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Yu-Gi-Oh Director Arrested For Massacre Threats

The director of such popular anime fare as "Yu-Gi-Oh," "Wolf's Rain," and "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" finds himself in a heap of trouble today after Osaka police pegged him for serious online threats of violence.

Yu-Gi-Oh

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Masaki Kitamura was arrested for one threat against the city and its residents, and is also under investigation in relation to a separate bomb threat directed at a Tokyo-to-New York flight.

A threat of violence reminiscent of a 2008 crime was posted to the Osaka City government's web site on July 29, where police allege Kitamura expressed his intent to carry out an attack on August 5th in a pedestrian area known as "Otaku Road." The writer stated he would ram a truck into pedestrians in the area and "then stab whoever I can with a knife before committing suicide." Otaku Road is a popular destination for anime and game fans with its numerous electronics and gaming stores. The online threat was traced to a wireless IP address owned by Kitamura, who denies knowledge of the posts.

During the summer of 2008, a similar attack was carried out by Tomohiro Kato, in which Kato drove a truck into pedestrians in Tokyo's Akihabara game and electronics district before randomly stabbing people. The 2008 massacre killed 7 and injured 10.

Additionally, police are now investigating Kitamura's involvement in a Japan Airlines bomb threat made on August 1st. The Tokyo-to-New York commercial flight was forced to turn back two hours after take-off following the bomb threat. After landing, no explosives were found.


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Show:
- Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Wolf's Rain
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Written by: kyleiam
Aug 27th, 2012, 1:53 am

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