Axe-tan, Axe-kun, and now, Knife-san

Via Mainichi News:

CHIBA — A junior high school boy has been arrested for stabbing a high school boy after burgling the victim’s home, police said.

The 14-year-old, third-year junior high school student, stands accused of attempted murder and violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law. He admitted during questioning that he had murderous intent.

“He spotted me sneaking into his house, so I thought I had to kill him so I wouldn’t get found out,” he was quoted as telling investigators.

The boy stabbed the 17-year-old victim in the head and back with a kitchen knife on the premises of an auto repair garage in Wakaba-ku, Chiba, at about 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, local police said. The suspect and victim were acquainted with each other. (Mainichi)

Oh wow, this recent spate of deadly teenage crime is really getting out of hand. Is it merely coincidences or a sign of things to come in Japan? Let’s hope for the best.

P.S. I just noticed that in the three cases up to now, the perpetrators are getting younger and younger. Axe-tan was 16, Axe-kun was 15 and now, Knife-san is 14. I reeeeaaaaaalllllly hope I don’t see a seventh or eighth case was the same pattern. 6 year olds running around with sharp objects are not funny.


  1. Leon Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

    What the shit? Someone should stab HIM in the head and then ask him how he feels.

  2. Akai Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    … … God.. no
    I hope this doesn’t immediately spell another bunch of cancellations

  3. Reppu Kiri Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

    Let me predict. then the media said the kid’s room is full of Higurashi’s stuff again…

  4. korosora Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 3:06 pm


  5. Kabitzin Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Shouldn’t be knife-kun or knife-tan if he’s so young?

  6. Kabitzin Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Shouldn’t be knife-kun or knife-chan if he’s so young?

  7. 0rion Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    * sigh *

    Man, this is really unfortunate stuff.

    Let’s hope this is the last case like this we hear for a while.

  8. bakaneko Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    I predict following few years’ animes to be extremely peppy, upbeat, and insanely cute, in an attempt to balance out past few seaons’ gory shows such as Higurashi, Claymore, and of course, School Days. :)

  9. Zzz... Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    Stuff like this probably happen with regular frequency. It’s just that the recent bout of public stupidity puts a spotlight on these things. It’s simply sensationalism running out of control.

    You see the Japanese are usually very good at ignoring anything negative about their society until something blows the lid off. Then they flail around like headless chickens.

    The only thing to be done is to just wait until the commotion dies by itself. The public will get bored soon enough. Enjoy the spectacle in the meantime.

  10. Syaoran Li Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    But is not a lighted matter as hard as you tried to evade it.

    You can pick up a bad influence from everywhere, but always will be some people who try to blame the sins of human society to anything or something in particular. That’s why here in Latin America we suffer a lot when a channel wants to air a new anime show. The short, closed minded people try to “eradicate” anything that can harm their children’s mind. But like I said over and over again in the last few School Days-related posts, bad influences can be picked everywhere, not just something that for some people has to be “innocent”. I really enjoy shows like ARIA, Sensei no Jikan, and many more slice of life series for its rich content, but at the same time I like show like Higurashi, Claymore, School Days, Pet Shop of Horrors, and many more shows with serious and intricate themes. We don’t share the same way of thinking, but we all have the free will to choose and believe what is right and what is wrong; what is tangible and what is fictional. I hate the people who try to blame the things or the ones their despite the most.

    For good or worse this chain of events takes place with School Days closure and Higurashi Kai, bad luck I guess.

  11. Skh Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    One day someone will have to explain me how violent anime shows are more dangerous than live action TV shows with blood and murders.

  12. TP Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

    There are a lot of theories, ranging from Stand Alone Complexes (please educate me WHAT THE HELL does that mean) to sensationalisms, when it comes to this type of saga. (The other being the island republic’s infamous saga.)

    Bottomline is: Jack Thompson wannabes will wanna highlight this. We must be vigilant against sweeping accusations (against watching horror/violent anime shows) and point out other factors. Or educate yourselves on this matter.

  13. OLF, i.e. Olf Le Fol Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    According to [URL=]these stats[/URL], there are about 2000 people dying a year in the USA because of an assault with sharp objects (e.g. knives). That’s more than FIVE a day, so there’s nothing like “madness” about the matter. The only difference is that it’s so frequent in the USA no national newspaper would mention it (five a day, people, five!) when it’s so rare in Japan it causes sensationalism.

  14. Loliinabag Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

    Did you forget about the girl who was found in a sports bag that was in the news a week ago. This is not just confined to Japan! You harutards!

  15. rollchan Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

    here in the philippines, we have a criminal case where in victim was sacked inside the suitcase after she was murdered. tskkk….crazy world indeed…

  16. Hinano Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

    What the fack, is killing people the rage these days? Why not Knife-kun btw?

  17. Hinano Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    Oh also:
    A 70-year-old man died and his wife was seriously injured after their 38-year-old son attacked them with a knife during an argument, law enforcers said Saturday

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  19. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    Err… don’t ask me why it’s “Knife-san”. I just randomly thought of the headline on the spot.

    Just felt appropriate I guess.

  20. jaalin Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

    i suspect that it may be a play by the media – stories about kids with sharp objects is the new fad, and they are playing it up even though the original “axe-tan” might have just been bad one.

    it was a very ballsy and rather respectable move by the tv stations to pull school days, but you have to admit, it all worked out strangely well for the popularity of the show.

    of course, i could just be crazy and the japanese media actually have integrity, unlike the americans. i remember dog attacks were a big thing for a few weeks (which got my mom fully terrified at any footlong terrier), but failed to mention that annual rates of dog attacks were actually decreasing.

    TP makes an interesting point though – I’m sure there will be plenty of people using these recent events as a springboard to launch their anti-violent video games/anime campaign. it’s their right to and i won’t say anything about that, but i’d like to see some full data about monthly/annual totals.

  21. Nathalia Said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

    Man, this is a sign, that we are to blame to support a society that makes 14 year old peeps to do these kinds of things.

    We raise our kids to think they are heroes and princes, and when they face failure, they dont know how to handle it, so what they do? they kill.

    I am a concerned mother, i got 2 kids, and i am teaching then, first, that we cannot get what wwe want all the time… but that is…. sad.

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    September 29, 2007 @ 1:12 am

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  23. lanie-emon Said,

    September 29, 2007 @ 2:01 am

    Wonder what would happen if the final episode of school days coincide with the murder committed by that deranged boy who saw off his mom head…god, this is turning into a Charlie-foxtrot situation.

  24. Matrim Said,

    September 29, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    Why was the perpetrator charged of violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law when the article also says he used a kitchen knife? .

    “Stuff like this probably happen with regular frequency. It’s just that the recent bout of public stupidity puts a spotlight on these things. It’s simply sensationalism running out of control.

    You see the Japanese are usually very good at ignoring anything negative about their society until something blows the lid off. Then they flail around like headless chickens.”

    Japanese have no monopoly on this kind of idiotic behaviour (sensationalism and hysteria), alas.

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