Man arrested for allegedly stealing copies of manga worth $ 18 – Marseille News

Members of the Tokyo Manji Gang are in training.

Le Tokyo Manji Gang est rempli d’enfants coriaces et de cheveux cool. Capture d’écran: TV anime “Tokyo Revengers” channel

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing four volumes of Tokyo Revengers, a popular manga about rogue high school students.

Illustrated and written by Ken Wakui, the award-winning Tokyo Revengers is serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. (Full disclosure: My first two books were published by Kodansha.) It follows the exploits of the Tokyo Manji Gang and has been adapted into an anime and an action movie. (The Buddhist manji characters that appear in the anime have been removed from the US version of the anime, to avoid confusion with the Nazi swastika.)

According to Yahoo! News Japan and Fuji Network News, the suspect was caught on camera stealing the manga from a Sapporo bookstore. On October 19, upon returning to the store, staff alerted police, who arrived at the scene and apprehended the suspect.

“I used the money to supplement my living expenses,” the suspect allegedly said. “So far I have flown several times [manga]. The Japanese press reports that the man is unemployed.

On 5ch, a popular Japanese bulletin board, many commentators thought this alleged crime was rather sad, with some wondering why it had returned to the store and what was to happen to the suspect. “It’s like he’s already a member of the Tokyo Manji Gang,” one commentator wrote.

The value of the four volumes is 2,046 yen, or about $ 18, with each copy costing about 500 yen, or less than $ 5. The Tokyo Revengers manga is incredibly popular in Japan, and there are over 40 million copies in circulation. Due to its popularity, Tokyo Revengers seems like an easy manga to resell, perhaps flipping through online sites.

Authorities in Sapporo are currently investigating whether other manga has been stolen.