Tsuchida is a
Japanese man who, in June of 2003, beat his mother to death with
a baseball bat and conspired to do likewise to the rest of his
family. He was 22 years old at the time.
He claimed the
anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion made him realize
that humans were unnecessary beings, and should be eliminated,
citing a quote from the series which says "The ultimate
conclusion of human evolution is ruin."
He believed if he
started by killing his family members, it would make it easier
for him to kill strangers. He was pronounced guilty of murder in
early 2004 and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
interpretation of Neon Genesis Evangelion is not
generally accepted as valid.
There are at
least two anime that depict events similar to these:
Evangelion brings man to kill mother
Accused Murderer came to
believe that "The
ultimate conclusion of
evolution is ruin."
2003-12-02 - Mainichi News
During the opening statements of a murder
trial yesterday procecutors stated that
Neon Genesis Evangelion influenced a young man who is
accused of beating his mother to death with a baseball bat.
22, is said to have killed his mother with a baseball bat
because he believed that it would be easier to kill others if he
got over his hesitations by first killing familly members.
The prosecutors claims that
Tsuchida came to believe the
phrase ""The ultimate conclusion of (human) evolution is ruin,"
from Neon Genesis
Evangelion and that he also came to believe that humans
were unnecessary being responsible for the destruction of the
environment. This brought him to want to kill people.
Eva Killer Guilty
14 years in prison
2004-02-25 - Nikkei.co.jp
the 23-year-old (he was 22 at the time of the murder) that
killed his mother with a baseball bat, has been found guilty of
murder by the Yamagata district court.
Inspired by aspects of
Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tsuchida
believed that human beings are unnecessary beings, responsible
for the destruction of the environment. This brought him to want
to kill people and he chose to start with family members as he
believed it would be easier and it would desensitize him to the
process of killing.
Tsuchida was sentenced to fourteen years in prison.