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Fan-Drawn Votive Pictures of AnoHana Stolen From the Model Shrine

by dtshyk
Jul 8, 2011 6:34 AM | 37 Comments
According to Saitama Newspaper, most of the votive picture tablets ("Ema") of AnoHana were stolen from Chichibu Shrine, one of the model places of the anime. Thirty to forty Emas had been drawn by AnoHana fans and dedicated to the shrine but only a few remained now.

Picture of AnoHana Ema
Picture of AniHana Ema 2

Chichibu Shrine in AnoHana Episode 4
Corresponding position in real Chichibu Shrine

Chichibu Anime Tourism Executive committee said that about fifty flags of AnoHana, which had been displayed in the shopping districts, were also stolen. One of the committee members said "AnoHana fans I saw were all polite and had good manners. I don't think those are offenses by the fans, but please don't take them away for fun."

Source: Saitama Newspaper
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20 of 37 Comments Recent Comments

thieves shall be caught, and punished

Dec 3, 2011 5:58 PM by leeahseng

i just think they are douche bags and need their asses lick anyone else agree

Dec 3, 2011 2:50 PM by Setsuna200

Hoppy said:
Since they aren't fans or otaku, I say we go crucible at the vile thief or thieves who stole the pictures. The culprits need to be taught a lesson.


What s/he said.

Stealing art dedicated to a wonderful Anime is one thing, but... From a shrine? Really? REALLY?

Sep 13, 2011 9:03 PM by Tammuz

the hell............

Jul 24, 2011 8:31 AM by Hotaru_yuki

TanukiBoi said:
It's probably some old person who tired of Anime being decorated across their town or some really crazed fan who wanted it a souvenir. Maybe worse a foreigner who thought it was free for keeps. I don't know....

But yea stealing from a Shrine is not good.


Stealing from a shrine invites off the scale amounts of bad karma.

Jul 9, 2011 12:05 PM by Hoppy

So sad.

This topic, too.

Jul 9, 2011 10:09 AM by cyruz

Police should check Yukiatsu's closet.

Jul 9, 2011 8:55 AM by 5layer

Menma stole them.

Jul 9, 2011 7:58 AM by Acquiesc3

...

Jul 9, 2011 1:41 AM by tsubasalover

What the hell? I can never understand stupid people.

Jul 9, 2011 12:06 AM by animelly

WHERE ARE YOU MENMA!!! T______T Show yourself

Jul 8, 2011 10:53 PM by DenjaX

Nice drawings.

Jul 8, 2011 9:28 PM by AlexSadist-sama

Now why the hell would you steal fanart?

I'm pretty sure they're priceless and serve only as a memento/tribute to AnoHana.

If any of them were really fans of AnoHana or anime in general, they wouldn't have done this unless they were seriously stupid.

Jul 8, 2011 9:27 PM by Rezurrekt

It's probably some old person who tired of Anime being decorated across their town or some really crazed fan who wanted it a souvenir. Maybe worse a foreigner who thought it was free for keeps. I don't know....

But yea stealing from a Shrine is not good.

Jul 8, 2011 9:19 PM by TanukiBoi

Oh God Menma disappeared again!

Jul 8, 2011 6:34 PM by JoJo10

prob kids just having fun

Jul 8, 2011 4:49 PM by Kazeshini

This is nothing compared to what I have to live through everyday

Jul 8, 2011 3:20 PM by LibertyPrime

What bitches!!! >:O

Jul 8, 2011 3:17 PM by Lulexiaa

darkquach said:
Are the culprits the same in the K-on incident?


Inb4 secret underground black market of anime goods

Jul 8, 2011 2:05 PM by Dudewitbow

This is sad.. who would steal from a shrine? :|

Jul 8, 2011 1:18 PM by Meronpan_Chan