he created. As Japanese news sites report:
Man suspected of sending threat mails to light novel author Fushimi Tsukasa taken into custody, states the author ‘made a mockery of his favorite character’.
On the 12th of this month, the Koujimachi police department took suspect Aoi, 32 years old and unemployed, into custody under suspicion of sending threat mails to light novel author Fushimi Tsukasa. The suspect admitted to the charges, stating that ‘he found the treatment of his favorite character in the novel insulting, and was infuriated.’
In November last year, the suspect used the author’s mail address revealed on an official page send ten threat messages, including statements like: ‘die, you crook’, ‘I’ll find out where you live’, ‘I’ll make you regret what you did’.
The suspect left a comment stating that ‘he would like to beat Kuroneko’s dead body’ on the author’s blog. When questioned by the police, he stated that ‘he couldn’t stand the story developments that constantly made Kuroneko stand out’.
The police also state that suspect Aoi edited one of Fushimi’s pictures to make it look as if the author’s head had been cut off and sent the image as a mail attachment. Aoi is suspected to have sent over 500 threatening mail messages total.
The police did not mention which character’s honor the ‘fan’ was trying to defend this way, but novel fans speculate that it could only be Kirino. Fushimi, on the other hand, does not appear to be taking the incident to heart – in the latest volume of the OreImo novels, he jokingly refers to the whole situation by having one of his characters mention ‘crazy stalkers delivering a dead cat to your door every day’.
This might be a good opportunity to reconsider how far we can go with hating on a given character before becoming silly and destructive. Spread love, not war?