Author Tatsuya Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki’s Act Age manga has been axed and will no longer be published on Shueisha’s Weekly Jump. The next chapter will be final one of the series, the official twitter account of Shonen Jump announced.
An official statement was also released by Shueisha in the light of author Matsuki’s arrest.
“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.”
Matsuki was arrested on Aug. 8 and charged by the Metropolitan Police Department with indecent acts on teenage girls.
On June 18, a man resembling Matsuki assaulted a junior highschool girl in Nakano ward of Tokyo. According to the cops, the suspect approached the girl around 8:00 p.m from behind on his bicycle and touched her inappropriately, NHK reported. The suspect later fled the scene on his bicycle. The suspect was reported to have assaulted atleast one more teenage girl in the same area. The second assault was done roughly an hour after the first one took place.