Tokyo is Next…


Osaka’s manga ban is already in effect, and as the above list from a shop demonstrates, has already seen dozens of publications banned from general sale as “harmful publications.”

Unlike Tokyo’s ban, Osaka’s ordinance is mostly concerned with banning BL manga – with the Tokyo ban being extremely vague and covering everything from general manga to anime and games, the list there is likely to be much longer, and effectively national in scope due to the largest market and concentration of publishers both being in Tokyo.

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    Comment by Ayame Souma
    12:23 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    My gosh! this is the beggining of the end.

    PS:Sorry my english is bad... T_T

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    12:31 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Actually, it's good. It's too good, though. Gotta leet it up a bit.
    "OMGZZ! Dis is the beginin of te end!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:09 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ze ent is neer!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 20/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, Fuck you. yes, fuck you.
    Good riddance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ...and we all know how America's ban on alcohol worked out nicely.

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    Comment by Odysseus
    12:48 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The material being banned is fringe enough that the general public won't care. Prohibition in the US failed because most of the population drinks alcohol at least occasionally. Now if the ban hit a truly mainstream title, say Doraemon, it might actually see some effectual opposition... but I doubt that anything "family friendly" will see the ban hammer anytime soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    TL Note: "family friendly" means "profitable".

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Alcohol Ban never worked anywhere. But its also a very mainstream drug. BL and Lolis is not. ;)

    On the other hand, if they find the internet to publish it, it should be no problem. Banning online stuff is at the moment still completely impossible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    um...just more laws to be broken

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is what law meant to be, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is gonna turn into a Library Wars anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    is that a premonition?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Definitely is.

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    Comment by oranges
    12:00 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's a good thing Mafuyu from Seitokai no Ichizon lives in Hokkaido. She loves BL.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But where will she order her fujoshi/BL goods from, if she can't find them in Sapporo?

    Or will she be stuck with her SugiMegu slashfic?

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    Comment by Brett
    11:53 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is insane. Hmm... Maybe we could bring some of these Manga companies to the States...

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    Comment by Carrot_Glace
    12:19 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    USA already destroyed their comics about 60 years ago. Japan is just following their horrible example.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    true for mainstream stuff... drove the funky stuff underground. Where you can get Japanese comics uncensored here... assuming they are imported/licensed correctly. Bring 'em on...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    eh i'm actually quite happy about it, Bl and Shota getting banned is the most wonderful thing mankind has ever witnessed in the otaku history, yet while i do realize loli had to be banned, i sorta feel a bit sad, LUVED THE LOLIS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indie comics are at a very strong place. Have you read many of last years indie comics from America?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i'm just not interested to american comic

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really. Comics are more adult here now that ever before. The only problem the US has is the people with the power to change things are too retarded to see that nudity does not equal sex. Yet shit tons of violence is A-ok. We're backwards in that regard. Not to mention huge hypocrites as the 'most good' men usually get busted with affairs or some kind of scandal. Hypocrisy rocks.

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    Comment by Myballz
    12:52 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Wrong Carrot,Tales from the Crypt is still around even though people have try to kill it in Government and yet it manage comeback from the dead its been around since the 1950's.

    Now the Independent Comic book Industry in America tends to face many challenges with censorship but it doesn't stop people from buying what they sell they only restrict sales from Under age minors.You may notice now they are putting Rating systems on Manga's in the US restricting sales it doesn't stop those old enough to buy it or try to get a fake ID to buy one ether way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 04/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The tea party people would protest

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 04/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Tea partiers" are all right wing christians (and gullible tools) who would love nothing more than to see this stuff banned on "obscenity" grounds (which, basically, makes them exactly the same as Ishihara). If you leave it to them the only manga that would be legal for sale in the U.S. would be Serenity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Fuk the states, no way!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously? The USA Govs are way more prudist then the japanese one, so I don't think it would help.
    Europe maybe. But there you would have the same problem with violent material.. less with pornographic stuff on the other hand..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 04/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Obama will ban them..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 04/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    no, he can't

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    Comment by TNinja
    12:36 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Inb4 "Yes we can" joke.

    But aye, I'm not sure either. I don't really fully trust the US regaring manga and anime either. But to a descent level.

    Comment by Anonymous

    US of A has a hard on against this and they would love to put all of us on a sex offender list just for looking at Sankaku! >.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are you an idiot or what? There has been people bitching about banning shit in US before. However, they always get bitch slapped by the 1st amendment. That's why those pro-censorship groups always pick countries oversea to bully.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    implying manga will be selling in US

    Comment by PhillB
    11:52 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's only a matter of time before chaos and hell break loose.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That already happened long ago. What's the stage we're in now? I forgot.

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    Comment by hotshot™
    15:27 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I expect something to happen at ACE

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    Comment by T.O.M. Morrow
    11:49 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The banning disease is spreading :(

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    Comment by King Tiger
    12:30 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i wish there was a way to stop this but....*sigh*

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    13:05 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is just fucked up, where will it be next, oh god I'm actually scared a little...

    Please tell me there is some kind of hero to take out this virus known as the Banning Disease...

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    Comment by Kyon
    12:10 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, fuck.
    Run to Hokkaido.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    as if it was safe there...
    damn you, moralist faggots!
    you made me stand up for BL manga and i never thought i would do that
    for that alone i will feed you your own cocks
    one day for sure...

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    13:54 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They can always go underground..., welcome to black market!

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    13:20 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Could this be the base where fujoshi and otaku rise and unite under a single banner?!


    Nah. Who am I kidding?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    14:32 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Pssst! Hey you!
    Yeah you!
    Listen, *looks left/right* I've got with me some extra yaoi.
    Better get it fast bro, cuz the lolis stock dried up yesterday.
    You interested? I'll make'em cheap this time. what I imagine after July '11.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    21:09 04/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's official: Japan is sinking! Japan, start the election now before it's too late!

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    Comment by Red
    21:57 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Pssst! Hey you!
    Yeah you!
    Listen, *looks left/right* I've got with me some extra yaoi.
    Better get it fast bro, cuz the lolis stock dried up yesterday.
    You interested? I'll make'em cheap this time."

    I can sooo picture that...and can't stop laughing.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:44 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We'll, "seriously" from what you're asking: it's a ban on "harm publications" not people.

    As Arte has already linked to the previous post on Osaka's decision, the ban is really vague as to what exactly is harmful, since it encompasses a wide range of publications.

    And yes, yaoi (or yoai in your case) is deemed 18+ most of the time. Like Hentai and Ecchi terms, there's a borderline to what is dickteasing and not. /horriblepun

    And err.... you seem concerned about the future of BL. *backs away*

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Little problem, alidan.... not everyone agrees on what should be "18+" stuff. Personally, I am more worried about my daughters having unprotected sex than I would be about them getting hentai and even loli stuff online or in stores.

    Would give me peace of mind that at least they are not sleeping with boys w/o birth control!

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    Comment by alidan
    07:12 05/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nah what i was wondering is what the osaka ban would actualy effect. because if it was a "ban" that just made it a law that anything that says 18+ or you know damn well shouldn't be in the hands of kids anyway, that i dont see a big problem, but if it effected other, like it apparently does, than i cant condone it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could always do somthing similar too what running with scissors did with there game postal...

    though i suppose not too many people would actualy back the digital sales market if they can get it for free :/

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    Comment by alidan
    19:02 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    i have a serious question here.

    is this a shonen ai like ban, where even a hint of gay people gets banned, or is this a yoai ban where its obvious, or shown?

    because the shonen ai, would effect a hell of alot more than a yoai, because isnt yoai like ones already a 18+ material?

    i dont think either ban is good or fair, but one seams far more reaching than the other.

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    Comment by TNinja
    12:34 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Run for the hills!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan's use of the Ban Hammer is unruly, and entirely not the way the Ban Hammer was intended to be used. Someone must wrest their power over it away from them.

    I say we invade Japan and instate a newer, less anti-otaku government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But take a couple of bishies with you in case you get ronery

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 04/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    the end of otaku love ended faster than 2012!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    12:31 Speaks the truth Someday we will all want a turn

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    Comment by EXkurogane
    16:29 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I shall stay in Akihabara

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    13:47 04/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Where's Nurse Witch Komugi-chan when you need her the most?

    Oh wait, she probably fell victim of the ban...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're right. This is as much news as the last 15 times they ran a piece on Miku popping up in the news in another country.

    Old story recycled to feed on peoples fear of the ban and pump up hits to the site.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    20:42 04/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    another IShithara guy

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