Anime Practical Joke Goes Over The Line And Incites Mass Flaming

Who here remembers Candid Camera? (Kids, ask your parents.) Whether you've heard of the actual TV show or not, the legacy of Candid Camera lives on in present day reality TV and movies. The concept is simple: play a practical joke on someone and catch it on film.

The idea of Candid Camera was especially popular in Japan where the Japanese version of the show どっきりカメラ ("Dokkiri Camera" or "Surprise Camera") led to the word, "dokkiri" (どっきり), becoming shorthand for "practical joke". But as with all practical jokes, sometimes thing get out of hand or downright mean. And if it happens and the internet hate machine gets involved? Then it becomes a complete clusterf**k.

Roughly two months ago, the voice actor Mitsuhiro Ichiki was called to an audition to play an original character for the anime, Kokoro Connect. Shortly after the audition, Ichiki received word that he had been chosen and was asked to come to an event as a secret guest. Sadly, the audition, and even the original character that Ichiki was supposedly supposed to play were all a lie. Ichiki was forced to watch video of himself auditioning for a role that didn't exist. He was then told he had been chosen as the "Publicity Leader" and his job would be to garner public interest in the anime (essentially a PR monkey).

The whole joke seemed mean-spirited and when details of the whole event were uncovered, the internet hate machine quickly went to work. Profiles of all those involved and their individual responses to the practical joke were documented, leading to massive flaming on twitter, message boards, and on the video stream of the actual anime. Sadly, at this point, no matter the quality of the anime itself, the damage may already be irreversible.

Voice acting, like all forms of art, is a very hard occupation. It often takes years or even decades before an actor is well established enough to be able to make a living of voice acting alone. So tricking a voice actor, who is likely already struggling to get work, and making a joke of it is a pretty low thing to do.

Let that be a lesson to you wherever you're from: If you're going to play a practical joke, make sure it's something everyone can laugh at afterwards (And pray the internet never gets involved).

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    It's worth saying that if you want to be a voice actor, maybe you should do the job part time until you get started... I mean, it's a kind of ridiculous goal, not everyone can be Yuri Lowenthal.

      Of all of the awesome voice actors you could have picked, why did you go with Yuri "One voice only" Lowenthal?

        As much as as I love the guy's work, I gotta admit that all the characters he voices sound pretty much the same.

          Plus, you know, he's got the whole 'Star Wars' thing going for him.

      in japan, voice actors are huge, especially female ones...

      nothing like over here, were no one gives a rats ass about them

        You clearly haven't heard of Tara Strong then.

    There is no greater candid camera inspird show than Trigger Happy TV

      *Talking on giant mobile phone really loudly*


    Ouch, yeah, that's... not funny. I've never liked the candid cameras that involved such massive disappointment on the part of the victim. If it's a short, unexpected disappointment, like 'hey you've won the lottery!' then five minutes later revealing a bucket of chocolate coins or something, then sure, you can get away with it. Fulfilling a dream that someone might have held for years and then revealing it was all a stupid prank? Not cool.

      Yeah, if you are going to upset somebody, the end result is that they should get something better at the end of it. I always like the ones when the drop something on to the person's car totally destroying it, then so oh here is a brand new car.
      The person can be upset because of the trick, but at the end have to feel it was worth it to upgrade to a new car.

    Yep. Kokoro's pre-orders have plummeted because of this. Shame because it's not a bad anime, although from what I hear a large part of the viewership is there entirely for the character pictured in the article.

      Also apparently one of the voice actors who actually has a role in the show used a tazer on him for giggles and used it wrong, causing the poor guy to fall off his chair and hit the ground.

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