2006-09-29

Otaku hunters.



Tokyo teenagers have been busted for mugging junior high students in the Akihabara district. Apparently, these toughs call their bullying "otaku hunting" because they target young あきば系Akiba-kei, a slang term for people who dig the electronics, manga, and anime products sold in "Electric City", Akihabara 秋葉原. According to the Mainichi Daily News, there have been 25 reports of otaku hunting this year.

From the Mainichi Daily News:
"おたくOtaku are weak and they've got money, so we went after them," one of the arrested youths told the police.

Police said one of the cases involved three boys waylaying a 14-year-old boy who was headed to Akihabara to buy an anime doll and demanding he pay them money or he would be bashed. The boy handed over 3,000 yen (US$25.47), the police said.

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