Weekly Shounen Jump magazine is the most well known manga magazine on Earth. It has produced some very well known classic and current manga, from Dragon Ball, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Saint Seiya, Naruto, and Bleach, to One Piece, Shokugeki no Soma, My Hero Academia, Black Clover, and many more. However, the magazine is facing some controversy, after police arrested one of its mangaka, Tatsuya Matsuki, for suspected indecent acts with a middle school student.

Because of this, Shueisha, which publishes Weekly Shounen Jump magazine, has now decided to cancel act-age. The magazine’s combined 36th and 37th issue will still feature the manga’s next chapter, but it will now serve as the final chapter of the series. In addition, Shueisha’s Manga Plus service will not feature that final chapter in their platform. They also released a statement in English as well:

Matsuki Tatsuya, the writer of Act-Age was arrested on August 8, 2020.

The editorial department takes this situation very seriously, and after confirming the matter and discussing it with Shiro Usazaki Sensei, the artist for the series, we have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to continue with its serialization. The chapter that is in combined issue 36/37 of Weekly Shonen Jump will be the final chapter.

It is extremely unfortunate to have to end a series that has received so much support from so many readers in this way. However, this decision was made because of the nature of the incident, and because Weekly Shonen Jump recognizes the weight of its social responsibility.

We offer our deepest regrets and apologies to our readers. This is a difficult time for Usazaki Sensei, but the editorial department offers Usazaki Sensei our support and encouragement for future works.

Information about graphic novel volumes and related publications and events will be announced as they are decided.

 

August 10, 2020

Shonen Jump Editorial Department

According to a report by NHK news, police arrested story writer Matsuki after a middle school girl reported to police that he allegedly approached her from behind while cycling and touched her inappropriately. The incident apparently happened at around 8:00pm JST on June 18, 2020. Security footage backed the girl’s claims. They also analyzed a different security camera footage involving a different female middle schooler on a nearby road. The suspect also resembled the act-age co-mangaka. Police also reported that Matsuki admitted to the accusations, saying that there’s nothing incorrect about them.

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Sources: Manga Plus, NHK, ANN

 

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