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Publisher Cancels Manga After Author Was Arrested for Groping Little Girls

Tatsuya Matsuki, the author of the award winning manga act-age, was arrested after reports of sexual harassment.

Tatsuya Matsuki and his manga, act-age

The classic, but often criticized, trope of Anime/Manga characters groping the breasts of females for fun takes a turn for the worst in real life for one manga author, as it just cost him his livelihood.

Tatsuya Matsuki, the author of the manga series act-age that’s serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student. NHK reports the student was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo on June 18 at 8:00pm when suddenly a man on a bicycle came from behind and touched her inappropriately, then fled the scene. The girl later went to a police station to report the incident. After reviewing some security footage, police discovered approximately one hour after the first event, a similar incident occurred with a different female student nearby. The suspect from both cases resembled Matsuki, who police believe is the criminal in question.

Tatsuya Matsuki

Shueisha took to Twitter on Monday to announce that the last chapter of the act-age manga will appear in Shonen Jump’s combined 36th and 37th magazine which ships August 11th. The publisher will also not be uploading the final chapter to their MANGA Plus digital service. A statement translated from the Shonen Jump Editorial Department wrote:

Matsuki Tatsuya, the writer of act-age was arrested on August 8, 2020.

The editorial department takes this situation very seriously, and after confirming the matter and discussing it with Shiro Usazaki Sensei, the artist for the series, we have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to continue with its serialization. The chapter that is in combined issue 36/37 of Weekly Shonen Jump will be the final chapter.

It is extremely unfortunate to have to end a series that has received so much support from so many readers in this way. However, this decision was made because of the nature of the incident, and because Weekly Shonen Jump recognizes the weight of its social responsibility.

We offer our deepest regrets and apologies to our readers. This is a difficult time for Usazaki Sensei, but the editorial department offers Usazaki Sensei our support and encouragement for future works.

Information about graphic novel volumes and related publications and events will be announced as they are decided.

act-age manga
act-age manga volume covers

The manga had been nominated for Kodansha’s 43rd annual Manga Awards, and even inspired a stage play, which has also been canceled.

via Anime News Network