The arrest of the Kyoto Animation arsonist, Shinji Aoba, has become one of the biggest news in Japan. After police arrested him at a hospital, they took him to the Fushimi Police Station in Kyoto for questioning. There, Aoba admitted to the deed, stating that he used gasoline because he thought it would kill more people.

However, when police told him that he killed 36 people and hospitalized 33 others in the act, the suspect seems to not feel any remorse at all. When presented with the number, he merely stated “Oh, is that so?”  (“Sou nan desu ka?”). Aoba remained unaware of how many people he killed during his treatment, as he also suffered 3rd degree burns during the ordeal. He admitted that he really thought only two people died in his act. But with Aoba admitting that he wanted to kill as many people as possible, as well as not feeling any remorse towards his actions, the suspected arsonist might get some heavy punishments from the law.

As revealed earlier, police waited for Aoba’s treatment to finish before making the arrest. They also took into consideration the lifting of Kyoto’s State of Emergency in relation to COVID-19. After his questioning at the Fushimi Police Station, the police would then transfer Aoba to the Osaka Detention Center, which has doctors on its staff. This is in consideration to the suspect’s health, as he recently received treatment for 3rd degree burns suffered during the incident.

Kyoto police have been awaiting to arrest Aoba for months now. However, the suspect has going through treatment with skin graftts, but lack of donor skin treatment delayed him getting well. The donor skins were prioritized for his victims, so Aoba had to get an experimental treatment with artificial skin. This was the first time it was ever done in Japan. And unfortunately for the police, he still wasn’t treated when the warrant for his arrest dropped last October, as he still had to be hospitalized.

Aoba was an entrant to various KyoAni contests, and he blamed the studio for stealing his story. He would send them threats until he finally made good on his promise last year. He brought two containers of flammable liquid to Studio 1 and lit it up. He would tell investigators that he has a grudge against the studio, and that was why he burned down Studio 1. The fire killed 35 people, including many legendary anime figures like Amagi Brilliant Park director Yasuhiro Takemoto and Sound! Euphonium character designer Shouko Ikeda.

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Source: Asahi Shimbun


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