Kinokuniya Dumps Anime Pin-ups: “They Are Child Porn”

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The US subsidiary of top Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya has stopped all sales of popular anime pin-up magazines, saying it thinks the innocent pictures of anime girls they are famous for may contain “illegal and inappropriate content” – or in other words, that it thinks they might be considered child porn in the US.

The store has cancelled the subscriptions of all customers subscribed to the magazines, which includes fan favourites Megami and Nyan-Type.

Earlier this month subscribers of Megami Magazine through Kinokuniya Bookstores of America received this rather distressing letter from the popular Japanese book retailer:

July 7th, 2010

(subscriber name/address redacted)

Dear Subscriber,

Thank you very much for using the Kinokuniya magazine subscription services.

We are writing this letter to inform you that we no longer handle subscriptions to Megami magazine since it has recently come to our attention that the magazine may contain inappropriate contents which may not comply with applicable local, state, and/or federal regulations.

It is our policy to take a cautious approach in conducting our business in full compliance with any applicable local, state, and/or federal regulations. In keeping with this policy, we will cancel your subscription to this publication.

Please accept the enclosed refund check for the portion of the subscription remaining.

Thanks again for your continuous patronage to our business.

Should you have any questions or concern regarding this matter, please contact me below.

Sincerely,

(name redacted)
Kinokuniya Bookstores of America Co., LTD.

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A follow-up call to the store revealed that five moe-style magazines were currently affected by the ban: Megami, Megami Deluxe, Nyan Type, Dengeki Hime, and Dengeki Moeoh.

None of these titles carry explicit nudity or sexual content – only doe-eyed anime maidens in great profusion.

The store contact avoided giving any precise reasons or specific content which led to the sudden ban, and was quick to offer reassurances that magazines already previously sold by their store and available for subscription over the last decade were not ever “illegal” in any respect.

When it was pointed out that other anime and manga sellers in the US still offer these magazines for sale or subscription, the contact apologized and explained that this was a “precautionary measure… due to certain recent events and changes” – a possible allusion to the Handley case.

A search of the web reveals that non-subscribing direct buyers will also find that the store no longer carried their monthly dose of moe pin-up goodness on their shelves.

Whether US Customs was an issue or not was not clarified (although other retailers have long shipped them without issue), but the contact admitted there had been customer complaints regarding the content of the magazines.

Meanwhile, Megami, Nyan-Type and other anime pin-up magazine subscriptions still remain available through less spineless retailers, both in the US and beyond.

Anime fans opposed to rampant censorship with no basis in law are advised not to support so craven a company as Kinokuniya in future.


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    Avatar of Stangace20
    Comment by Stangace20
    03:22 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wouldn't happen if there weren't so many loli characters in anime

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    04:28 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It dosen't matter...People are uncomfortable with this (mostly feminazis and moralfags) just have their own 'dirty little secret' that they have to convince themselves that this is more evil than their own f*cked up selves...

    DFC, Loli, or even Loli-looking characters in anime...As long as Moralfags and Feminazis exist...No, as long as people with insecurities and paranoia exist, sh*t like this will always happen...

    That's why the new generation must be exposed to anime (and eventually Hentai) at a young age so they will grow up to love and adore it instead of being paranoid f*cks...

    And when puberty hits, you know they add the 'sex' tag to Pokemon and Naruto when they browse search sites~

    Thus, the initiation into anime will be complete for the youngbloods...And they will grow up to become Elites...

    In order for society to progress, the old ways must be destroyed and replaced by the new...

    In this case, doom to the old folks and their draconic thinking and long-live the young anime fans and otakus...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    agreed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their 'insecurity' is that they wish to be able to brainwash, threaten and even physically force their children into being celibate, which they have NO right to do.

    Children are NOT the slaves of adults and adults are NOT supposed to keep them from doing anything. That is how children learn: by doing things that are 'dangerous' and might end up with them being hurt, emotionally or physically, and learning to deal with that.

    They would do better to LEGALIZE pedosexuality and yes, even sleeping with children, and tell children that there is no such thing as an 'always and forever' love except in the movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    whatever, i'll just go to borders.

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    Comment by chicogrande
    03:13 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is the point then shopping there anymore.

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    Comment by Meltyblood
    02:25 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow i used to just shop there too! wow i cant believe it. I would go there just to buy those magazines.
    Wow i think they will loose alot of business if they do this.
    i would travel almost 2 hr to get a whole bunch of those magazines just for the cute extras and now they do this wow.
    I just cant believe that.
    Freedom of expression just went out the window.
    America isnt great anymore.
    It used to be a good wold but now everything must end.
    To many people complain.
    Americans complain too much.
    Look at the job situation.
    Look at stocks? Will we make it out of recession?
    Look at all the issues we even Goverment forgot Hurricane Katrina.
    Look at Family torn apart by the US.
    America is truly torn.
    And to just take one more thing away from what people love to do in their life .
    Just to censor everything?
    They can spend time on small BS but not the real issues facing america thats just to hard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a shame. I shop at the Kinokuniya on 6th avenue occasionally when I'm in New York on business. I usually get something to eat upstairs while I'm reading, or more often, listening to whatever music I bought.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And yet yearly subscriptions are on sale at another US retailer.
    http://store.animebooks.com/megamimagazine.html

    Avatar of PrinceHeir
    Comment by PrinceHeir
    02:48 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will never understand how this is even child porn.... well at least you'll just have to rely on the internet ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right in one. The last time that the police came to my door years ago(and it was more about my support for pedosexual right and legalization of that!) I stood up, was honest with them, didn't back down.... they went away like dogs with their tails tucked between their legs, because I knew the laws, had a printed out copy of the latest laws, and showed them the EXACT LINE that said that lolicon stuff was not illegal AND the Supreme Court decision that said that.

    They tried bullshitting me with "BY COPA!" and as soon as I whipped out those papers when they said that..... "Have a nice day sir, goodbye!" and they drove off!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    URL please...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How are you going to say that the US sucks? At least OUR porn is NOT censored. We have the freedom to enjoy what we want. I agree that this act is foolish, but it won't be upheld, as anime is NOT child porn. But to say that the country with the MOST FREEDOM sucks because they stopped selling anime at one location is totally ignorant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea, not censored but Japan is the one doing the best porn atm. nuff said

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're shitting their pants with paranoia and yet a retailer like Best Buy is busy selling 'Strike Witches'.

    Grow some balls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    srsly, I'd guess ppl advocating censorship (and applying in this case) are just afraid they'd end up getting addicted for the stuff or are afraid to admit they need psychiatric treatment because they are sick enough to get real children if they start seeing lolicon... pitiful..

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should've just slapped a bullshit label on the cover and say that all characters depicted in the magazine are 18 years or older.

    Avatar of gohei
    Comment by gohei
    04:40 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i will never again spend a cent on kinokuniya's overpriced shit. it's a relief in a way. what's next? artbooks?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This world is getting more and more absurd as time goes by..

    I should go kill myself already than to be under the rule of stupid people like feminazis and moralfags..

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, better to KILL THE FEMNAZIS AND MORALFAGS, or expose them for what they are as I have. I've shown my friends this stuff, and even the ones who were FORCIBLY RAPED as children say that these asshats are going way too far. They are just basically ENCOURAGING pedosexuals to go out and forcibly rape children, because it is getting so you are damned if you and damned if you don't..... and doing feels GOOD according to a lot of child forcible rapists!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Has anyone here read Lost Girls from Alan Moore? Its actually drawn child pornography and it can even be considered doujin since its not about his original characters. Its not problem of only japan related products.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    retards nation.. worrying about loli manga & magazine...which hardly does any real harm...

    Comparing with,
    the club and dance floor have real underage teens humping each other and taking drugs etc...

    logic defying country...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ROFL there are only like 4 stores in the entire US. Of course they're going to stop selling the stuff. Why get put out of business with something that's only 0.001% of your business.

    Avatar of Sukunai
    Comment by Sukunai
    00:42 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm I have not actually had chance to experience having a mailed publication arrive mutliated. One thing is for sure though, if it had happened to me, the company would be expected to immediately reimbursement for each instance the item arrived mangled.

    Not that it is there fault, but, failure to deliver intact goods is the problem of the source.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go and sue their fucking laws, yo. No Megami Magazine, no otaku's live!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well this is America:

    you've the freedom but not the rights.

    Avatar of Ricardo
    Comment by Ricardo
    01:50 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF!!! They are censoring my life style, but anime and manga are NOT the problem, the problem is the burocrats who are pushed by the american comics, to stop imports. ¡¡¡Viva La Internet!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:03 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Under the holdings announced today, no one will be subject to prosecution for the sale or exposure of obscene materials unless these materials depict or describe patently offensive 'hard core' sexual conduct"
    --Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, majority opinion, Miller vs. California 1973

    Man, Megami content must have changed a lot since the last time I looked at it.

    Avatar of arie~
    Comment by arie~
    00:44 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn... I accualy shopped at kinos =<

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if there was ever a time to start a movement to stop this shit so innocent people don't get fucked, now would be a pretty good time...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Frankly, if I was ever arrested for having lolicon manga? I'm the WORST NIGHTMARE of the cops, because I am someone who is very intelligent and is totally willing to challenge these and other laws in a court of law, all the way to the Supreme Court.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Die in obscurity or have your name live on in infamy... Not a hard choice, is it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Child porn, pedophile, people seem to enjoy using these terms flippantly and I really wish they wouldn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Child porn was legal at one time in the United States. It should have stayed that way.
    So was pedosexuality. It should have stayed that way as well.

    It would have been better if all of this sexual NON-morality hadn't been codified into laws. It was NOT about protecting children, it was about having a good 'straw man' to terrify the stupid and meek of society with, in order to get them to give up their rights out of a fear for their children, which I really HATE that most adults automatically are willing to give up even THEIR RIGHT TO EXIST if you use the "HARM TO CHILDREN!" call to arms.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most adults are stupid. I just wish I realized that sooner in life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have to wonder about a nation's priorities when they spend all this energy in this persecution of nickel and dime shit but can't do shit about an environmental disaster of epic proportions or let corrupt corporations steal billions from the people.

    Or defend the right to carry guns and show incredibly violent shows on TV while their youths accidentally gun each other down when drunkass dad forgets to lock the gun cabinet.

    Or panic about anime pinup mags while they see no problem with MTV practically popularizing teen pregnancy with their stupid "16 and Pregnant" shows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The U.S. right to carry guns was originally intended to keep the government from pushing its citizens around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that pic is so hawt

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    12:26 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, so who the fuck hired that Sweedish guy as the new boss?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looking at how things are going it won't be long until the government revives the Spanish Inquisition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOObody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay! Yay Castillan white trash! You still owe us Filipinos 50% of your total national resources!

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    Comment by Barachem
    18:39 29/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And thus the censorship cascades goes on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 30/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I AM DISAPPOINT.

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    Comment by nawaponz
    11:00 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this ih a book

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:44 01/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I checked my local Kinokunia this Friday, and it was indeed devoid of the magazines listed, although it still had Megami Creator. Furthermore, it still stocked Takamichi Love Works. Go figure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:18 29/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are plenty of outlets for ordering the magazines Kinokuniya USA cut. Are we to call the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund before we start ordering? I've seen MEGAMI before. No loli in the the issues I saw. The contents are pretty random.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And WWII winners just keeps getting bigger heads! Yay! the world is dooooooomed! Fuck society! what's wrong with a little skin!?! Americans really are thick faced underhanded idiots.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    here go some stupid ass american bashing how original.
    not!!

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    08:43 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We're not bashing America...We're bashing the paranoid idiots living inside her...

    My family migrated here from Ireland and I love the food and the scenery...

    I just don't like the impudent fools writing laws about freedom that they can't keep...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 28/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Alright! This has gone far enough! I can't believe this loli manga scare is starting to have this big of an impact. For Christ sake, someone do something about this already! The characters AREN'T REAL!








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