Otaku Murderer Executed

連続幼女誘拐殺人:宮崎死刑囚の死刑執行 他の2死刑囚も

In the late Bubble era, the chilling case of “otaku” serial killer Miyazaki Tsutomu firmly established the supposed link between anime-loving social outcasts and sex criminals. The witch-hunt was kicked off by the (now disputed) discovery of his collection of over 5,000 videotapes — many of them pornography and anime — after his arrest in 1989. The resulting moral outrage at the otaku subculture lasted close to a decade and is almost difficult to fathom in this era of otaku symbolizing “Cool Japan.”

After nearly twenty years on death row, Miyazaki was finally executed yesterday. Given the opacity of the Japanese justice system, it’s hard to speculate, but one can’t help but wonder if the recent Akiba massacre had any impact on the timing.

Matt ALT
June 17, 2008

3 Responses

  1. Aceface Says:

    I think the conventional wisdom on Kato is he is a think the conventional wisdom on Kato is,he was a haken.Him being an otaku is now a backgroung story.


  2. Rin Says:

    I was in elementary school when he was killing children, and he scared every child and parent in the country. His face is forever etched in my mind, and I can still remember the pictures of the little girls he chopped up. If I remember correctly, he collected very violent and fetish-style videos, not cutesy akiba stuff.

  3. W. David MARX Says:

    Him being an otaku is now a backgroung story.

    I meant to write this the other day, but I think the Kato episode has reinforced that Akiba-kei is “makegumi culture.”