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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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

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    Comment by FallsFromGrace
    08:20 30/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We demand the same respect for our disbelief of religion as faith types do for their belief.

    Although, if there was no religion there'd be no cute anime nuns in mini skirts - it's a tough choice

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am offended that they do change it ... Liberty of expression is nearly disappearing when it comes to Islamic religion ...

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    Comment by BuggyBY
    11:29 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So has anyone identified the pages in question? I'd be curious to know what the text says, but alas time constraints prevent me from learning enough Arabic to translate it myself.
    Considering Islamic culture, I doubt it'll turn out to be just a strip club promotion as in http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/12/hungarian_phrasebook_sketch_co.php after all ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, a freedom is the right to do something within in the law regardless of who it may piss off

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    Comment by Sigh
    12:03 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If find the Quran to be a piece of offensive fascist trash, can we ban that instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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

    Comment by DS
    01:01 30/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ..is that really the Quran's text in it?

    if yes..then what chapter and what verse? I don't see any verse in it...

    Comment by omg
    00:04 04/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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! :P

    peace v(^_^)v

    Comment by omg
    00:09 04/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    [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! :P

    peace v(^_^)v

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 06/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, acknowledging that this is the real deal, is it still grounds for censorship?

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    Comment by mohshinobi
    07:27 17/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its not the quran it's just a book written in arabic.
    lol

    Comment by zazuge
    17:30 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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)

    Comment by Jotaro
    12:29 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yare yare daze ~

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 30/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

    Comment by Distained
    06:31 30/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if it is the Quran pictured I don't see the promblem with that.

    Has anyone heard the song by Slayer called Jihad?

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    Comment by Guardian of Ryu
    05:43 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All caps? Really? are you honestly trying to be taken seriously with all caps? I really hope this is a fake troll, because otherwise this is pathetic

    Comment by Guardian of Ryu
    05:10 31/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha, funny, YOU got me on that. BUT, I tell you what, someThing related to someone's believes (religion) not a fun thing to toying witH. Except you don't hAve any believes. Do you?
    Try combine all CAPS in this message..

    Comment by LLortyos
    12:17 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everybody knows that the Quran is the first fan fiction based on the Bible...
    The first work with many fans... or should I say "Fundamentalist fanatics"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that's only your opinion. Because if that was the case, the Bible would have been the fan-fiction of the Torah, or some other older texts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You said it, the bible definitely is that, and so on, back to the first religion, whatever the fuck that was

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 06/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, all of them are just fiction that man created to explain the world. Then those reading them created fan-fictions out of it that spawned organized religions believed by billions worldwide. I guess that just means that the greater part of humanity is dumb enough to take fictional stories as the pinnacle of truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 06/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Case in point: Twilight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's almost like they're trying to give the rest of the world a LEGITIMATE reason for invading them...

    Comment by Destrudo
    18:34 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....damned Muslims...

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck you everyones human whether they're chistian, jew, hindu, sikh etc.
    i don't see anyone going damned christians, so why is saying damned muslims ok.
    well i for on am not racist nor hypocrytical or ignorant

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't really like humans though

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    Comment by Keigami
    11:57 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's sad that politics can reach our forms of entertainment, this is happening more more in recent days.

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    Comment by H_R
    13:22 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I though the 3rd arc of JoJo (in which the "problematic" Quran is in) was published... what, 15 years ago?

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    Comment by Kip
    13:32 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That'll be some big walkie-talkies!

    Couldn't they just do invisible books instead like most other censors do?

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    11:27 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Im not sure whats funnier this, or the korean gay thing XD

    Comment by Heyjey
    09:43 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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

    Comment by Riful
    09:41 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a good thing the world wide thought police are always by our sides. I would hate to have to decide for myself what I think is offensive and what isn't. That would be terrible!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Time for another Crusade I think.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    14:38 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like the Muslim Fundies need MUCH of an excuse to call for Jihad *rolls eyes furiously*.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm really offended. :/

    Comment by hdlineage
    14:28 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    are you serious?
    I don't see how you can be offended.

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    Comment by ZippyDSMlee
    17:57 30/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am really offend.. offended that PCisim is on the rise....all hail mindlessness!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure that was sarcasm.

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    Comment by Meji
    09:55 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is this some WRYYYYYYY?

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    Comment by twin blades
    09:58 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    OH NO Islamic text! japan realy did it now.

    Comment by Bounce
    10:44 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't be bombing no JoJo

    Comment by kyon22
    10:24 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    we don't want al-qaeda to start targeting otakus..
    But then the publisher should have check first before it goes to printing..

    Comment by Yoichi
    22:30 28/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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

    Comment by BuggyBY
    11:23 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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!

    Comment by Yoichi
    21:08 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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 ^^

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    Comment by Artefact

    One thing you won't find on this site is leftist conspiracy theory nonsense...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 01/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    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....

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 29/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, you believe that...





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