Ken Akamatsu Calls Gege Akutami A Lady, Sparks Debate Over Creator’s Gender
Mangaka turned politician Ken Akamatsu reportedly revealed the gender of Jujutsu Kaisen writer Gege Akutami in an area hosted on Twitter, calling the mangaka a girl.
Akamatsu, the writer of Love Hina and Magical Instructor Negima!, was internet hosting an area that touched upon the matters of freedom of expression and political correctness for manga artists. Whereas discussing political correctness with fellow authors, the subject shifted to the theme of feminine mangakas within the business.
Throughout this dialogue, Akamatsu ended up saying that Akutami is a girl.
“…after I was working with ‘Samurai Deeper Kyo’ and ‘Negima,’ half of the artists in ‘Journal’ have been girls,” Akamatsu mentioned. “JUMP additionally had a feminine author for ‘Jujutsu Kaisen,’ you already know that one. Demon Slayer can be written by a girl, and I feel it’s superb.”
Akamatsu’s informal revelation about Akutami, which is a properly stored secret within the manga business, despatched the fandom right into a frenzy, sparking a debate concerning the writer’s gender.
Some have been shocked by the reveal and defended the writer’s proper to cover their gender within the public. Many argued that Akutami’s gender was confirmed to be male, primarily based on interviews that the writer had with Bleach mangaka Tite Kubo and comic Kendo Kobayashi.
Of their interview with Kubo, Akutami talked about utilizing male pronouns and attending an all-male junior and highschool. Equally, of their interview with Kendo Kobayashi, Akutami spoke in a voice that sounded male.
This was once more debated on the time the interview launched, with some saying that Akutami utilizing a model and refusing to seem on display screen solely added gas to the hypothesis that the mangaka was a girl.
After Akamatsu’s reveal about Akutami’s gender, MyJitsu quoted some followers mentioning that it was a disgrace that feminine mangakas needed to disguise their face and converse in a male voice to be able to be accepted within the business.
Akutami’s gender has not been formally revealed but. The debates centering round their gender began popping up after Akutami used a female illustration within the writer’s introduction column in Bounce. Moreover the writer’s portrayal of ladies within the sequence too has been in a deterrent in “Akutami is a person” idea.
Akutami began serializing Jujutsu Kaisen in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Bounce from since March 2018. As of Dec 2021, the chapters have been collected into 18 tankobon volumes. The writer had earlier mentioned that the manga would finish in 2023 if every thing goes in accordance with plan.