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Himo Zairu Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Online Criticism

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series by Princess Jellyfish author centers on men who are financially dependent on women

Kodansha's Morning magazine's editorial department announced on October 21 that Akiko Higashimura's Himo Zairu manga did not appear in the Morning two magazine's December issue on October 22 despite the previous issue stating that there would be a chapter in the issue. The team apologized to readers who were looking forward to the chapter.

Kodansha also published a statement from Higashimura. In the statement, Higashimura stated she has received many opinions from readers online since the manga started publication. She apologized to those to who felt "unpleasant" about the manga, and to those who were looking forward to reading more. She added that she had based the manga on "actual events," but because it didn't agree with everyone, she decided that she cannot continue the serialization at this time. She said she will consider what to do in the future with the series while it is on hiatus.

The editorial department added it decided to remove the manga from the December issue in respect of Higashimura's wishes. The department said that when it decides it can resume the series, it will announce that information in the magazine and on the official website.

Higashimura launched the manga in the October issue of Morning two on August 22. The magazine had described the manga as: "No money, not popular, no job. Because I'm useless at best, I'll become a himo! The curtain rises on Akiko Higashimura's himo-man training dojo!" A himo is a man who doesn't work and who is financially dependent on the women he goes out with. The website for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper added that she created the manga with her male assistant and other men around her as models. The newspaper also added that critics had accused Higashimura of "looking down on her assistant and other men."

Higashimura resumed her Princess Jellyfish manga in July, and the manga is headed toward its final chapter. Higashimura is also currently drawing Tokyo Tarareba-jō in Kodansha's Kiss magazine and Yukibana no Tora in Shogakukan's Hibana magazine. She ended her award-winning Kakukaku Shikajika manga in January.

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