Jujutsu Kaisen translator Stefan Koza was arrested on December 7 for possession and distribution of child pornography, according to Virginia's Herndon Police Department's weekly crime report. The 33-year-old Koza is being held without bond on five felony counts of possession and five counts of distribution of child pornography at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
Herndon Police Department made the arrest as part of a collaborative investigation with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce. Koza's hearing date is set for March 3, 2021.
Koza, who also went by "Steady" and "Steady Studios" in relation to his manga work, was an English-language translator for several Shonen Jump manga properties including Ghost Reaper Girl, We Never Learn, and Tokyo Shinobi Squad.
Anime News Network has reached to Viz Media for comment.
Shueisha reported on Wednesday that Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga has 20 million copies in circulation (not sold), including digital copies. The manga's number of copies in circulation has risen to 235% since the premiere of its anime adaptation last October.
The manga had around 8.5 million copies in circulation in the beginning of October, and had reached 10 million copies by October 29. On December 16, the manga reached 15 million copies in circulation.
The manga will go a one week hiatus due to mangaka's illness.
The official Twitter account for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Friday that a new chapter of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga will not appear in this year's 10th issue on February 8, due to Akutami's sudden illness. Akutami has now recovered, and the manga will resume with the 11th issue on February 15.
Shueisha reported on Tuesday that the 15th compiled book volume of Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga will have about 1.5 million copies in its initial run — the first time that any of the manga's volumes has had more than 1 million copies in its initial run. The volume will ship on Thursday.
Including digital copies, the manga series as a whole will have over 36 million copies in circulation (not sold) on Thursday. Shueisha reported three weeks ago on February 9 that the manga had 30 million copies in circulation.
The manga's number of copies in circulation will rise over 420% in the five months since the premiere of its anime adaptation last October. The circulation will rise by about 16 million copies in less than two months. The manga had:
8.5 million in early October 10 million on October 29 15 million on December 16 20 million on January 13 25 million on January 26 30 million on February 9
All 15 volumes of the manga so far (including the volume 0 prequel) ranked in the top 16 spots on Oricon's print manga sales chart for the January 11-17 week. The 14th and most recent volume of the manga sold 190,724 print copies in that week, for a total of 845,366 since the volume released on January 4.
Viz Media publishes the manga in English and it describes the story:
In a world where demons feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryoma Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukuna's body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it. Fortunately, there exists a mysterious school of Jujutsu Sorcerers who exist to protect the precarious existence of the living from the supernatural!
Yuji Itadori is high schooler who spends his days visiting his bedridden grandfather. Although he looks like your average teenager, his immense physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants him to join, but Itadori would rather hang out with the school outcasts in the Occult Club. One day, the club manages to get their hands on a sealed cursed object, but little do they know the terror they'll unleash when they break the seal...
Akutami launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in March 2018.
Jujutsu Kaisen has been doing pretty well due to its manga and anime adaptations.
Manga creator Gege Akutami stated in an interview during the Mangadō Kobayashi Manga Taishō 2020 Grand Prix Akutami Gege "Jujutsu Kaisen" -Akai- television program on February 27 that the Jujutsu Kaisen manga will "probably" end within two years. Akutami added he does not have confidence in that statement though.
Akutami was asked how far the manga was in comparison to the major checkpoints of Mt. Fuji, and Akutami stated the manga was "around the sixth or seventh station." The numbered stations are the major checkpoints along the various trails that lead up to Mt. Fuji's summit. The different trails have a starting point at the fifth station, and the ninth station is the last checkpoint before the summit.
Akutami also said that he has generally decided how the story will end. He knows how the story for Megumi Fushiguro will end, but not for Sukuna.
Shueisha reported on Wednesday that Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen manga has over 40 million copies in circulation, including print and digital copies, as well as copies not yet sold.
The manga's circulation rose 470% in the past half year since the premiere of its anime adaptation last October.
The manga had:
8.5 million in early October 10 million on October 29 15 million on December 16 20 million on January 13 25 million on January 26 30 million on February 9 35 million on March 4
The manga's 15th compiled volume (seen right) alone had 1.5 million copies in its initial run — the first time that any of the manga's volumes has had more than 1 million copies in its initial run. The volume shipped on February 4.
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