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Gundam Plastic Models Drive 29 Year Old Man Into Attempted Suicide [Update]

by dtshyk
Aug 10, 2009 2:51 AM | 83 Comments
Kobe Newspaper reported that a 29 year old man was arrested for setting his own house on fire. A whole two-story house was burnt down.

The man deposed that he attempted a suicide because his 55 year old mother threw away his plastic models of Gundam. He dashed heating oil over himself but escaped from the burning house unhurt.

Source: Kobe Shinbun

IT Media reported that his mother didn't throw away the models, but she put them in trash bags without his permission. He saw all the models disappeared from the room and jumped to the wrong conclusion. In the end, he burnt his collections by himself. Police estimated that he had collected almost all the models and the goods of Gundam available.

Source: IT Media

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Some otakus' are indeed suicidal.

Aug 14, 2009 12:34 PM by Jaica-jeN_

I think he overreacted, i know it's depressing if your valuable thing is missing but still burning a house is kinda O.o

Aug 13, 2009 9:13 PM by Regulus

shadowsirenv said:
Reminds me of that video where the kids flips out because his mom shut down his WoW account.

Except, the kid didn't burn the house down, just lost a lot of brain cells.

If this was me, I'd spite her and buy another gundam model and make her life miserable.

Aug 12, 2009 2:40 PM by panda_general

Hybrid00 said:
Tobi-sama said:
Thats not how a 29 year old man should react to that. -_-


Welcome to Japan.


Let's consider the possibility that this guy was on the edge of suicide anyway, and felt he couldn't talk to his family because they were too stressful.

Suddenly his actions look less stupid and more emotionally disturbed.

Unfortunately the planet doesn't have the resources to give a comfy hospital bed and lots of fun medications to everyone who's crazy, so most of us just muddle along on our own.

Aug 12, 2009 8:02 AM by formosan

Tobi-sama said:
Thats not how a 29 year old man should react to that. -_-


Welcome to Japan.

Aug 12, 2009 6:02 AM by Hybrid00

His mom clearly underestimated the Gundam's power.

Aug 12, 2009 6:02 AM by mirichan00

Hikari_Tajiri said:
This is actually sensible. Gundam model kits can cost hundreds of thousands- if your mother threw away hundreds of thousands of your currency, you'd probably feel pretty suicidal.


FEEL pretty suicidal is the key here. Sensible people won't act on these impulses. This is not sensible.

Aug 12, 2009 3:12 AM by tanjx

Fai said:
Lets see:
He FAILED to protect his models.
HE FAILED to notice that they are just in trash bags and not "gone" yet.
He FAILED to kick out his mother before all of this began
He failed to set himself on fire, in process burning his house and his gundam models.

Well thats....wow...This one person officially deserves the "I suck at life" tattoo on his ass....

Haha, well made points!

Aug 11, 2009 11:04 PM by Camio

Well, that's just dumb. Typically when you lose something, the thought process is look for them first before setting yourself on fire.

This story is now totally hilarious.

Aug 11, 2009 8:38 PM by Torisunanohokori

firepixiedarien said:
Fai said:
UncleVin said:
29 yr old living with his mom...


..considering the amount of money needed to buy a house/flat and the bills you need to pay. Its expensive to live alone there.


But KIDS in animu live alone in apartments and houses all the time!

Well, if ZZ's OP taught us anything, it's ANIME JA NAI~!

Aug 11, 2009 3:25 PM by Absolutely_Steve

wth? I think maybe he needs to see a psychiatrist...

Aug 11, 2009 2:37 PM by taro_jellybean

Fai said:
UncleVin said:
29 yr old living with his mom...


..considering the amount of money needed to buy a house/flat and the bills you need to pay. Its expensive to live alone there.


But KIDS in animu live alone in apartments and houses all the time!

Aug 11, 2009 12:49 PM by JugsOfHolyness

UncleVin said:
29 yr old living with his mom...


I wish people would stop quoting this part. Its perfectly normal in Japan.

While such cases are mostly attributed to otaku, living with your family members IS encouraged there, considering the amount of money needed to buy a house/flat and the bills you need to pay. Its expensive to live alone there.

Aug 11, 2009 10:20 AM by Fai

29 yr old living with his mom... plus... suicide attempt because of a gundam [ no offence to gundam fans ]

he got serious issues

Aug 11, 2009 9:38 AM by UncleVin

Darwin theory in action ftw

Aug 11, 2009 9:16 AM by material115

Alexstratz said:
dtshyk said:
IT Media reported that his mother didn't throw away the models, but she put them in trash bags without his permission. He saw all the models disappeared from the room and jumped to the wrong conclusion. In the end, he burnt his collections by himself. Police estimated that he had collected almost all the models and the goods of Gundam available.

Source: IT Media

I seriously laughed my ass off after reading this. xD I think it's time to pull out the EPIC FAIL card.


NOW THIS IS EPIC.

Lets see:
He FAILED to protect his models.
HE FAILED to notice that they are just in trash bags and not "gone" yet.
He FAILED to kick out his mother before all of this began
He failed to set himself on fire, in process burning his house and his gundam models.

Well thats....wow...This one person officially deserves the "I suck at life" tattoo on his ass....

Aug 11, 2009 6:49 AM by Fai

This is actually sensible. Gundam model kits can cost hundreds of thousands- if your mother threw away hundreds of thousands of your currency, you'd probably feel pretty suicidal.

Aug 11, 2009 2:48 AM by Hikari_Tajiri

Supernova1337 said:
What an idiot...

Why burn yourself when the obvious solution would be to burn the mom?


Agreed, then he wouldn't have end up burning his own collection like a moron.

Aug 11, 2009 2:47 AM by Sakarii

dtshyk said:
IT Media reported that his mother didn't throw away the models, but she put them in trash bags without his permission. He saw all the models disappeared from the room and jumped to the wrong conclusion. In the end, he burnt his collections by himself. Police estimated that he had collected almost all the models and the goods of Gundam available.

Source: IT Media

I seriously laughed my ass off after reading this. xD I think it's time to pull out the EPIC FAIL card.

Aug 11, 2009 1:58 AM by Alexstratz

O_O

Aug 11, 2009 12:46 AM by TuzoAnime