Love Live stars Yazawa Niko and Nishikino Maki, popularly known as “NikoMaki” sparked outrage this week by visiting Tokyo’s notorious Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japanese soldiers killed in World War II, some of whom committed war crimes.
NikoMaki, who have been increasingly spotted together on excursions in recent weeks, were quick to apologize, stating that they were so focused on each other that they hadn’t even noticed which shrine they had wandered into.
Chinese and Korean Love Live fans, however, were not quick to forgive and forget. The show’s Facebook page was flooded with angry comments such as “Make Love Live, not War Death” and “We want Niko-Niis, not dead Chinese.”
This latest scandal has reminded many of an incident last year involving teen Idol Rukino Saki, who was impaled on live television by the Dorssian Emperor after visiting the war memorial for rival bloc ARUS. However, Love Live director Takahiko Kyogoku said that despite both shows being produced by Sunrise, he was confident that no impalings would be necessary.