Shonen Jump manga artist arrested for groping two girls

On the night of June 18, at around 8 p.m.,a junior high school girl was walking along a road in Tokyos Nakano Ward when a bicycle approached her from behind. The man riding the bike came up alongside her, touched her in an inappropriate manner, and rode off.
The girl reported the incident to the police, and after examining security camera footage in the area investigators say they identified the attacker as 29-year-old Nakano residentTsutaya Matsumoto. That name may not mean much to most people, but anime/manga fans will be more familiar withTatsuya Matsuki, the pen name under which Matsumoto writes"Act-Age," a popular manga serialized inWeekly Shonen Jump, Japans largest manga anthology.
On Aug 8, officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department placed Matsumoto under arrest.There is no mistake, the manga author said in relation to the charges. Investigators believe Matsumoto is also the culprit inasecond ride-by groping that occurred roughly an hour after the first incidenton June 18, in which another junior high school girl was the victim (under the Japanese school system, junior high equates to the ages of 12-15 years old).
Following Matsumotos arrest, Weekly Shonen Jump issued a statement through its website and official Twitter account.
We have received reports regarding the recent incident regarding Tatsuya Matsuki, the original creator of 'Act-Age,' which is currently being serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. Our managing editorial department takes these allegations very seriously. Once we have confirmed the details of the situation, appropriate measures will be taken.
We deeply apologize for the distress this has caused all of our readers and parties connected to the incident.
While no anime adaptation of "Act-Age" had yet been announced, a live-action stage play was in the works, with the productions official Twitter account excitedly announcing the opening of audition applications on July 10.
However, on the day of Matsumotos arrest Horipro, the plays production company announced that its status is currently in limbo in light of the charges against the series creator.
In response to reports regarding the original creator, we are currently confirming the details of the situation. We will be making an announcement at a later date regarding the future of the play and the status of the audition process. We thank you for your understanding.
Unlike the majority of manga, in which a single person is responsible for both the story and principal artwork,"Act-Age"is a product of divided labor, with Matsumoto writing the story and 20-year-old Shiro Usazaki (who has not publicly commented since Matsumotos arrest) serving as artist. However, Matsumoto is listed for thegensaku/original work credit for"Act-Age," and with the original creator generally retaining a larger amount of control over their work in the manga industry than other countrys comics publishing businesses its unlikely thatWeekly Shonen Jumppublisher Shueisha will continue"Act-Age"without Matsumotos involvement.
Source:NHK News WebviaOtakomu
Read more stories from SoraNews24.
-- Woman in short skirt arrested after inciting upskirt photography in Tokyo
-- Japanese schoolgirl held prisoner in older mans condo is free thanks to video game console
-- Sumo wrestlers stage group escape from dormitory over disagreements with masters wife

External Link

See also:
Leave a comment
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content