When it comes to manga, some creators go the distance for their series. Artists like Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) have spent most of their lives on a single story, and others will dive into research when a story comes calling. And now, it seems like one beloved harem writer is ready to elevate their career… by joining the world of politics.
According to a new report, Ken Akamatsu is looking to trade in manga for cabinet meetings. SoraNews24 broke down the report for fans as the creator of Love Hina and Negima is going all-in on politics. The creator has told fans he hopes to run for office soon, and he is doing so in the hopes of protecting freedom of expression.
“This has been reported by some media outlets, but I had a meeting at the headquarters of the Liberal Democratic Party. In order to protect freedom of expression, I have reached the decision to run in next summer’s House of Councilors election,” Akamatsu wrote on Twitter the other day.
For those needing some more context, Akamatsu met with leaders of Japan’s largest political party to discuss running. Kyodo, a popular news outlet overseas, first reported Akamatsu was interesting in running for office after the artist met with Toshiaki Endo in early December. The latter is the Election Strategy Committee chairman, so obviously, Endo will work with Akamatsu in order to help promote his platform.
Of course, the mangaka has his own supporters, but most of them follow Akamatsu for his manga. The 53-year-old is known for championing rom-com series, but he is also a staunch advocate for artistic freedom. As manga continues to expand overseas, pushback has grown against certain series for better or worse. Now, Akamatsu hopes to advocate for artists in a more official capacity, but that choice will come down to votes.
What do you make of this wild report? Would you lend this artist your vote or…? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.