Shueisha Cancels Publication of Act-Age, Issues Statement

It has been a hot topic the past couple of days, two days ago, Mangaka Tatsuya Matsuki (age 29) was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act female middle school student. NHK reported that according to the Police that on June 18th, at 8 pm that evening the suspect approached the girl from behind while on a bicycle and touched her inappropriately. The suspect fled the scene on a bicycle, later the girl went to the Police and the Police examined the Security Camera footage, an hour later, a similar incident happened to another girl and the suspect matched Matsuki’s description.

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With the arrest of Tatsuya Matsuki on Saturday, Shueisha Inc and Shonen Jump issued a statement on Twitter and Manga Plus. It also goes without saying that the final chapter of this series will not be published on Shueisha’s Platform. Below is a translated statement from the Shonen Jump Editorial Team.

August 10th, 2020

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.

Shonen Jump Editorial Department

News Sources: Anime News Network, Manga Plus

Update, August 11th, 2020: Hori-Pro, the Company who was producing the Act-Age Play has announced on their website the Cancellation of the play in light of the arrest of Mangaka Tatsuya Matsu. For more on this subject, click here to read more.


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