Aki Sora Banned – “We Can No Longer Depict Incest”


Incest manga Aki Sora has fallen victim to Ishihara’s ban on raunchy manga, with the distraught author reporting that it was its depiction of an incestuous relationship rather than any erotic content which has caused all further publication to be prevented.

The manga, formerly serialised in Champion Ichigo Red and adapted into an anime, was due to be reprinted – but author Masahiro Itosugi angrily reports that there is now no hope of this:

“It’s confirmed – after July there can be no further printing of Aki Sora.”

“To have what you most feared actually put in front of you – it’s hell. Pure hell. I don’t know whether to be angry or sad.”

“I don’t know, but in 5 or 10 years reading or writing about incest will likely become a literal taboo. We’ve certainly reached a historical turning point.”

“There is only one issue – ‘incest.’ It’s not, as many people were thinking, because of the erotic content. Please take heed of that.”

“An ancient literary theme will be sealed off. This terrifying prospect is something I’m actually experiencing.”

In the best tradition of secret policing, he cannot even reveal whether it was his publisher Akita Shoten or the Tokyo government which decided to ban the title:

“Regarding who’s decision it was, I cannot say. Sorry. All I can say is that it wasn’t my decision.”

As the publisher has, in the peculiar and utterly dishonest Japanese usage of term, “voluntarily” refrained from reprinting the title (likely with foreknowledge that it would otherwise be banned otherwise), the Tokyo government has also kept its censorship policy firmly behind closed doors.

Ishihara’s defence against accusations that he is stifling freedom of expression that “I’m not saying you can’t write these manga” is thus technically correct – his administration is merely intimidating publishers into not publishing the titles, whilst leaving writers the option to freely express themselves without being able to find a publisher or sales outlet.

Technically it would still be possible to republish the manga as an 18+ pornographic title, but as shops do not stock non-pornographic titles amongst their ero-manga and the publisher would likely have to be changed, this is in all probability a practical impossibility – in effect the ban now only allows pornographic portrayals of incest whilst making any more literary depiction commercially unviable.

The fact that the ban is Tokyo-only but the cancellation of a publication effects the entire country of course has no bearing on the decision – anything banned in Tokyo may as well be banned nationally.

Absurdly, it would be possible to create a novel or live action film adaptation and sell that with no restrictions as well – a fact Tokyo’s rape novelist governor likely knows only too well.

Champion Red Ichigo itself is said to be facing cancellation as a result of the ban, suggesting there could soon be a mass purge of erotic material from mainstream manga.

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    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    18:45 22/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Aki Sora is not counted as an ero manga? Shit, they sure fooled me.

    This is a real shame because it was a good series (mainly manga and the very first OVA).

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Aki Sora is an ero manga. But it is rated 15 or 18 (don't know how the rating is worked out, sorry). It is _not_ rated as ADULTS ONLY.

    think of it as a 'R' rated film/manga VS a 'X' rated film/manga. Some stores and libraries will carry the former but not the later.

    --------- Random idiot

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    Comment by tyciol
    17:37 04/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why should eroticism have a higher rating just because its between relatives?

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    Comment by jr240483
    00:50 21/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    that there is an understatement.

    though it might be possible of a loophole of that rule.

    Other than that, i receomend himself and others just relocate to the US and do their work here. cause the only way to show the dumb dumb govt that their law is hurting the industry is to boycott it.

    Avatar of RaspberryKisses
    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    19:58 22/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Release it online.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:46 22/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I agree these mangaka should look into online distribution. The ban covers printed material, internet is free game. From what I understand, reading manga on portable devices is really big in japan. Mangaka unite, make a website (in the netherlands), and charge a modest fee, without having to give the publishers anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the netherlands are going to be ok with loli content? that area is particularly harsh on anything along those lines. you just move from one kind of censorship to another. currently, no nation in the world truly supports free speech

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    Comment by Gogetters
    21:01 22/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This! How far do they have to be pushed to actually do this!?

    Get a website and charge like $5 dollars or something each month... The publishers get nothing and the artist gets everything!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Best idea i heard all day :)

    Release chapters online and charge a small monthly fee ( like $5 ) the same way Amazon distributes electronic books through Kindle.

    The author gets nearly every penny :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But the assholes (ishihara, his son, matsuwhoever, blond girls, Cheney, palin , supporters in japan) is also looking to censor the internet as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever heard of servers located in oil platforms in the open seas? That's one way to distribute torrent files; so why not use them for banned manga/anime?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 24/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anons are Legion. We WILL not let this BE! If Ishihara ever goes on the web, yes Viruises will be waiting and they will flood the computer with porn (mostly child) so that they will get caught and put in jail and hopefully the ban will be lifted...HA

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This. But don't forget to a more free country before you do so... otherwise you'll find yourself in prison in the blink of an eye.
    Trouble is though, mangaka need to eat just like everyone else. And western demand for manga is far below Japanese demand, and the profit margins on internet published manga are much lower.
    It may not be financially possible for him to actually do this. And would he want to feel like an exile, leaving his country because of a stupid law?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    How I wish today was April 1st.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    23:28 22/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    How I wish our world was just like Madoka's. Madoka would rid the world of witches and Ishihara.

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    Comment by Dreck
    00:26 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    More and more ishihara is forcing the hands of these guys, and hopefully soon they will consider seeking the outlet of representing themselves by means of the internet or such. Perhaps even fulfilling personal orders for hardcopies. Maybe even create the need of foreign publishing companies or a new coalition! or I'm just daydreaming nor know of the process involved much less if I'm right in thinking so... But these guys will turn into frothing mangy dogs forced into a corner sooner or later.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    DO you know why Ishihara won? Its simple, most young people hate him with a vengeance. But, how many of them actually vote, if you compare the voter rate of young people compared to other age groups, you find its a lot less than half. Add to the fact that the opposition vote was splitted, and BAM. Ishihara wins again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The industry could relocate to a new city, perferrably under the pretext of moving further away from the nuclear catastrophe that is building at the nuclear plant (so that the government would not be able to stop them).

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well if there's sudden onslaught of rape cases, we'll know who to blame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess he just needs to start selling his works online like that other chick.

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    Comment by Neko
    12:06 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ur in luck tomorrow is may 1 The " We all got trolled on" day

    Comment by StefanKinoshita
    19:34 22/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    “An ancient literary theme will be sealed off. This terrifying prospect is something I’m actually experiencing.”

    This is the worst thing about it. Banning it for sexual content is one thing (though thats still dumb), but banning an ancient literary theme is another

    Fuck you Ishihara, fuck you.

    An otaku assassin should take him out... Now where did I put my sniper rifle and plane ticket to Japan.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    05:14 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if they will ban graphic depictions of their own traditional legends, like the incestuous Izanagi and Izanami...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)


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    Comment by Anonymous RAW GM
    19:13 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Hey Ishihara, take your opinions about everything, take your recent election victory, take your achievements, take your ban, roll them up into a ball, turn that sumbitch sideways, and stick it straight up your candy ass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    are you the peoples champ

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    20:32 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The RAW GM is probably The Rock himself.

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    Comment by John Lennon
    22:06 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I feel sorry for the old guy, he has NO idea how much of a shitstorm he's creating, look at these guys, they don't even live in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:44 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What would happen if people now started publishing rape/incest novels like pure fuck, then some politican would want to ban that. How would Ishihara react to that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fecil seguro saca una ley que lo proteja a el si es tan descarado que lo haria
    pero no es mala idea prohibanlo a el tambien ya que si su obra es obsena deberia entregar toda ganacia lograda en ese tiempo a fundaciones pro ayuda no
    seria justo

    Avatar of VVayfarer's Yuri Alter Ego
    00:04 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LMAO GM you forgot to say the "take you rape novels" part. Okay, maybe I'll shove them up his ass for him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Somewhere in a church in the American Deep South, a priest shakes hands with a Rabbi...

    "Good good!! Now it will be easier yet again for us to build churches and synnagons to whitewash and westernize them yeller savages. I get the sheep, you keep the money and keep fornicating Ishihara up his rear to control them damn media, my big nosed friend!!"

    Jews: Proving Hitler Right Since 1945.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Core to enlighten me what the jewish religion has to do with this?

    Also, Hitler was a jerk. A big one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Better than George Bush -

    They have Bio Weapons!Lets kill people because we're the USA!

    Oh they dont have anything...But who cares.
    At least we killed people!!!

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    Comment by alidan
    20:43 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    killing people, or fucking with my favorite past time... yea... MY PASS TIME IS MORE FUCKING IMPORTANT.

    sorry to anyone who knows someone, not heard of someone (as in, my grandpa, i never seen, met or knew of, or exist in the same time they did), actually fucking knew them who died in the holocaust.

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    Comment by Aqualung25
    21:08 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well....I'm FUCKING RAGING!!!!! I LOVED Aki-Sora...Ishihara you Cuntsucker!!! excuse my harsh language, but I am very upset just as many of you are. (keep it cool, keep it cool) Um, does this mean no more OVA's as well? I seriously hope not.

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    23:26 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What are you talking about... No ones dying to from this ban.

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    Comment by LDC
    19:14 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    so true.
    This makes me rage as well. Aki Sora was one of my favorites. Bannig a work the describes something as natural as incest is simply inhuman.

    Look guys, I'm getting sick and tired of things getting banned and people keep shoving it away and say there is nothing to worry and I shoudn't care.
    I do care. and so should you. Becuase it's things that we all love that's getting away.
    And they ARE getting away, so stop covering your eyes and ears.

    It is time to do something about it, for real.

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    20:43 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Indeed, the witch hunt isn't only on Japan, it is all around the world, everywhere you hear on news about something banned or removed because of moralists, they simply don't care if it's fiction, just about what they think it is wrong.

    And these same dinosaurs keep getting their hands into the power, it's funny how democracy works. You only choose who will be there, you can't control anything after this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with politics, you racist sack of shit.

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    Comment by Achiuakuna
    22:40 22/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Chill dude. Let them be. Teenagers these days think bashing religion is always cool even if the specific situation doesn't call for it. They'll grow out of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You must be really naive if you think that those religious groups like Souka Gakkai and the Unifying Church are not pressuring Ishihara and his company to ban everything nice that Japan ever had.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Those groups don't have as much influence as paranoid people like you like to believe...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sigh...it's amazing how much weeaboos idolize the Japanese, yet whenever Japan does something against their ideal version, it's "the westerners fault". The Japanese unfortunately created this situation themselves, accept it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aww...looks like I offended one of them. Ha.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    01:42 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about all the rape crap HE wrote!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To hell with all these nonsenses created by that eatshithara!

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    14:03 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you mean "i-shit-hard-rocks"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 22/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    So.. why isn't this an OPPORTUNITY for the H-publishers to EXPAND -get better quality, higher-circulation titles, now that the 'regular' publishers (They're all OWNED by the same people anyways) won't touch them?

    Aki-Sora is probably a marginal title anyways, but for an H-publisher's numbers it's probably a top seller..

    Sure the potential circulation isn't as high being 18+, but isn't this is the time to make lemonade out of those lemons for some people at least?

    Oh wait, it's THE JAPANESE. Time to be defeatist and suffer in shame instead.

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    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    03:01 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Anime version is ABSOLUTE SEX! Why is it banned by a rape novel writer???

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    Comment by TFish
    06:31 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed, all they would have to do is take out a shadow here or there and it'd be full hentai. Ero publishers should take this opportunity to exploit the loophole and start rating things that aren't even ero, but are effected by the ban as 18+. I'm sure if enough manga went this way stores would start ero sections and possibly look the other way when someone under 18 comes up to the counter with some 18+ manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    consider this, under the same law, the first anime versions of Dragon Ball would be considered 18+, since they have loli penis in them

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 23/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe, for shits and giggles, they could start rating children's manga as 18+.

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