NHK, Japan's national public TV station reported this morning that a security camera on campus of Sophia University caught a suspicious person wearing a hat and a mask on October 12th. The university received the Kuroko's Basketball threat letter and the liquid could produce a lethal dose of hydrogen sulfide on that day. Hit the jump for more story.
MBS (Mainichi Broadcasting System), a TV station in Osaka, reported that they also received a letter to threat them and the Kuroko's Basketball manga creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki with a postmark of October 26th. The station broadcasted the TV anime from April to September this year. Hit the jump for more story.
Bunka Housou/Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, a Japanese radio station in Tokyo, has also received a threat letter and a vessel containing liquid. The letter demanded to stop airing the station's Kuroko's Basketball radio show. Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo Big Sight, a convention center in Tokyo best known as Comiket's venue, received a letter threatening the creator Kuroko's Basketball, Tadatoshi Fujimaki, on October 13th. A doujinshi event for the manga was scheduled to be held at the center on 21st and the letter demanded its cancellation. Hit the jump for more!
The alma mater of Tadatoshi Fujimaki, the author of Kuroko's Basketball manga, and a publishing production related to the manga in Tokyo, received threat letters with powdery stuff and liquid in succession this month. The police has begun the investigation on suspicion of threats. More details after the jump.
On October 15th, the Gamagori station of Aichi Prefectural Police arrested a 14-year-old junior high school student for allegedly stabbing a 30-year-old female teacher with a ballpoint pen after she confiscated his manga in class. More details after the jump.
In August, the arrest of Masaki Kitamura made international news when the anime staffer was accused of threatening to ram a truck into pedestrians and “then stabbing whoever I can with a knife before committing suicide.” Kitamura has now been released amid suspicions that a third party may have remotely operated his PC to send the threat. More after the jump.
In an anime industry scandal that's made international entertainment industry news, Osaka police have arrested 42-year-old anime staffer Masaki Kitamura (assistant director on Gundam 00, episode director on Yu-Gi-Oh and Wolf’s Rain) for allegedly threatening to ram a truck into pedestrians and “then stabbing whoever I can with a knife before committing suicide.” More after the jump.
Roommate situations can get kind of tense from time to time, but most people don't lash out with replica Wolverine claws. That's what 19-year-old Kristofer Ryan Huff is accused of after being charged with aggravated assault for attacking his roommate with a knife and "a replica of the claws associated with the Marvel comics character Wolverine." Read on for more.
The Kanazawa Nishi station of Ishikawa Prefectural Police arrested a 57-year-old unemployed man with no fixed abode on suspicion of stealing two manga books at the bookstore on July 13. The suspect had only 27 yen (roughly 34 cents) with him when he was arrested. More details after the jump.
The Miyagi Prefectural Police arrested three males on suspicion of stealing 98 manga books from a video rental shop in Sendai-city on July 2. The suspects were caught after high-speed chase with more than 20 police cars and police helicopters on the highway. Hit the jump for more details.
Police in Shizuoka apprehended a 26-year-old in Fujieda as the suspected thief of all 64 volumes of One Piece. Details, including where he fit all that manga, after the jump!
Yomiuri Online reports today that incidents in which kids take their parents' credit cards to pay for online games are on the rise. In Hyogo prefecture, 46 cases were investigated last year. Hit the jump to see how bad the damage is!