The host now known as Phoenix Luna has figuratively risen from near death in Tokyo not much worse for wear.

Meet @runaruna_000000, a 20-year-old host at Club Fusion by Youth in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho neighborhood. We don’t know much about his personal details other than that he’s from Ibaraki Prefecture, considers himself decent at impersonations, has a fetish for hands, and that he was almost stabbed to death not that long ago.

On May 23 a little before 4 P.M., 21-year-old female Yuka Takaoka gravely stabbed him with a kitchen knife in a nearby apartment and was subsequently arrested for attempted murder. The two had just begun living together a few days prior to the assault. It quickly became apparent that she harbored an unhealthy level of obsession for him when she confessed that she thought the best way for them to be together was to watch him die and then kill herself. @runaruna_000000 was unconscious for five days after the attack but ended up making a miraculous recovery, going back to work at the start of July.

▼ “Sorry guys, but I survived this one. I’ll be going to work tomorrow and waiting there for my first request.”

While there’s no doubt that emotional complications would result after experiencing such a harrowing ordeal, @runaruna_000000 seems to be putting on a brave front publicly at least, even changing his professional host club name to Phoenix Luna in a nod to his recovery from near death.

▼ If you ask us, he missed an opportunity by not using Ho-Oh as his mascot.

The bizarre case understandably generated a great deal of attention in Japan, and many net users celebrated upon his return to Twitter and work.

“It’s a good thing his face wasn’t stabbed.”
“Most importantly, his liver seems OK [in reference to the first tweet above].”
“It seems like he’s asking to be stabbed again with that new name.”
“He kind of resembles legendary Olympic medalist Yuzuru Hanyu.”
“If it were me, I would’ve moved to the countryside after that.”

Phoenix Luna and other net users also had some fun by posting tongue-in-cheek messages online:

▼ Idea for a new pain medication called Itami ni makeru na! [Don’t give in to the pain!], which also functions as a pun because the two last syllables in the Japanese are “Runa/Luna”

“Because it appears that the host who was stabbed in Kabukicho survived I’ve amended his profile ratings. Hotness: 2/5 stars, Humor: 3/5 stars, Alcohol tolerance: 1/5 stars, Ease of being stabbed: 4/5 stars, Vitality: 11/11 stars”

Hopefully business is booming for the Host Who Lived and he’s slowly recovering mentally with the support of his friends and fans.

Source: Twitter/@runaruna_000000 via Kinisoku, Matome Naver
Featured image: Twitter/@runaruna_000000
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