It doesn't take a brain surgeon to see where some of those dislikes came from by just looking at the comments. Several Korean fans have commented about how ugly she is...Seriously?! Another fan states that Japanese people have an inferiority complex. What does that have to do with anything?!
That said, there are plenty of Korean fans who also said some nice comments, so I'm not saying ALL Korean fans are like this.
Lesson: Life is about balance. Have your apple pie, but also have your fruit salads and other vegetables too
I think here we can use the notion of antifan. Like, someone's professional hater))
Fans spend their time following a skater's career, going to competitions, watching the vids, reading interviews, discussing on boards, sometimes creating fanstuff like banners, fanarts, clips, etc. It's a pleasure to fill your time with your favourite skaters.
Yet some guys, I bet you saw them, for some reason find it smart to waste their time hating - obsessively post on boards how disgusting a skater is, argue with his/her fans (they may call it trolling), leave offensive comments at Youtube videos of this skater, of course dislike (I guess often without even watching). Or they search for doubtful statement in the interviews, and laugh that "oh look, she mixed up alpacas and llamas, she's so ignorant and stupid". Such people may take time and create some stuff to ridicule the one they hate, like take a bad fall pic and add some presumably funny caption, and so on.
Perhaps these activities make antifans happy, or they consider they make the world aware of what is, in their opinion, the real state of things. It's just the agressive human nature, yet I still sometimes stare at the comments like "her face is sooo ugly and her music choise is tasteless as usual" and it makes me wonder whether the one who wrote this is now proud and the day has not gone in vain for him.
But I think it's important to call a spade a spade. And using your analogy, I think its worth noting there is a bushel of apples, ie a pesky contingent of Korean fans who, for whatever reason, are splashing the YouTube video full of cruel comments.
I don't think the skaters are taking it to heart or even reading the comments, but I'm just commenting on the stupidity of some people.
As someone that has an interest in K-pop and Korean pop culture, it amazes me the amount of vitriol that people say about a rival band or even a rival K-drama character. It is completely unnecessary. Like what you like and don't worry about the rest.
I can never judge the whole of Japanese on the nationalist diatribe on 2CH, or Americans on certain population's obsession with TMZ or for Aniston's hair style for example. Just don't get it, moving along...
My original intent was to answer the OP's question was "Why the heck does Akiko have 796 dislikes?"
In the comment section there is contingent of fans with Korean surnames (but who knows it could be Japanese fans masking as Koreans...) who have posted nasty comments. It was not meant to be a commentary on the Korean people or Korean skating fans, just that it's likely those dislikes came from folks with Korean fans (or, again "fans") who made those dumb comments about how she looks or whatever.
Also, it was not meant to say that Japanese, American, and other types of people weren't engaging in the same nastiness.
This is truly the dumbest thread I've seen here.
Youtube has an option that let's you express your "dislike". There is absolutely nothing wrong with exercising that right. I, for one, find no joy watching Akiko skate. Rather than searching for her youtube video and wasting my time and pressing the "dislike" button, I simply choose not to watch her. But if someone else feels strongly enough to express their "dislike," for whatever personal reason, I see nothing wrong with that. Blame Youtube, not the users.
Yuna's SP has more than 700+ dislikes. Her LP has more than 800+ dislikes. So what?
Take a chill pill plz.