As a creative professional who works from home, I fully understand needing to have a safe place within that home to work. It’s different for everyone in this situation, but the common denominator amongst all at-home professionals is that if we don’t have a place that is free from distractions, we can’t work. Therefore, I 100% sympathize with manga author Rui Takatō, who has announced his retirement from the manga industry because of a change in his personal living environment, making it too difficult to create a manga that is primarily about boobs and sex.
Backing up a bit, this story began about a week ago when Takatō, who is the creator of the series Booty Royale: Never Go Down Without a Fight (Japanese title: Hagure Idol Jigokuhen), sent out a tweet that revealed his intentions to retire from the manga industry “in the very near future”.
— r_tkt (@r_tkt) July 10, 2022
He followed this up with another tweet that explained his reasoning for the retirement:
“Due to family household circumstances, for the foreseeable future I will not be in an environment where I can continue drawing manga full of boobs and sex on a monthly basis.”
While he doesn’t specify what those family household circumstances are (nor should he, it’s none of our business), it is sad that the world is losing another artist. Takatō closed things by thanking fans for eight years of support. He also said that he’s open to returning to the manga at some point in the future if his life circumstances change again but that his motivation to work on it on even a part-time basis was low. In short, fans should consider the series indefinitely frozen as of chapter 104, which, to me, reads like fans aren’t even going to be given a solid conclusion. That seems strange seeing as how this has been in the works behind the scenes for around a year.
While manga authors are always free to do whatever they want with their careers (they are not beholden to fans), I wish the series could continue in one way or another (not that I’ve ever read a single chapter of this series). I mean, it worked in Kakushigoto, right?