Angry anime shopper tells store employees to 'die' 3,852 times in death threat emails

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

As Japan’s largest specialty retailer for anime merchandise, the Animate chain is loved by many otaku. However, being a big name in an industry that runs almost entirely on fan emotion means that even when you’re earning love from the majority of enthusiasts, you can still become the target of hatred from unbalanced individuals.

Back in March, Animate began receiving some very troubling emails. One said “Instead of the people from Kyoto Animation, all of you should have been killed,” referencing the July arson attack on the anime studio that resulted in 36 deaths. Another threatening email promised “I’m going to make sure to kill every last one of you,” and yet another, showing a shocking lack of human empathy or succinctness, included the word “Die” repeated 3,852 times in a row.

In the wake of the Kyoto Animation tragedy, authorities in Japan have been taking threats against anime-related targets especially seriously, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into the matter. Investigators were able to determine the source of the threatening emails, which included a batch of dozens sent over a two-week period in August, and on Dec 10, arrested Choi Yuihwa, an unemployed 34-year-old woman of Korean citizenship, on charges of forced disruption of business activities.

Choi’s connection to Animate stretches back to at least 2014, when she made her first purchase through the chain’s online shop. However, her repeated canceling of orders she placed got her account suspended twice, most recently in September of 2018, and rather than appeal the suspension, lodge a complaint with Animate’s customer relations department, or simply do her shopping at one of Animate’s many brick-and-mortar shops (or one of the chain’s competitors), she decided the best way to handle the situation was to spend several months sending online death threats. “I was angry because I didn’t agree with how [Animate] had handled the situation,” Choi was quoted as saying, while admitting to the charges.

The arrest comes roughly four months after Osaka Prefectural Police officers arrested a 25-year-old man from Shizuoka Prefecture for sending threatening emails to video game developer Key/Visual Arts that also alluded to the Kyoto Animation arson attack.

Sources: The Sankei News via Jin, YouTube/ANNnewsCH, TBS News

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Hopefully, nobody thinks she actually wrote "Xyz" 3,852 times.


for N in {1..3852} ; do echo "Love "; done

Scripting 101.

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3582 times!? I hope it was copy and paste because if not, GOD DAMN.

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Japanese manga about a Uighur woman’s persecution in China becomes viral hit:

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Who was in charge of counting "Die" 3852 times?

That person 1) deserves a better job, and 2) probably needed some counselling afterwards

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Who was in charge of counting "Die" 3852 times?

The kids these days are using these new fangled doo-dads called “computers” that can count something like that in tenths of a second or less.

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She was a pretty over animated and now she gets to be an inmate.

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I usually resolve problems with my online accounts by sending repetitive "Die" messages too. Works a treat.

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Since Kyoto animation? Sorry, but police should investigate a death threat regardless. There was no other way to perceive this. It was a death threat. Find and arrest the guy.

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@theFu - Don't really need to script anything, just Ctrl+C and hold down Ctrl+V for a while.

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Choi’s connection to Animate stretches back to at least 2014, when she made her first purchase through the chain’s online shop. However, her repeated canceling of orders she placed got her account suspended twice

Yup, it was definitely her fault that she got banned and yet she still got angry. I'm pretty sure there are LOTS MORE anime shops out there where she could buy from but chose to take her anger out on this site, must be an interesting life she lives

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