In the autumn of 2020, manga artist Kenya Suzuki acquired two shipments from Germany. Within these shipments had been six picture albums containing photographs of nude youngsters, and final week Suzuki was positioned below arrest on fees of importing baby pornography. He made no effort to feign ignorance relating to the books’ contents, telling investigators “No matter what, I wanted photos of nude children from overseas, which you can’t get in Japan,” and a subsequent search of his residence discovered an extra 46 books of kid pornography.
The 40-year-old Suzuki is the artist and creator of highschool lady comedy “Please Tell Me! Galko-chan,” and his arrest got here in the course of the then-ongoing serialization of the sequence on the ComicWalker manga-reading app. ComicWalker, which is owned by publishing big Kadokawa, has introduced that the sequence will probably be happening indefinite hiatus and, as well as, all beforehand revealed chapters could be faraway from the app.
The assertion reads: “We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has been reading and enjoying ‘Please Tell Me! Galko-chan.’ We have recently received a series of reports regarding the series’ author, Kenya Suzuki, and will be suspending serialization of the series and, as of today, December 24, 2021, halting availability of pages of the series which have been published on ComicWalker. We deeply apologize to everyone who had been looking forward to reading the series.”
Sure sufficient, whereas “Please Tell Me! Galko-chan” was nonetheless obtainable on the day that Suzuki’s arrest grew to become public information, the sequence is not anyplace to be discovered on the ComicWalker web site.
▼ Even operating a seek for “Please Tell Me! Galko-chan” (「おしえて！ ギャル子ちゃん」 in Japanese textual content) on ComicWalker now brings again zero outcomes (検索結果:0件).
Japanese media firms, usually, reply to arrests of performers or creators they work with by rapidly distancing themselves, on the very least within the quick time period. Though skilled manga artists usually work with a workforce of assistants and an editor from the writer, it’s the unique creator’s title that’s related most strongly, and typically even completely, with the sequence, so Kadokawa’s response is one many observers had been anticipating.
However, Kadokawa’s central web site does nonetheless have “Galko-chan” amongst its titles, full with multi-page samples for the sequence’ 5 collected volumes, and the collected volumes’ bodily (paper) variations additionally nonetheless have listings on the Kadokawa Store on-line store.
All of the volumes’ particular person listings, although, embody the discover “no copies in stock.” It’s unclear if that standing is as a result of all printed copies had been already bought out earlier than Suzuki’s arrest, or if it’s merely the Kadokawa Store’s method of claiming they received’t be promoting any remaining stock in gentle of what’s occurred.
Source: ComicWalker through Otakomu, Kadokawa Store
Insert pictures: ComicWalker, Kadokawa Store
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