If there is one thing the anime fandom knows how to do, it is taking things too far. This can be in the best of ways with cosplay and fan-projects, but there are times when things spiral out of control. For instance, a once-innocent troll event asking the public to raid Area 51 with some help from Naruto has gotten out of hand as of late... and the anime fandom is living for it.
For those who do not know, a Facebook event page went viral last week after a known troll asked for the public's help to raid Area 51. The event, which amassed more than 400,000 supporters, was asking for fans to meet up in September outside of Area 51 to storm the base.
“If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens,” the page read.
Using Naruto to guide them, fans had hoped they would be able to make it into Area 51 to put the truth out there. While the event was started as a clear joke, nearly 800,000 people have RSVP'd to the event. In fact, the U.S. military has had to release a statement on the event to warn anyone who should try to raid the private base would be pursued by the extent of the law for trespassing.
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews said in a statement via Yahoo . “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”.
Of course, the anime fandom has taken this spiraling meme to the next level with Naruto jokes. After all, fans of the anime just want to make ninja proud, and they'd do just about anything to prove the Otsutsuki clan is hiding out on Area 51. As you can find in the slides below, Naruto fans are wilding out with their reactions to this ever-growing prank, but there's no telling how many of them (if any) will show up to go Space Ninja Hunting later this fall despite all their warnings to avoid doing so.
So, what do you make of this anime meme's unexpected popularity? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
okay weebs who's gonna naruto run towards area 51 for the aliens 👽👽 (what's even better is that there's 500k+ interested/going on fb) pic.twitter.com/SSJ3fboxzO— 𝘣𝘢𝘺𝘭𝘪𝘦 (@cutelilweeb) July 10, 2019
A Sight To See
Me & the rest of the Naruto Runners storming the frontlines during the Area 51 raid on September 20th. pic.twitter.com/37Bmb6oFkg— Scenario (@iScenario) July 12, 2019
Place Your Bets Now
This is what we wearing when we Naruto run into Area 51 pic.twitter.com/FhnJyqLdZo— dick (@jiraiyaswhore) July 12, 2019
The Ultimate Excitement
Area 51 aliens when they see the Naruto runners on the horizonpic.twitter.com/a0TQMTqHqu— Cody Smith (@xCodySmith) July 13, 2019
Ready, Set, Go
No one:— 👽 Robed Joe 👻 (@RobedJoe) July 12, 2019
Absolutely no one:
Naruto runners at Area 51: pic.twitter.com/XvSSZ1TCkm
Make Naruto Proud
naruto didn't raise no weak bitches, y'all better naruto run straight into area 51 without fail. get that chakra control on point. train on your ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu.— ☆•° ℓιgнтѕ °•☆ (@hopingfor123) July 12, 2019
The Truth Is Out There
Everyone Naruto Running into Area 51 pic.twitter.com/ETZKAdpEFa— Alex (@Alex_Taylor0) July 12, 2019
everyone getting ready to get shot because they thought they could naruto run through area 51’s security pic.twitter.com/pVJGaS9Ihl— Gracie (@gracieisgross) July 12, 2019
Laugh? Or Cry?
the government when they see half a million people naruto running towards area 51 at 3AM pic.twitter.com/J15CYeqq3r— im babey (@Shut_ur_quiznak) July 12, 2019