Kugimiya Disease (釘宮病) is a deadly disease in the otaku culture, and is particularly well known in Japanese and Chinese communities. Those who find the voice of seiyuu (voice actress) Kugimiya Rie (釘宮理恵) moe tend to be victims of the disease.
The origin of the disease was known to have come from Saimoe 2007, where 3 characters voiced by Kuhimiya Rie have come prominent in the competition. Those 3 character are the most well known (and deadlist) strains of the notorious illness:
- S-type: Shana from Shakugan no Shana
- L-type: Louise from Zero no Tsukaima
- N-type: Nagi from Hayate the Combat Butler (aka Hayate no Gotoku!)
Common victims of Kugimiya disease tend to have the following symptons:
- Tend to take a liking of young, flat-chested tsundere type of girls
- Won't get enough of scolding from various tsundere characters
- Won't get enough of notable Kugimiya quotes such as "Urusai! Urusai! Urusai"
Warning: Take the dosage at your own risk.
Instead of taking precautions of the disease, Sofmap took the oppurtunity to promote the virus by bundling everything Kugimiya-related media in one place!
The "Kugimiya Corner" in Sofmap Amusement Kan
DVDs can be seen bundled together in one place, with a sign on top explaining what the disease is about.
So far there is no known cure for the disease. Various attempts, including taking more dosage of the virus, quarantine, or infusing with other seiyuu diseases, have little effect.
Of course there's one new strain that should not be ignored:
The T-type Taiga Aisaka from Toradora! fits in the typical Kugimiya style of tsundere character. This new strain could cause a new epidemic if left uncontrolled.
Image from Danny Choo
Are you a victim of the notorious Kugimiya Disease, and if so which type(s) are you affected by?