Man Killed by Manga


In what may be the only recorded incidence of death by manga, if we are to exclude the murderous rampages politicians and the mass media assure us are the result of such things, a man (37) was tragically buried alive by his impressive collection of many hundreds of volumes, apparently toppled onto him in the recent severe earthquake in Tohoku.

His death was only discovered after he failed to show up at work, and one of his co-workers thought this amiss, and so called on him, only to discover his former colleague dead under a mountain of manga, each wall having been stacked with manga to the height of two metres, which had collapsed onto the man. He is thought to have suffocated due to the weight of the volumes upon him. We do not hear which titles ultimately killed him.

A lesson to us all – please take care to ensure otherwise innocuous items cannot topple over and cause an embarrassing death, especially if you are fortunate (and tasteful) enough to have every volume of Berserk or some such. Via Sankei.

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    Comment by Human Shuriken
    23:19 15/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol i find this funny

    Comment by M911
    16:32 17/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This Reminded me of the Collyer brothers who brownstone was packed solid by a wall of old newspapers,
    In the Year 1947, Langley had been crawling through a newspaper tunnel to bring food to his paralyzed brother when one of his own booby traps fell down and crushed him.

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    Comment by Rei
    02:04 29/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn it! My dream was to have a collection this big and then i hear this :(

    Comment by Anim3Fr33K
    11:33 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh its a good way to go, killed by what you love

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    Comment by LunarSD
    01:52 12/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    And at 37. Good age for a rock star death. Lived true to yourself, followed your dreams, and nature/fate graciously sees you off surrounded by what you loved before you get older and society finds even more reasons to brand you as an outcast.

    Unless he still had things he wanted to do, or had one of those rare circles of friends who make you feel it's alright to just be who you are. Then this is fucking tragic.

    I wonder what his last thoughts were, excluding "shit, this is really it isn't it?" and the like.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 21/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment to old post, but what the hell? Unless he was in poor health or fitness, how the hell does somebody die from manga falling on them? I'd understand if the shelves fell on him as well, though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same way you die from stacks of newspaper falling on you and pinning you. Paper weighs a lot, when there is a lot of it.

    He could have died from suffocation--- due to not being able to breathe adequately, if the mass was enough or constricted him enough. This would have been very quick to fairly quick. Also, he could have just been pinned in an airtight space, and ran out of oxygen.

    Or if the pile just pinned him down so he couldn't get it off him, then he died due to dehydration.

    This is a common way to die in earthquakes, or in collapses where people have packratted so much in their house.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 21/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next time, get thinner volumes?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 26/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know a number of fans of (western) science fiction who would be in similar danger should their shelves of novels, often stacked two or three deep per shelf, were to fall over.

    The lesson: Bolt the shelves to the wall when you install them! It'll be easier to survive just books falling on you than the shelf as well!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 21/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of a Simpsons episode....

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 21/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A really really bad way to die. >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 26/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is why i stick to keeping things on my computer

    Comment by Narmi
    18:07 24/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn, that's quite unexpected... Thank god I don't have a large collection.

    Comment by BuggyBY
    08:49 13/07/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    But don't you see? I HAVE to put all volumes of Kochikame into the same shelf! Otherwise it just wouldn't FEEL right!

    Comment by nifty507
    15:57 20/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    i know, its a constant battle to have to re-arrange my manga every time I buy more. EVERYTIME! "Well, this series has 12 volumes so it can fit with these 6, and these 2... but then i have to move this here, and that has to go somewhere else..." Don't even get me started on those art books. They need their own shelf to fit on, and thats close to being full... i dont know what im going to do! *cries*

    Comment by issa-sa
    20:50 16/06/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ouch. Nothing more to say really. Lower bookshelves maybe?

    Comment by Ten
    19:59 16/06/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's tragic and awful in so many levels.

    There goes my Yomiko Readman-esque apartment fantasy.

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    Comment by EvilDevil
    03:10 27/09/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, dammit. I bet this is how i am going to die...

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    Comment by raikentb
    05:58 16/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    What he said lol.

    Comment by ern3sto
    09:25 11/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    u know what, there is quite some irony in that text

    "We do not hear which titles ultimately killed him."

    that sounds just so.... i dunno, cant find the right word^^

    anyway as far as im concerned im not going to die that way

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    READ OR DIE... or probably Death Note killed him. ;P

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 17/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Poor guy. That looks like my room... only without the extra bookcase I have... Hope no earthquake comes and knocks my manga over me while I'm sleeping... T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 26/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


    although that is a HELL of a lot of manga o_O, its almost as many titles as my local bookstore sells x_x

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 29/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This may be the best ever arguement for scanlations. No worries about hundred or thousands of volumes on a Computer HDD or DVD burying you alive.

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