Tokyo: “Manga Fans Lead Deadend Lives – Find a Real Girl!”

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Any doubts that the Tokyo government’s efforts to ban manga, anime and games from showing any sex (whilst leaving novels and film completely alone) represent nothing less than an expression of contempt for and an assault on Japan’s anime, manga and game industries have been dispelled in a series of astonishingly hostile remarks by the crazed geriatrics who run the city.

Tokyo’s 78-year-old governor Shintarō Ishihara is already notorious for making xenophobic remarks and for being a key backer of Tokyo’s ongoing efforts to destroy the anime, manga and game industries, but his latest remarks add a healthy dose of homophobia to the mix:

There are even homosexuals on TV now, as if there is nothing wrong with it. Japan is too unregulated. I come with a sense of duty.

Rich talk coming from a man whose own novels lovingly describe schoolgirl gang-rape and murder, and a definite sign that fujoshi can expect their favourite works to be banned along with everything else.

In other remarks he reveals yet more signs of delusion – “Even overseas where they are sexually open, children are a no-go.”

That Japan is not sexually open is probably news to Japanese and non-Japanese alike, and the fact that rates of child sex abuse are vastly higher overseas than in Japan rather undermines his position.

Actor and comedian Hiroiki Ariyoshi cheekily tweets back that “The only reason Ishihara is blaming manga all the time now is because he is angry that he can’t it up any more – give it up already.”

The madness does not stop there – his deputy, vice governor Naoki Inose, a 64-year-old writer, recently made an astonishing tweet in which he called manga readers a pack of losers:

I get the impression that many manga lovers lead dead-end lives. Go talk to a living woman!

You don’t know what they’ll say from moment to moment, so they are far more interesting and lovely.

He has apparently come to the conclusion that people only read manga because they have no girlfriends.

The far-reaching redraft of the law these politicians are struggling to justify has also been subject to harsh criticism.

Lawyers say it is worded such that it could be used to censor any work of fiction which contains a depiction of a crime, censoring works for showing “virtual crimes” and allowing the Tokyo government to arbitrarily ban any work which contains unlawful death or violence (practically all anime, manga and games with any action content).

All this whilst Japan has some of the lowest crime rates in the world – virtually the only explanation for such a law being presented is that the proponents are senile or mad, and bear a seething hatred for Japan’s contemporary visual culture.


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    Avatar of theorist
    Comment by theorist
    07:14 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    and what with girls otaku, they should talk to real woman too?

    Avatar of EleutheroZeroONE
    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE

    Female otaku are called "Fujoshi"!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "You condemn what you do not understand!" - Ezio Auditore, fictional proponent of freedom of expression and 40-year-old renaissance pimp.

    Avatar of Evil Santa, Has Come To Town
    09:57 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ezio Auditore was more then right on the mark for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 27/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps someone needs to revive a certain Ancient Order and clean up Japan :)

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    Comment by loli in a box
    07:17 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Funny, I almost skipped the quote out of habit, because I automatically ignore low level trollings like that.

    Even if we otaku do nothing about such laws on our own, retards like that will make sure that the commoners do it for us...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Go talk to a living woman!"

    I already talk to myself!

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

    "Go talk to a living woman!"

    I DON'T have a girlfriend AT ALL, Mr. Vice-Governor!!

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    Comment by TheBudds
    06:41 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    So basically...Let's blame what we don't understand?

    Avatar of PikachuEXE
    Comment by PikachuEXE
    08:44 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    >>I get the impression that many manga lovers lead dead-end lives. Go talk to a living woman!

    I get the impression that many husbands end up inm a living hell. Go find MORE MOE!

    >>You don’t know what they’ll say from moment to moment, so they are far more interesting and lovely.

    You don’t know what they’ll ask you to buy from moment to moment, so they are far more money-sucking and bitchy.

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    Comment by yaku
    10:35 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "Go find MORE MOE!"

    Amen to that!

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    Comment by wolfnanaki
    07:44 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    When shit goes wrong, old people ALWAYS blame the new media. Burning books and film reels, banning video games...it never ends.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And when the young people become the old people, the cycle will begin again.

    Avatar of Evil Santa, Has Come To Town
    09:47 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sad but true unless the new older generation are opened otaku :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Of course it begins again, why should those young people have an easier time than we did =P

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    15:06 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The really impressive young people don't make it to old age.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 18/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The new young generation will start acting like the old old generation and the shit will go on until the last human sucks dirt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Some old men are not worthy of respect and should turn to dirt as soon as possible. Scientifically, we call these old shits palaeofaecalenchelopathic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    because their OLD and they didnt experience what young generation are experiencing XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    @ Anon 07:52:

    Or, perhaps it's because the "old media" doesn't like "new media" competition, and he's paying the "old media" back a favor he owed them; perhaps they contributed money to his political campaign.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    13:59 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    My late grandpa didn't... When he saw ugly shit hitting the fan, he blamed the government. He never whined about the violent games we loved... Like Mortal Kombat and shit.

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    Comment by Jash
    07:01 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The "blame what we don't understand" is the best way to explain banning anything really.

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    Comment by Elc
    20:22 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @Jash true, the only way that we can at least slow down this wave of stupidity due to ignorance is to put a notice on all works of fiction... a big

    "THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION
    fic·tion [fik-shuhn]
    -noun
    1.the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, esp. in prose form.
    2.something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story.
    3.the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining.
    4.an imaginary thing or event, postulated for the purposes of argument or explanation.
    5.Law. an allegation that a fact exists that is known not to exist, made by authority of law to bring a case within the operation of a rule of law."

    that would be enough to get some of those stupid fools to stop, though not all.
    for those stupid enough to challenge it even after such measures are taken into account, then you can sue them for defamation and/or harassment, and if you can somehow prove it, a hate crime. and with such a thing, they would have absolutely no chance in court if such a notice was easily seen and understandable.
    its sad to see how ignorant some people are...

    Avatar of Evil Santa, Has Come To Town
    09:46 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^ sums up everything perfectly

    Comment by Anonymous

    In that case maybe but some things do deserve to be banned, like the Sharia books in UK for ex.

    Avatar of Tex_Arcana
    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    06:45 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Basically an old man waving his rake at passerby.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    a 78 year old man still in government....

    Who the fuck voted for this guy..?

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    Comment by ---
    08:59 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And I thought only in the old eastern bloc old farts were in power.

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    Comment by Megidola
    08:01 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hopefully once this proposed ban fails he'll be too senile to try it again.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    07:51 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Those that had the same political views as him

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    Comment by Gitami
    13:46 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I honestly hope it gets the otakus out voting and that the last political accomplishment he will do is say I got more people to come out and vote (against me).

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    20:17 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @dirtypair

    Japan has a very strict seniority system in society, even more so than in other countries.

    Their whole salary and promotion system is based mostly on worker's age, not productivity.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    07:11 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    LOL, exactly...

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    Comment by toyNN
    09:19 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ishihara is just pissed that Aya Hirano aired out his sun-rays nipple indecent. Its embarrassing for him that others know he can't hold is drink

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I just sent a tweet his way, asking him politely to commit seppuku for his ignorant and biased views about manga fans. This is rediculous. Tokyo is basically a useless vessel without their manga market so they should just pipe down.

    Avatar of Shadow C
    Comment by Shadow C
    20:36 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It doesn't matter how technologically advanced a nation is, the politicians can still set you back decades.

    To an extent, we have the same problem with some old men in the U.S. government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Someone hasn't been getting his anime/manga fix lately >.>

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    07:20 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Oh wow I have read Twilight NOW WHAT!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    bah... as if every ppl who read manga or watch anime has no gf ......

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    there were fight scenes in twilight. BAN IT!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!1

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    Comment by HouseLife
    10:46 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Even if the second statement is a bit much in its generalizations, the talk about a real woman is nonetheless true at least. Whether good or bad, a real woman is certainly more interesting thankfully.

    The majority of the older generations definitely need to either die or shut up in most instances. Either way, I definitely look forward to our own senators and such being under the age of 40 and seeing what occurs.

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    Comment by Elc
    20:33 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    true that there are people that are out there who are both fans of manga/anime and have phobias of society, there are people who are just not good at dealing with people, but i dont understand how banning works of imagination has anything to do with helping such people in any significant way.

    as usual, the old farts complaining about crap they dont understand and wish they had when they were kids... "I remember a time where ronin still roamed the countryside and flintlock carbines were the choice of weapons..." damn fools...

    i guess the thing you can take from this is that ignorant stupid people are the cause of most problems in this world...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Reminds me of Germany. Same Babbling of the (nearly) same Thema.
    But in Germany there is it an old Woman. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    im a guy and i have a social life and i read manga...

    ...your point is invalid~?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm a pretty silent guy inrl but even I use to have a girl friend who was into manga/anime, so what the fucks up w/ this bullshit that all anime fans are losers?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 10/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I have a wife, a child and a happy family
    so what? I need a grandson now?
    bullshit if all otakus can't manage their own life!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    true i never had i gf
    but i just started anime/manga around 3-4 years ago (21 now)

    so what ?

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    Comment by x0pwsk
    09:54 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe this old man is jealous he can't partake in the loli raep.

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    Comment by Bigall
    06:58 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    As they usually do everywhere, Japon or not. I wish it wasn't so because it's so lame. I thought that the Japanese were proud of their own culture... It's really lame.

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    Comment by w334b00
    07:07 07/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Anime isn't a culture, why don't you weeaboos get that? Japanese don't go around acting like in these cartoons.

    Avatar of ---
    Comment by ---
    09:10 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Anime is a recognized art form.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    because there are vampires and zombies in America and wizards in the UK?

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    Comment by Yasuo
    07:41 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it's culture just as much as Hemingway books are culture, dick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    w334b00, most of us are well aware of the fact that most anime is not the same as real life. Neither is 24, House, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, or most other television shows. But I don't see anyone smashing those for being unrealistic. Pick your battles - if you're going to bash fans of any work because it's different from real life, you have a long battle ahead of you in just about every single existing field of media. Have fun.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    13:15 07/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it's the internet,anything's possible

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    the most shocking thing I found in reading this is that a 64 year old uses twitter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 07/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    And it not cartoon, it's anime noob!

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    Comment by King Tiger
    07:43 07/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    question: just HOW did he get(s)elected as Tokyo Governor again?

    “The only reason Ishihara is blaming manga all the time now is because he is angry that he can’t get it up any more – give it up already.”-Hiroiki Ariyoshi
    I LOL'D ^

    i bet he was that ONE GUY who picked on the "otakus" in school ya know one of "them types" who get off by belittling others so they can fill in the empty void that was his soul? well w/e let's hope he gets ousted or something cuz i don't see Shintarō Ishihara getting re-(s)elected anytime soon

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This has been the anthem of the old and dying since time immemorial.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    HUh? "Blame, hate, fear what we cannot understand?" Isn't that a Marvel Comic copyrighted phrase?

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    06:53 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm still laughing at the homophobic comment early in the article.lulz...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 07/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    niceee virgin

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