My Attempt at Journalistic Integrity

Article — By on December 17, 2012 2:39 pm

This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.

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Hey Crunchyroll, hire me.

Love it or hate it, the Fate/Stay series has become one of the biggest hits in Japan in recent years with the series consistently displaying record sales numbers of dakimakura and blu-rays. So it comes as no surprise that Takashi Takeushi, a well-known Fate/Stay dev and artist would be interviewed at one point in his life by someone in the media.

Saber my waifu

Recently, Japanese entertainment site Kotaku interviewed the author and tried to get his viewpoint on why the Fate/ series was so popular. While he danced around the success of the sales numbers in an attempt to be modest, what caught most people off guard was his response to the mounting criticism of his most popular work as being poor in comparison to other visual novels, to which he responded to with the following statement:


“those stupid fucks didn’t like my new Tsukihime designs!”


Of course, knowing that most of the criticism is coming from the part of the Japanese internet that likes to crap on anything and everything that is explosively popular, he has to know that no one will actually respond to his anger. So while he sits back and writes all the way to the bank and the anime adaptations are experiencing the same level of popularlity despite being polarizing, I have to ask, was his response warranted, or was he better off just shrugging it off?

In related news, tripfag Yui Claus has resolved to post Yui in a Santa outfit at least once a day until Christmas. Only time will tell if this intrepid soul will meet his goal.

Via Kotaku

Dark_Sage is the Editor-in-Chief of,’s /animes/ board, and an occasional writer for GaiaOnline. He can also be found masturbating to 2D girls at @feedmeyourtears.


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Xythar says:

I was going to say that doesn’t sound like Takeuchi at all, but I see it was posted on /a/, so it’s gotta be legit.

Marow says:

In all seriousness, it would be nice with more honest authors.

Kastel says:

Are you hired yet?

kokujin-kun says:

In all seriousness, SAO is garbage and I can shit out a better series in less than a week and people are stupid for liking it.

njd09 says:

I’ll gladly be stupid then. If you ever do, I’d love to see it.

2ColouredEyes says:

a stupid person would like to ask about when your “better series in less than a week” will be available?

El Huesudo II says:

SAO is garbage, but it has several appeal points that make everyone flock to it:

a) Gamer main character who’s hax and a chick magnet. Yes, this screams HORRIBLE WRITING right from the start, but it also writes “pandering” – and pandering sells.
b) Awesome MMORPGs that we wish were true (more wish fulfillment!)
c) Kajiura soundtrack (what else do you want, really)

So yeah, it behaves like a popular fanfic; albeit one with an out-of-control popularity. But we already know a good example of that kind of phenomenon in the English-speaking world: Fifty Shades of Gray.

And, well, SAO is without a doubt better than 50 Shades.

Drake says:

Your stupidity can only be handled in an MMORPG. Why don’t you go buy one and disappear from this world. I’m sure everyone would be happier that way.

thecowgoesmoo says:

“My Attempt at Journalistic Integrity”

If this is a ploy to get those “massage” parlor visits expensed, I’m afraid I’m going to have to tell you that it’s not going to work.

FalseDawn says:

None of this would’ve happened if someone hadn’t taken his Surfin’ Bird record.

P32L says:

I like how the “correction” he posted was to remove the only substantial statement in the whole piece, leaving the article with literally no body– just a lead-in and lead-out. Brilliant story there, Crunchyroll.

corocoro says:

And how it still doesn’t reflect what’s said in the interview.

Dark_Sage says:

Of course he waited until he got all the hits he could from the original article. And now he edited it – “doing the right thing” – so he’s absolved of all responsibility for the inaccuracy.


Nevreen says:

Enthusiasm makes up for professionalism, right?

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