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K-pop fans decry K-pop idols for watching and recommending ‘Made in Abyss’ series

TRIGGER WARNING: Some mentions of violence and torture.

There’s never a quiet day in the K-pop stan community, tbh. Quite literally, there’s always something that fans find “problematic” on the daily. This week, apart from other “scandals” that have risen, some K-pop fans have been triggered by the mention of one manga/anime series titled, “Made in Abyss.”

A short description of the manga/anime series is this: The story follows a young orphan girl named Riko who dreams of going into the “Abyss” to find her mother. One day while exploring, she meets a part-robot boy named Reg, and the two of them explore the “Abyss” together.

Some fans of the anime have posted praises for the manga/anime series and its story and were not shy to include the fact that it could be extremely violent, gory, and disturbing due to hints (or not) of child violence and torture. It had also been mentioned on the anime’s IMDb page.

The reception to the manga and anime series has been largely positive, with streaming platform Crunchyroll including the series in their “Top 100 best anime series of the 2010s.” IGN had also done the same, and editor Lauren Orsini from Forbes had included the anime in her own list of the best anime of the decade.

In 2018, “Made in Abyss” was hailed as the “Anime of the Year” and “Best Score” at the 2nd Crunchyroll Anime Awards and won several other awards in other award-giving bodies.

From this alone, the manga/anime series is already worth suggesting to other avid anime fans. Yet, ‘Made in Abyss’ still struck a chord with K-pop stans despite being heavily unaware or misinformed about the anime. They were especially critical of some K-pop celebrities and how they were recommending it to their fans—to the point of them digging up past broadcasts and berating the idols.

Said idols that have been name-dropped were TXT’s Soobin, NCT’s Taeyong, SEVENTEEN’s Woozi, LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura, and others.

Some others, however, did not find anything wrong with the anime and found the manhunt as a misunderstanding. They also did an UNO reverse card by calling out the same fans clamoring for the idols to be canceled are the same ones fetishizing their own faves.

Some K-pop fans also did their own research and found that the version that the mentioned K-pop idols had possibly watched was the censored version, as the South Korean version is said to be heavily censored on TV.

Other non-anime fans also began spreading misinformed perspectives on different manga/anime series, much to the dismay of anime fans.

What are your thoughts on the issue?



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