Haruhi, what has your crazy antics done to our world?
It should be noted that this is fairly old news, and that real life attempts at reenacting Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody have been happening quite a lot in Nishinomiya. This is a pretty good example of unhealthy obsession.
It’s understandable that you would have some kind of desire to visit a place where your favorite TV show is being filmed at. It’s even understandable if that location was used in your favorite anime. But scaling an entire building from the outside just to take pictures of the rooftop? Trespassing on an educational facility just so you could live out a scene that happened in an anime?
That’s when you need to realize that you need to focus your passions elsewhere… because that’s just fucked up.
I admit, I would want to visit a place like Yokosuka, for example, to get a nostalgia trip from being reminded of one of my favorite Dreamcast games, Shenmue. However, I wouldn’t go around bothering people about looking for a guy named Charlie, sailors, the death of my father, and Lan Di… unless I was just fucking around.
There’s always a boundary.Â Anime and video games (and every other form of entertainment) always offer you some form of escapism… but it’s not a replacement for real life. Don’t start crying because they won’t let you into a god damned high school (which you probably see as some kind of heaven at that point). It’s good to be a fan, but not when it just pisses the crap out of everyone around you and attracting danger to yourself.
I would probably visit Nishinomiya and take pictures of that high school if I got the chance, but I wouldn’t force my way into the premises and violate the school grounds with the SOS Brigade logo. A safe-sounding hobby such as watching anime should remain “safe”, after all.