‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Manga Creator Arrested For Child Porn DVDs

Japanese manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, best known for his samurai-themed manga creation “Rurouni Kenshin” was recently arrested for possession of local child pornography and the violation of child prostitution laws.

Local authorities reportedly found DVDs featuring nude girls aged below 15 years old in his home at Watsuki’s Tokyo office, according to Yomiuri Shimbun (via Kotaku). The police discovered about a hundred illicit tapes, some he acquired in July 2015. The case has reportedly been sent to the prosecutor’s office awaiting formal charges.

Reports revealed that suspicions against the famed artist emerged from a separate child pornography case, which indicated that he purchases illicit DVDs featuring minors.

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“I liked girls from the upper grades of elementary school to around the second year of junior high school,” Watsuki admitted to investigators.

Following Watsuki’s arrest, Japanese publisher Shueisha released a statement on Tuesday saying that it is taking this news seriously and announced the new serialization of Rurouni Kenshin will be put on hiatus. The manga will not be included in Shueisha’s Jump SQ Magazine’s January 2018 issue, which will be available in print on December 4.

The 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga, about former assassin Kenshin Himura who is trying to find a new life beyond violence, was first launched in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994.

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To date, the popular manga has over 60 million copies in print. Rurouni Kenshin has since been adapted into a hugely popular anime series, an anime film, three original video anime projects, three live-action films, and a stage musical.

Feature Image via Anime News Network

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