Nevada-tan: A murder case turned meme

Probably few have heard of the meme of Nevada-tan. The meme is more common in Japan itself and in the United States. However, this meme has a macabre history.

Trust meme story below "Nevada-tan":

The story behind the meme

Nevada-tan: a case of homicide that turned into a meme
On the left, Natsumi (the killer) and on the right, Satomi (the victim).

Nevada-tan is a meme that emerged in 2004 that became popular on Japanese imageboards. 2chan. The meme is a character named Nevada-tan which was based on Natsumi Tsuji.

Natsumi, an 11-year-old girl (at the time) who had murdered her classmate, Satomi Mitarai. The murder took place on June 1, 2004, at the school where Natsumi studied. Natsumi murdered Satomi with a stiletto when she was alone with her.

After murdering Satomi, Natsumi returned to her classroom in her bloodstained clothes. The school where the tragedy occurred was a Sasebo Elementary School in Nagasaki Prefecture.

Reaction to murder and identity disclosure

The event received worldwide press coverage quickly. The first part of the international coverage appeared on June 3, 2004, when the article in BBC News was published about the incident.

In accordance with Japanese legal procedures that prohibit the identification of juvenile offenders, the girl's real name was not released and the Japanese police referred to her as "Girl A".

Despite efforts to protect the girl's identity, her real name was revealed a few days after the incident. THE Fuji TV accidentally discovered his real name while showing some of his drawings on national television.

The kanji shown in some of the photos (辻菜摘) is for the girl who signed her own designs. When the kanji is romanized, it reads: Natsumi Tsuji. In this way, the identity of the killer was discovered.

When taken into custody, Natsumi admitted to the crime. The murder base was surrounded around a website created by her. Content based around a game flash called The Red Room.

There was also a fanfiction about the popular japanese movie Battle Royale. Satomi reportedly left derogatory comments about Natsumi's physical appearance on her website.

Natsumi was sent to the Nagasaki Family Court after failed attempts to judge her as an adult and debates on age and criminal responsibility. She was then sent to be institutionalized in a Tochigi prefecture juvenile hall. Natsumi was released in 2013. She was 20 years old after her release.

2chan appeal and origin of “Nevada-tan”

Nevada-tan: a case of homicide that turned into a meme
Fanarts of "Nevada-tan"

There is no real evidence as to whether or not 2chan users tried to reveal the girl's identity. Even so, she still became an internet phenomenon and a cult symbol.

2chan users eventually nicknamed her "Nevada-tan". "Nevada" because of the "Nevada" sweatshirt he was wearing during the murder. AND "-tan" being the way a child would pronounce the honorific "-chan".

Subsequently, the media drew attention to the unusual nature of a child killing another child. Many articles also had many remarks about Natsumi's website and the topics surrounding it. blood and death.

Eventually, a staggering amount of fanarts was made, most of the time showing a cute illustration or moe who resembles Natsumi. But, she is always drawn with blood on her and a stiletto in her hand. These illustrations are listed on various sites dedicated to information about the meme.

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Popularity of “Nevada-tan” outside Japan

The trend of creating fanart was not restricted to the Japanese web. Subsequently, after the incident, numerous websites started talking about the girl. They paid some kind of tribute to Natsumi.

In June 2005, the online store that sold the hooded sweatshirt from University of Nevada (which Natsumi is seen using in photos and fanart) reported that it was the site's best-selling item. A few weeks later, the University withdrew the sweatshirt from its catalog.

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