Child Porn: Samurai X Creator’s Lolicon Tendencies Get a Bit too Real

Do you love Samurai X? i love Samurai X, if i were to make a list of my top 10 anime of all time, it’ll be somewhere on that list. The series which ran from 1994-1999 was hugely popular in Japan and one of anime’s earlier exports into the west.

But just as Hollywood is catching predators and sexual perverts left, right and center, a new controversy has rocked the anime industry.

Nobuhiro Watsuki (real name Nobuhiro Nishiwaki) creator of Kenshin Himura was convicted of simple possession of child pornography on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old possessed numerous DVDs with nude footage of young girls in their early teens, and stored them at an office in Tokyo at least as recently as October.

In his deposition, Watsuki allegedly said that he “liked girls in late elementary school to around the second year of middle school.” We know how Loli is all the rage now, but this is a tad disturbing.

The charge against Watsuki alleges that he possessed the pornographic videos from July 2015. Possession of child pornography entails imprisonment for up to one year and a fine of up to 1 million yen (about US$8,800), if found guilty.

How does this affect Samurai X?

Photo Crd: Nobuhiro Watsuki

 

Well, the hugely popular manga (it’s sold over 60 million copies) is going to be halted on Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine where a comeback arc (Hokkaido arc) had been ongoing.

The manga was meant to be a comeback for the popular Samurai character and had started in September but has now been halted while investigation into the child porn allegations is cleared up.

It’s a real bummer, but then i don’t think this should affect the love for a character, i mean Enid Blyton was accused of being racist but you won’t see me refuse to read a Famous Five story because of this.

It’ll be interesting to see how this ends, but things do not look good for Watsuki.

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