Man Kills Elderly Parents Because They Always Interrupted Anime Viewing

Man Kills Elderly Parents Because They Always Interrupted Anime Viewing
The house where the Matsumotos lived. (Screenshot: Fukuoka TNC News)

In Fukuoka, Japan, a 59-year-old man is in police custody for the murder of his parents, ages 87 and 88. One of the reasons he gave for killing them was that his anime watching kept getting interrupted.

According to Yomiuri Shimbun and The Tokyo Reporter, Junji Matsumoto served as his parents’ caregiver. “It was bothersome that whenever I watched anime, my parents interrupted me,” he said (via Yomiuri). “I couldn’t stand it.”

The three of them — Junji, his father Hirokazu, and his mother Makie — lived together (above, pictured), with the parents getting by on their pensions and requiring wheelchairs to get around. It is unclear if their son had an occupation other than the caregiver.

Matsumoto killed his parents after his father asked for help going to the restroom. It’s believed this happened on the night of June 20. “During a good scene in an anime, my father repeatedly called for me to take care of him,” said Matsumoto (via Yomiuri). “Because he complained about me, I killed him.” He then did the same to his mother, reports Fukuoka TNC News.

On June 23, Matsumoto fled his family home, first by bicycle before boarding trains to travel across Japan, going as far as Shizuoka, Yamagata, and Akita. The murders and his escape made national news in Japan.

After a relative wasn’t able to get in touch with the family, on June 28, police arrived at the residence, where they discovered two bodies were discovered in a taped-shut industrial refrigerator. Later, authorities identified them as Matsumoto’s parents. An autopsy did not immediately reveal the cause of death.

Finally, on July 5, police captured Matsumoto in a hotel parking lot in Kyoto. It seems that his hotel stays led the police to his location. He was arrested for abandoning a corpse and admitted to the murders, saying he strangled his father with an electrical cord. The authorities are investigating the matter further.


  • What a sad way to go. Devote 53 years of your life raising someone and the final moments of your life is the realisation they are murdering you. Definitely mental health issues there.

    Not sure why this was article was written though, I get that it involved anime and Japan but come on…

    • This website is called kOTAKU for a reason. Last time it was a car theft in Japan, today it’s a murder.

    • If you want more horror stories, the Tokyo Reporter does exclusive crime reporting on Japan and sadly this isn’t the first time someone’s given the anime excuse after murdering their parents. This is more evidence of the country having widespread issues of its own, like everywhere else.

  • I hear mental health issues isn’t taken very seriously in Japan, pushed under the carpet like a taboo subject

  • Classic case of not thinking ahead, now how are they going to watch anime when they’re interrupted by prison?

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