The official Twitter account for Shueisha, the online Shonen Jump+ service, announced on Monday that the Look Back one-shot manga by author Tatsuki Fujimoto has been changed after publication due to reader feedback regarding ‘the expression’. inappropriate formula.’ The changes were made “out of a desire to avoid depicting something that might be associated with promoting prejudice or discrimination.”
Note: Details of the story related to the manga are below:
In one scene, a man claiming to hear voices and have a “paranoid phase” walks into an art school with an ax, claiming that a student stole his art ideas. . Although the event still occurs in the changed version, both references to the “paranoid episode” and the motive of the plagiarism have been replaced by something else.
In the Japanese version, the line “According to his account, he heard voices insulting him during a paranoid passage” is replaced with a line stating that he intended to kill the first person he saw. The lines “They’re wrong! It’s mine, isn’t it?! It was my idea first! you stole my concept art, didn’t you?!” were replaced with lines implying that the artist’s creations were belittling and mocking.
Although the manga was well-received in Japan, grossing over 1.2 million views on Shonen Jump + , some readers pointed out similarities between the events of the manga and the Kyoto Animation arson that occurred. released two years ago on July 18, 2019. There is also concern that portraying a schizophrenic as a serial killer might stigmatize the mental illness.
The one-shot premieres in Shonen Jump + in Japan on July 19. The English version of the manga on MANGA Plus has not been changed since the publication of this article.