Comments Bashing KyoAni Found on Internet Forum

Society

Kyoto, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--Comments criticizing Kyoto Animation Co., known as KyoAni, have been found written on an Internet forum last autumn, and police are investigating the online posts for their possible connections with the July 18 deadly arson attack at the company's No. 1 studio in the city of Kyoto, western Japan, informed sources said.

The comments, posted between September and November 2018, had in common with claims made by the arson suspect, Shinji Aoba, 41. They included "(KyoAni) rejected my manuscript," "I was betrayed" and "(The idea of my work) was stolen, so my manuscript has lost its meaning," according to the sources.

Comments about engaging in violence were also posted on the forum, such as "I'll run into KyoAni with an explosive" and "Indiscriminate terrorism."

It is unclear whether these posts were made by the same person.

According to investigators, the suspect told police during his capture following the attack that his novel had been stolen by the anime company.

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