The arson fire in Kyoto Animation’s Studio-1 building has killed 36 people, though it also showed how compassionate people are. However, it has also gave the green light for other people to threaten studios with arson as well. And the latest one has surfaced, threatening Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara, which is behind the Evangelion franchise.
A 35-year-old unemployed man from Okayama allegedly posted threats to anime studio Khara via various social media outlets. And like the others who sent threats to other studios, he also referenced the arson attack to Kyoto Animation in his threats. However, police have already arrested him, and he has admitted to the charges. He said that he did the deed knowing that Studio Khara was scared of his threats.
Khara reported the posts to the police after a series of posts last July, some of which have been sent before the KyoAni fire. The man was apparently posting slanderous comments, and he is also claiming that the studio’s anime rights belonged to his family. He apparently got angry after the studio did not reply to his emails.
The arrest comes as the studio is busy working on the upcoming Evangelion: 3.0+1.0, which will open in Japan on June 2020.
The KyoAni fire seems to have emboldened several people. Recently, police also arrested a man for threatening game company Square Enix with a KyoAni-like attack. Another was also arrested for threatening to burn down the Hokkaido headquarters of the LINE messaging and social media app. There’s also that man who threatened long-time KyoAni collaborator Visual Arts with an attack as well. But the good news is that the Japanese police has become more and more vigilant with each threat.
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source: Sankei Shimbun