Princess Jellyfish Manga Creator Akiko Higashimura Reveals April Divorce
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Manga creator Akiko Higashimura announced on her official Facebook account on Sunday that she divorced her husband, fashion designer Satoshi Andō, in April. Higashimura married Andō in 2013.
In the Facebook message, Higashimura said, "My ex-husband Andō helped raise my son since he was in kindergarten and supported me in various ways with my busy life of school events and housework. I'm very grateful." She said that she and Andō had started to have disagreements due to their busy lives and had different ways of thinking about their marriage. Therefore, they mutually decided to start new paths in life. Higashimura added that Andō said he wants to continue to help raise Higashimura's son. Higashimura was married to actor and playwright Ikkan from 2004 to 2008, and he is the father of her son.
Higashimura said that she is returning to living her life with only her son, and she will devote herself to her manga. She apologized for the delay in announcing her divorce and thanked her fans for their continued support.
Higashimura launched the Gisō Furin (Disguised Adultery) manga on the web manga site XOY on December 16. The manga's story begins when the protagonist goes vacationing abroad after tiring of dating, and has a "forbidden encounter" with a handsome man on the plane.
Higashimura recently ended her Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Princess Jellyfish manga (seen left) in April and August earlier this year, respectively. Tokyo Tarareba Girls inspired a live-action television series that premiered on January 18 and ended on March 22. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English.
Crunchyroll published the Princess Jellyfish manga digitally, and Kodansha Comics debuted the series in English in print in February 2016. The manga inspired a 2010 television anime series that Funimation released in North America and a 2014 live-action film. The manga was nominated for an Eisner Award this year. The manga is inspiring a new live-action series in January.