The editing Kodansha it issued a press release announcing the cancellation of the manga series Tom to Jerry: Nanairo Y. Cafe Harapeko Penguin, after their co – authorship (writer and member of Kyarakyara Macchiato) was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.
«We would like to thank you for your understanding and support of our editorial activities. We announce the completion of the series “Harapeko Penguin Cafe” and “Tom to Jerry: Nanairo” in our magazine “Nakayoshi”. The decision is to end the series of this work and today's announcement because the co – author of the work, which was primarily responsible for the original story, was arrested and charged with sexual assault in the spring and summer of 2020., and he was recently convicted. On November 25 this year, the writer was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for five years (on probation), on a charge of sexual assault against a minor. As previously stated, the defendant himself did not appeal and upheld the sentence.».
Keep going: “The timing of the publication of this information is determined by the need to be sensitive to the feelings of the victims and to take into account the progress of the criminal trial. As of today, we have decided to break the contract with the author, terminate the series, remove the physical books from stores and stop launching them indefinitely, and remove the e – book version. We regret to report this to an author in a series of articles in the magazine, aimed at primary and secondary school students. We believe this is an intolerable malicious and intolerable act. We would like to apologize to the victims, their parents and everyone involved, as well as our readers. Our sincere apologies».
As stated in the statement, the case is with the group writer Kyarakyara Macchiato, who was in charge of the works Tom to Jerry: Nanairo Y. Cafe Harapeko Penguin (the person in question was just in charge of the story, the art was someone else). So, at the loss of his writer, the man in charge of art issued his own press release announcing the indefinite suspension of his activities:
«I would like to apologize to all those who have always supported us, and announce with regret and regret that I cannot continue our activities as Kyarakyara Macchiato for various reasons. I did everything I could, but it was not enough. As a result, many of my magazine series and other works will be disrupted. We apologize for the inconvenience of this announcement. We were expecting to announce it a little earlier, but we were asked to wait a little longer, so it is today. I don’t think I will show my work here as Kyarakyara Macchiato in the future. I would like to thank everyone who gave me their kind words and told me how much they like my illustrations and characters. His words always inspired me. I really don’t think I could have kept painting if it hadn’t been for the people who supported me. (…) We have been working as Kyarakyara Macchiato for about 15 years. Thank you so much for all your support, it means a lot to us.».
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