“The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys,” were words once spoken by an anonymous observer of human nature. A child having a tantrum is unpleasant enough to witness, but when an adult throws a fit, the repercussions can be far more serious and potentially lethal.

Yoshifumi Takabe, aged 30 and still living with his mother, actually burned down the family home in response to his mother throwing out some of his favorite toys from the “Gundam” animation series. The robots were stacked to the ceiling of their home and he had enough of them to fill 300 boxes!

No one was injured in the fire, but the blaze completely destroyed the two-storey wooden house in Kasai, Hyogo prefecture.

“The Gundam figures are like the partners I spend my life with. I wanted to die with them in a fire if they were to be thrown out,” he commented after pleading guilty at western Kobe’s District Court.

Dating back to the 1970s, The Mobile Suit Gundam series was based on an animation television show about inter-galactic wars fought by giant robots.

It is obvious that Takabe suffers from a lot more than the loss of a robot or two. (Not even an experienced search party could find the missing screws in his head.)

Perhaps he needs a distraction?

How about another non-robotic, flesh and blood human being to talk with besides his mother?

Norman Bates in gingham, where are you when we need you?

What do YOU think about this?




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.