The recent episode of the hit anime series “Oshi no Ko” stirred a whirlpool of emotions among fans as it seemed to mirror a real-life tragedy.
Alert: This article discusses the events that take place in Oshi no Ko episode 6 and might not be suitable for some readers.
The story of Akane Kurokawa, a talented young actress struggling to adapt to the demands of a reality show, appeared eerily reminiscent of the tragic story of Hana Kimura, a pro wrestler and participant in the Terrace House reality TV series.
In the latest episode titled “Egosurfing”, Akane, feeling the pressure to impress her audience, ends up hurting a co-star. This action leads to an onslaught of online bullying, pushing her to the brink of su**ide.
This storyline has drawn parallels with the tragic case of Hana Kimura. Kimura participated in the Terrace House series in 2020, where an altercation with a co-star led to her becoming the target of extensive online harassment.
This resulted in Kimura’s tragic su**ide and the subsequent cancellation of the show.
Oshi no Ko Creator on Cyber Bullying
Although “Oshi no Ko’s” creators have not explicitly confirmed any link between the series and the real-life incident, the striking resemblance between the two events hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans.
Particularly, how Akane’s story seems to reflect the real-life pressures and harsh cyberbullying that young talents in the spotlight often face, with devastating consequences.
This resemblance takes a darker turn when considering the words of Aka Akasaka, co-creator of “Oshi no Ko”, who shared in an interview with AnimeNewsNetwork his intent to spotlight how the voices of fans, amplified by the internet, can lead to young talents being hurt, exploited, and suffering.
This sentiment echoes the unfortunate real-life events surrounding Kimura, where the immense online backlash following a heated on-screen argument played a significant role in her decision to end her life.
Interestingly, the official English licensor, HIDIVE, featured a special disclaimer at the end of this emotional episode. It stated that “Oshi no Ko” is a work of fiction, but urged anyone struggling with mental health to reach out to the National Su**ide Prevention Lifeline.
This note, although not legally required, is a significant step towards acknowledging the potential impact such content can have on viewers.
About Oshi No Ko
Oshi no Ko anime is based on the manga of the same name, written by Aka Akasaka (also known for Kaguya Sama: Love Is War).
Oshi no Ko focuses on the dark side of the entertainment industry and the series has been an instant hit among seasonal anime watchers all thanks to its 90-minute premiere episode.
You can watch the Oshi no Ko anime on HIDIVE.