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It looks like Act-Age possibly going to have hiatus (or even worse going to axe).
 

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It looks like Act-Age possibly going to have hiatus (or even worse going to axe).
That's surprising for such a promising manga. Hopefully nothing's wrong with the author duo. I wouldn't understand why it would be axed when, from what I've read elsewhere, it's doing well both with the story and the readers' reception.

Edit:

The writer, Tatsuya Matsuki, was arrested under suspicion of committing indecent acts on a teenage woman:
~ https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200808/k10012558471000.html
~ https://mangahelpers.com/forum/thre...-discussion-and-toc-talk.3015155/post-5323198

Considering that the legal punishment for Watsuki (author of Rurouni Kenshin) was very light (Japan laws and such), it doesn't look like Matsuki will receive a punishment bigger than a slap on the wrist. Just like in the case of Watsuki, Shueisha/WSJ will wait for enough water to flow under the bridge and probably re-hire the writer of Act-Age - be it for the continuation of the story or a new project.

Change is often a thing of patience, but Japan (and the rest of the world as well) must do away with the practice of mild punishment for felonies and crimes against sexual freedom.

This is unfortunate for the artist of Act-Age, Shiro Usazaki - she is young (wasn't she 20 when the serialization began) and an aspiring artist. Hopefully she's earned herself a future in the manga industry and that this controversy doesn't affect her career.

Edit 2:

The message from WSJ's editorial department: https://twitter.com/jump_henshubu/status/1292068112083296258

~ https://mangahelpers.com/forum/thre...-discussion-and-toc-talk.3015155/post-5323399
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Basically, the message from the editorial says: we have heard about the reports and about what happened. We take the matter seriously. We will evaluate the facts and then take appropriate measures. Apologies for the inconvenience.

この度、週刊少年ジャンプにて連載中の「アクタージュ act-age」原作者のマツキタツヤ先生に関する報道がなされましたが、この件につきまして編集部としましては重く受け止めております。

事実関係を確認した上で、適切に対処して参ります。

読者の皆様ならびに関係者の皆様にご迷惑とご心配をおかけいたしますことを、心よりお詫び申し上げます。



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Considering that the legal punishment for Watsuki (author of Rurouni Kenshin) was very light (Japan laws and such), it doesn't look like Matsuki will receive a punishment bigger than a slap on the wrist. Just like in the case of Watsuki, Shueisha/WSJ will wait for enough water to flow under the bridge and probably re-hire the writer of Act-Age - be it for the continuation of the story or a new project.
However, this situation is more similar with Shimabukuro's (both being their first serialization, and it was actually serialized WSJ) case, not Watsuki's (since Watsuki is already popular author back then and his serialization is just a sequel) case.

For Shimabu's case, he was sentenced like 2 years in prison and his work (Seikimatsu Leader-den Takeshi) was axed in Shounen Jump (however, it was able to resume on 3 years later on different magazine). So, for Matsuki's case, he may have to serve like max 6 months in prison (I believe it is heavier punishment than Watsuki's) which means Act-Age will most likely going to have a hiatus for few years.

So, if AA follow Takeshi's footprint, it will able to resume but it ain't going to be in WSJ and it needs to wait for few years to resume. So, Shiro pretty much just able to start new series while AA is in hiatus, and she can resume AA when Matsuki is able to work again.
 
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I believe convicted criminals should be treated on a case by case basis. First of all it, of course, depends on the crime that was committed but to a lesser degree if it was a first offense or not.

Criminals need to be punished but the question of rehabilitation should also play a part, especially when it is a non-violent offense. I would think long and hard about it if I could work in partnership with a man who was convicted for a sexual offense but I would at least talk to him and a lot depends on it how that conversation will go.
 

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However, this situation is more similar with Shimabukuro's
I understand. Each offense should be handled on a case to case basis within the law. The personality of the offender needs to be taken into consideration as well and crimes against sexual freedom are rarely a one time offense. More often than not, they are serial in nature and follow a well-established pathology.

These crimes, when committed against underage persons are especially deplorable and in Matsuki's case, the victim(s) is from the 12 - 15 year old demographic. He is 29 years old. Perhaps the good part of this case is that he got caught before escalating his pathology. If he gets convicted, he should be under watch - officials should monitor his rehabilitation into society.

I understand that convicts have rights. Act-age is in part Matsuki's creation after all. However, I am not able to completely separate the artist's character from their work.

Sadly, at the end of the day, all this talk won't matter much. These crimes will still happen. It is up to us to create a society that doesn't wave away the fact that underage children are getting harassed.

I hardly believe that she would ever want to work with him again. A woman partnering back with a sexual offender? That's bs.
If I were Shiro, even if Matsuki sincerely apologized, I wouldn't be ready to work with him. So, hopefully she gets a new chance, a new project to work on in the future.
 
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