M&C! Cancels Publication of act-age Manga in Indonesia

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Author Tatsuya Matsuki was arrested on suspicion of committing indecent act with middle school girl

Indonesian publisher M&C! announced on Wednesday that it has canceled its publication and release of Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki's act-age manga, adding that the cancelation was the best step it could take as its moral responsibility, given the sensitivity of the issue.

The editors of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine had announced last Monday that they canceled the serialization of the manga itself. The chapter that appeared in this year's combined 36th and 37th issue, which shipped last Tuesday, is the final chapter. Shueisha's MANGA Plus service announced on August 8 that it would not publish the final chapter on its platform. Hori Pro canceled the upcoming stage play adaptation of the manga. Shueisha also ceased sales and distribution of the manga's physical and digital volumes on Monday.

NHK reported on August 8 that Matsuki was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student. According to police, the girl was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo on June 18 at 8:00 p.m. when the suspect approached the girl from behind while on a bicycle and touched her inappropriately. Afterward, the suspect fled the scene on the bicycle. The girl went to police, who analyzed security camera footage to investigate. Police discovered through security footage that about an hour later, a similar incident on a nearby road with a different female middle school student occurred, involving a suspect who resembled Matsuki.

Matsuki reportedly told police "there's generally nothing incorrect" with their accusations.

Matsuki and Usazaki launched the act-age manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2018. The manga was nominated for Kodansha's 43rd annual Manga Awards last year.

Viz Media announced last Monday that it will not publish the final chapter of the manga on its English Shonen Jump service. Additionally, Viz Media removed its listing of further compiled book volumes of the manga, as well as a notice that it would add chapters 26-45 of the manga after they were translated. Viz Media published the first three chapters in English simultaneously with the Japanese release, and then began regularly publishing the manga digitally in December 2018. Viz Media released the first volume on July 7. Shueisha's MANGA Plus website also published the manga in English digitally.

Source: M&C!'s Facebook page

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