As if anime and manga didn’t have enough of a bad reputation in the media already, a 14 year old Pasco County, Florida girl has allegedly tried to kill her entire family by pouring rum and bleach on her bedsheet and setting it on fire in the family garage at 2 a.m.
While the people with an ounce of common sense would know that the problem goes a lot further than ‘I was a perfecetly normal – healthy 14 year old girl, but then I read this one fictional thing and now I’m a murderer‘ the girl blamed the manga Soul Eater for her deeds.
‘It got me thinking about bullying and discipline.‘ she says, which is interesting knowing that Soul Eater is one of the sillier shonen manga out there and nothing related to bullying really happens. But hey, atleast she isn’t as mainstream as all the other underaged murderers who source a notebook of death as their inspiration.
I think it’s pretty obvious that this girl has some issues before reading Soul Eater, too. She also texted her mother later, apologizing, saying ‘Mom I’m so sorry I don’t know why I did it.’ and ‘Did any of u get hurt.’
Thankfully, nobody got hurt, as her mother and her 9 year old younger brother safely escaped the house. The girl has been charged with arson and two counts of attempted murder.
Unfortunately the media and angry conservatives will try to blame fiction yet again, but eh, you get used to it after a while.