Shueisha Cancels the Publication of the act-age Manga

The official Twitter account for Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced on Twitter that storywriter Tatsuya Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki’s act-age manga is canceled. The chapter that will appear in the magazine’s combined 36th and 37th issue, which will ship on August 11, 2020, will be the final chapter.

Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service has announced that it will not publish the final chapter on its platform. The service also provided a full English statement, which is a translation of the Japanese statement from the Shonen Jump Editorial Department:

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.

Matsuki and Usazaki launched the act-age manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2018.

NHK reported on August 8, 2020 that Matsuki was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student.

Source: ANN

One comment

  1. David Boone (moonhawk81) · August 10

    It’s reassuring to see this incident being treated seriously. I can only hope that his celebrity brings him no special considerations by the judicial system, either harsh or lenient. Let the people see their government doing its job without bias, protecting its most vulnerable in accordance with its laws. (Leniency is what should be shown to the victim’s family should they catch hold of him. . .)

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