Tokyo Metropolitan Police recently arrested mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki after allegations of child pornography. The matter also doesn’t help the Rurouni Kenshin creator after he admitted to investigators that he actually likes girls from late elementary to early middle school. Now, however, the mangaka is experiencing the fallout of this scandal.
Watsuki recently launched the sequel to Rurouni Kenshin, which takes place after the Hokkaido arc. However, Shueisha, which publishes Watsuki’s various manga, announced that they are suspending serialization for the manga. They did this as soon as the news of his child pornography charges broke.
The scandal also affected Rurouni Kenshin’s live-action adaptation. Japanese satellite TV network, NECO, was planning to broadcast a marathon of all three Rurouni Kenshin films this November 25. However, because of the scandal, they decided to cancel the broadcast. They are replacing the trilogy’s marathon with a broadcast on a Japanese fishing documentary and the Detective Conan vs. Lupin III film.
Watsuki hasn’t been sentenced yet, but he has already been experiencing the consequences of his actions. If found guilty, the Rurouni Kenshin mangaka might be subjected to not more than 1-year imprisonment, as well as a fine of no more than 1 million yen. Child Pornography is now illegal in Japan, and the showing of naked girls under the age of 18 can lead to imprisonment.
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Source: Livedoor News