On Saturday, August 8, the NHK reported that the author for Weekly Shonen Leap's Act-Age, Tatsuya Matsuki, had been arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on the suspicion of sexually assaulting two junior highschool women. After consulting with the artist of Act-Age, 22-year-old Shiro Usazaki, Weekly Shonen Leap and Usazaki have determined to finish the collection on this week's mixed problem, which releases on August 11.
Picture from NHK
Weekly Shonen Leap launched a press release on it's Twitter account, web site, and thru the MangaPlus web site:
『アクタージュ act-age』連載終了に関するお知らせhttps://t.co/hCsKndrH2r pic.twitter.com/qZeSFhCUGy
— 少年ジャンプ編集部 (@jump_henshubu) August 10, 2020
Assertion from MangaPlus (in English):
"Matsuki Tatsuya, the author of Act-Age was arrested on August 8, 2020.
The editorial division takes this case very critically, and after confirming the matter and discussing it with Shiro Usazaki Sensei, the artist for the collection, now we have come to the conclusion that it’s not possible to proceed with its serialization. The chapter that’s in mixed problem 36/37 of Weekly Shonen Leap would be the remaining chapter.
This can be very unlucky to have to finish a collection that has acquired a lot assist from so many readers on this manner. Nonetheless, this choice was made due to the character of the incident, and since Weekly Shonen Leap acknowledges the load of its social accountability.
We provide our deepest regrets and apologies to our readers. It is a tough time for Usazaki Sensei, however the editorial division presents Usazaki Sensei our assist and encouragement for future works.
Details about graphic novel volumes and associated publications and occasions will likely be introduced as they’re determined.
August 10, 2020
Shonen Leap Editorial Division"
Tatsuya Matsuki, when offered with the CCTV footage of the 2 incidents (which occurred inside an hour of one another) of Matsuki allegedly sexually assaulting two junior highschool women, confirmed that "there's no query" that the person within the footage was him.
Viz Media was releasing Act-Age via its Shonen Leap App when the collection was being launched in Japan. Act-Age will likely be ending with the final chapter being launched tomorrow, August 11. MangaPlus confirmed on its web site that it’s going to not be posting the ultimate chapter of Act-Age.
Sources: Weekly Shonen Leap on Twitter, MangaPlus Web site
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