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  • The big story of the day, which made it all the way into the English mainstream media, is that a man went on a killing spree today in Akihabara, killing seven and wounding seventeen, by plowing a truck into the crowds and stabbing people. CNN has the report. Divine writes, “kind of glad i didn’t go to akiba today.”
  • The upcoming Ga-Rei-Zero anime has opened its website with some staff listings. These are the same ones that were announced back in April: Aoki Ei as director, Takayama Katsuhiko on series composition, and animation production by asread and AIC Spirits.
  • Variety Japan reports that the updated 3-D CG Ghost in the Shell movie will open in five cities across Japan on July 12th.
  • It was officially announced that the new Katekyo Hitman Reborn! ending song starting in July will be CYCLE by CHERRYBLOSSOM. As those of you who watch the series might remember, CHERRYBLOSSOM also performed the third opening song.
  • If you find anything that you think I should mention on any particular day’s Daily Dose, please send me an email with the words “ANIME NEWS” somewhere in the subject line.
  • Image at left courtesy of みはら on pixiv (account needed to access).

    June 9, 2008 at 2:14 am
    • June 9, 2008 at 2:38 ammiden

      oh my i haed aobut that akihabara on the news, just ~.~. and yay for ga-rei!!

    • June 9, 2008 at 2:42 amblissmo

      Omni, please stop getting pictures from sites that you need an account to access! XD

      LOL, no, please continue! the images are awesome!

    • June 9, 2008 at 2:50 ammutio

      It’s 7 deads already? German media reported 5, omg..

    • June 9, 2008 at 3:34 ammiso-soup

      Hi, this is about the only place I’d go for anime news, so please keep it up. A million thanks~


    • June 9, 2008 at 3:41 amOmni

      blissmo: If you wanna register for pixiv (it’s free), you can find a how-to tutorial here.

    • June 9, 2008 at 4:26 amKaitune

      I am glad too that Divine didn’t go to Akiba that day… Oh man, people these days. Why Akiba? Is that guy some kind of Otaku-haters or just a people-hater in general?

    • June 9, 2008 at 4:38 amDmo

      I’d guess he was a people-hater since he said that he was “tired of his life and was sick of everything” in the report; maybe he hated everyone who weren’t tired of their lives?

      That’s my best guess… I wouldn’t know how a murderer thinks.

    • June 9, 2008 at 4:43 amRob

      i heard he was only 25, i want to know a little more about why he did it, in the British news it was reported he said “I was sick of life” but no more was given than that.

    • June 9, 2008 at 5:05 amIkarugen

      Man, that incident at Akihabara was terrible. And from some website i read that that dude just felt like hitting people and stabbing everyone… what a miserable world.

    • June 9, 2008 at 6:02 amShippoyasha

      Ikarugen, don’t say it’s a ‘miserable world’. It’s one moron in the midst of all the other sane people in Japan. Don’t make it sound like the victims played a part of the whole ‘miserable’ nature of this crime.

      I mean, for it to happen in broad daylight is what gets me. Especially considering the fact that Akihabara is probably my own personal mecca and for others who are very into videogames and anime/manga.

    • June 9, 2008 at 6:54 amdivine

      Thanks for the concern! The incident was being covered all over the news today and they were going into detail about his attacks. i.e. How he rented a 2-tonne truck and hit three people with it before getting out and slashing people randomly with his survival knife. They even mapped out his path of carnage and noted how police officers were among his victims.

      It seems like he was just sick of life and decided to take out some people with him. He even posted the attack ahead of time on 2chan, but I don’t think anyone took him seriously at the time.

      The whole ordeal is pretty terrible, especially for the families of the victims of course.

    • June 9, 2008 at 7:00 amJulius

      Shippoyasha, its miserable in the sense that no one was able to help the man, ie. convincing that the world doesn’t suck. Just like that incident that happened in Connecticut where a man was hit by a car and no one helped- Seriously? Yeah that is kinda miserable.

    • June 9, 2008 at 7:02 amKaitune

      In the era of Emo-ness, tons of people LOVE to tell others that they hate life, want to kill themselves, can’t stand other human beings etc… That makes it kind of hard to know which of the emo/hate/murder-notice babbling should be taken seriously.

    • June 9, 2008 at 7:06 amFuruba

      o hey Ga-Rei-Zero, the character designs are pretty good o_o. Akihabara is scary ;_;

    • June 9, 2008 at 7:09 amRawr

      What is this?
      i dont remember seeing this in code geass
      anyone got a clue?

    • June 9, 2008 at 8:22 amka

      @Rawr: It’s in a game.

    • June 9, 2008 at 8:31 am7updnL

      sweet i love katekyo!

    • June 9, 2008 at 8:55 amShippoyasha


      It’s nobody’s business for that person to not commit the crime he did. You can’t play monday morning quarterback and say for certain it’s possible to do so. As for that Connecticut hit&run, the reports afterwards says people did call 911 in cellphones. It’s a shame that particular Connecticut citizens didn’t help obviously.

      But you can’t pin the rest of humanity on these relatively freakish incidents. I place blame solely on those who are at fault for it.

      Of course, all these bad news get press but what about the fact that Japan is still one of the safest large 1st world nations in the world? What about Connecticut, too? It’s one of the safest states in the US.

      Also, bad news gets a LOT of press. What about some GOOD news that happens all the time, that isn’t sensationalized?

    • June 9, 2008 at 9:25 amEz

      Sad to hear about the akibahara incident. Condolences to those who lost family members.

    • June 9, 2008 at 9:51 amLastRegrets

      hmm… must be playin too much gta or something.

      eventhough that guy is sick and tired of whatever he’s blamin on, he shouldn’t take it out on others.

      hope that he’ll be locked up for good.

    • June 9, 2008 at 10:16 amMagnus

      Sheryl: I take your milkshake… and I drink it.
      Alto: Yes, mistress!

      Really a bad thing in Akibahara, though. :(

    • June 9, 2008 at 11:04 amLithium17

      Glad Divine is alright.

      Getting stabbed on holiday would be a bitch!

    • June 9, 2008 at 11:28 amSom1

      Well for the person to go on a killing streak is partially due to society as he merely states he wanted to kill somne people, not take revenge for something that happened to him. Also, Japan has a relatively high suicide rate which shows all is not well in that society. But then again, a number of western nations are somewhat in the same situation.

    • June 9, 2008 at 12:51 pmNette

      thanks for the news!! :D

    • June 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm41nano

      Didn’t knew there was an upcoming GitS movie, can’t wait!

    • June 9, 2008 at 4:02 pmchinabayou

      what anime is that picture from?

    • June 9, 2008 at 4:36 pmvesper_nova

      that’s just messed up

    • June 9, 2008 at 4:38 pmFinalnight

      The anime the pic is from is Macross Frontier, and you all know damn well that Sheryl wants Alto’s ice cream cone.

    • June 9, 2008 at 7:37 pmpanaghoy88

      Akihabara imcident reminded me of Death Note.

    • June 9, 2008 at 8:27 pmhi guy

      if you go to animenewsnetwork.com, theres a link for this

    • June 9, 2008 at 9:29 pmSandybell

      Wow that man is completely cuckoo! He should be executed.

    • June 10, 2008 at 5:58 amScooty

      @Sandybell: I think going to prison in Japan for life, is far worse than being executed. You should hope for that.

    • June 10, 2008 at 10:42 amdoodedaa

      Akihabara is a shit hole. Not worth visiting, since everything you can buy there can be bought in Shibuya, Harajuku or Shinjuku. Only, they aren’t full of twats.

    • June 11, 2008 at 2:50 pmjane

      Thanks Omni! I’m gonna try to get an account for those pics too! Your hard work is much appreciated!