Tatsuya Matsuki, the writer of Act-Age, has been found guilty of a coerced indecent act. Matsuki had previously confessed to groping two middle school girls.
During the trial, the prosecution argued for an 18-month prison sentence. Meanwhile, the defense argued that because Matsuki’s manga series was cancelled, that was punishment enough and he should avoid prison time.
In the end, the Tokyo District Court went somewhere in-between by giving him a suspended sentence. Matsuki can avoid prison altogether if he is on good behavior for three years. If he is not found to have behaved well during the three years, he’ll go to prison.
Source: Anime News Network
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.