"We have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to continue with [Act-Age's] serialization"
On Saturday, August 8, the NHK reported that the writer for Weekly Shonen Jump's Act-Age, Tatsuya Matsuki, had been arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on the suspicion of sexually assaulting two junior high school girls. After consulting with the artist of Act-Age, 22-year-old Shiro Usazaki, Weekly Shonen Jump and Usazaki have decided to end the series in this week's combined issue, which releases on August 11.
Photo from NHK
Statement from MangaPlus (in English):
"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"
Tatsuya Matsuki, 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.
Viz Media was releasing Act-Age through its Shonen Jump App when the series was being released in Japan. Act-Age will be ending with the last chapter being released tomorrow, August 11. MangaPlus confirmed on its website that it will not be posting the final chapter of Act-Age.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.