Mangaka is a person who can do both the art and story. Act Age is done by Story: Tatsuya Matsuki and Art: Shiro Usazaki.
Full information, status for now on the manga, plus Twitter video of the arrest:
NHK reported on Saturday that act-age story creator Tatsuya Matsuki (29) was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student.
NHK reported that according to police, the girl was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo on June 18 at 8:00 p.m. when the suspect approached the girl from behind while on a bicycle and touched her inappropriately. Afterward, the suspect fled the scene on the bicycle. The girl went to police, who analyzed security camera footage to investigate. Police discovered through security footage that about an hour later, a similar incident on a nearby road with a different female middle school student occurred, involving a suspect who resembled Matsuki.
According to police, Matsuki told police "there's generally nothing incorrect" with their accusations.
Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki launched the act-age manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2018, and the manga is ongoing.
Viz Media published the first three chapters in English simultaneously with the Japanese release, and then began regularly publishing the manga digitally in December 2018. Shueisha's MANGA Plus website also publishes the manga in English digitally.
The manga was nominated for Kodansha's 43rd annual Manga Awards last year, and is inspiring a stage play that will premiere in 2022.
Post by Master Monster Menos on Aug 11, 2020 16:13:07 GMT
Screwed up all around, and the writer thankfully got what he deserved. I feel really bad for the artist here because this is a major black eye on her career and one of the worst ones possible for anyone. Hopefully, she recovers from this disaster.
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The manga has been removed. If my memory is correct, this isn't the first time a manga series was canceled and removed from publications. I think it was the Toriko mangaka with their earlier work canceled before they return to create Toriko.
Viz Media announced on Monday that it will not publish the final chapter of storywriter Tatsuya Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga on its English Shonen Jump service. The company posted the official English translation of Shueisha's Japanese statement, which Shueisha also posted on its MANGA Plus service. Additionally, Viz Media removed its listing of further compiled book volumes of the manga, as well as a notice that it would add chapters 26-45 of the manga after they were translated.
The editors of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine had announced on Monday that they canceled the publication of the manga itself. The chapter that appeared in this year's combined 36th and 37th issue, which shipped on Tuesday, is the final chapter. Shueisha's MANGA Plus service announced on Saturday that it would not publish the final chapter on its platform. Hori Pro canceled the upcoming stage play adaptation of the manga.
Not a lot of professionals remark on the perpetrator.
We Never Learn manga creator Taishi Tsutsui briefly commented on the cancellation of Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga on Twitter last week. act-age manga writer Matsuki was arrested on August 8 for suspicion of groping a female middle school student as she was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo.
Tsutsui wrote in a now deleted tweet, "In the case of act-age, when it comes to the victims and Usazaki-sensei and considering the feelings of the editorial department and those involved in the stage play, words cannot express the regrets, resentment, and sadness I feel as a fan... It makes me keenly realize how necessary it is to keep in mind how the important people around you feel at all times."
Usazaki first expressed their sympathies for the victims, who Usazaki said "bravely spoke up about the incident despite their shock and fear." Usazaki elaborated that no one "naturally recovers" from sexual assault, and even seeing a person similar in dress and appearance to the assailant may trigger victims to respond in specific ways, and forever creates unneeded stress in their lives.
Usazaki mentioned that they do not want the act-age manga to be a work that triggers similar reactions from the victims, and so considered the cancellation of the manga to be appropriate. While Usazaki also regretted having to end the manga mid-way, they urged fans of the manga not to harass or blame the victims. They expressed clearly that the manga's cancellation is not the victims' fault, and that it is not a mistake that the victims spoke up about sexual harassment.
Usazaki added that they sympathized with fans of the manga, or those who find purpose in manga in general, as they were once also "saved" by manga. But Usazaki cautioned and pleaded against readers using that love for the wrong purpose of inciting violence, and instead urged fans to think clearly, consider various viewpoints, deny information that has no basis in fact, and always consider what should or should not be said.
Usazaki concluded with their hopes that the victims receive the proper care, and to live peaceful lives without ever having to think about the incident again.
The Tokyo Public Prosecutor's Office filed a formal indictment on Wednesday against act-age manga writer Tatsuya Matsuki over a second indecent act.
The indictment is specifically for the second of two indecent acts that Matsuki allegedly committed on June 18. The prosecutor's office did not indict Matsuki on Wednesday for the first incident, which reportedly occurred on June 18 at around 8:00 p.m. (an hour before the second incident.) The prosecutor's office did not reveal the reason not indicting Matsuki on the first incident on Wednesday.