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8:27 pm - 12/27/2012

PSY Appears as Violent Rapist in Japanese Comic Book, South Koreans Enraged

While Gangnam Style never took off in Japan many people in the country are still well aware of its success.

However, given recent political tensions between Japan and Korea, and a general mutual loathing between the internet communities of both countries, Japan’s reaction to the Korean superstar’s rise to fame has been more cynical than congratulatory.

Normally, Korea wouldn’t care; after all, they’re the ones who produced the most popular video in the history of the internet. But when the Korean media discovered a Japanese manga that parodies PSY as a member of a Korean gang that abducts, tortures, and eventually rapes a group of Japanese high school girls, the internet masses erupted in fury.

The manga is titled Samuge-sō no Kimchi na Kanojo and is an erotic dōjinshi (self-published fan comic) based on the light novel and anime series Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo.

While the release date isn’t until December 31, a single page uploaded to the internet as a preview shows a chubby Korean man in sunglasses and a suit and bow tie yelling “Gangnam Style!” as he delivers a swift knee to the gut of the male protagonist of the anime series, Sorata Kanda.

The comic is meant to parody a controversy that occurred last month when, during a scene in the 6th episode of the anime, Sorata cooks and serves a bowl of samgyetang, a traditional Korean soup consisting of a whole young chicken.


The scene sent many viewers into an outrage as the dish prepared by Sorata in the original light novel was okayu, or Japanese rice porridge. This infidelity was apparently so unacceptable to fans that when the DVD and Blu-ray went up for sale on Amazon, hundreds of people left 1-star reviews laced with anti-Korean comments.

In the parody comic, it’s not the Japanese but the Koreans who are enraged by the “samgyetang incident”, and a group of Korean men kidnap the three main female characters and punish them by force-feeding them kimchi and other traditional Korean food before raping them.

While Koreans vehemently criticized the comic, Japanese netizens were surprised to hear that it had become such a big deal overseas as virtually no one had even heard of it before.

Thousands of erotic dōujinshi are published every year, many of which cast popular characters—both fictional and real—in lewd and sometimes offensive situations. It’s unlikely that the artist meant to insult PSY in particular—if anything, they seem to be taking a pot shot at Japanese viewers who fussed over such a trivial detail in the first place.

Still, portraying one of the biggest names of 2012 as a rapist probably isn’t the most tactful approach to satire.

Source: News Search China, Kaijisoku NSFW) & rocketnews24

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harukakamiya 28th-Dec-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
what even
glider 28th-Dec-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
well isn't this pleasant
vampire_cake 28th-Dec-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh my, totally unpleasant...
u_chai 28th-Dec-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
I understand the need to feel enraged. But when knetizens attack something, it becomes big. This is one of those that didn't need attention. But of course now, it's gonna get such undeserved attention.
dearmisterecho 28th-Dec-2012 05:25 am (UTC)
gigabytexx 28th-Dec-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
But this is a doujinshi, what do you expect..? Many doujinshis are usually pretty much ended up having really different story from the original ones and they dont really care since they're not really the artists themselves.
Unless the ones who made that doujinshi is a popular person, then I don't see why knetizens made it big.
harukakamiya 28th-Dec-2012 05:47 am (UTC)
well it's kind of a big deal to turn a well-known figure into a fucking rapist no matter what the original story is
rainbow_yarn 28th-Dec-2012 05:27 am (UTC)
tacky as hell.
sundaetea 28th-Dec-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
wtf. that was unnecessary.
love323able 28th-Dec-2012 05:37 am (UTC)
citrine047 28th-Dec-2012 07:10 am (UTC)
it's a doujinshi tho. and there will always be scumbags who make doujinshis so it can't be helped. *shrugs*
most ero doujinshis i've seen are totally tasteless, but i guess this is the cheapest feat by far.
on another note, i didn't notice the 'psy parody' figure in the illustrations actually wearing a bow tie yelling “Gangnam Style! or am i just blind, idek
icysnowdrop 28th-Dec-2012 08:07 am (UTC)
He IS saying "Gangnam Style", it's just censored
xkenbe 28th-Dec-2012 07:13 am (UTC)
jeugd1 28th-Dec-2012 07:33 am (UTC)
mrstaguchi100 28th-Dec-2012 07:44 am (UTC)
i don't know whether to laugh at whoever even thought up yelling 'gangnam style' while knee striking, or facepalm at the very publication of this.

obviously someone wanted to see just how pissed off they can make korean people.... = ='
yuma_daisuki 28th-Dec-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
obviously someone wanted to see just how pissed off they can make korean people

arasukishi 28th-Dec-2012 08:12 am (UTC)
"Still, portraying one of the biggest names of 2012 as a rapist probably isn’t the most tactful approach to satire."

Agree with this. I love the Japanese mentality, and I think this issue is only because of a small group's sentiment, but this news really leaves a horrible aftertaste.
chiakaiyuki 28th-Dec-2012 08:23 am (UTC)
Japans attitude to rape in manga is one of the things I hate most about the culture. If this were a place other than Japan, I'm sure more people would be outraged, not just Koreans, but sadly it is expected, just another rape comic in a see of rape comics, only this one got famous. :(
wheresthepaper 29th-Dec-2012 11:55 am (UTC)
Japans attitude to rape in manga is one of the things I hate most about the culture.

This, this, this, times a billion. I can't stand it. At all. I find it disturbing and upsetting. I know, there are fetishes, and such, and different strokes for different folks, and all, but for me it's upsetting. I usually avoid doujin, and the ero section in bookstores.

Way to be tasteful, person who made this comic. You aren't helping things.
kushina 28th-Dec-2012 08:24 am (UTC)
That's not fucking cool. At all.
a_cheshire_grin 28th-Dec-2012 08:37 am (UTC)
Why?! -.-''
dkstranger 28th-Dec-2012 08:51 am (UTC)
The OP was using an older source to cite Japanese reaction to the video--more recent sources say that the song has, to a certain extent finally taken off in Japan as well:

There's traditionally been a lot of bad blood between the two countries, so something like this (both the publication and the reaction) doesn't actually surprise me. The reason "why" could even simply amount to a knee jerk reaction stemming from deep-set anti-Korean racism hidden in some pockets of Japanese society, focused on "hitting back" at something from a rival culture taking root in Japanese society.
breathless31 28th-Dec-2012 11:12 am (UTC)
glimmeringneon 28th-Dec-2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
It's a f****ng doujinshi! OBVIOUSLY its going to be disgusting. Don't tell me you guys don't even know that there are Japanese porn videos which depict real life artists.

This blog can be so overcritical of Japan sometimes. Its one thing to be you know fighting against racism and prejudices (which ever country including Japan can be guilty of) but its another thing to judge Japanese culture based on a disgusting porno comic.

If I had to base a country on their porn I would say Brazil and the Czech Republic would be the best countries in the world. Japan is obsessed with sex toys while the USA loves it rough and violent. The USA and Japan also glorifies rape, if I had to base it on porn. Europe and Southeast Asia are the havens for under age porn stars.

Edited at 2012-12-28 12:32 pm (UTC)
x_xcherryx_x 28th-Dec-2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Imagine if someone in the states made a music video parody where Will Smith was a rapist. The racial tension is such in the states that that would immediately be called out in a outrage. That goes completely against Will Smith's image and literally the only reason he could possibly have been used is because he's black and it would cause ~controversy~

The treatment of Koreans in Japan is very racist and I do not think they would've used PSY if he wasn't Korean, it's awful that they did, regardless of the fact it was a doujinshi or a fanfic or a joke a bunch of kids were saying to each other at school. It's something that should be addressed.
atelierlune 28th-Dec-2012 12:49 pm (UTC)

I don't care if it's just doujin and this stuff does happen on a regular basis in that genre (which is NOT always porn, thanks). Now it's violent erotic doujin that ALSO is anti-Korean!

Is this the way you want to go, Japan? Really?

Edited at 2012-12-28 12:49 pm (UTC)
u_chai 28th-Dec-2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Well... I think it's quite unfair to point at "Japan" as a whole. Doujinshi is usually self-published. So point accusing fingers at the creator. I don't deny that there are many Japanese citizens with prejudiced mindset. But I feel that this is a different instance. It can be anti-Korean sentiment or simply using a very and recent popular pop culture icon. It's muddy waters, IMHO.
sonia_san 28th-Dec-2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Well I hate PSY anyway. If this get uploaded on fakku, I would like to download it to take a little look.
asth77 28th-Dec-2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
what a disgusting point of view.
yuma_daisuki 28th-Dec-2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
thomaswilmoore 28th-Dec-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
That was uncalled for.
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