Man Arrested for Emailing Threat to Voice Actress Ayana Taketatsu

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Police: Suspect is former leader of Taketatsu's fan club

Police arrested Hidehiko Yokoyama, a 32-year-old unemployed man from Shizuoka Prefecture's Kikugawa City, on Wednesday for allegedly sending a threatening email to voice actress Ayana Taketatsu.

According to police, the suspect sent Taketatsu a message that said, "You've been so full of yourself lately. I'll never forgive you. It'd tick me off if I do nothing. Die die die," via an email to her agency. He had allegedly sent the email from a manga cafe in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka at about 10:20 a.m. on July 14 last year. Police are reporting that the suspect has admitted to the charge. The suspect is a former leader of Taketatsu's fan club.

According to police, Taketatsu's agency has received around 7,000 threatening emails directed at Taketatsu since 2014. Police are investigating if the suspect has any connection to previous messages.

Taketatsu has voiced characters in such anime as K-ON! (Azusa Nakano), Highschool of the Dead (Arisu Maresato), Star Driver (Aragon Simone), Oreimo (Kirino Kōsaka), Guilty Crown (Tsugumi), Sword Art Online (Leafa), High School DxD New (Koneko Tōjō), Kan Colle (Yamato), Girls und Panzer der Film (Arisu Shimada), Dagashi Kashi (Hotaru Shidare), and Classroom of the Elite (Kei Karuizawa).

Sources: The Mainichi Shimbun (深津誠), Yomiuri Online, NTV News 24, Sponichi Annex via Otakomu

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