Twitter Post Stating Prince Mackaroo to End Rings False, Staff Replies
posted on by Carlos Cadorniga
A long-running anime series was rumored on Twitter to be ending soon and staff was not happy..
Prince Mackaroo, aka Ojarumaru in Japan, is currently in its 18th season. While its format is usually to air a season in two halves throughout the year, this year the first half began broadcasting instead of the second. This was simply done to alter its broadcasting schedule from five times a week on Monday-Friday to three times a week on Wednesday-Friday.
The rumor that was spread on Twitter was simply a bot trying to get a rise out of fans. Unfortunately, it worked. Many longtime fans expressed online outrage at the rumored cancellation, shocked at the prospect of their childhood show being cancelled with no prior notice or even "the fans' consent".
Anime director Akitaro Daichi and regular voice actors Kazuya Ichijou recently tweeted regarding the rumor.
おじゃる終了デマがネットニュースになってるとか思った以上に大ゴトになってるみたいで、お見舞いの言葉などももらっちゃってるんだけど、全然大した話じゃないよ。そんなに本気で怒ってないよ。んにゃろーとは思ったけど。いつも言ってるけどTwitterなんて所詮は戯れ言なんだからさ— 大地丙太郎 8/14わすれた森のヒナタ (@akitaroh) July 20, 2015
"The cancellation rumor became bigger than I thought," Daichi mentioned. "I don't really know what to say about all this. I'm not so much angry, but it's like I've said. Twitter can get carried away!"
心配されたり話題になってくれるのは『おじゃる丸』って作品の幸せな部分かな? ね。 デマはデマでそれで困るわけでもないから。 実際終わらない訳だし。 それところが、スペシャルまでやるので。 だけど、もっと毎日観てもらえないと、釘付けになってもらえないといかんな。うん。— 大地丙太郎 8/14わすれた森のヒナタ (@akitaroh) July 20, 2015
He goes on to say that "I'm guess I'm happy you're all worried for Prince Mackaroo. This hoax is nothing to be afraid of, though. There's no big deal. It's just that you can't really watch every day anymore, and that's okay!"
8/14のおじゃる丸SPをよろしく! 絶対に泣けるから!http://t.co/bFpbnLTbkv— 一条和矢8/14おじゃる丸SP (@ichijo0411) July 17, 2015
予定通りならば秋から『おじゃる丸』の後期を放送開始ですよ!— 一条和矢8/14おじゃる丸SP (@ichijo0411) July 17, 2015
Ichijou was a little more abrasive about the hoax, stating "What idiot has been saying Prince Mackaroo is over? We're just changing the broadcast to Wednesday through Friday!" He went on to promote the August 14 special, which he claims will "definitely make you cry."
His second tweet reconfirmed that the fall schedule will proceed as planned.
Prince Mackaroo first premiered in 1998 based on the manga by Rin Inumaru. It has since spawned several films.
[Via Yahoo! News Japan]