‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Creator Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Rurouni Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki has been charged with possession of child pornography.

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said Watsuki possessed numerous DVDs of nude girls in their early teens and stored them at an office in Tokyo. They believe he has been using the office as storage as recently as October.

Watsuki’s home was investigated as part of a separate child pornography case, which led to the discovery of around 100 DVDs. The charges state that Watsuki has possessed the DVDs since 2015, which is the same year possession was made illegal. He faces up to one year in jail and a maximum of 1 million yen ($8,800) in fines.

Watsuki has already pleaded guilty to the charges, stating, “I liked girls in late elementary school to around their second-year of middle school.”

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Watsuki is internationally known for creating Rurouni Kenshin, which stars a wandering ronin helping the weak without shedding blood. The manga has sold over 60 million copies, been adapted into various anime, and turned into a critically acclaimed live-action trilogy.

Watsuki and his wife Kaoru Kurosaki launched Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc in September. The series is being shelved by Shueisha and they will decide if they will take action against volumes that are already in print.

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