Writer Tatsuya Matsuki was arrested on August 8 for allegedly sexually assaulting two junior high school girls
After the arrest of Act-Age writer, Tatsuya Matsuki, on August 8 for allegedly sexually assaulting two junior high school girls – and confirming the CCTV footage was of him –, Weekly Shonen Jump ended the serialization of Act-Age after consulting with the artist Shiro Usazaki. Alongside the cancelation of the serialization, Weekly Shonen Jump announced on August 17 that future volumes will not be released and currently released volumes will not get reprints.
Alongside the manga volumes, the digital versions will not be available from any Shueisha run digital storefront from midnight August 17 in Japan and will be taken off other digital storefronts in Japan in the coming days. All future merchandise for the series which was previously announced, such as the 2021 calendar and badges, will not be released, and refunds are available to those who pre-ordered. For any merchandise applied for through the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, the orders are still valid and will be fulfilled – as they're already in transit/being made –, but refunds are available to those who wish to cancel.
Viz Media had already delisted future volumes of Act-Age in English and had confirmed that the latest chapter of the series will not be released on the Shonen Jump app.
Tatsuya Matsuki, the writer of Act-Age, when presented with the CCTV footage of the two incidents (which happened within an hour of each other) of Matsuki allegedly sexually assaulting two junior high school girls, confirmed that "there's no question" that the man in the footage was him.
Source: Weekly Shonen Jump on Twitter
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