the japanese portal myjitsu published an article pointing out that the popular author of Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima!, Ken Akamatsuapparently “talked about more” indicating that Gege Akutamithe person who writes and illustrates the manga jujutsu kaisen, is a woman. This was taken negatively by the fan base, given the fact that Akutami hides her gender for some reason, so Akamatsu had no right to bring it up.
«The popular Jujutsu Kaisen manga, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, has also seen great success in the anime film version. The gender of the person behind its creation, Gege Akutami, has not been officially revealed, but a manga artist has reportedly revealed it to be female, causing a lot of controversy. It all started with a publication by the author of the “Love Hina” and “Mahou Sensei Negima!” manga, Ken Akamatsu, who made it through the “Twitter Spaces” tool.».
«The title of the broadcast was “A Space for Cartoonists to Talk About ‘Free Speech’ and ‘Political Correctness,'” and Akamatsu and other cartoonists engage in conversations in the title line. There, the theme of “polychromism”, which is spreading especially abroad, revolved around the issues related to female manga artists, and Akamatsu explained that “when I was working with Samurai Deeper Kyou and Mahou Sensei Negima!, half of the artists in the magazine were women.”.
«He then mentioned: “In “Jujutsu Kaisen” there is also a woman as the author, right? “Kimetsu no Yaiba” is also written by a woman, and I think that’s great“. Akamatsu would have revealed the sex of both Gege Akutami and Koyoharu Gotouge, something that was not well received on social networks in Japan: «The theory that Akutami-sensei was a man was almost confirmed, and you came to ruin it»; «I really thought I was a man»; «I am concerned about the times a woman has had to cover her face and deepen her voice to sound masculine, just because some idiots might disparage her work.»; «Is this really okay? Leaving aside the authors who never bothered to hide it, Akutami-sensei had done quite well. Will Akamatsu-sensei not be sanctioned?»; «Was it because you were a woman that humor was perhaps not the strong point of the manga?»».
«“This is not the first time that a theory has arisen that Akutami-sensei is a woman. The rumor spread after she drew a female self-portrait in the author’s introduction column in Shonen Jump. However, she “made an appearance” at the 2019 edition of the Jump Festa event to debunk such rumors. Although she did not show her face, the voice that she heard from the small box she attended in her place was male. She had also appeared in a video on the YouTube channel “[Oficial] Fuji TV Mandou Kobayashi”, where he also appeared with a male voice, so it had apparently been confirmed that he was a man. However, Akamatsu talked too much at an inopportune time, and the theory that she is a woman seems to have come to the fore again,” a source commented. Facts aside, sex is irrelevant to the play. However, if the person has his reasons to hide it, no one has the right to expose it».
It is worth noting that in a videoconference held by Crunchyroll to animation director Shingo Yamashita about their participation in the opening sequences of the series, they used the pronouns “he/his” To refer to Gege Akutami, practically confirming for his part that he is a man. It should be remembered that in English there are pronouns “they/them” to refer to people who do not have a defined sex or who, in the case of Gege Akutami, are unknown.
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