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Man Arrested for Pretty Cure Bomb Threat

“My fond feelings for the characters turned into jealousy.”

That was the reason given by 22-year old college student Ikuya Otaki, who threatened to bomb an opening-day screening of the latest Pretty Cure film on Twitter. The student was arrested in Tokyo August 5.

Otaki tweeted to the PreCure staff on March 12 that he had planted bombs in a theater in Shinjuku set to show the film and also threatened to “trash a truck loaded with gasoline tanks” into the theater.

A check of the theater found no such bombs, but security was increased at the theater.

Otaki “envied how the characters are always happy, bright and forward-looking,” he said when arrested.

Screenings of PreCure went on without incident. Police are currently investigating tweets by others containing similar information.

Sources: ANN, Yahoo.jp

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.