I recently received a question from an anon asking “What happened to KonataP?”
The short answer is: bulling/trolling
The longer answer goes, well, all the way back to KonataP’s song “Enemy of 334 people”.
The number “334” had two meanings in her song:
1)334 can be read as “sa-mi-shi” (lonely)
2) the number was also supposed to mean “I could only trust 1/300 people”
334, however, was a “taboo” number which the somewhat unknown 2channel/NND community called “なんでも実況J” didn’t allow anyone else to use.
They kept commenting on her video and bothering her, but no matter how much KonataP tried to explain the meaning of her title, they wouldn’t stop. They stamped her as a liar and said “we know you’re lying - stop trying to excuse yourself!!”
Even with a lot of negative feedback though, she stayed strong and continued to upload new songs.
The second incident happened when KonataP released another song, Lie of April. In this video, trolls accused KonataP of making a disgusting song about lewd dreams. Although we’re not sure who’s behind it, it’s pretty certain that it must have been the same group behind this as well.
As a result of her videos becoming well-known due to the trolling, she was also accused of doing all of this as a publicity stunt.
In the end, she finally gave up producing songs and deleted her Skype, Twitter and Niconico Douga account. She has also decided that she will not return.
(Source: KonataP’s blog in Japanese)
I’d like to add that this isn’t the first time in Vocaloid history that someone has been trolled/bullied/flamed by a large group of people.
The first major incident I remember goes back to summer 2010 where Yunomi, the illustrator of Just Be Friends, was accused of plagiarism.
Although I don’t want anyone to start arguing about who’s right or who’s wrong, I’d just like to use this opportunity to say this to everyone in the English-speaking Vocaloid community: please be civil.
There are a lot of talents out there and it’s sad to see so many quit. I hope that our growing community will be able to handle cases such as these better. If anything does happen though, please be sure to support the artists, ok?