Woman Arrested For Allegedly Making Death Threats To Anime Retailer

Illustration for article titled Woman Arrested For Allegedly Making Death Threats To Anime Retailer
Screenshot: Animate
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Animate is a large retailer of anime, manga, and video games with well over a hundred stores in Japan. A woman has been arrested for allegedly sending threatening emails, including one in which “kill” (殺す or korosu) was apparently written 3,852 times.

Over a several week span in August, she allegedly sent threatening emails that read things like, “Instead of Kyoto Animation, it would’ve been better if you all had been massacred” and “Get ready to die at any moment.”

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, the 34-year-old woman reportedly canceled purchases in Animate’s online shop, and in September 2018, she was suspended from the site.


This is just one of several cases this year in which threats mentioned the Kyoto Animation tragedy.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


Y’know what’s cool about these stories? Japan actually does something about the threats.

Someone pops off, makes a threat, they get arrested. It’s downright refreshing!