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Masaki Watanabe and Minami-chan

Time for another story of creepers from 2ch. But this time we know for sure it's real, and it's... not quite the same.

First of all, the guy was arrested in September of 2010. Good place as any to start a story, right?



Objecting to Acquittal of Ship Captain, Man With Knife Visits Prime Minister

Following controversy surrounding a Chinese fishing ship colliding with a Maritime Safety Agency patrol boat, the fishing ship's captain was ultimately acquitted. However, a man visiting the prime minister's estate carrying a knife in objection to this acquittal was arrested today by police.

At around 10 AM on the 25th, a man appeared at the prime minister's estate claiming he wanted to protest. Upon a check of his possessions by security personnel, a 17-centimeter-long knife was found, and the man was arrested for violation of the Swords and Firearms Control Law.

The suspect was unoccupied Osaka resident Masaki Watanabe (32), and a floppy disk containing protests against the acquittal of the Chinese ship captain was also found on his person.

Watanabe is on record saying he came to Tokyo in order to protest the Japanese government.



So that's nice. (Also, seriously? A floppy?) As a matter of fact, Masaki posted a thread on 2ch saying he was going to do this.

But that's not what we're here for, is it.

Later, in October, he posted this thread.



I Got Rejected By A Girl At University, Now I Want To Kill Myself

Masaki
I mean really, I beat off to her every day...

#2ch
And you were rejected why?

Masaki
I don't know.
After I confessed, she's been treating me like a stalker.

#2ch
Sucks, man.
You were getting along as friends up until then?

Masaki
We weren't.

#2ch
So you mean you had feelings for her all along, then suddenly blurted them out?

Masaki
Right.
She always had her girl friends around, so I couldn't get close.

Masaki
How am I a stalker?
I mean, we've only talked four times...

#2ch
If you'd barely even been with her, why the heck did you confess?

Masaki
My feelings were so strong, and my head was a mess.
It was getting in the way of my studies, so I figured I'd confess as a way of sorting out my feelings.

#2ch
What does a woman have to do to make you like her that much if you've barely even talked?
Sounds like you're weird.

This is making me feel kind of gross.

#2ch
^ Same.

#2ch
So was it love at first sight?

Masaki
Yes it was.
I really love her, it's true.

When I go to bed and turn off the lights, her face comes to mind, and I'm so lonely I want to die.

#2ch
Imagining an ugly creeper thinking about me like this makes me feel sick.

#2ch
This sounds like an awfully standard rejection.

#2ch
If you're not doing anything stalkery but she's saying you are one, then it's probably this:

- You're not her type
- You weren't friends to begin with
- She doesn't understand how you imagined having a shot in hell at winning her over

That sort of thing.
I had a similar experience in high school.
And it got kind of out of hand, actually.
People in other classes were saying "Are you that stalker guy?" orz
I really wanted to die then, too...

#2ch
More info about the situation of being rejected, and your approach afterward.

Masaki
After I confessed, I've been trying to talk to her, but she just keeps running away.



It seems Masaki actually made a bunch of threads pretty much exactly like this, none of which lasted very long. Just some creepy loser, doesn't use any silly emoticons, who cares.

Until January of 2011.



Tomorrow, I'm Going To Takarazuka University And Killing 30 People

Masaki
I can't take it anymore...

#2ch
Helpful Links for Police Reports
[A bunch of said links.]

#2ch
GJ

#2ch
Whoa, whoa, hold on...

#2ch
O-OP... You're a good guy, I know you are...

#2ch
Don't. Do that.

#2ch
Everything's gonna be fine! ☆

#2ch
Oh no, I knew he'd do it someday...

(^ For the TV report)

#2ch
Where's Takarazuka University?

#2ch
First time I've heard of a Takarazuka University.

#2ch
Can a post like this really get somebody arrested?
I don't think you can get much from that little.

#2ch
Googled it, and there is a Takarazuka University.
This OP serious?

#2ch
This is not good! No good!

#2ch
Stop! DOOOON'T!!!!!

(^ For the TV report)

Masaki
Ever since Minami-chan ran away from me September 3rd last year, my life has long been over.
If only I had just died that instant.
Nothing's changed in pointlessly pushing myself for another three months. It's all over...

#2ch
If you report this and the police respond, even if nothing happens, it might do some good.
And there might be a chance of OP getting arrested.
If not to get OP caught, you should at least do it to ensure the safety of anyone going to Takarazuka University tomorrow.
I'm not going to go out of my way, though.

#2ch
You're as good as caught, OP. Prepare yourself.

#2ch
Funny you guys should make "for TV" posts, 'cause I'm still imagining them being read in my usual ugly nerd voice.

#2ch
Look, just calm down.

#2ch
Is this the suicide thread for today?

#2ch
Summary of the virgin art-school student who's jealous of government workers and makes threads near-daily:
[This guy provides a ton of info on previous threads by Masaki, but it's not really all that relevant.]
- Confesses to and is rejected by a girl in university he'd barely even talked to; starts being a stalker and gets called a criminal.

- On September 25th, 2010, arrested while concealing a knife near the prime minister's estate.
Lives in Houenzaka in central Osaka, no occupation, suspect "Masaki Watanabe (32)."

- http://twitter.com/prometeusp
OP's Twitter, which makes his stalkerness plain as day.

#2ch
Konishi was such a nice boy... I didn't think he would hurt a fly...

#2ch
If OP's arrest is certain, then I look forward to tomorrow's news.
Should I buy up all the delicious Takenoko no Sato to eat as I watch?
There's no need to worry about Kinoko no Yama selling out, of course.
[They're both Japanese candies. That have a weirdly intense rivalry. Anyway.]

#2ch
^ If you're serious, even if he is arrested, it'll come a month later. Definitely not tomorrow.

#2ch
I know some people will definitely do it.
It's safest to report this.

#2ch
Did somebody report this yet?

#2ch
Can you call 110 if you see an urgent threat like this online?

#2ch
If he's jobless in his 30s, he's got nothing to lose. So he'll do it.

#2ch
I sent in a report online for now.
My phone's dead, so someone else can call 110.

#2ch
^ Thanks. Hope that's enough.

#2ch
Calm down, OP!
There's still time to surrender!

Masaki
I've had enough. I've always been called an evildoer, and forced to apologize.
But I'm not crying myself to sleep any longer.
I'm going to let out all my grudges.

#2ch
When's this guy gonna get arrested?
Get to work, police!

#2ch
Looking for Minami-chan? Sleepin' right here, buddy.

Masaki
I never thought that maybe Minami-chan might take another look at me.
I just was so shocked when I confessed to Minami-chan and she ran away that I wanted to ask her about it.
But this is how I'm treated. I'm broken now.
I'm not crying myself to sleep any longer.

#2ch
Even if you're a troll, goddamn.

But I'll take the bait for now.
Killing people won't accomplish anything, so stop it.
If you have the motivation to do that, there's plenty of other things you can put it to.

Masaki
>If you have the motivation to do that, there's plenty of other things you can put it to.
Do you know what it's like to have memories burnt into your mind of your beloved running away from you, without even knowing why?
I couldn't possibly do that.

#2ch
It's 'cause you had a huge ball of snot in your nostril, dummy.

#2ch
It definitely takes more motivation to kill thirty people than to get over that.
Keep living.

#2ch
Why isn't this guy arrested yet?

#2ch
Calm down, OP.

Minami-chan wanted to go to the toilet, but you were keeping her.
It looked like she was running away, but she just really had to go.

#2ch
^ A GENIUS APPEARS.

Masaki
Even now, after every lecture in university, my body feels so heavy.
I tried to take a nap, and some girl insulted me, we got in a fight, and I was the only one who got suspended.
All these irrational things, forcing me to lower my head... I can't take it anymore.
There's no point in being a good kid. I'm going to let out all my grudges.

Masaki
Enough. I'm tired of being courteous to the people in this world.
I'm so respectful, and good-mannered, but they pelt me with horrible insults, and act violently at me.
I'm not going to be a rule-abider anymore. I'm going to do what I like.
I'm going to let out all my grudges.

#2ch
Right, right...

#2ch
Could this be the final chapter of the Minami-chan saga?
If he's not caught at this point, I'm wondering what the hell the police are doing.

#2ch
Hey, calm down.
You never know when your luck could turn around.
Half the population's women, y'know? No need to make such a fuss about that one.

#2ch
This guy sounds serious to me... Yikes.

Masaki
Prepare yourselves.
I'm going to hunt you all down.

#2ch
Will that satisfy you?

#2ch
Pardon me, I'm actually not quite ready yet.

#2ch
Call your girlfriend and work it out over the phone. Alright?

#2ch
^ Problem is she's not his girlfriend.

#2ch
Yikes, this guy...
Just die in peace without causing others any trouble, okay?

#2ch
Listen. Don't you dare hurt people who have nothing to do with this.
What would you think if someone you knew was seriously injured in some indiscriminate crime like this?

What would you think if you were just eating a meal and were suddenly swiped at with a knife?

Hurting others is only hurting yourself.
Your life can't go on like that.

#2ch
^ Whoa, quit it!
He'll read that as "But Minami-chan has something to do with this..."

Masaki
So you're telling me to just concede, no matter what I encounter?
Because I've been encountering it everywhere.
Not only at university, but I was suddenly kicked by a worker on public transportation once.
I don't want to hear any more of this.
The world is full of the kind of people responsible for the way I've been treated.
I have no more respect for society. I'm going to let out all my grudges.

#2ch
Have you seen Minami-chan's nips?
'Cause if they're not ideal, she's not worth your time.
If she's gonna be a spoilsport, go for another girl.
I'm sure you'll have a great time, OP.

#2ch
Yeesh, how many times is he gonna say he can't take it anymore?

#2ch
Do you know what's really beautiful, OP?
Do you know how heartwarming it is to have a girlfriend warming up your fingers on a cold day?
If you've never experienced that, what are you doing sinking into the darkness?
You're almost completely fabricating what kind of girl Minami is.
But when you meet a girl who really loves you back, then you don't let her go.

#2ch
^ This guy really think he's persuading OP? Gimme a break.

#2ch
^ Well, he's writing about having a girlfriend like it's special, so I'm gonna guess you're both virgins.

#2ch
^ Shaddup, I got a girl.

#2ch
^ Enjoying living with your mom?

Masaki
There is no woman more beautiful than Minami-chan.
No matter how foully you insult her, you won't stop me from thinking about Minami-chan.
You must understand. There is no woman more beautiful than Minami-chan.

#2ch
Looks like no one cares about Takarazuka University anymore.

Now the thread's about girlfriends, having sexytimes, and not being caught.

#2ch
Hey, my name's Minami...

#2ch
You could probably find a whore named Minami. That good enough for you?

#2ch


[The thread started getting even more random ASCII art (particularly Pokémon) and general spam than usual around this point, so actual posts worth mentioning got pretty sparse.]

#2ch
Never mind the OP's threat, I was just surprised that university existed.

#2ch
Have you even gotten any sleep?
At least sleep first.
You might feel a little better.

#2ch
Heard this was today's Minami-chan thread.

Masaki
Why must Minami-chan be so beautiful...
No matter what cruel things you say to me, I can't be indifferent to Minami-chan, I can't hate her...
There couldn't be any other girl as beautiful as her.
So don't tell me there's countless women out there... orz

#2ch
Even if Minami did come to like you, she wouldn't approve of this nonsense.
If you're just kind to her, then that's true love.
Good night.

Masaki
I feel like I understand your reasoning, but I'm telling you.
I can't possibly make myself indifferent to Minami-chan.
I checked my email yesterday, and strangely, found a reply from Minami-chan.
She wrote horrible things about me, but even after reading, I couldn't get Minami-chan out of my head.
What am I supposed to do? I'm already so obsessed with Minami-chan, I don't know what I could do.

#2ch
Still no pics of Minami-chan, what is this.

#2ch
Somebody's gonna die soon...
Takarazuka students, RUN!!

Masaki
I love Minami-chan so much. And I know I'm causing Minami-chan trouble.
But my feelings are too powerful to control.
I could take myself to the hospital, turn myself in to the police who Minami-chan had called on me once.
But none of it would help to control my emotions.
Why won't Minami-chan understand that...?
I can't just say to Minami-chan that I want to be hated...

#2ch
Have you thought about Minami-chan's feelings at all in this?
Sheesh, guy...

#2ch
If this guy isn't caught, Japan's in serious shit.

#2ch
Is OP already asleep?
I hope you're a troll, but if you're serious, sleep and calm down.
Don't be a murderer.
You can just complain to us about whatever.

#2ch
Somebody call the university, seriously.
You're not gonna be laughing if people really die.

Masaki
Maybe I shouldn't have fallen in love with Minami-chan in the first place, but it doesn't matter at this point.
I didn't think anything of living alone before I met her, but now I'm unbearably lonely.
There's no going back. I'm desperately in love with Minami-chan.
I WANT TO SEE MINAMI-CHAN!!!!!!!!

#2ch
Were you just lying about being a murderer?
Just goddamn turn yourself in to the police.

#2ch
Man, I wanna see what Minami-chan looks like.
What celebrities does she resemble?

#2ch
30 people is quite a goal, huh.
I don't think a guy this stupid could pull that off.

#2ch
I just called Takarazuka University and told them about it.

Smell ya, OP.

#2ch
Why do these people make threads like this?

Masaki
Even if Minami-chan truly hates me, I'm unbearably in love with her.
I can't imagine life without Minami-chan.
I WANT TO SEE MINAMI-CHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2ch
This guy seems frighteningly real...



And finally...



Osaka Art Student (32) Arrested For Threat Of "Going To Kill 30 People At University" on 2channel

On the 19th, police in Takarazuka arrested art school student Masaki Watanabe (32), who resides in Houenzaka in central Osaka, after he threatened on an internet message board that he would "Go To Takarazuka University And Kill 30 People."

The grounds for his arrest were given as a threat of violence, found on his home computer on online messageboard "2channel" at approximately 12:35 AM on the 19th, as well as threats against the university's business head (58).

According to police, suspect Watanabe dropped out of Takarazuka University on September 10th. They state that "a female student declined his company," but are looking further into his motives.



The story can pretty much end there, really.

But here's one more thread from July of 2011 anyway.



Why Did Minami-chan Have To Reject Me At University?

Masaki
I don't understand...

#2ch
GET A JOB, WATANABE.

#2ch
You again, huh...

#2ch
Oh boy...
Masaki Watanabe, 32?

#2ch
Dammit, you're alive?

#2ch
Facts about OP:

- Real name is Masaki Watanabe. Age 32 as of 9/25/2010. Resides in Houenzaka in central Osaka. According to his past threads, he's 170 cm and 50 kg - scrawny.
- Started appearing on 2ch around summer of 2008. Made various shitty threads.
- Was enrolled in Takarazuka University's art program - in classes for sculpting, media design, and music/sound design - up until September of 2010. Stalked a girl while he was at university, and as a result of that incident, dropped out in September.
- Enrolled in a two-year correspondence education at Osaka University of Arts in October.
- Has been arrested twice in the past:
[Link to the prime minister news article, and link to a summary of the threads surrounding his second arrest.]

Masaki
I wanted to go to the Tenjin Matsuri with Minami-chan... orz

#2ch
Do you have a mental disorder? Or an intellectual handicap?
Either way, you make me feel disgusting. Go die.
I feel bad for Minami-chan if she was only being nice since you're handicapped.

Masaki
No, I'm not handicapped.

#2ch
Watanabe, you don't have any friends. Just consider that and live an honest life, will you?
If you can't, then stop coming to 2ch. We're not going to be easy on you.

Masaki
But I am living honestly?

Masaki
Why doesn't this government have a more thorough plan to address serious radioactive contamination...?
I despair whenever I think about this generation...

#2ch
More of Watanabe's out-of-left-field lectures, huh...
Or are you saying you're like a power plant that blew up from obsessing over Minami-chan?
We're not your buddies, pal. You're just gonna burden society forever, you piece of shit.

#2ch
So, you won't get a job.
And you aren't going back to school.
So what the hell ARE you doing?

Masaki
I'm not going to school this year, at least.
For now, I'm going into digital music.

#2ch
And do what with it?
Make money?
How are you going to make money?

#2ch
Still a crazy lunatic like always.
Arrest the crazy lunatic!

#2ch
I want a serious answer.
How are you going to deal?
I'm really curious.
What's it like being jobless at 33?

Masaki
I was so sincere...
So why did Minami-chan reject me... orz

#2ch
'Cause you're ugly and a creep.

FIN

Masaki
What do I have to do to meet her standards?
Be over 180 centimeters or what?

#2ch
Well, I don't think being unoccupied at 33 is helping?

Masaki
So you're saying I should be younger and have a job?

#2ch
At least that, I'd say.
But seriously, how are you going to sort this out?
Why won't you tell us?

#2ch
Even if you were totally up to her standards, it's no good if she already has a boyfriend (usually).

Masaki
So I'm doomed, then...
What a cruel fate...
So this is the "Door of the Fate Stone," is it...
I want to date Minami-chan so much more than her boyfriend does... orz

#2ch
I think it's about time we ignore these threads.
He just runs away as soon as he's questioned.
Same as Minami-chan, come to think of it...

#2ch
> runs away as soon as he's made to face reality
Fixed that for you.

#2ch
^ LOL, yep.
I just wanna hear what a jobless 33-year-old has as a life plan...

#2ch
No matter how young and rich you are, you won't get anywhere with such childish thinking and disgusting personality.
Seriously, Watanabe, you give me the heebie-jeebies.

Masaki
What about me does that? I'm just normal...

#2ch
You are NOT normal.
I mean, just take a look at what you're doing all day.

#2ch
Unoccupied at thirty-three, arrested twice in one year for stupid-ass things? Yeah, sounds normal to me.

#2ch
I suppose it's a reasonable idea that you might be able to get into digital music.
But you really need to plan things out more.
That you don't plan your life is pretty much why this sort of thing happens.

Masaki
Actually, after high school, my plans were to go straight to vocational school and become a game creator.

#2ch
Lately I've realized Watanabe's been getting serious on 2ch.
Lots of preaching, lots of boasting about NicoNico videos and his English...
Do you really just want people to praise you or what?

Masaki
I don't want praise. I want to look down on the slackers of this generation.

#2ch
I'm a "slacker," and I look down on this guy.

#2ch
At least half of Japan has got to be better than you.

#2ch
Don't you know girls hate persistent guys?

Masaki
Then how am I supposed to get along with Minami-chan?

#2ch
So much about you makes that impossible.

Masaki
Like what?

#2ch
Thinking about it, Minami-chan is probably a "slacker" too, huh?
I mean, she ran away from him, but...

#2ch
Why does this guy keep committing crimes...

Masaki
I did it all to marry Minami-chan.

#2ch
Christ, no one wants to marry human waste like you.
People who commit crimes do it because they don't have anybody to begin with.
You're no doubt exactly what Minami-chan hates.

Masaki
It's all over...
I've been rejected by Minami-chan, our food is poisoned with radiation...
I try to get the slackers to take action and protect our children, but they won't work a day in their lives...
I despair whenever I think about this generation...

#2ch
When are you planning to get married?

Masaki
If I can't marry Minami-chan, then I'll never get married.

#2ch
Committing crimes left and right, but being able to marry Minami-chan...
How? How could that possibly happen?

Masaki
The slackers don't care about my well-being at all...
This radioactive food isn't safe at all, but they let it go...
Is this generation just full of the worst of trash, too lazy to care about me...? orz

#2ch
Why can't you get a job instead of moaning on the internet?

Masaki
I told you that's what I want to do, but I don't have any motivation.
Like Taro Yamamoto says, people who won't work to protect the children are finished as humans...

[Masaki's groaning about slackers goes on. And on. And on.]

Masaki
I couldn't marry Minami-chan, so I've lost all hope... orz

Masaki
I wish I could go back to studying with Minami-chan... orz

Masaki
If I can't marry Minami-chan, I don't see the point in living... orz



There are probably plenty of other threads, but those ones seem to sum it up well enough.

Masaki Watanabe, everybody.

He's real.


Posted April 28th, 2012

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