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Yoshinobu Akagi (Jpn: 赤木義信) was the killer of his ex-boyfriend, actor Ronald Rooney, in Shooting Star (Case #9 of The Conspiracy).

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Yoshinobu is a 40-year-old sushi chef and owner of the Benibana Sushi Restaurant. He has black spiky hair combed back, brown eyes, and stubble. He wears a chef's uniform consisting of a black double-breasted jacket and a green bandana with a piece of sushi depicted in the center. Additionally, he is seen wearing glasses and holding a chef's knife in his right hand. It is known that Yoshinobu is on a juice cleanse, reads Hearsay Weekly and uses teeth whitener.

Height 5'7"
Age 40
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood B-

Events of Criminal Case

Gloria and the player first spoke to Yoshinobu after they found the victim's receipt stating he had to pay for the damage to his restaurant, Benibana S. Yoshinobu said that Ronald usually did not cause trouble, but during his last visit, he and his friends drunkenly trashed the place. He then decided to wait until his next visit to pay for the damages to his restaurant. He then said that Ronald took it civilly, apologizing and paying without any fuss. The team then informed him that Ronald had died.

Later, the team found Ronald's smart watch proving that he was regularly talking to Yoshinobu. Yoshinobu stated that the two of them had been close friends since college. Since they parted ways, they had still kept close with each other. Yoshinobu said that when he heard that the Transmutators 9 premiere was happening in the city, he asked Ronald to take him along. However, Ronald got furious, saying that he knew that Yoshinobu was only exploiting him for his fame. He said that that was when he trashed the restaurant.

The team then found Yoshinobu guilty of the murder. Upon admitting to the crime, Yoshinobu also admitted that he and Ronald had an on-and-off relationship since their time in college. Wanting to keep his sexuality and relationship a secret, however, Ronald exploded with anger when Yoshinobu asked to be brought to the red carpet as his date. Ronald then said that if Yoshinobu did not understand his desire for fame, then their relationship was over. Feeling angry and betrayed at the rejection, Yoshinobu brought a handgun in his vest during the premiere and shot Ronald in the chest, then fled during the ensuing chaos, all the while mourning and regretting his actions. Judge Powell sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Trivia

  • Benibana Sushi Restaurant is a parody of Benihana Inc., a sushi and teppanyaki chain.

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