Whereâ€™s the Love? Police arrest Naruto "super-fan"
Orange ninja are back in the news, after todayâ€™s Mail on Sunday reported the unfortunate activities of one Dave Kishimot (21), an anime fan from Chipping Ongar, arrested on Saturday night for trying to break into a video store on his local high street.
Mr Kishimot told police that he had been partway through an attempt to watch the entire anime series Naruto, from start to finish.
â€śIt was much longer than we thought,â€ť he confessed. â€śThe original series alone takes ninety-one hours. And Shippuden is another hundred! And thatâ€™s before we got to the bloody movies.â€ť
It was the feature-length spin-offs that proved to be his downfall. Realising that the second film Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds was not officially released in the UK until Monday, Mr Kishimot lost a fateful game of scissors-papers-stone that determined he would be the man to steal a copy from the alarmed and security-guarded video store.
Tired and emotional, having been watching Naruto solidly for over a week with only the briefest of â€śninja napsâ€ť and toilet breaks, Mr Kishimot was apprehended by a random patrol as he feebly attempted to kick the door down. A police spokesman cited the fluorescent orange jumpsuit as something of a giveaway, even at night.
â€śTheyâ€™re calling me a thief,â€ť Kishimot wailed. â€śBut I only wanted to show how much I loved the show. By stealing it.â€ť
Mr Kishimot previously tried to demonstrate his affection for Naruto by changing his name by deed poll to that of the original creator, but inadvertently spelled â€śKishimotoâ€ť wrong on his application form.
â€śThat was a bit stupid,â€ť he conceded. â€śBut Iâ€™ll change it to the right spelling as soon as I can scrape up the cash. Believe it.â€ť
The Mail article also features a quote from Manga Entertainmentâ€™s Jerome Mazandarani, although it wasnâ€™t much use. â€śSod off, itâ€™s early!" he said to journalists who called his home. "Donâ€™t you know what day it is?â€ť
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, is out tomorrow in the UK from Manga Entertainment.