The otaku murderer of a 5-year-old girl has been arrested, and upon investigation his residence was found to be festooned with bishoujo anime and manga related goods, with an entire wall given over to bishoujo posters prominently featuring magical girl anime PreCure.
The corpse of his victim, 成田幸満 / Yukimaro Narita (5), or “Yukimaro-chan”, was found abandoned two and a half months ago, and only now have police arrested a suspect, after he was found carrying her clothes in a bag.
The apparent culprit, 勝木諒 / Ryou Katsuki (21), pictured, acknowledges his guilt (for abandoning the corpse) and goes so far as to apologise for this. It seems he does not acknowledge the actual murder. He was arrested carrying the clothes and shoes of the deceased girl in a bag near his residence.
Katsuki describes the moment of the probable murder in indirect fashion: “I told her ‘Go home’, but she kept following me. Before I knew it, she was at the genkan. Before I knew it, she was senseless.” It seems he admits only to abandoning her corpse, saying he was “scared”.
He dumped Yukimaro-chan’s corpse near to the six story apartment building where he lived with his mother, where she was later discovered. She was apparently strangled.
After the murder, it seems he became a stalker, with a female resident of the same apartments reporting that he followed her about the building on one occasion, and then made a call to her residence asking after her daughter.
He then apparently started stalking a female Mainichi reporter who had been investigating the murder, following her, and calling her up to ten times a day, without saying a word throughout.
Here he is interviewed by one such reporter some time prior to his arrest:
“Have you seen anything of Yukimaro-chan?”
“I’ve seen nothing of her.”
Katsuki worked in a futon factory for three years, apparently without much issue, but he seems to have suddenly taken unauthorised leave of his work some months ago, and his doting mother apparently later communicated to them his desire to resign. This occurred just the day before he killed his victim.
Various interviews with his acquaintances show them exhibiting surprise that he might do such a thing. It does not seem they knew of his stalking activities either.
Katsuki was also said to frequent the local video rental establishment, where he would rent large amounts of anime, idol related CDs and videos, as well as western films and period dramas. Katsuki himself also said he frequented the local library and did much reading.
Of course, the media directs most attention to his anime otaku proclivities, with the aforementioned taste for PreCure being highlighted, along with his large manga collection, perhaps reasonable given his interest in that and similar titles seems to have been quite intense.
Via Mainichi, etc.
We are left with the portrait of a fat, magical girl obsessed otaku who lived alone with his mother whilst plying a dead-end job, and then quit, murdered a little girl and started stalking various females. Almost a caricature.
Clearly, the sort of mania otaku embody seems frequently to lead to excess, though rarely with so a tragic a consequence as this; there are certainly exceptions to this, however.