It's been a long debate about the culture of Japanese comics and their obsession with both “Loli” and even some provocative “Manga” anime styles, as to whether they are considered a form of child pornography or produce some sort of attention that draws in pedophiles.
Critics of such series argue that they're both degenerate and obsessive with sexual undertones, while fans argue that they are classic entertainment with extensive storylines.
Now, one of the biggest names in Asian anime, Japanese “Rurouni Kenshin” creator Nobuhiro Watsuki, has been arrested on possession of child pornography charges, only further underscoring those stereotypes.
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Manga-ka Nobuhiro Watsuki, the 47-year-old superstar creator of the series, was taken into custody by Tokyo Police after child pornography was found inside of his office on a DVD.
His home was also searched thereafter where more child pornography was allegedly found, according to<a href="http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/japan-sex-scandal-rurouni-kenshin-nobuhiro-watsuki-child-pornography-1202622793/"> Variety</a>.
As a response to the arrest multiple television stations which had agreements with Watsuki, including satellite TV station NECO has canceled a back-to-back triple screening it had planned for Saturdays.
“I liked girls from the upper grades of elementary school to around the second year of junior high school," Watsuki reportedly told authorities.
If convicted, the child pornography charges in Japan carry up to a one-year prison sentence and fines of up to 1 million yen ($8,908 in United States currency).
This is equivalent to Harvey Weinstein being labeled as a predator in Hollywood, being a mega-star in Asia to collapse under these allegations and actually face charges, also being the first of it's kind to rock the Asian film industry.
It's definitely going to tear down walls in the industry and potentially bring to light many more of the demented minds behind some of the most popular of series.
Even more stunning is the fact that Rurouni Kenshin was actually a relatively clean running series, that hadn't faced much controversy.
No amounts of smug anime meme girls will be able to save the reputation of Rurouni Kenshin now, despite the efforts of those to claim there is innocence at work.
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