Cops Raid Comic Megastore, Force Cancellation

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High spec heroine ero-manga magazine Comic Megastore has been raided by police for undisclosed offences thought to relate to “publishing obscene material” in the form of their erotic comics, and has been forced into cancelling its latest issue.

According to media and industry reports, adult publishers Core Magazine were recently subjected to police raids in which PCs were confiscated, but no charges have been brought.

Staff from the publisher say they have no idea what brought on this latest bout of police harassment, saying only that “it may be some effort at scoring points with harassment by the police concerned.”

There are understandable fears from staff at the company that if the police can get away with acting so capriciously, the company is in some danger – to say nothing of the industry:

“The investigators told staff [here at Core Magazine] that the raid was ‘because with 100 employees Core Magazine is a nice big company,’ but we have absolutely no idea what caused all this.”

They also describe the obvious incompetence of Japan’s finest:

“They actually started their raid on the wrong floor, which was occupied by a completely different editorial staff. They only noticed some time after they had actually started work.”

The police apparently had the air of yakuza thugs shaking down a brothel in their turf – an all too common pastime for them it would seem – with one cop responding to the staff question “Are you intending to destroy our company?” with “Well, we weren’t intending to go quite that far, but…”

The disruption (or intimidation) have resulted in Comic Megastore announcing that their next issue will be cancelled, although it appears they intend to publish subsequent issues normally.

Along with Megastore, the editors of AV magazine Nyan 2 Club, another Core Magazine publication, were also subjected to police “investigation” at the same time.

Core Magazine themselves are already in some business difficulties, having experienced poor sales after a flight of their editors to rival Wani Magazine, a situation unlikely to be helped by police interest.

Whether other adult publishers are at risk from some kind of crackdown is unclear – reportedly one investigator said “we may go to other publishers as well.”

Publishing “obscene” material is illegal under Japanese law, but as with so many Japanese laws just what is considered obscene is almost entirely at the discretion of police.

With no formal guidelines or legal definitions (mosaics and other requirements are not set down in law but in terms of what the police will press charges against as “obscene”), publishers are usually left to work out what is permissible on their own, or else pay for protection by a semi-governmental censorship body staffed by retired police, as in the case of the AV industry and its mosaic inflictors.

Amongst ero-manga aficionados there is the usual loathing for the horrendous corruption and incompetence of Japan’s law enforcement authorities:

“At least leave 2D out of it!”

“Thank you, dear LDP.”

“What a horrible age we live in.”

“Did they publish something uncensored? What about Mujin, LO, RIN and the rest?”

“Fuck you, Agnes!”

“What the hell are their criteria for doing stuff like this?”

“The police are getting excessively impudent lately. I guess the only safe adult businesses are the ones with amakudari [retired civil servants "descended from heaven" into plush positions] escorts.”

“Like with ‘hair nudes,’ ero-manga is one of those things which they allow to go on, but which they can crack down on for any reason as it is technically illegal.”

“Obvious point scoring. Why do the bigwigs put up with this nonsense? Are the cops nothing but tax thieves?”

“As long as Megastore H is not affected I’m not too badly hurt.”

“Come on. If Megastore gets done, Megastore H has no chance.”

“Why Megastore? You’d think they’d be gunning for LO and RIN. And what of Kairakuten? Too big for them to harass like this?”

“This is the beautiful country the LDP want? It’s harder to live in by the day.”

“You’d think they would be more concerned about AV than 2D ero.”

“The cops have no incentive to care about magazine publishers, unlike their friends in the pachinko business they are not rolling in cash to pay them off with.”

“The adult publishers are in bad enough shape as it is, even without any police attention.”

“What do do you expect with all the cultists in the LDP and Koumeito in power now?”

“Code 175 again [obscene publication]. They arrested editors and the mangaka Beauty Hair in 2002 for this.”

“Great, are we back to having huge black bars on the pages again?”

“I can’t abide our government acting like some wretched Chinese dictatorship. It is not becoming of a developed nation at all.”

“Come on and abolish all the censorship in our porn, please!”

“Expect it to get worse under the harsh dominion of the TPP!”

“Get lost, mosaics would be more likely to be abolished as a non-tariff barrier under the TPP…”

“It’s more likely the mosaics would go under the TPP. What other nation insists on something like that?”

“Hope all you net-uyo Abe nuts enjoy being banned from onanism.”

“What is wrong with all you morons bringing the TPP into everything?”

“I hope Japanese porn survives the TPP, I can’t get off on the western kind. Japanese stuff has a sense of shame, western porn is too open about sex! But some people do get off on the “c’mon, c’mon, oh yes, yes!” stuff too though…”

“As long as Hot Milk and Kairakuten Beast survive this!”

“Wani really cleaned up with this raid…”

“They need to set up an amakudari censorship agency for their industry like the eroge industry, that way they’ll be protected. The LDP love those too.”

“Just how rotten are our civil servants.”

“To the clots who keep going on about ‘zoning’ of sales – when the publishers voluntarily instituted it, a few years later Ishihara and company just came in and banned them all anyway.”

“Cool Japan at it again.”

“Thanks to you dimwitted net rightists and all the damn old people it ended up like this. Old people can’t get it up and only care about making everyone else pay for their pensions, and after having been left with only oppression and a mountain of debt the rightists try to make up with nationalist onanism.”

“You’d think the cops would have cottoned on to the fact they could arrest Google for linking to porn by now.”

“And what about Pixiv?”

“With the Internet the whole thing is utterly pointless. But they probably want a Chinese-style Great Wall around it so they can control everything.”

“Tora no Ana are next.”

“What about Comiket…”


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    Avatar of anfuerudo
    Comment by anfuerudo
    21:13 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's simple. The police is out of porn and prices are too high to buy it legally.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    More like real porn is under Yakuza management, and police are too chicken to after the real bad people. So they went another way, chasing doujinshi magazine instead.

    Comment by Black Mage
    00:12 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Of course and by busting small time offenders they make it look like to the sheeple they're doing something about the crime problem when in reality they are doing nothing at all.

    Kinda like how in the US they were arresting drug users for the minor crime of possession to make it look like they were doing something about the drug problem.
    Indeed they were doing something they were making it worse.

    Avatar of Yamato
    Comment by Yamato
    03:16 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're a little off. "Doujinshi" refers to unlicensed publications (which may or may not be derived from a copyrighted work). Comic Megastore is an official publication.

    Nonetheless, real dick move to be dicking around with our dicking manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:28 26/04/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    WHAT A FUCKING RETARD! GO DIE!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 26/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The only thing that should be censored is censorship itself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 26/04/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Censors are what is needed, all these ero-comic are constantly getting out of control which is why they raided the store, if this keep up they're going to end up shutting down the company that makes these comics and even hentai/anime.
    You all know you weren't raised porn-lovers and there many hentai/porn fans too many.

    I don't know about you guys, but something has to stop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 26/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Lol, master-level troll, 9/10

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:28 26/04/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    I AGREE! JAPAN NEEDS TO BE KILLED OFF! THEY ARE NOT NEEDED IN THIS WORLD! THEY ONLY SUPPORT SATANIC INTERESTS OF USA!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You are not needed and your mother shouldn't have given birth to you. I think she agrees too.

    Avatar of VZ
    Comment by VZ
    21:26 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    PLEASE DON'T TAKE AWAY COMIC LO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    PLEASE DON'T TAKE AWAY COMIC MEGASTORE!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    PLEASE DON'T TAKE AWAY ANY OF THEM!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 26/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    PLEASE TAKE AWAY CENSORSHIP!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 29/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The scariest comment is definitely the last.

    Comment by Anonymous

    PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Second this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    if COMIC LO and similar is taken down, let's taken down their web too.

    Avatar of Momo
    Comment by Momo
    01:58 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This is what I'm worried about. ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 11/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't cum to this ugly western shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:27 26/04/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    PLEASE DO AND WHILE YOU ARE IT SINK YOURSELVES DOWN FOR SATAN THAT YOU WORK FOR SO MUCH!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You have to stop taking drugs man. I don't even understand your rants anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    give me that drugs

    Avatar of Accelerator
    Comment by Accelerator
    23:16 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Japanese Police at their finest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    and also spineless japs at their finest. If I were the owner I'd sue the hell out of the police.

    Avatar of SpideyPHL
    Comment by SpideyPHL
    09:50 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Alas, the legal system isn't that great for the plaintiff in this case. Coming from America and living here now, I really am shocked at how little the citizens use their legal rights. I'm also depressed at the constant attempts in the states to suppress them. I like it here, but there are definitely pretty deep problems with the rule of law and democracy here that I hope do not spread to the US.

    Avatar of Yamato
    Comment by Yamato
    10:18 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meanwhile, in American, both of the Boston terrorists get caught (one caught alive) within less than a week of their attacks. It's sad, I'm usually not complementing my own country over Japan like this. T_T

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “Thank you, dear LDP.”

    “This is the beautiful country the LDP want? It’s harder to live in by the day.”

    “What do do you expect with all the cultists in the LDP and Koumeito in power now?”

    ...and this by the same people who were screaming "Fuck DPJ, give us the LDP back". This is why I have always been in favor of the DPJ and always will be. The electorate as always are dumb shits and they get what they deserve. Unfortunately overseas fans have to suffer the consequences too.

    And this is what's wrong with Japanese society:

    “I hope Japanese porn survives the TPP, I can’t get off on the western kind. Japanese stuff has a sense of shame, western porn is too open about sex! But some people do get off on the “c’mon, c’mon, oh yes, yes!” stuff too though…”

    I don't like most western porn either, especially the super-faked “c’mon, c’mon, oh yes, yes!” stuff. This guy (and probably 90% of his Japanese male co-onanists) are doing it for all the wrong reasons though

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pretty certain those comments were by DPJ voters. It's the net right who are going to screwing themselves and everyone else over.

    Avatar of Yamato
    Comment by Yamato
    10:10 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I don't like most western porn either, especially the super-faked “c’mon, c’mon, oh yes, yes!” stuff."

    Thank you! Though, talking about fake, poorly emoted dialog, I don't find that to be near as much of a problem as the bitches who seem to curse just for the sake of cursing. "Oh shit, fuck! FUCK!!!" -_-

    'Course, Japanese porn (of both the 2D and 3D variety) is guilty of crap like this as well, what with saying "dame" or "iya" even when the girl is totally consenting (though I guess that at least works in the context of "not so rough", but it's still forced more often than not).

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "iya" and "dame" is there to create legal rape fantasies, I guess. Still better than stupid dialogues in most of western porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate both, but I still rather prefer to see the woman happy as they are shown in western porn than looking like getting raped in Japanese porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:28 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    But but it looks so beautiful! ;_;

    Obscenity as an offense in this day and age, when humans' sexuality should be embraced and celebrated, makes me a sad panda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What? Sexuality in Japan? Nothing that isn't a work drone is really allowed there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Openly you mean. There are so many different things going under the table that it is funny they can keep a straight face during the day.

    You'd think they would go "Oh alright, this is us, let's just accept it and be happy".

    After all, look at how many foreigners really enjoy all parts of their culture.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    22:33 25/04/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    My guess on why the raid happened, someone (either from the government or the Yakuza) finds out that 2D hentai is outstripping the "3D" porno, thus they are threated that 3D porno will be crushed by 2D hentai, thus the raid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 26/04/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No not really. This shit stinks more of Ishihara shannanigans than anything else. The police didn't even give a reason for their raid (which is illegal)and i'm very certain they didn't have one. Normally they are obligated to show search warrants on request.

    Those clowns would face horrible legal action in just about any other democratic country. Sadly, the Japanese are too stupid to stand up for themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 11/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Japanese will refuse to reverse I-shit-hara's laws. That bastard came in only 3 years ago and has wrecked hentai as we know it.

    WTF is up with politicians and their obsession over regulating and censoring adult comics. It's a shame they can't half control their own cocks but they want to be a damn church for everyone else.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ONLY ILLEGAL SHIT IS YOU SHIT HEAD!

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    12:22 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Please do not feed the troll, thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 27/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let me guess. Japanese with a microscopic dick?

    Also, I CAN SCREAM LOUDER THAN YOU EVER WILL! ^0^

    Comment by Black Mage
    00:15 26/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The Yakuza in Japan remind of of the Italian Mafia in the US at it's peak they have a finger in every pie and even the police are in their pocket.

    If someone is not paying protection money to them they are bullied until they do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:12 25/04/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    guy says: "I hope Japanese porn survives the TPP, I can’t get off on the western kind. Japanese stuff has a sense of shame, western porn is too open about sex!"

    thats what people like about japanese porn? the shameful side? augh, I couldnt hate anything more. innocence and shame should be genuine, not fuckin everywhere; especially when ur dealing with a girl who is experienced. and whats with the crying all the time? dammit, its like always rape! i like it when girls enjoy sex (and fake orgasms are disappointing).

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 25/04/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Western porn look like a sport to me. Combine with laughable dialog and "yes yes yes oh yes yes yes"...

    I like both by the way, and always skip the story part (it made me cringe) and for western porn and mute the voice for japs porn.

    West porn with multiple "yes" like above is also a big NO for me.

    Oh, I am into 2D too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 11/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese females just sound so much cuter. Western porn audio is hilarious and should be watched while eating a bowl of popcorn. Or muted.

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    Comment by Yamato
    10:25 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I take it you refer to how ero-manga constantly depict a girl tearing up (even slightly) as they're doing it. Personally, I don't see it as being "always like rape", but rather portraying how intensely the girl's feeling it (this especially goes for the obviously consensual storylines), which I find to be quite a turn-on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 11/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Western fictional porn is terrible. Both by artwork, story and concept.

    Majority of the time they have these really UGLY DC comic lookin females that look like shit. Or boulder-busting guys. No one is ever cute and no one has a small chest.

    The storylines are typical angst "super-hero" type comic potrayl. In other words they have no depth and they suck. The reason why hentai is so popular is because it shamefully explored ANY topic even tabooed ones. Plus the guys and females majority of time don't look like utter unattractive ancient shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Girls aren't ever genuine in Japan even outside of sex and porn. They even try hard to keep their voices high and cute past puberty even if it's unnatural for them and it becomes a habit .

    But innocence and shame should be genuine? Wouldn't that mean that the women would always have to be real virgins and/or getting raped? This is why for the life of me I can't stand or understand the desire for cuteness and innocence that other guys want in their female preferences.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 26/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately, yeah, a lot of guys even prefer lolis and moe girls for that reason, because they're young, cute, innocent virgins who are ripe for having their cherry plucked. The thought of their words of resistance, crying, and roughed up faces just makes them even more cute (and hot in their eyes). It looks like that even when the two people/characters are consensual. That's why I prefer European porn over Japan's and USA's, it's more sensual, erotic, and has a more pleasurable atmosphere.

    Comment by Anonymous

    japs just have no idea what it means to act like real people. They try to make their fantasies reality but find out 3D is a harsh rapist compared to their 2D lolis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 25/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? Most males on the internet try to insert themselves into their fantasies. I would go as far as to say almost all men do it. The typical comment under a porn pic on a booru is: "I wish that was me"

    So yeah, that kind of thinking is prevalent in both cultures.






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