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One Piece, Naruto Kabuki Actor Receives Lesser Penalty For Assisting Parents’ Suicide

Icihkawa Ennosuke IV is sentenced to three years in suspended prison, rather than five, by the Tokyo District Court.

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One Piece and Naruto Kabuki Actor Icihkawa Ennosuke IV (real name: Takahiko Kinoshi) was announced on Nov 17, 2023, to be sentenced to three years in suspended prison, rather than five, by the Tokyo District Court.

Earlier in July 28, the actor was arrested by the Japanese police for encouraging his parents to commit suicide by giving them sleeping pills since May 17.

It is believed that the incident was a family suicide pact, after a certain magazine published a report, accusing him of sexually abusing and bullying others in the theater world.

At their residence in Tokyo, the three individuals were found incapacitated. On May 18 at approximately 10:15 a.m., the remains of the parents were discovered at the Tokyo residence of Ennosuke’s manager. However, Ennosuke himself was found to be “conscious but in a hazy condition” and transported to the hospital.

According to the verdict, Ennosuke disclosed to his parents his intention to take his own life once he became aware of the forthcoming magazine article. The report states that his parents initially dissuaded him from carrying out the plan, but subsequent deliberation led them to reach a joint decision to end their life.

Ennosuke, who was “filled with regret,” admitted the allegations during his trial and conveyed his remorse. On Monday, November 20th, the official notification of Ennosuke’s sentence was issued; in the absence of an appeal from either the prosecution or the defense, the sentence stands.

Ennosuke started his career in the 80s and was a part of the One Piece “Super Kabuki”, a new form of theater where traditional Kabuki and other effects and music are mixed.

The One Piece Kabuki play was successful, and he was to work in the upcoming Demon Slayer Kabuki play, scheduled to come out next year.

About One Piece

One Piece is a Japanese manga series by author Eiichiro Oda.

Eiichiro Oda started the serialization of the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine on July 19, 1997.

On March 3, 2023, the latest volume, Volume 105, was published, and the next volume will be published on July 6. One Piece has also received an anime adaptation. The TV anime has released 1064 episodes.

The latest entry in the franchise, One Piece Film Red, premiered in Japan in August 2022. It is the 8th highest-earning film of all time in Japan and also topped Japan’s box office for the year 2022 in terms of both yen earned and tickets sold.

One Piece Anime Synopsis:

The tale of One Piece takes place on a parallel Earth when the ‘Golden Age of Pirates’ is in full swing.

The seas are ruled by ruthless pirates, and only the strongest can claim the legendary ‘One Piece’ fortune left behind by the greatest pirate of them, Gol D. Roger.

Years after Gol D. Roger’s death, Monkey D. Luffy dreams of establishing his own crew, locating One Piece, and becoming the Pirate King.

Luffy has incredible strength and agility after eating a devil’s fruit that turns his body into rubber.

He leaves Foosha Village in East Blue on his epic expedition to become the next Pirate King.

Source: ANN, via Fandomwire