Yu-Gi-Oh Director Questioned on Bomb Threat Suspicion
According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Masaki Kitamura, who is most famous for his work in Yu-Gi-Oh and Mobile Suit Gundam 00, was recently held by the Osaka police for questioning due to alleged threats to crash his truck into pedestrians and to “stab whoever I can with a knife before committing suicide.”
The message was originally posted on the Osaka City government’s website last July 29, with the threatened attack supposed to occur on Sunday, August 5 in a pedestrian area known as Otaku Road, which is teeming with anime fans and game enthusiasts due to the number of electronics, anime, and games store within the area. The police were able to connect the message to Kitamura via the IP address of the posting, which was traced to a wireless connection owned by the 42 year old director.
The police are also investigating whether Kitamura had any hand in a recent bomb threat against a Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo to New York last August 1. The threat resulted in all 265 passengers and crew of the flight being forced to turn back to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. No explosives were found and the plane was able to resume its journey after a 10 hour delay.