Police in Osaka said Monday they have arrested 42-year-old anime technical director and storyboard artist Masaki Kitamura after he allegedly threatened to commit a massacre.
Kitamura is accused of accessing the Osaka city official website on July 29 and of using the inquiry page mail form to write, "I'm going to commit a massacre in the city in early August. I'm going to ram a truck into pedestrians, then stab whoever I can with a knife before committing suicide."
According to police, the threat was similar to the one that preceded the killing of seven people in Tokyo's Akihabara district in 2008, Fuji TV reported. Police analyzed the IP address from which the message originated and discovered it was linked to a high-speed wireless LAN device owned by Kitamura. According to the police, Kitamura has so far denied any knowledge of the threats.
Police say they are also investigating the possibility that Kitamura was involved in a bomb threat sent to Japan Airlines on Aug 1.
Kitamura was an assistant director on both seasons of "Mobile Suit Gundam 00." He was also a director of the 10th installment of "Gundam Evolve" and an episode director on "Ergo Proxy", "GUNxSWORD", "Intrigue in the Bakumatsu - Irohanihoheto", "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Wolf's Rain," and other series.© Japan Today