Ishihara’s Banned Books: The 6 Manga You Must Not Read

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Tokyo fuhrer Shintaro Ishihara’s manga ban is coming into effect, and the first 6 books to be officially condemned as “unhealthy literature” have been revealed, along with the reasons why they have been selected – which range from “incest” to “sex at a school.”

All the manga to be banned will have to be sold as 18+ or not at all, which as has already been seen constitutes a de facto ban as the only retail channels available to them as a result are the ones used for hardcore ero-manga, which the banned titles most certainly are not:

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“Oku-sama wa Shougakusei” by Seiji Matsuyama:

A gag manga based on the premise that Japan’s birth rate falls so low that the government has to lower the legal age of marriage to Islamic levels. The 24-year-old protagonist finds himself married to a 12-year-old girl, and various suggestive though not explicit delusions ensue.

Reason for ban: “Child rape”

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Famously, the manga was misrepresented on TV by a ban-proponent politician who taped over the pages to make it seem it was an explicit loli ero-manga, much to the fury of the author.

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“Aki Sora” by Masahiro Itosugi

Siblings Aki and Sora fall in love and begin a physical relationship. The manga is sexually explicit but also deals with the emotional turmoil the relationship causes in the pair.

The author has already reported that his publisher has cancelled a reprint and there is little hope of the manga becoming available again.

Reason for ban: “Incest”

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“Kareshi Sharing” by Yashi Natsuba

A pair of female twins fall out after one steals the boyfriend of the other, who apologises by suggesting they “share” her boyfriend. Though the art is cute, the content is quite explicit, as might be expected of BL.

Reason for ban: “Rape, incest, gang rape”

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“Koibito 8-gou” by Makoto Ojiro

A suspenseful and erotic tale in which a journalist works to expose a masked man who has been sexually assaulting women.

Reason for ban: “Rape”

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“Midori no Kisetsu” by Maakou

A collection of eight short stories by a long-time bishoujo mangaka, three of which contain themes of incest.

Reason for ban: “Incest, sex at a school”

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“Hanahiyori” by Q-tarou Hanamizawa

A compilation of seinen love comedy stories, erotic but hard to consider extreme.

Reason for ban: “Sex at a school”


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    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    03:18 17/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm surprised Kiss x Sis didn't make the hit parade.
    I've already preordered vol-8 and I've preordered vol-6 of AkiSora. Hope they make it though the gauntlet.

    Ishihara- 死ね!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Arnie tells Ishihara what he thinks of this ban:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nz9-NWdsis

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is kind of like Oprah's bookclub if it were run by a troll-like, Japanese fuddy-duddy.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    11:01 18/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So now, Ishihara = JP Oprah ?
    Lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only a matter of time, bud.

    The double-edge sword of bureaucracy is that any changes often takes hella lot of time to implement. You don't just write it down in paper and hope it'll immediately be gazetted: It needs to get agreement from various other agencies at most top levels, person-in-charge of which, if he has any credibility, would read the fine print before he scribble his signature down. The act of even looking at the document for starters can take weeks and months since it arrives on their desks because they also have other shit to attend to(speaking from working experience).

    So, Google all the titles you can remember and download them while they're still plenty around, because you might not see it ever again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Hope they make it though the gauntlet."

    Unless you're under 18, I don't see why not. You people need to actually read the damn article. They didn't ban those manga completely. Just that they can only be sold as 18+ eromanga now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You need to read the damn article. They can either be sold as 18+ eromanga or be banned completely.

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    Comment by Girla PurpleHeart
    12:41 18/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, according to the information, the manga itself was hentai. I never read the book, but I did look it up because it did contained some sexual scenes in there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be banned completely hasn't really been on topic though. Mostly that it'll just be wiped from the /not/ 18+ section.

    I find it sad that Aki Sora stopped though.
    Wait, does that imply that AkiSora wasn't in the 18+ section before? Because then I could understand why it has been moved.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid bitch. If this can't be sold to teenagers, then publisher won’t be bothered to print it in the first place. Ecchi can't win against hardcore hentai in 18+ section.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 19/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree. that's the reality of the biz there. no customers no biz.

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    Comment by GodMan
    07:24 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No even they have to understand that KissxSis isn't considered incest since they are step siblings just highly ecchi, goddamn it it was my first manga that I've ever read and got me to read other mangas and if it is banned I it would truly hurt me T-T

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 17/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Comic LO and Comic RiN ALLLL the way!!

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    11:22 17/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Comic LO is full of win. Love the artists. Comic Rin has a lot of goodness, but it's kinda scattered.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:11 17/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I love Comic LO. It actually has some semblance of romance and sexual adventure. Too many romantic movies don't have any of that. As for teenagers in sexual situations, welcome to reality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Immediately upon the release of the BAN - sells of all titles are stripped clean off the ranks and tables as sells EXPLODE!!!
    eatSHITbara declares victory for you see, they be all off the shelves now!
    ..until reprints by savvy publishers happen to SAVAGE profit as those too fly off again.
    ahem.. FUCK YOU WITH A THOUSAND PIGS eatSHITin' obara!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by Rakshasa
    15:16 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And a lot of them are really well drawn... You just have to skip the stuff that doesn't fall to your taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 18/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    damn I can't find any one of those online, except for a few still for sale at amazon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait... isn't the topic should be the 6 manga you must read...?

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    Comment by Kyon Theorist
    09:42 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know. One of those bullets said the reason was for sex at school which even if it isn't explicit it's damned close. I just hope they keep banning more and more so eventually it pisses enough people off to get the bans repealed and Ishihara kicked out of office somehow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they're smart, people will just open something like "Tokyo Banned Bookshops," and start selling all of the titles specifically affected by the ban. If a few copies end up in the hands of their former underage readers... "Woops."

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looking how Japanese seem to just sit and silently groan at injustice I doubt it will ever happen, even if Ishitara was to ban anime completely...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 18/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Ishihara were to ban anime and manga completely I'm gonna ill him.
    If he managed to get that ban to work in America then I'm gonna...well I can't describe it just know Ishihara will beg me to kill himwhen I'm done with him.
    I'm dead fucking serious this fucking asshle better not succeeed

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 18/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Standard answer from Japanese: Shoganai ¯\(°_0)/¯

    Not that Westerners would react any differently.

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    Comment by Dia
    03:36 17/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Incest between two consenting people never hurt anyone.

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    Comment by spoon
    03:58 17/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Anyone who thinks differently deserves to get shot.

    Moralfags are the most annoying hypocritical bastards to walk this earth.

    Comment by Anonymous

    But morale keep us from being animal, what are u suggest ?

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    04:45 17/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You may be trolling but for completeness' sake:
    "Morale keep us from being animals."

    1) You mean "morality" not "morale".
    2) We are all animals, that's a scientific fact.
    3) Animals are not bad and in fact many do all sorts of things we classify as "moral" in humans, like not hurting each other, killing babies, etc. This varies between species and between specimens. A lot even practice altruistic self-sacrifice and avoid inbreeding.
    4) Animal behaviors are not bad by default. Is sleeping bad? Is eating bad? You need to criticize specific behaviors.

    Put a little more though in your beliefs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How does incest relate to being animals? Of course it doesn't since that is just one of the bullshit remarks people like you use to give make something a negative that isn't. I hate people like you since you just try to hurt people to make yourself feel good. You probably are against things like incest (that doesn't hurt anybody) but support murder (which does) through war.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "1. Do not kill someone unless they are trying to kill you."
    Doesnt explain hundreds thousands of murders every year.

    "2. Do not physically injure someone unless they are trying to physically injure you or you both consent to that attempt, such as in a sports arena."
    I don't know where you are living, but some people are sadists and love to injure others for a few cheap laughs.

    "3. Do not steal from someone unless it is your last choice between you and death."
    If I go by the moral basics that guys like you have, people browsing this website read manga online and download movies, thus are stealing. Thus: why the hell are you here?

    "4. Do not force someone to do or not do something that they do not or do wish to do, regardless of age, unless they are breaking one of the first two rules, causing an imminent and immediate danger of physical injury to someone else without that person's permission or damaging property not their own."
    There is an instition that has this as their job description. It's called the police, and many a police (wo)man is a corrupt bastard breaking the rules themselves.

    "Outside of those 4 true morals? Stuff everything else."
    Nonsensial blabber to show you can make "intelligent" conclusions.

    Result: GTFO.

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    Comment by torappu
    05:14 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon 4:49

    Interesting 4 true morals. I disagree with the fact those are the only ones that should be considered as 'true' though.

    From what you've listed, causing extremely severe psychological injuries through traumas/mindfucks (and no physical damage whatsoever) on another human isn't 'truly immoral' then? Those can end up being far worse than not-extreme physical injuries, nay?
    We aren't at a stage where we can assume animals cannot manage such psychological damage to another of it's kind/others. Who knows how fucking scared a mice might be if he saw a shitload of cats running for him and barely manage to run away? I'd figure its instinct of survival would start dictating it to go out less and less if such events would continue to happen.

    I wonder what else could be pointed out that's missing.

    And incest is fine as long as contraception is used. It's not fine if you get a physically/mentally affected child with a sibling as a result of thinking it's perfectly safe though. Of course, normal couples can have those too, but wasn't there something like a higher chance for incest couples having such a child? Or is that simply scientific reports edited for anti-incest propaganda use?

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    Comment by spoon
    05:10 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I was about to write an uber long passage about why moralfaggots need to be shot, but after the second use of incommensurable I decided that I shouldn't waste me time.

    Basically: Who are you to tell me what to think you pathetic faggot?

    Don't overestimate yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Morale keeps us from being animals. If you go moral overkill you believe drawn girls have human rights.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @spoon

    "Basically: Who are you to tell me what to think you pathetic faggot?"

    Someone who is obviously far smarter, better, and more stable than you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 4:54

    You are a moron..

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Incest that results in offspring is a form of close inbreeding (reproduction between two individuals with a common ancestor). Inbreeding leads to a higher probability of congenital birth defects because it increases that proportion of zygotes that are homozygous, in particular for deleterious recessive alleles that produce such disorders.[51] Because most such alleles are rare in populations, it is unlikely that two unrelated marriage partners will both be heterozygous carriers. However, because close relatives share a large fraction of their alleles (e.g., 50% for siblings or parent/offspring combinations, 25% for first cousins), the probability that any such rare deleterious allele present in the common ancestor will be inherited from both related parents is increased dramatically with respect to non-inbred couples. Contrary to common belief, inbreeding does not in itself alter allele frequencies, but rather increases the relative proportion of homozygotes to heterozygotes. However, because the increased proportion of deleterious homozygotes exposes the allele to natural selection, in the long run its frequency decreases more rapidly in inbred population. In the short term, incestuous reproduction is expected to produce increases in spontaneous abortions of zygotes, perinatal deaths, and postnatal offspring with birth defects.[52] HM Slatis [53] showed a significant delay in time to first pregnancy in first-cousin marriages as compared with unrelated individuals in the same population. A 1994 study found a mean excess mortality with inbreeding among first cousins of 4.4%.[54] A study of 29 offspring resulting from brother-sister or father-daughter incest found that 20 had congenital abnormalities, including four directly attributable to autosomal recessive alleles.[55]

    Comment by Anonymous

    @04:54 your a moron...just letting you know

    Comment by Anonymous

    I also forgot to mention that the (so called) scientific evidence against conception through incest is total bullshit. I'm not saying it isn't true but the problem is it applies to all births and not just births through incest. I would go into this (so called) evidence but most people here wouldn't understand it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Excuse me, but TRUE morals keep us from being animals.

    1. Do not kill someone unless they are trying to kill you.
    2. Do not physically injure someone unless they are trying to physically injure you or you both consent to that attempt, such as in a sports arena.
    3. Do not steal from someone unless it is your last choice between you and death.
    4. Do not force someone to do or not do something that they do not or do wish to do, regardless of age, unless they are breaking one of the first two rules, causing an imminent and immediate danger of physical injury to someone else without that person's permission or damaging property not their own.

    Outside of those 4 true morals? Stuff everything else.

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    Comment by windsorv8

    Do you know why God creates people with moral? Because He loves us. He wants us to live together with Him in heaven.

    Comment by Anonymous

    GOD DOES NOT EXIST!!! if ur christian or whatever then you shouldn't be here u Hypocrite!

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    Comment by RopeXPantsu
    04:36 17/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The incest debate doesn't matter here anyway, because we're dealing with works of fiction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wouldn't matter even if you were talking incest in real life. I know MANY people who have or had incestuous relationships with their parents, siblings or other 'close' family members, and it didn't harm them.

    Hell, some of them even have children from those relationships, and those children are 110% normal.

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    Comment by spoon
    05:35 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    Eugenics?
    People need permission to have kids now?
    People need permission to enter relationships now?

    Don't be retarded. Smokers should be shot, fat people should be shot, alcoholics should be lynched, women 30+ should be disregarded by society?

    Your issue is not about the kids you faggot.

    Comment by Anonymous

    110% fingers toes and webbed feet?

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    Comment by Anthony
    19:02 25/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    When in doubt stick to the second cousin rule. also I hate it when there is that 1 couple left on earth repopulate bullshit it's not sound because of incest. However 2 couples having 4 kids could work but if Male A has only girls and Male B has 3 girls 1 boy things get criss crossy and weird like Male B having sex with Female A etc. etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:21 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That isn't true - incest can lead to highly debilitating genetic diseases in the offspring.
    (I'm just as much against the ban as everyone else, but brandishing falsehoods to support the cause isn't going to help anyone.)

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    Comment by spoon
    09:50 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hereby declare that all women older than 35 should not be allowed to marry, have sex or have kids - for if they have kids, it is much likelier that they might have down syndrome. Further, they will not have the 'energy' to raise their kids correctly.

    If it is not unlawful for them to do so in your area, if they attempt to have kids then we should all spit on the old ugly hags, kick them out of our social clubs and hate them in general nevertheless.

    For the kids.

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    Comment by spoon
    12:10 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 11:50

    Do so at your own peril sir, for you will be murdering the man that will one day save the world! However, in the end, really, I am quite willing to die for all of you guyses sins. Death will allow me to finally escape the endless harassment, the endless expectations forced upon me by all the women that want to have babies with me.

    If only you would be willing to kill me in a less painful way of course (might I recommend nailing to a cross - it would be a death fitting a man of my calibre).

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @spoon

    is it murder to squash an ant? because that's what killing you would be like. ^____^

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hereby declare that spoon should be maimed with a baseball bat. Then he shall be hung outside the city hall and kicked and beaten senseless, as befitting an annoying piece of human shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    spoon, it's sad and pathetic that a kid like you can be so delusional? Women want to have babies with you? Please, I doubt any woman would want you even if your dick is made of gold.

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    Comment by spoon
    21:33 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 12:41

    Well, they do eventually give up after coming to terms with the fact that I will not change for them. I know inherently that they only mean well, I know that they they aren't consciously trying to use me for purely selfish reasons, but still, it is nevertheless troublesome when they always try and enter my life and change me with their expectations, their endless expectations, then quickly leave when they realise that I won't.

    I am nought but a boy, but I have been harassed all my life with these endless expectations. Am I not allowed to waste my life playing mmo in peace?

    How troublesome.. *flicks hair and stares off into distance*

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    Comment by spoon
    10:06 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hereby declare that all people that do not meet requirement X should not be allowed to marry, have sex or have kids - for if they have kids, it is much likelier that they will be Y which in turn will slow down the 'progress' of the human race.

    If it is not unlawful for them to do so in your area, if they attempt to have kids then we should all spit on the inferior humans, kick them out of our privileged social clubs and hate them in general nevertheless.

    For the children of the future!

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    Comment by spoon
    10:01 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hereby declare that all alcoholics should not be allowed to marry, have sex or have kids - for if they have kids, it is much likelier that they will be brought up in such a way that would harm their 'growth' which in turn will harm the very fabric of society. Further, they will not have the 'energy' to raise their kids correctly.

    If it is not unlawful for them to do so in your area, if they attempt to have kids then we should all spit on the worthless bastards, kick them out of our social clubs and hate them in general nevertheless.

    For the kids.

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    Comment by spoon
    09:58 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hereby declare that all parents that weigh more than 100 kg should not be allowed to marry, have sex or have kids - for if they have kids, it is much likelier that they will be obese and prone to depression which will harm the very fabric of society. Further, they will not have the 'energy' to raise their kids correctly.

    If it is not unlawful for them to do so in your area, if they attempt to have kids then we should all spit on the fat bastards, kick them out of our social clubs and hate them in general nevertheless.

    For the kids.











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