By Phil   |  11-22-2017   News
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Bad news for fans of the anime series Rurouni Kenshin as it is reported that show creator Nobuhiro Watsuki has been arrested on charges of child pornography. Yahoo Japan first reported that Watsuki had been arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police for possession of child pornography. Investigative reports reveal that the manga artist acquired several DVDs in October while working in Tokyo that featured nude minors in their early teens. Other reports <a href="http://comicbook.com/anime/2017/11/21/rurouni-kenshin-nobuhiro-watsuki-sex-crime-arrested-anime/">suggest Watsuki's tastes led him to prey on girls</a> as young as elementary school.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Watsuki Nobuhiro (47) (real name Nishiwaki Nobuhiro) author of popular manga &quot;Rurouni Kenshin&quot; has been captured by Tokyo Metropolitan police for child porn posession. <br><br>While on advancing on another child pornography possession case, police suspected…<a href="https://t.co/F40f1E6Q5r">https://t.co/F40f1E6Q5r</a></p>&mdash; 🍁秋 Macaron🍁✨ (@NeutralMacaron) <a href="https://twitter.com/NeutralMacaron/status/932871046834917376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The discovery of the pornographic DVDs was actually serendipitous. <a href="https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20171121-00050067-yom-soci">The initial tip to the special divisions of Tokyo's police department</a> was related to the discovery of DVDs at Watsuki's office in Tokyo. This led to a search of Watsuki's home. Watsuki is facing potential prison time up to a year in prison and fines of up to a million yen (around $8,000).

In Japan, Watsuki faces prison time for the crime. Criminals found guilty of possessing child pornography face up to a year in prison and fines up to a million yen. Shonen Jump initially serialized Watsuki's popular series Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story in the mid 90s. This is not the first time that suspicions of such had reached Watsuki. <a href="http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/13921608/">Yomiuri Shinbun reports</a> that Watsuki was a person of interest in a previous case involving child pornography.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP Rurouni Kenshin. <a href="https://t.co/cDGiIBXYkk">pic.twitter.com/cDGiIBXYkk</a></p>&mdash; Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) <a href="https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/932992308865363968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Watsuki's brazen response to authorities: <quote>"I liked girls from the upper grades of elementary school to around the second year of junior high school."</quote>

Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin has come quite a way since its debut in 1994 in Shonen Jump. Since then the manga has sold over 70 million copies as well as leading to an anime series and accompanying live-action film.

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