On May 15th, a 17 year old boy from Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture killed and dismembered his own mother. According to police investigation, a manga was discovered in the boy’s room that tells the story of “a detective with multiple personalities who solves strange murder cases.”
Police also found chat logs on the boy’s computer talking about the manga, asking questions such as “Is what’s in that manga real?”. The way the murder was carried out also bare similarities to scenes from the manga in question.
Although the media did not mention the title of the manga, all facts point to MPD Psycho, written by Eiji Otsuka and drawn by Sho-u Tajima. The manga has been serializing in Kadokawa Shoten’s Shonen Ace since 1997, and has caused many debates due to its ultra-violent content.
My pre-order of the book should arrive next week. If you can read Japanese, you can keep up on updates here.