Suspect Submitted 2 or More Novel Drafts to Kyoto Animation


Kyoto, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--The suspect in the Kyoto Animation Co. arson attack about a month ago apparently submitted two or more novels drafted by himself to the anime production firm, in response to its past public solicitations, investigative sources have said.

The Kyoto prefectural police department believes that novel drafts sent under the same name as that of the 41-year-old suspect, Shinji Aoba, were actually put forward by him, according to the sources.

The content of the novel drafts was not something incomprehensible and had features apparently from Kyoto Animation works, which include many school stories, the sources said.

When he was captured shortly after the July 18 attack, Aoba claimed that he set fire at a Kyoto Animation studio in the western city of Kyoto because his novel was stolen.

The police have discovered a lot of paper for writing at the suspect's home in Saitama, north of Tokyo. They believe it is likely that he came to bear a grudge against Kyoto Animation after his drafts failed to be well received by the firm.

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