By Cal Widdall
The Korean media has reacted with an understandable mixture of confusion and outrage to the discovery of a Japanese comic in which musician PSY appears as a violent paedophilic rapist. The Korean star, whose song Gangnam Style recently became the first video to reach one billion views on Youtube, is depicted as a member of a gang that abducts, tortures and rapes a group of Japanese high school girls.
Wearing his trademark suit and sunglasses, PSY at one point yells “Gangnam Style!” as he delivers a knee to the solar plexus of another character, and his preferred method of ‘torture’ in the comic is force-feeding kimchi.
Rocket News points out that the story line is most likely a parody of a recent controversy in which a popular anime TV series showed its main character cooking a Korean dish, despite a Japanese one appearing in the original light novel – enraging the obsessive otaku masses:
Thousands of erotic dōujinshi are published every year, many of which cast popular characters—both fictional and real—in lewd and sometimes offensive situations. It’s unlikely that the artist meant to insult PSY in particular—if anything, they seem to be taking a pot shot at Japanese viewers who fussed over such a trivial detail in the first place.
The full comic is released on December 31st, and would probably make an excellent gift for that friend back home who always asks you for weird Japanese stuff.