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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF 20 days ago

Netizens in a heated argument over IZ*ONE's Kang Hye Won openly promoting 'Attack On Titan' season 3 on 'Idol Room'

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On October 30, project girl group IZ*ONE appeared as guests on JTBC's 'Idol Room'. 


During the members' individual introductions, when it came Kang Hye Won's turn, she said, "I'm the pure rapper from hell. I love anime. 'Attack on Titan' season 3 is starting, so please watch it a lot!"









After the broadcast, netizens quickly became involved in a heated debate over whether it was "right" or "wrong" for Kang Hye Won to openly promote the popular anime series. The controversy originates from past rumors regarding 'Attack on Titan' among Korean anime watchers, as the original author of 'Attack on Titan', Isayama Hajime, was previously accused by Korean fans of "favoring Japanese imperialism"

The summary of the past rumors are as follows:

Some time back in 2013, one 'Attack on Titan' character was accused of being modeled off of a real life Japanese commander, who was a part of Japan's operations to colonize Korea around 1916. 


As people began to raise questions regarding this accusation, one viral Twitter post was also seen creating controversial parallels by stating, "Creating a character using motifs from a real Japanese imperialist commander is obviously problematic, similar to portraying Nazis in an artistic way."


Afterward, a private Twitter account which many believed belonged to  'Attack on Titan' writer Isayama Hajime responded, "...It's aggressive to compare Japanese forces in Joseon to Nazis. I also do not think the Joseon people, who were able to increase their population size and average lifespan after Japanese rule, are on the same level as Jews who suffered the holocaust. Such awkward comparisons are bound to be the cause of misunderstandings and prejudice." 



After this incident, rumors that Isayama Hajime "favored Japanese imperialism" continued to spread among Korean netizens, despite the fact that the Japanese publisher of 'Attack on Titan' adamantly denied this private Twitter account belonged to the author himself. The account is believed to have belonged to another insider within the publishing industry. 


Additional rumors accusing the story of 'Attack on Titan' of also drawing comparisons to Japan's colonization of Korea resulted in some Korean viewers from abandoning the series; however, others argue that these rumors remain "presumptuous rumors" with no factual basis. 


As a result, those who believe 'Attack on Titan' to be a problematic series "favoring Japanese imperialism" commented after Kang Hye Won's introduction on 'Idol Room', "There's no positive answer for her at this point, she's telling people to watch Japan's most 'imperialist' anime...", "Does she seriously not use her brain? No matter how young you are, acting so thoughtlessly when you're a public figure...", "Can you just go home and watch your anime then, you have no talent anyway..." etc. 


On the other hand, some took Kang Hye Won's side or claimed they also watch 'Attack on Titan' with comments like, "Okay now celebs can't even watch whatever anime they want", "A lot of Korean people still watch 'Attack on Titan'. Plus, Kang Hye Won has always been an otaku", "Whether it's true or not, just because you watch something for entertainment, it doesn't mean watching it makes you have the same morals as it", and more. 


What do you think about the controversy?






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shakennotstirred 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

Or they could be overthinking it. Let's just say she's a girl who likes the anime without trying to latch any political stance on it :)

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pinkstrawberi 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

amen to this.

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taichou_san 20 days ago 2
20 days ago

that girl just like anime for god sake...like others idols as well...example like suju heechul famous for anime lover

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JessicaRabbit123 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

Anime is also majority made in Japan soooo... If they have an issue with Hyewon being an "imperalistic anime lover", then it seems like the next 2 and a half years is going to be one hell of a ride.

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taichou_san 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

that just dumb lol...its like lots of kpop idols make concert in japan there like tvxq and others sooo does the japan hate the kpop idols make concert there? if they hate pretty much they not gonna have a chance make concert there...heck not to mention tvxq fanbase in japan is hella big tho

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Tenken101 20 days ago 2
20 days ago

Are they dumb? Like....it's an old bald guy with a mustache. There's plenty of old bald men with mustaches that ARENT Japanese Imperialists. This sounds like a total reach. Knetz at it again trying to come up with random sh*t to hate on

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littlejeons 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

YOU MADE ME LAUGH HAHAH

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sotabaka 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

YES THEY ARE is the correct answer

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dc222a 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I love Attack on Titan!

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Jun2012 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

This is SOOOOOOOOOO stupid! Can't people just enjoy things and not link it to this or that?

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codingsfun 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

"Meanwhile, IZ*ONE's "We Together" from their debut mini album 'COLOR*IZ' was recently declared unfit for broadcast by KBS for containing Japanese lyrics."

Wow. Just wow. Just for that reason, it is now declared unfit? The next news for Japan should be, XYZ channel declared all kpop related songs unfit for containing korean lyrics.

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voidending 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Not that deep bro, she doesn't even know about it. It only portrays she loves anime. Take a chill pill.

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animekpopfreak23 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

This anime rarely has any japanese characters in it the rest are fucking white and they're killing titans and there's a cult that worships the fucking walls why on earth are you bringing politics to an anime that is the epitome of "the male main protagonist is fucking shit up again goddammit"

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Asukazaara 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

why they so oversensitive.... I love attack on titan..they dont even know the full story line .... how come they can conclude it as japanese imperialism.... Come on..this is bullshit

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NgohiongPuso 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

OVERSENSITIVITY is STUPIDITY!!!


IT is an anime for f*ck sake!!!!

PEOPLE of KOREA why don't you all worry that Mukbang shows are being censored!!!!

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Forgotten_sons 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

🤔

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itisokaynow 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

I watched films directed by Harvey Weinstein, i must be a molester then.

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avidhiichan 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Yeah on their mind, i must be Nazi coz i watched Charlie Chaplin's old movies coz Chaplin look like Hitler hahaha

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Huhuhh 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

blah blah blah blah..is just anime for god sake.. i dont understand..i know is a sensitive issue but is like evrthing goes overly sensitive..started with the petition to ban the girls appear in Music Bank blah blah..if u really hate that so much..u should ban produce 48 at first place because bringing the japanese idol.. then start ban all kpop group from promoting in japan..stop evrything..duh..n now im overthink of the netz

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codingsfun 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

ikr Japan should ban kpop if this will be the case in Korea!

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yummygummy 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

dafuq netizen are so dumb...it's an anime people....she likes it....wtf...is wrong with them...

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codingsfun 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Just another bunch of typical nonsensical and crazy knetz

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hatedumbfangirls 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

lol so many like her more because she mentioned Attack on Titan. The more fans & attention u get, the more haters u gain. IZONE is a great example atm. That's just reality. If u don't have enough haters, u are probably not popular or well known enough hehe ^^

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deanrose 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I think it is bullshit.


She loves anime and that is all there is to it.

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Secretninja312 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

geez people need to overthink it that far and find more excuses to hate on her so now we’re going to pick apart idols based on what they watch/watched?!? I doubt she knew anything about the creator of Attack in Titan, I didn’t know either. She was basically introducing herself as an anime fan, which is completely fine in my view. Plus she literally JUST debuted, let her have a chance to grow. God this is like Jisung all over again where people were literally finding every little thing to pick on about him

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kpopaye 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

This stretch though.... i cant

Where is the line??

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risearth 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Isnt Seo Janghoon always called as Titans from AOT by soogeun in Knowing bro?Now Knetz feels like those religion cult members who always freak out over anything and made some brainwashing made up theory to spread hate

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littlejeons 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

this is so witty wth why they overthinking

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icysnowrunt14 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Everyone is too sensitive. They did this crap to Tiffany with the emoticon thing and girlfriend ditched Korea out of the stress. Hyewon is in a Korean-Japanese group, regardless of the amount of japanese/korean members, so I am sure the whole group is diverse in interest. Unless Hyewon or anyone else says they favor imperial japan and what not we should not overthink it.

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Illsick 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

There are so many deliberately stupid people out here. I don’t get how Koreans think, they seem to love to equate their history with Nazism. First off, Korean manhwa is based off of manga and Korean webtoons are a mixture of anime and American cartoons, so Koreans can copy and streal the formula but still defame a man who has a great series.


For people out there who don’t know, Japan wasn’t the tyrant who ruined Korea, before Japan came Koreans encountered US military forces who started to attack them, before that the Korean class system was running rampant and best believe they had prostitution and rape and every other degenerate human behavior out there. Japan didn’t introduce that Korea, it already existed. And for centuries Korea was nothing more than a tribute state to China, China dictated Korea had autonomy


I’m tired of all these articles where you see Koreans getting triggered about Japan when they don’t understand a single thing

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Hyungshi 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

seriously these overly sensitive knetz needs to stfu, one fact JP anime is way better than KR anime let her promote whatever she likes.

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Znewie71 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

i believe this group will face many problems like this because of its japanese members. Its not their fault but it seems like every members word will be scrutinized.

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EdelRose 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

That happened back in 2013 when Hyewon was 13 - 14 years. I don’t know about you guys but I know that when I was around that age watching anime and reading manga, controversies such as that was not even in my mind. What mattered to me is that I liked the series. People think into things like this too much she was so fucking young and probably wasn’t even on social media how would she ever even have known about something like this at that age?

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xhecthor 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

If it would be problematic, Idol Room would have edited it out. Just stop all this Korea-Japan Hate.

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Broken_Red 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

promote high school dxd next when it came out later

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Mad_Max 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

She's my ideal type now.

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pandabarrels 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I can understand the sensitivity regarding the situation... but it's just a girl saying how much she likes anime for goodness' sake. It's not that deep.

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POLO_COOL 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

aigoooo

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GoTPanda 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Okay I don't like bringing BTS into this but why do I feel like Japanese Idols are getting only hate after calling BTS anti-Japan? Like when Twice came on knowing bros Heechul talked about 'Attack on Titan' and no one cared then, so why all the hate to this group now?

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Kosmo_Lap 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

She's pretty but I don't think she is one of the smartest idols out there.


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gintama 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

DUDEEEEE I CAN FIND LIKE 3 BALD GUY WITH MUSTACHE RIGHT OUTSIDE MY HOUSE NOW, SHOULD I REPORT THEM!!?

also dint 2 broadcast station ban IZONE japanese song because its in japanese lyric?!?! DOUBLE STANDARD MUCH???? thats like saying i want your money but i dont want you in my country but i still need your money like wtffff

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Kpopfangirl78 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

What has this world come to?

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LittleSukie 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

Oh my gawd. At this point I wouldn't dare to google analysis of the animes I watched over the years. I think the theories would ruin my childhood.

It is a good anime. I just love the whole bromance/friendship/loyalty/courage/one for all, all for one story.

Idols are having promotions and concerts in Japan. Agencies are focusing on the Japanese market after China's sanctions. I mean, it should go both ways right.

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yxjin 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

wtf is this, can the girl just not like an (AMAZING) anime? like yall are just overreacting..

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Kiki_Imti 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

People need to seriously chill. And stop over thinking. Like come on , She's just a girl who likes anime. I see nothing wrong.

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jeyjin 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Do these people ever think about the idols themselves? Why do their opinions of the author have to effect her when she just thinks the show is entertaining?

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aylmao 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

knetz are actually retarded

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fangblade99 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

i mean...as someone who watches anime from time to time, i never care to look for info about the author nor do i really care. people are digging too deep into everything. she's just a girl who likes AOT...chill out netizens

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kiranoir 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Koreans and their self centeredness, no wonder they have been producing shitty programs lately

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blockb1a4_1 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I'm confused...isn't season 3 already over though? Or has it not aired in Korea or something? Cause like season 4 is coming out next year.


Side note, this "heated" argument is ridiculous. It's literally a person loving anime. How simple minded must you be to accuse someone who's simply stating what she loves as something like "favoring Japanese imperialism". I'll never understand these people.

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mrcloris 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Odio; cuando los fans; se involucran en cuestiones que ya pasaron;;; y a ideas pre concebidas que lo único que traen es, malas interpretaciones, e ignorancia, ya viene otra controvercia,absurda,,, es como cuando alguien me empujo, cuando niña, y años despues de muerta algun pariente, que no sabe cómo ocurrio, el hecho, muestra con rabia, y desden, " ese es el nieto de la persona, que hace mil años, hiso tropesar a mi familiar,, por que ya no sabe si soy su recontra tatarabuela o abuelo,,POR DIOS !!

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amellauu 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

this is the stupidest shit ever.

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Anpanman 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

This manga went to shit the moment the wall reveal happened anyway.

I don't blame casual fans for not knowing that isayama is a shitty right wing, but those fans that are shielding him are shitty

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Yellowchimpa 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Wow. Sometimes it's as though some people 'want' to be unhappy about something. The show isn't promoting imperialistic Japan. Whether it be a theme or not, it is the villain in the show. The characters are fighting for freedom. But I think they should be more worried about the way they pivot their feet and how it should be identified with a male or female, because trans people don't exist. Isn't that the issue of the month? *sarcasm; because I've seen people not identifying it*

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smfhlmfao 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Smfh. Koreans who make these abrupt assumptions and rude remarks weren't even fucking alive during the days Japan was dictating/ruling Korea. I'm a fellow Korean who doesn't really care for what Japan has done to Korea in the past. The past is the past and the present is the present. This doesn't mean that you should also disregard what Japan has done to Korea, but come on, give it a break lmfao. Those people in those generations are most likely dead and in today's society, I'm pretty sure they don't retain to those barbaric and or inhuman ideologies anymore, so stop being prejudiced smh. Literally I'm pretty sure that there isn't any deeper meaning in the promotion for the anime other then a girl expressing her love for anime.

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Lithium_Flower 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

So this this anime is Nazi-like because of something a random twitter account said? The twitter account doesn’t even belong to the author. And Knetz think AoT is about them? China banned the show because they thought it was about them (vs Hong Kong - and admittedly, it’s a more reasonable metaphor). The show itself uses medieval European names, and specifically points out the one or two asians they have as a different race. This obsession with twisting and hating everything related to Japan for the so-called sake of patriotism is pathetic.

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mipcy 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I'm not Korean nor Japanese but I have a lot of thoughts on this topic. Arrgh!

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Arlandria 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

it's weird on how this is a sensitive issue there but that exact part is also aired. If it's that sensitive then shouldn't the broadcasters edited it out on the 1st place?

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WonderSara 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

OH MY GOD!

even the anime? why don't they just boycott Japan? no Japanese members, no Japanese promotions or debut, no J-dramas, J-pop/rock, movies, anime, food, fashion, business, politics, economy, entertainment.

S.Korea has stop dealing with Japan if they just still overthinking and oversensitive about everything to do with Japan.

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big_bang_forever 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Regardless of any of this, I doubt she knew... Netizens really can be dumb at times. Don't try to force or project your views and ideals upon others.. If you do, how are you any different from those Japanese invaders.

She just made an innocent statement as a fangirl, it was cute... Don't try read too much into things or inject your own fillers into things

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Sehunicron 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

that anime is so problematic. season 2 was bullshit

plus the creator talked shit about his own fandom

fuck that guy

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nnani 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

-_- Okay now people are just fucking hating to be pressed, pissy cunts who have no fucking life. It's a fucking Anime, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ONES. I bet their asses have fucking Attack on Titan posters in their bedroom while talking shit. Holy fucking shit people are so fucking stupid I can't. If you don't liek them no one gives a fuck? Shut the fuck up and leave? It's not rocket science. Stop paying attention to them if you don't like them. If you're that stupid to comprehend that then you have no right to even speak and try to act woke or "right to speak" if you're stupud stfu, you can't argue and make a statement when you assume. Think before you speak -_-.

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RizalmieHisham 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

OMG. Netizens are becoming more and more fanatics ever. Maybe its time someone create a virus to crash permanently crash the internet. Go back to basic such paper, magazine, dvd's, cd's, television and radio.

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JessicaRabbit123 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

At this rate, Aki-P will be pulling the 48 girls form the group before they hit their 2 and a half years. There's already been accusations of them being imperialists, a petition for them to be banned from performing on television, one of their songs - which was performed on Produce48 - being banned and now this.

It's only been like 3 days since they formally debuted and already the bigots are going to town. Is their entire time being in IZ going to boil down to "Korea vs. Japan"?? The 3 Japanese members have already being warped into villains solely for being Japanese and being AKB48 members. I can only imagine how much more strife them and the group will endure for the next couple of years.

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Soulbrother 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Where were these clowns when the produce48 was being previewed to the public? If they hated this Japanese/Korean thing why go ahead with a damned group........Once again these websites glorify netizens, Netz get their precious attention and they go after more. STOP REPORTING about them and they'll slowly but surely diminsh.....

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kyshro 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

This is dumb. Let the girl promote a series she likes.

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vienako 20 days ago 2
20 days ago

rumor rumor rumor.. toxic toxic toxic... don't be sensitive korean people.. just watching her with positive thinking.. grow up hey..

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JessicaRabbit123 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

They really sat there and compared her to Nazis like... What kind of fuckery?

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vienako 13 days ago 0
13 days ago

there is not good netizen.. 😑

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Linsmom 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I don't even like KHW but this is totally bullshit. just when I thought knetz couldn't get stupider🤦🏻‍♀️

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lemonpop 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I find "I'm the pure rapper from hell.'' more 'worse' than promoting favorite anime :D

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manupecks 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

People are trying to find the stupidest arguments to bring down this group

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thelost 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I have the feeling that every time these girls will say anything even slightly related to Japan they'll be bashed by k-netz...it seems like every person in Japan it's still responsible for what happened something like 70 years ago. I know it's a sensitive topic and all but, if we all thought like that than every German person should be a nazis, every Italian a fascists (well, unfortunately there still are some even though it's freaking against the constitution but this is not the place to discuss about it) and so on.

What was the point in making a Korean Japanese group, then?

And, more importantly, is this also part of Erwin's plan?


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Nabong20 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I say Hye Won PROMOTE MORE ANIME let the koreans know the fun in it and not taking it seriously... YOU GO GIRL

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Nabong20 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

so that means I must be butthurt too because japanese also conquered my country (a long time ago) before we achieve independence and I should stop watching anime because of that reason... OK

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Nabong20 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

so... koreans are basically saying that an anime which is a fiction that showcases the fight for humanity against giant monsters that coincidentally has a character that shares similarity to a japanese comrade from a longggggg time ago as something as an "imperialist" anime? smh

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methodman88 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I'm only up to the 2nd season. Still need to finish Naruto ffs

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Swansong7 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

wtf... soooo a japanese mangaka MAY have modelded a SIDE character after someone bad and that somehow makes it wrong for this girl to mention the series ??? wtf

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MaeilKpop 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I just watched the episode and the subs never mentioned Attack on Titan, did they edit it out? What a stupid controversy.

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avidhiichan 20 days ago 0
20 days ago
I dont know what Knetizen think if Hyewon do a "Second Gear" of Monkey D Luffy hahaha Luffy face similar to other japanese general again?hahaha
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avidhiichan 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

overacting hater !!!


Hyewon is otaku, she loves read anime...maybe they will think, if i watch Charlie Chaplin's old movies, i must be a fans of Nazi coz Charlie Chaplin look like Adolf Hitler hahahaha bakayaroou !!!

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Ghost666 20 days ago 0
20 days ago
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I've watch many anime, and i don't even know if it originated from manga or light novel. Or who the authors/artist are. I think that's the downside of being an idol. Everything you say or do can be criticized/manipulated in such a way. Let's just keep on supporting her. She's a fan obviously of anime, i thought one piece is the only thing she watches but suddenly she blurts out attack on titan. I think she really loves watching anime and was excited for season 3. No idea about the date but I'm guessing it's coming out within the year. And attack on titan is famous all over the world right? So those who are excited/waiting/anticipating/promoting on MAL/YouTube on what will happen/expectations/hypothesis for the 3rd season are imperialist? Come on guys. If sh did that to make sure that all adaptions will be made into anime. We know the answer. Definitely will. It's so popular. I think she's just hyped being a fan.

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Orange_duck 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

If she is grew up in that culture, that belief, how would she knows it's right or wrong?

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coco_puffs 20 days ago 3
20 days ago

it’s a FUNNY Show, But I Would PREFER Her to FOCUS on Her DANCING Career Instead... ;)

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NgohiongPuso 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Yeah! I agree.. this is more cause for an argument rather than that show about Naked Giants

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hatedumbfangirls 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

SInce when being an idol consists on focusing on "dancing career"? Do u also prefer Sakura to FOCUS on her vocals rather than do anything else when she already said she wants to be an actress in future? Pretty sure Hyewon's not interested in making a career out of dancing lol. Do u know how many 2nd generation kpop idols became idols because they really truly want to be actors & actresses? Some even focus on being in variety shows and MCs. In the long run, being in an idol group doesn't necessarily mean u'll end up being a stage performer or solo artists. In fact overwhelming majority end up being in the entertainment industry without performing on stage. But YOU would PREFER her to focus on DANCING instead? Tell me why that would benefit Hyewon when IZONE disbands in 2.5 years

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codingsfun 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Just another typical nonsensical and crazy fan, you ignore them

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