This Vendetta Against A Popular Japanese Comic Is Utterly Terrifying

Kuroko's Basketball seems innocent enough. It's a popular basketball manga that debuted in 2008 and was turned into an anime earlier this year. You wouldn't think it would incite threats of revenge, letters mailed with strange substances, and a rash of Kuroko's Basketball cancellations. But it did.

Since October, threatening letters have been mailed to locations linked to the creator of Kuroko's Basketball, Tadatoshi Fujimaki. One of the letters was sent to Sophia University, which Fujimaki attended. According to Sankei News (via ANN), the letter read, "I hate Tadatoshi Fujimaki, who is now a famous Sophia University alumnus. I wanted to take revenge on Fujimaki himself, but could not find his location. I had no other choice but to target here." Then later that same evening in the university's gym, a student discovered a receptacle that contained liquid that smelled like sulfur. One source close to the investigation said it's possible the liquid could have become deadly if it vaporized.

Threats with suspicious white powder or liquids were sent to Fujimaki's high school, his publisher, organisers of a Kuroko's Basketball fan event, a radio station that broadcasts a Kuroko's Basketball radio show, and even the Osaka television station that ran the Kuroko's Basketball anime. According to Sponichi (via ANN), that last threat warned against running a second season of the anime, adding, "I'll use fire, a knife, a gun... whatever I can get my hands on!"

"I'll use fire, a knife, a gun... whatever I can get my hands on!"

More recently, the upcoming Jump Festa, which usually shows off new games and anime, was threatened, causing organisers to can the planned Kuroko's Basketball stage event out of security concerns. Goods related to it will also not be available for purchase at the Jump Festa.

Today, Sponichi is reporting that yet another Kuroko's Basketball event has been canned. This one was to be in Fukuoka, but there were threats that read, "If you don't cancel the event, there will be lots of causalities." This latest event was going to be at a fan event at a local bowling alley, but according to Mainichi, the letters — which contained a suspicious chemical authorities are now analysing — were apparently sent to various locations throughout Fukuoka as a frightening scattershot.

Part of what has made it difficult to catch the suspect is that the letters have been sent from very different locations. According to Sankei (via ANN), the suspect might have given a clue to his identity last month when he apparently wrote this on Japan's largest bulletin board, 2ch: "If you ask Fujimaki, you will know who I, the suspect, am."

脅迫文:「黒子のバスケ」のイベント中止要求 警察が捜査 [Mainchi] 「黒子のバスケ」イベント、区役所にも脅迫文 [Yomiuri] 「黒子のバスケ中止しろ」 福岡でも漫画イベント脅迫 [Sponichi]


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    Sounds like a complete whack-job.

    "“I hate Tadatoshi Fujimaki, who is now a famous Sophia University alumnus. I wanted to take revenge on Fujimaki himself, but could not find his location. I had no other choice but to target here.”"

    Perhaps they attended school together and didn't get along? Now Fujimaki is famous the other person is bitter and resentful?

    Ah, this guy. In my opinion, behaviour like this is absolutely repulsive, and things might get worse if anyone actually got hurt/killed because of this nutter.

    Is it because it's a total Slam Dunk ripoff? If so, I'd be pissed too (although not to that extreme obviously).

      I'd heard that earlier reports indicated he was unhappy at the similarities to Slam Dunk... I'm not sure how true that info is tho.

      Even so... I'd be really upset as the manga-ka (author)... seems like this guy has a vendetta against him and wants to ruin him. Similarities aside; manga-ka's seem to work ridiculously hard for very little... very few get the sort of success that leads to an anime and even then it hardly makes them "super wealthy" (unless you're a Rumiko Takahashi or something like that).

        On a side note... its really not very similar to Slam Dunk at all... aside from being about school basketball - and I seriously don't think that is enough to claim something is a rip off.

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