Yu-Gi-OH-OH! A Veteran Anime Director Is Arrested For Massacre Threats

Japanese police in Osaka arrested 42-year-old animation director Masaki Kitamura today for allegedly threatening to drive a truck into random pedestrians and “then stabbing whoever I can with a knife before committing suicide.” Kitamura, who has directed or assistant directed animated series such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Wolf’s Rain and Mobile Suit Gundam 00, made the threat on the Osaka City government’s website. He had planned to carry out the attack on August 5th in a shopping area on Otaku Road, which houses gaming and anime stores. Police ID’d the IP address of the online posting to a wireless connection owned by Kitamura, although the director denies that he was responsible for the threat and says, “I’m completely innocent.”

If the police are to be believed, Kitamura enjoys making threats of all kinds. They are also investigating whether he made a bomb threat against a Tokyo-to-New York Japan Airlines flight on August 1st. That threat, which also turned out to be false, forced the plane to turn back to Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

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  • http://moviecappa.blogspot.com Mike Caracappa

    Sounds like he’s got mental health issues. I hope he gets help soon before he seriously does hurt someone.

  • http://mediocremind.thecomicseries.com J. Gibbs

    Looks like you activated his trap card!

    … okay, yeah, that was pretty terrible. I’ll go stand in the corner now.

  • Billy Batz

    There was a real incident years ago that was carried out in Akihabara where a crazy guy did the knife thing.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It no doubt put everyone off.

  • pappy d

    I understand. I can’t condone it, but I do understand.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/spacezoomer Jack

    I don’t know if this is true, but I read somewhere that in Japan, not a lot of people like anime. Not in the sense of personal taste, but the medium and it’s culture are very much frowned upon by Japanese society. Like “Dungeons & Dragons is the Devil” frowned upon. Like I said, I don’t know if this is true, but incidents like these may only reenforce the belief.

    I don’t know how you feel, but I love anime no matter what, and it makes me sad whenever I hear something like this. I agree wholeheartedly that these people need help before they hurt someone or hurt themselves. And I hope people don’t point ALL of their fingers at anime as the culprit.