Jojo’s Islamic Adventure: Manga Censored Over Nothing?

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After being accused of blasphemy against Islam for the unpardonable sin of including some Quranic text in the anime, the distribution of long running manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was halted by the publisher, fearing the usual Muslim histrionics.

The Islamically approved revised manga is now finally going back on sale, though we seem not to be seeing anything of the offending anime. However, it looks like there was never any reason to pull it in the first place…

The anime edition (an OVA) does unambiguously include the pages in question, and evidently managed to find its way into the hands of a less than understanding watcher:

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This is said to have been an error in selecting “Egyptian looking” text and ending up with some Quranic scripture.

This is certainly an understandable error; a search for images of “Arabic text” with Google largely provides images of Quranic text, and doubtless few can name much in the way of Arabic literature besides this and a few ancient classics, fewer still in Japan.

Still, to use unknown text in this manner is a lapse in judgment for a production not intended to rock the boat, although it seems it took nearly a decade for this to come to light.

It’s not clear if the anime will be redistributed at some point; it seems unlikely to be a priority given the expense of dealing with anime and the low sales such an old title likely enjoys.

However, the manga itself seems to have been pulled, and censored, for nothing; looking at the below panels it seems clear that there was no recognisable text, Arabic or otherwise, ever even in the title:

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The manga will be going back on sale in February, with there apparently being several volumes afflicted. The reprint is being branded a “remix” edition, so other changes may be involved.

It is not clear just how they will be revised; possibly the books will simply be replaced by walkie-talkies or similar in order to avoid the possibility of offence to any other book reverers.

The good source.

Of course, there would be no outcry were this a bible or otherwise, though perhaps a map not showing the “East Sea” with all its rocks the proper colour could garner a similar response

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  • in the anime screen shots i can easily read the text
    and it’s clearly from Quran contrarly to the manga where i coudn’t tell
    well i haven’t watched the show so i have nothing to say
    even if what they say is true (ploting while reading)
    what about the suicide bombers ?
    i think they have gone overboard

    pls don’t lump all muslims together every one have his own will, and may act rashly without investigating this matter when told about it by angry people
    ( the truth will arrive deformed when relayed between peoples)

  • hi, i guess i’m sort of VERY late -_-
    hope some randompasserby still browse through the archives to read this ^^;

    but here’s my answer, hope this clears things up a bit.

    from what i can trace from the not-so-readable-picture above @_@ :

    – the layout is quran-ic, open a real one and it’ll look just like the book in the picture

    – the text is written with extra markings to give hints for vowels: /a/, /i/, /u/, /o/, but no /e/. normal arabic text have none.

    – i found 7 “Allah”s (you know, the GOD) written… google/wiki it if you can’t read arabic 🙂

    while the name Allah is not exclusive to islamic god (arabian christians and jews also use this name to address god), only the quran is written in arabic, and what else in this world have so many “Allah”s written except the quran.

    – don’t know which verse they are, sorry. a few searches attempted, but did not suffice. the words are too blurred >.:[

    @Artefact:
    you’re still my no 1 blogger, keep posting! 😛

    peace v(^_^)v

    • [corrected, forgot the html tag \]

      hi, i guess i’m sort of VERY late -_-
      hope some randompasserby still browse through the archives to read this ^^;

      but here’s my answer, hope this clears things up a bit.

      from what i can trace from the not-so-readable-picture above @_@ :

      – the layout is quran-ic, open a real one and it’ll look just like the book in the picture

      – the text is written with extra markings to give hints for vowels: /a/, /i/, /u/, /o/, but no /e/. normal arabic text have none.

      – i found 7 “Allah”s (you know, the GOD) written… google/wiki it if you can’t read arabic 🙂

      while the name Allah is not exclusive to islamic god (arabian christians and jews also use this name to address god), only the quran is written in arabic, and what else in this world have so many “Allah”s written except the quran.

      – don’t know which verse they are, sorry. a few searches attempted, but did not suffice. the words are too blurred @_@
      but the language structure’s quran-ic too, i guess.

      So, I conclude that

      YES, it’s the real thing

      and, the animators googled it, copy pasted the images without knowing what they are XD

      @everyone :
      religious debates are alright, if the purpose is for better understanding each other. BUT NO INSULTS! >:[

      @Artefact:
      you’re still my no 1 blogger, keep posting! 😛

      peace v(^_^)v

  • I remembered once I saw some some outtakes of Naruto on the half of the screen you saw the jap version on the other the US version that has been strongly censored. The most notable was a guy that attached on a cross (like Jesus but with ropes and not nail) on the US version they removed the horizontal piece of wood that form the cross and so he was only attached to a timber.

  • I seem to recall there was something like this with the FMA manga, like a cross was changed into a circular stone or something?
    This kind of stuff is so fucking stupid, god damn quit being so butthurt. The manga is not making fun of you in any way, or portraying your fantasy book written by a mentally insane dude 1500 years ago in a negative light. Atheists wouldn’t flip their shit if he was reading a book about the big bang theory or evolution. Why do religious people insist on forcing their ideals on everyone else?
    The only reason people won’t attack Muslim beliefs is because they don’t want to get bombed. But while I’m here on the internet, I’d like to give a message to you radical Muslims, or any other radical religious person who thinks what happened in this article is justifiable: Fuck you.
    Call my comment “offensive” or “politically incorrect”, but it’s the fucking truth, and I’m tired of religious people and minorities taking advantage of those two words.

  • nice calligraphy though
    unless someone can read it and confirm its right then i dont really see no problem potrayed. they probably promotin it lol. anywayss we all know ,that people from everywhere love anime manga its just the media .in the muslim case most people underestimate the ideology of two groups
    1. peaceful muslims
    2. the RADICAL MUSLIMS{FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DONT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE}and chat shit
    and if you have even tried to look into the word JIHAD
    it has 2 meanings
    1.to fight within and overcome difficulties like eg.earning money for da family
    2. protecting their land. hope u learnt somethin

  • Guardian of Ryu says:

    Nandesuka kore..

    Knock, knock, are your head seriously smack by a large bat, OR MUST BE KNOCKED BY RYU’S SHORYUKEN, HUH ARTIFACT?

    THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT BE APPEARED IN THE FIRST PLACE!! RELIGIOUS MATTER SHOULD NOT BE AN ARTICLE!!
    EVEN IT INCLUDES CURIOUSITY ON USING RELIGIOUS VERSES ON ANIME AND MANGA. THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT QUESTION ON THIS. THIS ARTICLE SHOULD BE BANNED IMMEDIATELY.. BECAUSE THIS WILL LEAD TO SOMETHING WORST. WE DON’T WANT RELIGIOUS MATTER GET INTO DEBATE.

    MAN, THIS ARTICLE IS UNACCEPTABLE.
    ARE YOU DID THIS ARTICLE ON PURPOSE, ARTIFACT?
    SHAME ON YOU.

  • Well well..
    I hate it when people think they know everything about the world and believe themselves to be reliable judges for everything
    Stating your own opinion without insulting others is a basic rule in speaking
    To tell that many of you do not know anything: firstly, the writings in the manga, yes its readable in the third picture and I can tell what it says
    Secondly, manga and anime are very popular in arab and muslim world, even this site has readers from these parts
    Thirdly, Jesus is respected in Islam and is not what you call small..
    Fourthly, saying that Quran is fan fiction, did you even read it? we believe in the bible in its original form, therefore, it does not even exist now

    I think this site is better without going on politics and religions
    At least when anyone writes something, consider the others, even if they are.. Muslims with no feelings!

  • MaD-EyE-MoOdY says:

    Well im really amazed that japanese ppl had such an idea to put into Anime/Manga….im mean im arab form jordan and im a muslim aswell…i cant understand why ppl above is falming arabs/muslims abt this….well 1st of alll no Manga/anime is not banned in our countries…2nd arabs/muslims dont go using Jehad to INVADE other countries…3rd why on earth some Jehad group will put there heads in Anime/Manga…dont u think there is way much more going in this world, so dont worry Japan will be fine… hell man i love japan more than my own country…i like watched sh^^ loads of anime read alot of manga…but never saw anything musilm/arab related…maybe hellsing was the only one that got a small Jehad group in it or something…so i guess in da end…ya they shouldnt made such a mistake by putting Quran rather than normal arabic writing…and yes i can confirm thats quran btw…aah thats abt it…and thx for reading/not this 😛

  • Islamists are offended just for watching some choranic shit on TV, but christians can’t say anything when watching so many insulting bullshit all the time on TV and every other media. And anyway we don’t care a fuck, why should we?

    Sorry for being so very politically incorrect, but I’m pretty fed up with those cry-babies bas***** (and even more with those who pretend to sugar them the pill).

  • Man.

    Muslims, Christians, and Jews pray to the SAME GOD…. who I think is rather pissed they carry out their messages of bigotry and other lapses in judgment in His name.

    I think an anime/manga of the world’s religions needs to be done now… lampooning ALL the major ones. They fucking deserve it if they have no sense of humor.

    Religion. It’s all about power. Who has it, and who doesn’t but wants it.

    • Zelgadis4tw says:

      Not really, Jesus is a heretic to Judaism if acknowledged at all, He is the Savior of Christianity, and He is a MINOR prophet at best in Islam. Call the Big Man On Top what you will, but in regards to The central character of Christianity itself…indeed He is pissed over how humans act, if you believe what is written in the Bible, such as the Flood of Noah. To quote Karl Marx: “Religion is the opiate of the Masses.” It’s just another way for people of power to exert their power over other people, in a much easier way than all others though. Classic example being the Dark Ages brought about by the Catholic Church.

      That would be a nice idea for an anime but…it would run into WAY too much difficulty outside of Japan if I Want to be an Angel anime localization to America is any indication of that. Oh and this with the Quran censorship of such old manga/anime.

        • Zelgadis4tw says:

          Thus speaks true ignorance, have you noticed how the Catholic Church was able to keep it’s reign for the 1,000 years it did? Have you noticed how Islamic fundamentalists bomb shit in the name of Allah? How’s about Hitler, Stalin and the Czars that were ENTRENCHED in occult? Oh lets not forget the Salem Witch Trials in early American history. I wish I had more examples on hand to further prove this point, but I digress. Just like how opium makes you crazy to do anything and everything to get more of what you want, when people are afraid of anything and everything, what do they turn to when they don’t have the money or the moral bankruptcy to buy opium? That’s right, religion.

          Religion is the Magic Pill that makes everyone feel better about themselves, better about their mommy and daddy passing away, better about their utterly bleak future, better about the absolutely atrocious actions they perpetuate. It’s not about right and wrong, because if it was then the Dark Ages would have been the best time of all of history. People want to feel safe, then justified in what they do.

          BTW, nice troll.

    • Wha?

      Wanting to censor a manga is a reason enough to invade a nation, kill its people and rape their land?

      Look, I think this censoring thing is too much just like others, but your comment is fucked up.

    • Al-Qaeda is not exist, its fictional organization made by and nurtured by America government

      you should visit zeitgeistmovie.com

      n Artefact, I think this site is better without this kind of article
      I don’t want this site become debate forum with each comment being replied over n over n make the comment bottomless

      • And while you’re at it, watch Loose Change and Prison Planet and all those other shitty conspiracy-nutjob movies that have been cropping up left and right. Oh, and don’t forget to buy their books. They go through massive amounts of tinfoil, so they desperately need the royalties!

        • Duh, Saddam was the head of a freakin nation.

          How the hell can you not figure that out. And Osama was much smarter in that he didn’t hide in a hellhole, waiting for people to find him.

          As expected from the guy who devised the 9/11 incident…

          I still wonder why he had to do all that. I don’t remember my ustaz (Islam teacher) telling me to hijack a plane and kill lots of innocent people….

        • Well, actually I won’t doubt that if US can catch Osama faster
          it’s just so strange that after 7 years the military can’t find the “head” of 9/11 incident
          and yet they found Saddam relatively quick
          too much for joke to me

          not all of that kind of movies are shit, maybe there lies some truth. Just try to be more open minded and analyze more. I also don’t believe them 100%. Like Aoi said in Chaos;Head, doubt the world since it’s not perfect ^^

    • It’s not about them not wanting to watch such shows or read such books, it’s about THEM not wanting OTHERS to watch or read something they don’t like for any number of reasons.

      Control what people can read and watch and you control the people. Nazi’s proved that 60 years ago. Sadly, everyone has either forgotten that or decided to use it for their own jihad, nationalism, bigoted hatred, or narrow-minded crusade against abused fictional characters.

  • blasphemy? I dont see any of it in there. The manga doesnt show any negative things towards that book, I guess (judging from the pics)
    well sure did make me chuckle seeing a buff anime character with crazy hairstyle reading the Koran… haha