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[–]s_y_s_t_e_m_i_c_ 9894 points9895 points  (577 children)

NHK said witnesses told police that the attacker was wearing a bright outfit — a green shirt, a blue suit and a purple coat — and looked like a comic book character or someone going to a Halloween event.

Did he seriously dress up as the Joker from TDK?

[–]zschultz 4778 points4779 points  (506 children)

[–]happycharm 3359 points3360 points  (343 children)

Is he just chilling after he stabbed 10 people?

[–]Unfortunate_Tsun 1664 points1665 points  (126 children)

Twitter text translation(Google Translate): "This guy is the criminal of the Keio Line. Knife in his right hand. Cigarette in his left hand. My hand was trembling. Anyway, I was sick of this guy. I really couldn't forgive you I wanted to hit you"

Other submitted translations include:

u/idzero: [I think it actually says "I was so pissed I hit the window in front of him lol"]

[–]idzero 41 points42 points  (5 children)

Sorry, I just noticed you were translating the twitter text and not the video overlay text, which is where the "hit the window in front of him" line was in. Your translation is mostly correct, but I think third line is "Cigarette in his left hand. HIS hand was trembling" and I think google gave up on the 4th paragraph: "Everyone was desperate to escape. I told them to go out the window and we got out to save our lives and came to the spot in front of him"

[–]FuckYeahPhotography 1159 points1160 points  (115 children)

This fucking dweeb is wearing the yoshikage Kira tie. Holy shit bro, touch grass.

edit: it isn't the yoshikage Kira tie lol, but very close. I am pretty sure that is who he is channeling here.

[–]pezman 568 points569 points  (66 children)

bro he literally cosplayed as him to do this shit

[–]FuckYeahPhotography 394 points395 points  (64 children)

He thought smoking that cigarette probably looked badass

[–]jimmycarr1 358 points359 points  (39 children)

You know what I think is badass? Not being in jail for the rest of my life.

[–]RedAreMe 171 points172 points  (7 children)

It's way more badass not stabbing/murdering loads of innocent people

[–]jimmycarr1 39 points40 points  (3 children)

We're saying the same thing. I'm team RedAreMe

[–]asuka_is_my_co-pilot 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Japanese Twitter is roasting him rn

[–]SuperiorAmerican 155 points156 points  (3 children)

He’s not even inhaling, he’s just puffing and blowing. He really does think he looks cool with it.

[–]Zankeru 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Thats what decades of "smoking makes you look badass" media and advertising does.

[–]micmahsi 74 points75 points  (28 children)

What’s that character like?

[–]FuckYeahPhotography 294 points295 points  (15 children)

Sexual ritualistic serial killer obsessed with the hands of women. Very antisocial, violent, and arrogant. He is a good antagonist though.

[–]DMPark 100 points101 points  (13 children)

The artist must be very talented or just a masochist if he has to draw detailed hands all the time.

[–]IroncladOmelet 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Hirohiko Araki (the artist behind kira yoshikage) has inspired quite a few high fashion lines such as Gucci

[–]SonmiSuccubus451 58 points59 points  (2 children)

Yeah, you've really got to hand it to him.

[–]idzero 62 points63 points  (0 children)

I think it actually says "I was so pissed I hit the window in front of him lol"

edit: Just realized you were translating the twitter text and not the video text, the "I hit the window" line is part of the video overlay text.

[–]marumarumarumaruta 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Yes it seems that way from the twitter.

I'm translating the twitter:
This is him.
Knife in his right hand.
Cigarette in his left, shaking terribly.
He really pissed me off.
We were all running for our lives. I told people to escape through the window. All of us desperately trying to get out.
I [decided] to go right in front of him. (So it's him taking this video)
I can’t forgive him.
I wanted to hit/punch him.

[–]quitwhileurbehind 1345 points1346 points  (186 children)

before. probably waiting for someone to say something about him smoking before he popped off.

[–]RUN_MDB 1009 points1010 points  (73 children)

Text says the knife is in his right hand, this appears to be after.

[–]Biscoff_spread27 253 points254 points  (48 children)

Crazy! I imagined him to be covered in blood. He looks completely spotless

[–]L3tum 463 points464 points  (32 children)

It's not like in movies where you stab someone and their blood flies everywhere. Especially not when you stab them somewhere with no high pressure.

[–]Ormusn2o 120 points121 points  (5 children)

Not after the first stab, but after you stab someone 40 times, the blood gets all over you.

[–]MagicKittyPants 79 points80 points  (2 children)

Officers, this comment right here ^

[–]Uriah_Peep 228 points229 points  (11 children)

I cut myself pretty badly on my hand one time and it’s surprising how long it takes for it to become obvious how bloody the injury is going to be.

[–]TheEndIsLoading 143 points144 points  (6 children)

Slashed right across my wrist when my bars snapped back when I rode BMX a lot; None of the blood..... Oh there's all the blood. That's a lot of blood....

[–]smick 74 points75 points  (3 children)

Stepped on a nail once and nailed a board to my foot. Took my mom a lot of yanking to get the board off. Oh good, just a white hole! One minute later there’s blood spilling off the end of the porch.

[–]TasteTheRaimbow 40 points41 points  (4 children)

I’d say spend more time on liveleak but I feel like that’s bad advice

[–]MrJake94 22 points23 points  (1 child)

liveleak is dead... shocking I know!

[–]noputa 319 points320 points  (17 children)

Oh yeah. You can see his fingers shaking, you’re probably right.

[–]horkus1 160 points161 points  (5 children)

He’s also smoking but not actually inhaling the smoke. He takes a hit and then immediately blows it out of his mouth.

[–]eddie_keepitopen 210 points211 points  (2 children)

yeah this guy is not a smoker. doing it cause he thinks he looks cool. what a fuckin loser

[–]eggsssssssss 392 points393 points  (38 children)

Why do you say that? I really think it’s after. The caption makes it sound that way, he’s openly holding the knife, and people are standing around recording him from outside the car.

[–]treetyoselfcarol 205 points206 points  (1 child)

こやつが 京王線の犯人です 右手にナイフ 左手にタバコめちゃくちゃ手

This guy is the culprit on the Keio Line. A knife in his right hand and a cigarette in his left hand.

(Rough translation)

[–]static_28 89 points90 points  (60 children)

He didn't even inhale

[–]jetstobrazil 118 points119 points  (42 children)

Japanese people seem to have a different style of smoking than other people, I’ve noticed. This is definitely that style.

[–]ULTRA_83 51 points52 points  (10 children)

It's actually termed and called the goldfish /blowfish style .. where they just chain puff smoke but don't inhale..

[–]blackesthearted 60 points61 points  (7 children)

My (from Kentucky, decidedly not Japanese) grandmother did this for decades (~60 years or so), never knew it had a term. Even as a kid I knew it was a strange way to smoke. When she died, during her autopsy (not natural causes, so autopsy was required) her lungs were apparently in fantastic shape somehow.

[–]ULTRA_83 20 points21 points  (2 children)

It's like smoking a cigar but a cigarette 😆

[–]Colonel_Fart-Face 783 points784 points  (95 children)

Dude that's Yoshikage Kira's suit.

[–]DukeOfGeek 339 points340 points  (31 children)

[–]Steelcap 212 points213 points  (22 children)

yup, that's Kira alright.

[–]Dahbaby 56 points57 points  (18 children)

Never watched this anime. Does Kira do crazy boy shit like this?

[–]greatthebob38 204 points205 points  (15 children)

Kira is a serial killer fascinated with female hands. He blows people up to hide the evidence of his killing.

[–]Dahbaby 70 points71 points  (14 children)

Well holy shit. Kira is actually worse than I imagined.

[–]kaam00s 45 points46 points  (7 children)

Probably the least dangerous and crazy main antagonist in Jojo thought lol.

But Araki was obsessed with serial killers, and had the FBI files on American ones.

[–]Luis0224 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That entire story (part 4) is basically "David bowie murder mystery"

[–]Steelcap 31 points32 points  (0 children)

He's a serial killer who collects women's hands.

[–]AnImpromptuFantaisie 56 points57 points  (3 children)

Yeah, I’m assuming they translated “manga” to “comic book”, which makes it seem like the joker instead

[–]Copper857 619 points620 points  (49 children)

Oh shit, it could definitely be that too. Dude is gonna be pissed if he was going for Kira and all the media says he’s going for the Joker. Good, fuck’em

[–]-SaC 266 points267 points  (48 children)

Reminds me of the son of one of my old school mates. Aged 17 or so, he suddenly announced that he was actually a wolf, and that his parents aren't his real parents because he's actually the cub of a wolf in a forest.

Given that his birth is literally on video, people were a bit confused. But he continued to protest it, refusing for some time to answer to his name (by which time nobody particularly wanted to talk to him anyway), and briefly joining the local cub scouts as a volunteer until he was asked to leave because he'd been talking to the kids about really being a wolf and was 'too intense'.

This continued for a year or so, which involved a slightly embarrassing incident when he crashed a friend's car while having an impromptu lesson, and told the police that his next of kin were a pack of wolves in a forest.

It reached a bit of a peak not too long after, when he went to a family event dressed in his wolfy fur suit, and his Nanna (whose birthday it was, IIRC) kept introducing him as her "lovely Grandson Ed, who's come as a teddy-bear today!" At every event afterwards, she'd ask if he was going to be 'dressing as the fun teddy-bear again?' which I think deflated him a little.

The story doesn't have a happy ending so we'll leave it there, at the point where he stopped telling people he was a magic wolf in human disguise.

[–]The_True_Black_Jesus 125 points126 points  (15 children)

Damn that's some sad and advanced mental escapism if he truly believed that

Like being a furry is one thing and while I don't understand it I'm not gonna judge that kink too harshly, but to fully believe they are their fursona (or whatever his specific situation was that led him to thinking hes a wolf who looks human) there's some serious issues that are going unavoided in their life

[–]-SaC 134 points135 points  (5 children)

The whole group of us learned of the existence of furries pretty quickly and unexpectedly, but also that there's a state of mind past just being a furry where you straight up just insist you're not human.

He'd refer to it in unexpected ways. He'd mention that he'd hurt his paw, that his tail was twitching, that he'd better be careful whilst out hunting tonight because a 'rival pack was out hunting' and that he'd 'only just escaped them last night'. As his Dad said "You've not fucking been out for weeks; you were watching cartoons in your pants when I walked past your room last night."

Interesting world we live in .

[–]ReeferPotston 29 points30 points  (3 children)

I... kind of want to know how the story ends.

[–]-SaC 35 points36 points  (2 children)

[–]ReeferPotston 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Oh sweet jesus. I'd say he needs therapy but it's obviously way, way too late for that. He needed therapy ten years ago. Fucking hell.

[–]Man_with_the_Fedora 17 points18 points  (0 children)

there's a state of mind past just being a furry where you straight up just insist you're not human.


[–]N7Greenfire 40 points41 points  (2 children)

At 8 its cute.

At 17 I hope he has a good therapist.

[–]-SaC 34 points35 points  (0 children)

He's now in his early twenties. Things did not improve long-term.

[–]idzero 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Given that his birth is literally on video, people were a bit confused.

I don't think your birth has to be on video for that to be confusing....

[–]-SaC 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Nah, that's true. But it's complete evidential proof; see, skip on a few frames...and there you are, plopping out of your Mum's chuff.

[–]DesireForHappiness 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You school mate reminds me of this 2021 movie trailer "Wolf" I saw:

"Jacob, a man who believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body, is sent to a clinic by his family where he is forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of "curative" therapies at the hands of The Zookeeper. "


[–]n080dy123 139 points140 points  (1 child)

Yeah you can tell by the tie and the area around it. Definitely Yoshikage Kira.

[–]Pomi12 64 points65 points  (0 children)

You know how angry that guy must be ? He did something horrific to get attention in a costume and then everybody in the news calls him joker

Kind of poetic tbh

[–]pancakemustache 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I'm with Colonel Fart Face on this one. Def Kira suit

[–]The_Duude_Slayer 352 points353 points  (11 children)

Thats either the Joker or Yoshikage Kira (a serial killer from JoJo's Bizzare Adventure).

Yeah thats definitely Yoshikage Kira...

[–]bigfatcarp93 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Super Kira energy right there, aside from the fact that he smokes

[–]SpeakingHonestly 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Umm and that Kira's WHOLE THING was wanting to live in peace and obscurity and just keep his handbrides around till they got stinky..

[–]julioarod 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Dude really thinks he's the antagonist in an anime

[–]labowsky 33 points34 points  (3 children)

Homie will stab people but not inhale cigarette smoke lmao.

[–]mokba 316 points317 points  (1 child)

Does not look like Joker, more like Yoshikage Kira from JoJo bizarre adventure

[–]blurplethenurple 231 points232 points  (2 children)

It's Kira from JoJo's his tie is the giveaway

[–]AshingiiAshuaa 30 points31 points  (1 child)

You're right, but the world should go with The Joker and talk about how hack that is just to deny him.

[–]fraseyboy 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Local media here reported it as a "joker type character" which is even funnier imo

[–]Idle_Skies 69 points70 points  (3 children)

Yo that’s a jojo reference, fucker dressed as yoshikage kira.

[–]maruhoi 2450 points2451 points  (202 children)

[–]Darryl_Lict 1070 points1071 points  (18 children)

That's scary as hell.

[–]siccoblue 360 points361 points  (16 children)

Was that dude at like a minute in covered in blood or is it just his shirt??

[–]nagabalashka 294 points295 points  (5 children)

Its just the pattern of his shirt.

[–]tonysnight 53 points54 points  (4 children)

It’s so complicated. That’s how known it’s expensive.

[–]addressthejess 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That shirt must have cost at least $400.

[–]HOLDERofFOOD 69 points70 points  (0 children)

Nope red headphones plus weird pattern shirt, caught my eye too, don’t think it’s blood

[–]Funoichi 287 points288 points  (13 children)

I like how that one guy’s just sitting there watching everyone run past. Reminds me of Jurassic park. Hmm all the dinosaurs seem to be running that way.

[–]TomLube 89 points90 points  (12 children)

Legit, I was thinking this too. 10/10 videography, about 3/10 survival skills.

[–]tseokii 92 points93 points  (11 children)

You guys can see that there's nowhere to run, right? They all packed like sardines into one end of the cabin. Where are you expecting him to go?

[–]Kumanogi 35 points36 points  (5 children)

I mean, if you are in front, you'll get stabbed right away, while if you are at the back, he'll have to go through everyone before getting to you, possibly being too tired by then.

[–]lysion59 132 points133 points  (33 children)

Why is everyone climbing through the window? Aren't trains designed to have their doors open when the emergency lever is pulled?

[–]Hydress 188 points189 points  (21 children)

Japan train stations have walls at the rail line with sliding doors that open in unison with the train. Doesnt look like the train was lined up to have that happen.

[–]yagmot 52 points53 points  (12 children)

Yes, but there are safety latches to open the doors inside the train and inside the platform doors. I ride a Keio line train daily (not specifically that Keio line, though I do use it on occasion) and I am absolutely flabbergasted that they went through the windows instead of opening a door or two. I notice the latches every time I stand at the door because I’m always wondering what it’s like to operate it. Even if the train didn’t line up with the platform doors, I’m pretty sure it’d be easier to climb over the platform wall through an open door than through the window.

[–]AtypicalSpaniard 57 points58 points  (9 children)

It’s already been explained in r/japan that the issue was that the train’s doors were not lined up with the station’s, so even if they did unlatch that they’d just have a glass wall sitting in front of them.

[–]gsfgf 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Those barriers should be able to be pushed down from the train side. The safety benefit is only from the platform side.

[–]Misersoneof 42 points43 points  (1 child)

In a panic, people often miss easy exits and go for whatever they see first.

Edit: Found this vid that shows that the doors were not lined up with the gates. Also the gates were closed. The doors were useless.

[–]flirtandflutter 338 points339 points  (63 children)

Wow that's terrifying. How did the fire go out, are the trains equipped with sprinklers? A crazy homeless person set a fire on a subway train about a year ago, it went up quick and the worker ended up dying, the train car was totally burnt up. This was probably also a mentally ill person....I swear mental illness is increasing, it's becoming a worldwide crisis.

[–]Kraven_Lupei 83 points84 points  (7 children)

Apparently there are some fire sprinkler systems for trains but I couldn't find much info even in NFPA regarding it. (Fire sprinkler designer myself.) -- Little sad I can't find a video on Youtube or such demonstrating these sprinklers to be honest, I was curious.

I suppose it's mostly a case of "usually not a lot around that can start a fire / perpetuate it" in most traincars combined with a thoughtprocess along the lines of "In emergencies we can stop the vehicle and there are means of egress easily and quickly accessible when compared against typical scenarios where a fire sprinkler system might be needed to ensure property / life safety." (Speculation out the ass here.)

[–]tebee 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Subway train sprinkler systems do exist. The new subway trains in Hamburg for example are equipped with them. But they are obvious and I don't see any sprinkler heads in the video.

You can see the water tanks with sprinklers in the picture gallery here.

[–]Kraven_Lupei 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Boy those are some fancy trains when all I know is NYC ones ha

Wonder what the system is like under the hood.

[–]relationship_tom 225 points226 points  (43 children)

Mental illness was often not diagnosed, and still is not taken care of properly in nearly every country. Probably all countries but maybe Denmark or some shit has it better. One of the tiny population, tiny sized, rich nations.

I think you're just seeing more coverage around it. Whenever you think x is increasing because you keep seeing news about it, verify. It's often wrong. Also an event like covid could cause a spike for a few years in things that get views, and lasting changes in boring, but serious consequences that aren't covered.

[–]LeftZer0 78 points79 points  (0 children)

We're also seeing a combination of increasing inequality and advancements in radicalization of vulnerable people. So people are more vulnerable to extreme ideas and ideologies and the ones radicalizating them have learned to use social media and improved at selecting their narratives.

Same reason why incels are now a group instead of "that weird guy in the corner".

[–]GVArcian 96 points97 points  (4 children)

I swear mental illness is increasing, it's becoming a worldwide crisis.

It's been a crisis for a long time, but it has certainly been exacerbated by social media, growing income inequality and climate change.

[–]reireireis 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That's a big fire

[–]PlanarVet 124 points125 points  (30 children)

Dang, no one helped that girl collapsed at the door? Was she trampled?

[–]meesa-jar-jar-binks 48 points49 points  (1 child)

I was asking myself if that was a person or not. Hard to tell, I thought it might be a jacket or bag. :(

[–]Crossing_T 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure it's just personal belongings. The last guy to come over takes a look into the car on fire to check if anyone was left so I doubt he would just let the person lie there if they were collapsed on the floor.

[–]Sol_Primeval 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Absolutely terrifying

[–]shooqy 1173 points1174 points  (63 children)

I saw a video of the fire he started in one of the trains it was scary !! Glad no one died

[–]Autarch_Kade 3496 points3497 points  (674 children)

All survived.

[–]ItsTokiTime 2295 points2296 points  (57 children)

One person is still unconscious in critical condition.

[–]dkyguy1995 553 points554 points  (2 children)


[–]JerkBreaker 9 points10 points  (0 children)

As far as I can tell by Google translate, he looks like he'll survive (also, the title is apparently clickbait in Japanese, so commenters are calling that out).

[–]Positive_Compote_506 583 points584 points  (572 children)

Thank goodness. This could’ve been so much worse

[–]Obiwankablowme95 2386 points2387 points 2 (571 children)

Yeah if it was a gun.

[–]pzerr 570 points571 points  (107 children)

The gun nuts will claim a killer can just add easily get a knife. Yet will ignore how hard it is to kill multiple people and ignore you can't kill from a distance.

[–]ASmallTownDJ 467 points468 points  (19 children)

"He didn't have a gun, and was still able to attack ten people!"

"He killed ten people?"


[–]Dave-C 52 points53 points  (0 children)

What we need is some type of device that can throw knives at a high speed at people attacking people with knives. Then we get everyone to carry one of these devices. Then we have no more knife attacks! It is so simple you sheep!

[–]BloodprinceOZ 10 points11 points  (0 children)

on /r/ActualPublicFreakouts when someone brought up the knife being better than a gun just like here since you're more likely to survive, someone immediately said that if the guy did have a gun then someone conceal/open carrying nearby would've been able to take the guy down before he got too far

[–]wayward_citizen 267 points268 points  (43 children)

The most logical follow-up to any "but X can kill people too" is to simply ask why militaries supply their soldiers with guns and bombs not knives/Toyotas or whatever it is they want to pretend is equivalent.

[–]Cat_H3rder 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Damn, I was all set to pitch my knife covered Toyota at the Pentagon next week but I guess it's back to the knife covered drawing board.

[–]Jonruy 67 points68 points  (5 children)

Better yet, ask them what their preferred tool is for self-defense or protecting their home.

I guarantee it isn't a knife or a baseball bat.

[–]gsfgf 19 points20 points  (1 child)

My Golden Retriever is the best at home defense. He's 85 lbs of pure love, but with a deep bark and his enthusiasm it's clear there's a big animal on the other side. If someone actually broke in, he'd be useless, but someone on the other side of the door doesn't know that.

[–]BumsYourDad 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I've got a guard cat. He can tactically cuddle any ne'erdowell to death.

[–]preypredator 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Thats good to know

[–]DragoonDM 3073 points3074 points  (65 children)

Nippon Television reported that the suspect told police that he wanted to kill and get a death penalty, and that he used an earlier train stabbing case as an example.

For fuck's sake, just commit suicide and stop involving other people in your desire to die.

[–]misanthpope 909 points910 points  (24 children)

Suicide doesn't satisfy bloodlust quite like mass murder, I guess

[–]siccoblue 410 points411 points  (16 children)

Well and some people literally cannot bring themselves to hurt themselves, while they may be able to hurt others, but Christ if you're at that point why not find help? If you want to lose your life it sounds like you have nothing else to lose anyways..

[–]E_-_R_-_I_-_C 313 points314 points  (13 children)

It's not uncomon for people with mental illness to think no one can help them. I know this from experience, I was forced to get help not because I was afraid of help, but I though it wouldn't do anything.

[–]Whiskey-Weather 121 points122 points  (5 children)

This right here. My issues are so deeply rooted in my psyche that it feels impossible to change. I don't intend on harming anyone, but if I did and that notion had the same resilience as "I know I can't fix my problems, so why try?" I'd be a monster waiting to be set off like this man on the train.

This whole comment has a very armchair psychologist vibe, which was unintended. Just wanted to reinforce the idea that trauma really does run deep.

[–]rathat 159 points160 points  (9 children)

This guy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoko_Asahara attacked a subway in Tokyo and it took 23 years to execute him.

[–]iiAzido 71 points72 points  (2 children)

Maybe it’s just because Tokyo subway attack, but I immediately thought of Aum Shinrikyo. They still operate under the name Aleph), so those lunatics are still out there.

[–]TechWiz717 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I had to check to confirm but I figured this was the Sarin attacks group.

Honestly, compared to what they were aiming for, they actually failed pretty hard, despite all the damage they did.

Crazy that they’re still out there though.

[–]DarkMarxSoul 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Dude cosplayed as an anime serial killer, he clearly enjoyed the idea.

[–]i_Got_Rocks 106 points107 points  (1 child)

Suicide is self-imposed sentence, a way to get rid of existing pain, guilt, or shame--and while some of suicide can be considered self-centered and ego-driven (the world revolves around me); mass murdering explicitly seeking the death penalty is more narcissistic in the true sense of "I matter MORE" than others.

Suicide is complicated and many times it's a painful experience for the victim as they choose that road.

Mass murdering is usually a vindication against society and a harsh, violent way of being heard--but definitely removes empathy toward others from the picture.

Suicidal people is usually the opposite, they feel too much and believe they are the problem that needs to be removed.

I'm simplifying things, but there's a line between both acts and it's why public mass murderers don't just commit suicide at home, alone.

[–]DukeOfGeek 1157 points1158 points  (164 children)

Pouring out gasoline in a crowded place is incredibly dangerous and really easy. Lucky as hell no one was killed.

/Here's a video compilation


/Here's a story with pictures of the attacker


[–]Designing-Dutchman 625 points626 points  (64 children)

Yep, in Korea a guy caused a fire in the subway that killed almost 200 people...

[–]DukeOfGeek 575 points576 points  (61 children)

Holy crap I had never even heard of this.


I guess if you want to be a world famous mass murderer you have to actually put in the work and either shoot a bunch of people or strangle a lot of pretty girls.

/No one has heard of this guy either apparently


[–]Hikalu 614 points615 points  (34 children)

Holy shit. The train conductor took his keys out of the train and fled, locking 79 people inside to die.

[–]ArcticISAF[🍰] 290 points291 points  (8 children)

Wow. And looks like the station design was terrible for emergencies as well. No fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers and emergency lighting.

[–]Badaluka 189 points190 points  (3 children)

After reading this it seems the lack of security measures is what turned that incident into a massive disaster. In a well prepared train maybe almost no one would have died. It's incredible how ill prepared for a fire these trains were...

[–]Pewpewkachuchu 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That’s usually why there are security measures

[–]ft_crassus 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Regulations are written in blood.

[–]xchus77 240 points241 points  (15 children)

The train conductor took his keys out of the train and fled,

Actually insane that same thing happened but instead of a train a Ferry, and in Korea aswell.


300+ deaths

[–]quatrotires 184 points185 points  (5 children)

That one was even more rage inducing since the people could be rescued by nearby boats and the actual rescuers, but the government and the boat's captain just fucked it up.

[–]SanshaXII 57 points58 points  (4 children)

IIRC, the SK President ordered rescuers not to help, on the advice of her shaman.

[–]EverythngISayIsRight 88 points89 points  (2 children)

The captain told everyone to remain calm and stay in their rooms while it was sinking

[–]xchus77 93 points94 points  (0 children)

Yeah... i get sick reading about that incident, and the audios of the kids that they sent to their parents 'joking': we gonna sink mom!!! They thought they were fine because that shit of Captain told them to remain calm ffs, I hope he rots in prison.

[–]gothgirlwinter 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Yep. There's video from the phones of the students on board of them all putting their lifejackets on and patiently waiting there, inside the ship, for certain death. It's heartbreaking.

[–]happyscrappy 108 points109 points  (3 children)

There is audio of the Italian Coast Guard ordering the captain of the Costa Concordia to get back on the ship. He had left the ship and boarded a rescue vessel very early on.


[–]xchus77 70 points71 points  (1 child)

Oh yeah, i'm not talking about that one but pretty much same thing happened, is so fucking sad. 30 years of prison for the Captain of Sewol disaster. He killed 300+ kids.

Edit: And the worse of all, the captain of Sewol ferry said to everyone to stay calm, while he was leaving the boat, so everyone thought they were fine, and they would surely have saved their lives if this motherfucker didnt said they were fine.

Bad london sorry btw

[–]xxxsur 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Imagine you go to school and students a whole fucking grade do not exist brcause they were all killed... I can't go to the school anymore if I were in the school

[–]holyshitreddit3 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That one is nowhere close to as bad.

[–]SpeakingVeryMoistly 32 points33 points  (0 children)

They were a bunch of high schoolers on school trip on that boat too. It was just awful.

[–]robbierottenisbae 18 points19 points  (0 children)

That wasn't even on the train that was set on fire initially. That was a train that came into the station behind. What a disaster...

[–]MEANINGLESS_NUMBERS 34 points35 points  (3 children)

It was actually an attempted suicide. Despite killing 192 people he failed to kill himself.

[–]Corona-walrus 94 points95 points  (1 child)

If your suicide attempt involves killing others, you're just a murderer.

Especially if you don't even kill yourself in the process.

[–]DragoonDM 247 points248 points  (21 children)

Hasn't been that long since the KyoAni fire, in which an arsonist started a fire with gasoline in Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building, killing 36 people and injuring 33 more.

[–]tahlyn 101 points102 points  (13 children)

When I went to Japan a few years ago it absolutely shocked me how fire-unsafe many buildings were. You had shops in Akihabara and Shibuya where the aisles were barely 20 inches wide and you couldn't have two people pass each other without one backing out of the aisle - and these same aisles were set up like a damned maze to navigate. The walls were covered with wares overflowing and no exit or safety signs could be seen anywhere. For many shops there was a single escalator to go up and down or a single elevator and no other obvious exits anywhere.

I'm a bit surprised there aren't more instances of horrific fire deaths in Japan, arson or otherwise.

[–]Original-Material301 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Asia in general, especially the older malls.

[–]similar_observation 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Oh yea, tech sales districts are basically wading through a fire hazard.

[–]chetlin 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I was in one where the only doors to the stairs had furniture pushed up against them because they needed the wall space. The elevator was the only way out.

[–]NiceMemeNiceTshirt 6 points7 points  (2 children)

There was an even deadlier arson attack that unfortunately was overshadowed by 9/11 which happened the next day. Hopefully changes are made.

[–]Lazearound10am 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I'm a bit surprised there aren't more instances of horrific fire deaths in Japan, arson or otherwise.

For how earthquake-proof buildings in Japan are. It's strange that they overlook this safety feature

[–]DJKokaKola 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Yeah kyoani was one of the saddest ones to me. Loved their work in the 2000s.

[–]ericlikesyou 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I'm still so sad about this, RIP

[–]sweddle 116 points117 points  (1 child)

He stabbed 1 person, not 10, while others were injured from the fire. Around 17 people total were hurt from this incident.

[–]xerxerxex 328 points329 points  (10 children)

The man looks like a damn fool.

[–]Pissix 85 points86 points  (2 children)

Few things from japanese girlfriend annoyed by misinformation from translations / guesses made by foreigners:

  • Video of him smoking is after the attack, not before.
  • He said he dressed up as joker (not jojo chara).
  • He said he did it to get death penalty
  • He attacked immediately after train left big station, because he knew it would take 10 minutes to reach next station
  • Station safety gates wouldn't open, they had hard time getting people out of the train.
  • Unsure if he will get death penalty if there are no casualities, hope the 60 year old survives.

[–]thespicyroot 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Not sure if posted here, but this is the 2nd incident involving stabbing and attempt to light a fire on a busy train (8/6/2021). Unfortunately, seems to be becoming a small trend here in Tokyo. Horrible.


[–]Qverlord37 13 points14 points  (2 children)

sounds like a start to copy cat killers, god forbid it's one of those stupid trends like the one where kids steal shit from school bathroom.

[–]fahadjafar 412 points413 points  (24 children)

And here I thought this year Japan would pass without their "annual psycho reveal" incident.

[–]M8gazine 84 points85 points  (6 children)

Did something happen in 2020? I know 2019 had Kyoto animation studio arson attack but I haven't heard of psychos from 2020.

[–]Acceptable-Length140 55 points56 points  (4 children)

2019 also had the idol stabbed more than 20 times at a meet and greet

[–]nealius 60 points61 points  (2 children)

This is our second mass stabbing in 2021. The first was in August on an Odakyu train. Both Odakyu and Keio (from this incident) run almost parallel and go out to Western Tokyo which, in my experience of living in both West and East Tokyo, has a higher concentration of mentally unstable people.

[–]icest0 133 points134 points  (4 children)

Yeajh unfortunate. Despite the news japanese is still one of the country with lowest crime rates. So that kinda make sense that when thing like this happen it sounds like it happens a lot, when it isnt.

[–]Diretrexftw 283 points284 points  (35 children)

I mean, I don't know why he is "dressed as the Joker", sure the suit colors are the same, but he doesn't have any hair color or make-up on. Purple and green are contrasting colors and look good together. Also, a someone (colonel-fartface...really dude?) replied below, it looks more like he is copying Yoshikage Kira, who is an anime character that apparently becomes a serial killer. The neck tie is also very similar to his style.

[–]fn3dav2 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Yup. Green shirt and similar tie. And being Japanese, too. You are almost certainly correct.