After Controversy, Tawawa On Monday Goes On Hiatus

The manga had faced a lot of criticism recently due to an advertisement that was published in the Nikkei on April 4.

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A note in chapter 47 of author Kiseki Himura’s Tawawa on Monday, that released on April 25, 2022, announced that the manga will go on a hiatus for almost two months.

The manga will resume in the 29th issue of Weekly Young Jump, releasing on June 20, 2022.

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Many fans were of the opinion that the hiatus was due to the negative spotlight that Tawawa on Monday found itself in.

“If the comic itself disappears, there will be no advertising problem,” a fan wrote on Yaraon, a Japanese fan forum.

“Is it because they are being harassed or something?” another fan enquired.

A fan also commented said that this might be the editor’s way of keeping things quite for a while.

However, there were other fans who pointed out that these breaks were common for Tawawa on Monday manga. One fan in particular noted down all the breaks the manga had taken to prove this.

Tawawa on Monday manga had gone on a break after each of chapters 6, 9, 18, 22, 28 and 37, with most of them being breaks of at least a month. In fact the manga went on a similar 2 month hiatus after chapter 37.

Tawawa on Monday had come under criticism recently, after the April 4 issue of Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun published an advertisement featuring the manga’s protagonist Ai-chan.

Fans were of the opinion that the advertisement  promoted “the sexualization of women”, catered to “paedophiles,” and “creepy uncles and fathers”.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women for short) also addressed a strongly worded letter to the major Japanese daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) on April 11, 2022, stating that the advertisement was unacceptable.

Tawawa on Monday is a collection of illustrations (most containing no dialogue) by Kiseki Himura. Himura has posted an illustration on his Twitter account every Monday starting from February 2015.

A manga adaptation began in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine in November 2020.

Source: Weekly Young Jump April 25 issue

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