Posted by: opphiucus | June 11, 2008

The Aftermath of Akihabara Killing

The killing that took place this Sunday left several marks both physically and spiritually in the heart of Japanese everywhere. Not only it stains the name of Akihabara and otakudom in general, it also brings another controversy regarding Japanese internet culture.

  • Chugoku Shimbun and Yomiuri Online states that the killer’s weapon, a “Dagger Knife”, is a weapon from famous RPGs such as Dragon Quest and considered as popular weapon among teenagers
  • According to Zakzak the killer is a fan of doujin games such as Eternal Fighter Zero and Chantelise. He’s also the fan of a famous doujin danmaku game for PC with cutesy characters *coughtouhoucough*
  • According to Yahoo, Japan’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Regulations, Hiroya Matsuda, is planning to regulate dangerous information on the internet since the killer posted his sadistic plan on a cellphone BBS (not 2ch)

From: Kotaku

I don’t know what people will think of point one. Hopefully the public won’t be idiot enough to pin the blame on video game JUST BECAUSE HE USES SIMILAR WEAPON! I mean it’s idiot if someone kills another person with a katana and you blame Rurouni Kenshin or Bleach for having so many katanas in it.

Point two is not valid enough to pint the blame on them. As far as I know, the doujin games mentioned is not some massive killing spree game on the level as, let’s say, GTA or Manhunt. Even if you’re a bit distressed, playing Touhou won’t make you want to stab random people. At the worst case, it should make you want to blast your enemies with laser and we all know that’s impossible!

And point 3 is the most ridiculous. Regulating the internet? I don’t where to start. Heck I don’t even know what to say.

Well, this is the first time I rant so much. But I think it’s a serious case (at least for me). Even my parents warned me if I want to go to Japan this summer thanks to that madman. I can only hope that the public would at least have a grain of intelligence in them and won’t blame this case for nearly unrelated stuffs.


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