Mori no Asagao Creator Mamora Gōda Arrested for Indecent Behavior
posted on by Egan Loo
Mamora Gōda, the 50-year-old manga creator best known for crime-and-punishment stories such as Mori no Asagao, was arrested and indicted for indecent behavior towards a woman. According to a source in the investigation, Gōda (whose real name is Mamoru Kaminogō) threw a ball at the woman and committed a threatening obscene act around April 21 in his office in Kokubunji, Tokyo. On May 21, the suspect allegedly threw a ball at the same woman, knocking her down and leaving an injury that lasted two weeks. The nearby Koganei station arrested him that day.
The Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch Court indicted the suspect for assault and forced indecent behavior on June 25 and July 12.
Gōda created the Kirakira Hikaru manga about a young female forensics examiner. Another of his series, Samayoi Zakura, centered around Japan's jury system. He also created the award-winning Mori no Asagao manga about the secret friendship between a rookie prison guard and a death row inmate. All three manga titles inspired live-action television series.