Mangaka: “My Publisher Has Banned School Uniforms”


Tokyo’s ban on sex in anime, manga and games is not even law yet, but already mangaka are reporting publishers refusing to publish works set in schools or featuring school uniforms, with previously published works even in danger of having their reprints cancelled.

BL mangaka Shouko Takaku complains that her (unidentified, but “unfortunately not small”) publisher told her to stop using school trappings in her manga:

I was bluntly told the other day “because of the Tokyo ordinance, please stop using high school students [in your manga].” Depending on the label it seems you can’t even draw school uniforms…”


Yes, I was really shocked – I was astonished and responded “Really? Really? It’s come to that now already?”

She comments that she expects the industry’s recent decline will only be accelerated by the introduction of the ban.

Another BL mangaka, Kanako Meiji, reports her publisher is considering cancelling a reprint of her works:

What’s going to happen? A new edition of one of my titles was due to be published in April, but now it’s under deliberation. It has lots of sex and minors. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s cancelled.

She compares the political precedent the law represents to Japan’s notorious 1925 “Peace Preservation Law,” a law which began Japan’s lurch towards totalitarianism by imposing a prison sentence of up to 10 years on anyone found guilty of threatening the “national character” of Japan.

Japan’s secret police force subsequently became notorious as “thought police,” and later revisions saw the law expanded to cover more types of thought crime and the right of appeal revoked. Only the American invasion saw them abolished.

Then, just as now, a vaguely worded law allowed authorities to intimidate into silence all those they did not lock up directly – a fate which seems likely to befall all publishers of anime, manga and games in Japan.

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    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    03:37 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dear lord.

    I can imagine mangaka rebel by making them wear skanky fanatasy outfits and bondage-wear.

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    Comment by OmfgBogsy
    03:41 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Lots of problems in the world coming from murders to sex to rape. Oh no, here in Japan, we worry about manga and anime.

    Avatar of Neonie
    Comment by Neonie
    04:28 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    How is anime even possible without school uniforms? :l

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    06:48 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they can't draw school uniforms, they'll just have to have all the characters naked...

    What's that Mr Ishihara? No, there's nothing harmful about it, they were all naked under their clothes anyway...

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    Comment by Riiku
    05:12 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All of my favorite anime and manga do not feature school uniforms nor sex. They feature alot of young minors slashing, cutting, stabbing, piercing, crushing to a bloody pulp, evaporating, in ohter words destroying each other, though.

    Comment by Anonymous

    i think the problem is that they use too much fanservice ero scenes etc. just like HOTD. if they not exaggerated to much of this then it might not end up like this...

    Avatar of Daisuki-chan
    Comment by Daisuki-chan
    09:53 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Sex isn't a problem, baka.

    Avatar of Hatsune Miku
    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    09:25 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    What the... no school uniforms??? This is outrageous!

    Avatar of Carrot_Glace
    Comment by Carrot_Glace
    04:22 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Yeah, imperialism, slave workers supporting nearly all the world economy, hungry and war in Africa, climate change, Brazil rain forest dissapearing to grow soy... What are you doing watching anime?

    There's a place and time to say some things, but you missed both in this case, this is a "anime, manga and games, observed from Japan" site, we're talking about those matters.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    05:45 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    The school uniforms, the schoolgirls, it's all part of Japan! Why can't they be in manga? What would a manga LOOK LIKE without them? Blank pages?!??

    It's only because Japan doesn't know what real crime is, being by far the safest country in the world, so they seek to find and fight more subtle tendencies of outlawism. Like, smiling at girls, driving 0.5km/h too fast...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Global warming isn't real, climate change is however, though it's a natural process. Al Gore did a great job at brainwashing people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    O nice, a schoolgirl ban in mangas took a hard U turn and ended up in climate change and Brazilian soy crops. GOOD JOB SANKAKU!!

    Ahem. Let us hope the Japanese aren't as slow as the American and start protesting. Just because Tokyo mayor doesn't fap doesn't mean the rest of Japan agrees with him.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    12:37 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mangas and Animes without school uniforms...
    It's impossible!Unless they go naked or something

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And also the RECORD high and low temperatures, temperate weather in places that should be cold, snow in places that should be temperate are just normal right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey brainacs who think global warming is fake, read up what CONVECTION is before pointing to cooler temperatures in SOME areas while ignoring higher temepratures in others

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes climate change is not real. Thats why we don't have record temperatures, record heat waves, spontaneous bush fires, record snow, etc

    Oh wait we have those. Before i hear "it should be global cooling then", go read up on CONVECTION. Think about that applied to the entire system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please never post again, you're an idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Global warming isn't real, climate change is however, though it's a natural process. Al Gore did a great job at brainwashing people."

    Yeah, that's what he said, no need to repeat it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    janet napotano begs to differ

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    Comment by Carrot_Glace
    05:45 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @alidan Are you questioning what FSM said to me in a dream last night?

    Avatar of Aliaus
    Comment by Aliaus
    18:53 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    anon 11:42

    at least it hasn't gotten to nazis yet

    Avatar of Elc
    Comment by Elc
    08:59 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    you would think that this would be going against the push for higher birth rates in japan?

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    Comment by alidan

    please never use climate change in that context again, its not real.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan

    climate change is the new buzz word because global warming was found to be bullshit.

    weather changes, few years warm, few years cold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 13/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)


    You speak the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Have you ever noticed how sex crimes in Japan is supposedly low? Couple with the contrast of Japanese culture, it's also not easy to dismiss that Japan may have an extremely high sex crime rate but only go unreported for the national census.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought that was already understood? As in msot countries, the girl won't report it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 04/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Care to show any proof? You just basically called Japanese men a pack of rapists who are allowed to continue raping because the women won't say anything. How did you come to this idea? Please show backing data.

    Avatar of Atzumo Kayami
    Comment by Atzumo Kayami

    Sorry but murders, sex and rape (I don't see how sex is bad) are barely a crime at all.

    Better to worry for wars and alike, or even better, world hungry.
    Though this kind of thing will continue to exist while capitalism is alive.

    I like to take it easy

    Avatar of patamon
    Comment by patamon
    12:32 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Barely a crime? I think murder and rape victims would disagree.

    Avatar of steph
    Comment by steph
    12:51 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i'm sorry, did you just say rape is barely a crime? you must be very ignorant and naive.

    Avatar of kamiru
    Comment by kamiru
    13:52 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    unless the rape is 2D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh and murder and rape victims should worry more on the prevention of these acts than the "justice" applied by the law...

    Comment by Anonymous

    im with Atzumo, rape and murder arent really crimes, they are just a consecuence of a real crime... you can name it war, drugs, mafia, etc... those thing are the ones who produces murders and rapes...

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    The law will ban that sort of thing as "distorting the healthy development of youth."

    Avatar of TFish
    Comment by TFish
    03:47 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The future is bleak.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    04:02 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    There's goes everything that's interesting in "youth".

    No seifuku,
    No hentai,
    *breaks down and cries*

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    the world is coming at an end...

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    Comment by redscarnova
    04:40 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    the pic above alone is reason enough not to ban high school uniforms...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I guess the events of 2077 referred to in the Fallout games will actually happen a lot sooner.

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    04:53 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well, it seems Agnes got her shit through. Somewhat.

    06:08 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Where the GOD of manga when you need him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "We've taken care of everything
    The words you hear the songs you sing
    The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes
    It's one for all and all for one
    We work together common sons
    Never need to wonder how or why"

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    and so mere hours later i revoke my statement
    the end is not nigh
    the end is here

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    06:52 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Oh God of manga, why have you forsaken us?

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    04:53 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    lets hope baning them, a mangaka just draws them in underwear and a few nude because they ware none, submit it, and post it online because they know it wont go through. they get up say "WELL GO FUCK YOURSELF" and walk out, never to work for a publisher again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There is no future in this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    please cancel all your planned assignements for the following year and reallocate them between the 16th and 26th december 2010
    we are all counting on you
    thank you

    Avatar of Yuuki
    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    13:17 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What will kids do without anime?!
    the future is bleak...

    Avatar of TenguSan
    Comment by TenguSan
    13:13 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is sickening.. it is they who are distorting their own youth.....

    21:57 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kid's gonna play outside, wait don't they already do that. Japan Government *facepalm*.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    is it just me or i find japan government rolling like square-enix...

    downhill progress perhaps.. :<

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    Comment by Homu Improvement

    god of manga? that would be Osamu Tekzuka. I hope he comes back from the dead and beats up Ishihara or maybe write a manga the apocalypse that comes after then ban. People randomly raping others on the, having sex with horse, robbing each other and Ishihara getting burned by the people who have gone crazy from not having Manga with school uniforms.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    time to release it in america...we dont have this kinda of censorship...oh wait.....

    Avatar of Tuor
    Comment by Tuor
    12:05 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is what happens when kids are considered to be wards of the State, rather than their parents. The government knows what is best, and it will do it regardless of whatever a parent may want.

    The benefit of this is that the youth get acclimated to being controlled by the government. They stop thinking for themselves because the government will tell them what to think and how to act. They will set the standards, and all you need to do is obey: obey and fit in. After a while, that sort of thinking becomes natural, and if you don't do it, then there's something wrong with you: you're confused, sick, or dangerous if you don't fit in, and the appropriate remedy will be applied whether you like it or not.

    But, I guess what's good enough for the US is good enough for Japan, eh?

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    Comment by Tuor
    11:35 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree that some parents really should never be allowed to have children. But when parents of a child are bad, only those children are affected by it (more or less), but when the government makes mistakes on what it imposes, *all* of the children are affected by it.

    Furthermore, the means of fixing whatever is wrong is tremendously more difficult when it comes to correcting a government mistake than that of a individual parents.

    So, I don't disagree with what you've said, but I'd rather have to deal with bad parents than a bad government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As someone who was unfortunately considered wards of their parents, I can tell that neither extreme is good. Both can easily lead to horrible, horrible consequences. The question is how to blend the two in an as positive ratio as possible.

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    Comment by Renzo
    17:40 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then, What is the healthy development of youth ? I wonder why this form of entertainmen is "banned" while other forms of 'sex entertainment' is considered "still" legal ?

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    Comment by Ecchi Man
    07:22 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The development of youth was never healthy to begin with. What makes them think this will change anything?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:50 12/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So now thought or having lustful thoughts when viewing a comic has to be censored to protect the children, what a joke. Reminds me of the whole christian crap we get here in the states. they use the same rhetoric of "but about the children" crap.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    03:45 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    "Tokyo’s ban on sex in anime, manga and games is not even law yet, but already mangaka are reporting publishers refusing to publish works set in schools or featuring school uniforms, with previously published works even in danger of having their reprints cancelled."

    its almost as if the publishers are in cahoots wuth the local government >_>

    "Japan’s secret police force subsequently became notorious as “thought police,” and later revisions saw the law expanded to cover more types of thought crime and the right of appeal revoked. Only the American invasion saw them abolished.

    Then, just as now, a vaguely worded law allowed authorities to intimidate into silence all those they did not lock up directly – a fate which seems likely to befall all publishers of anime, manga and games in Japan."

    almost as if history it trying to repeat itself >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Time for the Tokkou to become active again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 15/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Since when did the Japanese become southern baptist?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 12/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well said!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    trying to run their already poor country into the ground? eh, what are you gonna do?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    school uniform is no-go, but they dont say anything about being naked, skanky fantasy outfits, bondage-wear, lingerie, baby doll and two piece swimsuits/g-strings worn in classes at school so thats OK :D did i nail how it works?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It sounds like the publishers are saying "no school setting." so probably not. but characters in skanky bondage gear in a high fantasy setting, that would be OK.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    07:49 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As tempting as that sounds I don't know how long can I go without high-school girls and seifuku.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:47 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Between this and bowing their heads to China, Japan seems to be slowly going down the path of eating itself.

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