Russia Calls GTO “Paedophilia Propaganda”, Demands Ban


Russian youth orientated animation channel 2X2’s broadcasts of school anime Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) is being accused of propagandising in favour of child pornography and prostitution by a state censorship body.

The body complains that the anime includes close-ups on female crotches, sexual perversion, child pornography, violence and cruelty. Viewership looks set to soar with this endorsement.

A member of the censorship committee, Rossvyazkomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision in Communications and Mass Communications), Vladimir Annushkin, has this to say:

“It isn’t explicitly laid out, but this work is paedophilia propaganda. There’s plenty of humour, so viewers may come to think that prostitution and theft are acceptable.”

However, the censors seem unlikely to have their way, as previously they complained about violence in South Park, broadcast on the same station, which resulted in the station being ordered to re-examine its content, but in no further action. The station’s broadcast license is yet valid for some 5 years, it is said.

A 2X2 spokesperson claims that they have heard the body’s opinions, but have not received any formal censure.

Sony Entertainment, owner of maker Studio Pierrot and parent Aniplex, in turn says that the anime has been broadcast internationally before, with no problems emerging whatsoever. It was attempting to tackle social problems at the time it was made, and has no immoral intent, they say.


Via Variety Japan.

Perhaps a lack of connections on the part of the broadcaster? Or perhaps their connections explain why the body is ignored?

I leave you with the wry remark of a 2channer:

“Russia, with all its restrictions and censorship, has a vastly higher rate of sex crime, doesn’t it? What’s this all about, I wonder.”

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    Comment by Onni
    16:13 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loli is illegal some places, Nazi punk is illegal some places. I sudden have the urge to make a Erica Hartmann Walvater Wotan AMV. For Great Justice.

    Comment by nezumiiro
    16:58 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my opinion, all this story mix in $.
    Because a critic's complaite is simply ridiculous. When i read this condemnation, i realy don't know what to do: laugh or cry...
    A lot of ours russians cartoons may accuse of violence, hint to CP and other mortal sins. ^_^'

    Comment by Question Mark
    07:02 02/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there was child pron in GTO? looks like i better watch it again... u know to make sure its appropriate

    Comment by Void
    21:28 04/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! I recently watched it and enjoyed the hell outta the show too. One of the best classics out there. No way this show has anything of the things the russians claim.

    Comment by EcureuilMatrix
    15:10 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it had been, I dunno, Pantsu Witches or Moetan, I guess I could have understood, but GTO? What The Glorious Revolutionary Copulation, Comrade?

    Missing the point that badly is like aiming for Kaliningrad and getting to Vladivostok.

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    Comment by tyciol
    15:28 12/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's just be thankful they're making obvious dumbass moves like this so when they finally do go after the good stuff that we can point back to what led up to it.

    Comment by lnnr
    01:58 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Strange, that GTO was broadcasted on MTV Russia in 2006 without any problems ^_^

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    Comment by Artefact

    They paid their dues.

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    Comment by ajaxas
    15:49 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 03/11/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think so. Pedophilia just wasn't in the «focus» in 2006.

    Comment by Tim
    02:43 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm inclined to point out that dear art made a typo in onizuka >.>

    Just in case you care to correct it.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Thank you - no spell check can protect me from these names, it seems...

    Comment by barabashka
    04:09 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The theme lifted here only a part of a problem of the channel. In a reality the banal attempt of capture of TV frequency by Pentecostalism sect and the proceeding initiated by them took place.
    In any case - result of their actions - a zero

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:34 17/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? GTO and pedophilia?

    I thought the girls in GTO are all Jailbait!

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    Comment by tyciol
    15:29 12/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My guess is whatever russian wrote this has the whole "if they're under 20 it's pedophilia" mentality growing more popular in the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in Russia and unfortunately that's true. levels of sexual crimes was very low but now it's becoming higher because mass-media propagandizing it (in negative way), and more people starting to think about it. I mean this is the case when problem becomes bigger because they trying to fight it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 01/11/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that Vladimir Putin promotes homosexuality with his shirt off all the time and all, grappling with men! He's fabulous isn't he?

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    Comment by tyciol
    15:28 12/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not very observant, I must have overlooked the child pornography aspects of GTO.

    I mean, even if you use the whole "lolicon is CP" argument, I don't think there's even any adult hentai here. It's implied that he sees the FLOWER of a high school girl but it never even showed it, that's like the closest it got.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 12/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a bloody LOL!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 14/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gah this anime has been broadcast for like years... all i can say is wtf why now of all times does someone actually complain about this old anime, i bet they they just want to jump on the bandwagon of whiners and bitching so they can topple one anime after another until they have nothing interstingly fun to do. Ok so lets picture this: if all the eroge,ecchi,hentai animes are all gone then thats takes a lot of anime away which means only higher up bitches are gonna have access to such stuff which annoys me to a tenth degree how many countries governments topple peoples favorites only for the topplers to take the stash themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saying that about GTO is completely stupid, it's a comedy, not a morality parade.
    I think Russians have never seen an ecchi anime cause compared to recent anime of that kind GTO is for kids.

    Comment by kenjiharima
    08:25 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I just have to say that they should have read the background of the story first of GTO. It's more on comedy than loli, heck even the girls there aren't loli looking. I'm more willing to agree banning it GTO if they said Onizuka is running naked with his crotch censored.

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    Comment by Aoshi
    10:35 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The "mother" in Mother Russia decided to act.

    Comment by Sakura
    10:52 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I from Russia. And I'm anime fan and I learn japanese.
    In Russia is very very many fans/otaku of anime/ecchi/hentai. But TV don't show anime. Only 2x2 show little.
    Because russians fans of anime have to downloade anime from torrents.
    And more russians adults think that anime is chinese porno-cartoon. ^ ^ They was grew in USSR but USSR have not sex. ^ ^
    And becouse adults attack 2x2.

    I think maybe in future in 5-10 years, anime in Russia will be how usual thing. But now for adults is chinese porno-cartoons.

    gomen for my english ^ ^

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    " gomen for my english ^ ^ "

    It's a wonderful world were a russian can use a japanese world to apologize in english.

    神保佑您, Sakura.

    Comment by Sakura
    11:39 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    what is strang in it? ^ ^

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 04/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I couldn't agree more. =)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothing strange. i am simply happy that people all over the world can join together in love of cartoons. 'w'

    Comment by liangyinglee
    10:59 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, I thought CP is legal in Russia?

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    Comment by kaineer
    00:29 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    no way!
    making CP at russia is prohibited.

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    Comment by Kageryu
    07:51 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? Onizuka!? GTO teaches lots of things, like how being a gangster is cool, or how violence solves all and if you just be badass enough, everything will sort of work out.

    But child porn...well...ok, I can see that too.

    I lost my point.

    Comment by Miffi
    07:44 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's kinda funny because there is no real and strict censorship with this things in Russia. I guess, the problem is because of they simply thought about it like animation for children. That's it.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    05:40 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    In soviet russia...
    ...censors are stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 17/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    with them beening one of the main source of CP lol

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    Comment by Artefact

    I think you meant "anime censors you"...

    Comment by HechEff
    18:05 04/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There we go.

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    Comment by maru
    01:07 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by kaineer
    00:25 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    and where they are clever, then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    And in Australia, Simpsons pictures are child porn!

    Comment by anonymous
    13:39 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    are they talking about the infamously great Pandoras Box? :O

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 12/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Major LOL

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    Comment by Jashin
    06:23 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Censoring makes them want more... Simple as that... They seek things that they don't have...

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    Comment by 3020
    07:11 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they are complaining about GTO then I'm gonna take a wild guess and say they don't watch much anime.

    Comment by Fleeting shadow
    07:37 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    How old are they do you think? It was USSR when they were young. Most of them don't really want to understand WTF is it anyway. However screaming in loud voices to "save the children" (or whatever else for that matter)... that's for sure. Well, "save the children" is good, I know, but those are only words.

    Those that are younger are interested in anime though. Well, some of them of course.

    Disclaimer: I'm living *here* %)

    Comment by Sakura
    11:26 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do you mean 'CP"? If copy-pirats than no. In Russia is illegal. But none don't see seriously for it.
    I think that all download with torrents / internet in all the world. But maybe in Russia it is liitle more.

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    Comment by kaineer
    00:31 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    CP is acronym for child porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's definitely not! are you stupid?

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    Comment by metatron
    22:35 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    “It isn’t explicitly laid out, but this work is paedophilia propaganda. There’s plenty of humour, so viewers may come to think that prostitution and theft are acceptable.”

    ...immediately jumping into conclusions i see

    Comment by Axel F Shmit
    17:58 10/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason they want GTO to be banned/censored, but we (Im Russian) still have STS channel. So, they have nearly pedophilia TV shows for teenagers. One is about "girl rock-band" (teacher + 16 years old girl-student) and another one (Ive already forgot the name) - there's woman-teacher and 16 years old boy.
    For some reason that couples have a lot of girl-fans in our country... Phew.

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