Comment on DPJ Backs Manga Ban by shinryou:

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Well, the general public certainly sees anime, manga and games in a different light than novels, movies and tv. Obviously restrictions on questionable porn (or close-to-porn) will go well with a large part of the electorate. Working adults and retired people are the largest groups there. And those groups certainly aren’t the prime consumers or proponents of anime, manga and games either.
And then again, we’re taking about a democratic process here – no matter how skewed the Japanese political system may be. If the mangaka, anime studios, publishers and their customers do not agree they should take to the streets and demonstrate… or vote for a party that does not want to restrict the products they are making/buying.

Maybe it’s a good chance for the creators and publishers of anime, manga and games to focus on quality again, rather than the amount of panty shots and jiggling boobs.

shinryou made other comments on this post:

  • DPJ Backs Manga Ban:
    I totally agree. They should take it as an incentive to improve their products and create more high quality series and movies rather than flooding the market with more plot-less knock-offs of each and every random harem eroge.

  • DPJ Backs Manga Ban:
    This is just about Tokyo, not the entirety of Japan. Even if they ban sales in Tokyo one can still order it from outside of Tokyo. And I’m pretty sure that the industry will move their ‘questionable’ activities outside of Tokyo if the law restricts them too much. Of course it will hurt of 25% of the population will have restricted access to their products, but the industry wouldn’t go belly-up because a part of their portfolio is restricted in a part of the country.

  • DPJ Backs Manga Ban:
    Animated series are for kids, even in Japan. At least when you go by the opinion of the majority of its population. And that is part of the issue, if it’s animated it’s generally seen as made for people who are not yet adults (physically or mentally, heh…). And therefore you see widespread support for the bill as the politicians want to cater to the largest groups of voters (middle aged working class with family and retired people) – who are coincidentally not interested in anime, manga or …

  • DPJ Backs Manga Ban:
    I guess that goes for everything and isn’t limited to anime and manga. If it can be pirated people will pirate it. I’d even go as far as saying that the Japanese pirate anime and manga themselves more frequently than the ‘dirty foreigners’ do ;).

  • DPJ Backs Manga Ban:
    Depending on where you draw the line it would probably be more than 30%. I was at C72 in 2007 and there was certainly a huge amount of porn there.

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