The Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc manga has been in limbo since mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki’s child pornography scandal came up. But now, it seems that the manga will be returning after all. Jump SQ.’s official website has announced that it will be returning in June 2018.
The announcement also noted that Watsuki is reflecting and atoning for what he has done. It also noted that both the mangaka and Shueisha, which publishes Rurouni Kenshin, have decided that rather than cancelling the manga, continuing it will be a much better service to the fans.
After getting arrested for simple possession of child pornography, the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office filed a summary indictment against the mangaka, Nobuhiro Watsuki. They previously announced that as punishment for his crime, Watsuki will have to pay 200,000 yen in fines.
According to investigators, Watsuki is in possession of multiple DVDs which have naked girls from their early teens. The police also searched his home and found these alleged child pornography DVDs. Reports indicate that the police have suspected the mangaka to have been buying these illegal DVDs for some time now. 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. Child Pornography is now illegal in Japan, and the showing of naked girls under the age of 18 can lead to imprisonment.
In addition to the fines, the sequel manga to Rurouni Kenshin also got suspended. 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. But now that it’s officially returning, fans should rest easy, and hopefully, he has learned his lesson.
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