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A Stab in the Dark

A wild stabbing spree took place outside of the Apple Store downtown, police sources said.

The violence took place at around 6 p.m., at the corner of 14th Street and 9th Avenue. Four people were stabbed, although none of the injuries were life threatening, the sources said.

That’s it.  At its initial posting, that is the entirety of the NBC New York article on the stabbing outside an Apple Store.

Contrast that with the punditry that arose immediately after the Akihabara stabbing.

Why the double standard? Both cases are ultimately senseless crimes, where one man – for reasons we will never fully understand – inexplicably decided that attempting to kill random bystanders with a knife was a good idea. In the Akihabara incident, much was made of factors that the victims and the perpetrator had in common.

Many young people are selfish and immature and such violence is a manifestation of this.

– Unnamed criminologist quoted by the BBC

The Sunday Times was also not above emphasizing the abnormality of the victims, calling the stabbing “the arrival of real-life violence in a part of town that specialises in fantasies.”

That phrasing could just as easily apply to Los Angeles, or to New York.  Where are the talking heads, eager to dismiss the New York stabbing as something that happens in a land of fantasy?  In a sense, perhaps a multiple stabbing in New York is relatively unremarkable, especially on the heels of shooting in Times Square.  But the contrasting reactions serve as a stark reminder that anime otaku are treated differently by news media, even in the West.

AKB48 in NYC: Idolmaster Cosplay

Steam rose off the city streets as we partook of a Takoyaki stand a few blocks away from Webster Hall.

“It was a lot like Idolmaster,” fellow anime journalist Omo noted, drawing a parallel to the infamous Japanese game.

“Idolmaster cosplay,” I shot back.

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AKB48, an Akihabara-based idol group, had their US debut at Webster Hall following the New York Anime Festival. While initial enthusiasm for their preview performance was great, the Sunday evening show time coupled with the location – across the city from the convention – thinned the crowd of con attendees considerably. Not to be deterred, AKB48 had cleverly rallied a separate fan base of non-conventiongoers, and a large throng of overwhelmingly middle-aged men clutched email printouts rather than tickets in line.

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Rage against Hollywooders

From ANN –

Kirsten Dunst Cosplays in Akihabara for Video

…actress Kirsten Dunst appeared in Tokyo’s Akihabara otaku shopping district in a sailor-suit costume and a blue wig for a video directed by McG (Terminator Salvation).

Ray’s Take: Uh…I’m going to channel Buffy’s sister and go: “GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT GET OUT!” XD

I thought we had a mainstream fascination with Japanese culture back in the ’80s! What the hell? Now they have to invade Akiba, too? Sheesh, you made it as mainstream ippanjin, and so we do not welcome you anywhere near our territory. I’ve stated that many times. There is the ippanjin section, out you leave. NOW! Sheesh. Like I’d believe what a Hollywooder says about liking Akiba.

Yep, people are bullying and ripping off Otaku just like they do in anime..

From ANN

Twins Sent to Jail for Extorting from Akihabara Otaku

On Tuesday, the Tokyo District Court sentenced a young man and his twin sister to jail time and probation for extorting money from people on the streets of the “Electric Town” neighborhood of Akihabara. According to the verdict handed down by court judge Masahiko Hayashi, the twins “viewed the otaku in Akihabara as easy targets for extortion.”

…the twins carried out their attacks in August when the sister would bump into people on the street and then (joined by her brother) would demand that the person she bumped into apologize. The brother would then demand payments as a method of apology. In total, the twins extorted 110,000 yen (about US$1,000) from two different people…

Ray’s take: 0____O Wow…Anime plots right in the streets of Akiba! In REAL LIFE! Holy Shit! Now don’t let this give you any ideas…

A celebration in front of AT-X quickly turned into a riot.

From The Diet 3 Daily

Sept 29, 2007. Immediately after the last episode of “School Days” was played, fans gathered in front of the station and celebrated the death of Makoto.

“Nice death.” A chubby man with glasses gushed, then he immediately corrected himself: “I mean, geez, this is more bloody than the game. But at least we got to see him die without having to buy another copy of the game.”

“Waa! Sekai sama!” Another chubby man with thick-rimmed glasses said with tears: “I loved you! I loved you! I still love you! Damn that psycho bitch for killing my Sekai-sama!”

Immediately, another chubby man with thick rimmed glasses approached him from behind and started beating him on the head with a paper fan. The two began to fight desperately.

“Kill them all, baby!” A woman with wearing a shirt that said in katakana: “Makoto must die” was frantically swinging a wooden kitchen knive wearing the uniform of the school that the females characters goes to. “I cried tears of relief when Sekai-san sliced and diced him like sashimi. Hmm…Delicious!”

Incredibly, she was attacked by some men and women wearing the shirt that says: “the Makoto-sama fan club” with foam bats, but she fought back valiantly with her wooden kitchen knive.

As far as our reporter had seen, no injuries had occured.

The station personnel seemed slightly startled but didn’t react. Nobody even picked up the phone and called the police.

“They’re just dumb otakus…I mean fans. These people can’t do any harm.” said an employee refused to be named. “Besides, it’s actually late and I’m going to the bar to drink with my friends. If the security guards aren’t going to do anything, then what do I care? These are just stupid people having nothing better to do.”

A female employee identified as “Sekai” said: “These people are probably drunk and they need to go home and sleep and don’t take a stupid anime seriously.” She paused, then added: “Japan is becoming more and more unsafe these days.”

Our reporter received no bodily harm.

Stabby stab FTW anyway.

From ANN

Last School Days Episode’s 1st Run to be on Satellite

The official Japanese sites for the School Days anime series and the AT-X anime satellite channel have announced that AT-X will run the 12th and last episode on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. JST and repeat next Tuesday morning at 12:30 a.m. Those will be the first public showings of this reportedly violent episode, since all over-the-air broadcasters preempted it after an axe murder was allegedly committed by a schoolgirl in Kyoto, Japan last week.

Overflow, the game label of the developer Stack and the creator of the original School Days game, has scheduled the two announced preview screenings of the episode in the Akihabara shopping district of Tokyo on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. (simultaneously with the AT-X premiere) and 10:35 p.m. The showings will be held in the Tokyo Anime Center’s Akiba 3D Theater on the Akihabara UDX building’s fourth floor. Overflow has also changed its admission requirements; attendees must bring an identification card as well as either the School Days or Summer Days PC game, but the game no longer has to be unopened as previously announced.

Ray’s take: It’s old news but hey, when it come to ratings and money, who give a fuck about morality? The competition heats up as the restriction is loosened up. As fans, you don’t have to give a shit about that, just remember to bring your chainsaws…(playing “Psycho” stabbing music over and over again and again…)