Rurouni Kenshin Manga Goes On Hiatus [Update]

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(c)ジャンプスクエア2017年9月号/集英社(c)和月伸宏/集英社 via Anime Anime

Yesterday, it was reported that manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki was charged with possession of of child pornography. Now the manga that Watsuki made famous is going on hiatus.


As Anime Anime (via ANN) previously reported, Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc launched on September 4 in Jump SQ. The serialized manga has been slated to start in spring, but was delayed to earlier this fall.

J-News reached out to the Rurouni Kenshin’s publisher Shueisha, who issued this comment: “We’ve heard the news, and as a company, this is something we are taking very seriously. The artist is doing deep soul searching. Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story: Hokkaido Arc, currently serialized in Jump SQ, won’t appear in print for the time being from the December 4 issue.”

But will it return in the future?

November 22 - 7:45am Update: Movie network Neco Channel, which major Japanese motion picture company Nikkatsu owns, has nixed its upcoming Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie broadcasts. On November 25, the channel had planned to show the three live-action films. A spokesperson for the channel apologized profusely, asking viewers for their understanding in light of the charges against Rurouni Kenshin’s creator for possessing child pornography. 

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And a majority of western manga fans were unaffected, thanks to no one knowing Rurouni Kenshin was still being published.