Something that shocked me recently was learning that Ruroni Kenshin is going to be published again, and it’s concerning to say the least.
(warnings for disturbing, uncomfortable content)
Nobuhiro Watsuki was arrested for possession of around 100 DVD’s of child porn. That was all I knew about it and it was very sad and terrible to hear. But now I suddenly learn that he only got a small fine and is being republished on the 4th of June! What is this insanity? I’m just baffled as to why he’s not in jail and has just been let off with a fine.
Supporting and paying for things with child abuse and rape in it is not only sick in the head but also supporting the creators to continue their torture of children. It makes me so uncomfortable that I’ll stop talking about it now because it’s so obvious why it is terrible that I would be concerned if someone actually needed me to explain it.
There is probably a lot of deep web stuff protecting the guys Watsuki bought it from, which sucks, however if he has any idea who they are I would be massively disappointed if the police did not find the distributors, who are way worse criminals in my opinion.
I want to talk about the morals of reading Ruroni Kenshin now because how can you support a guy who used your money for terrible things? Simply pirate it, you enjoy the story while not supporting crimes.
I would not fault anyone who likes Ruroni Kenshin just for the actions of the mangaka. It’s a massively popular story and there are things to like about it. Kenshin itself has no bad content in it so it’s fine as a standalone thing. So don’t feel bad.
This post could be considered an extension of yesterdays post about the darling in the franxx controversy. Is there any correlation between me watching Ruroni Kenshin (and mentioning it in my recap post) and the mangaka getting arrested for child porn? Of course!
Of course I don’t support his actions but seeing the outrage and let down of the fans made me think about it’s quality and how it had attracted such a good following. As well as that it’s interesting to look at the show knowing these things to see if there was anything that gave it away or made more sense knowing the context of the guys brain.
It sounds twisted but I enjoy learning about terrible people. I read school shooter manifestos and things like that. Not because I’m looking for inspiration (of course) but to learn about the psychology and mental health problems of these people to learn if and how these things can be prevented.
Because if we push these problems to the side and label people simply as “monsters” then nothing is going to change. It’s not until we can get an understanding of the people going through these serious mental problems that we can actually make progress to preventing these things from happening in the first place.
But right now not giving people who possess child porn jail time is a step in the wrong direction in my opinion.
p.s sorry if this made you uncomfortable. I know it’s uncomfortable because I wrote the whole post entirely uncomfortable!