Behold Ishihara’s Dogs: K-ON!, Merry, Amagami Support TAF


Such popular anime titles as K-ON!, Amagami and Yumekui Merry are sullying their names by supporting anime-hating pro-censorship Tokyo governor Ishihara’s Tokyo International Anime Fair 2011.

Confirmed as appearing at the event so far are K-ON!, Yumekui Merry and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru. Amagami SS was previously listed but seems to have disappeared from the line-up.

The appearance of service and schoolgirl romance-laden titles at Ishihara’s own event is of course rank hypocrisy on the part of both publishers and the Tokyo government.

Their inclusion is thanks to the efforts of Tokyo station TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television), who are operating a booth on the event’s business-oriented days:


They claim their booth is solely set up with the intent of introducing the titles to “foreign buyers,” although several of the titles are already licensed and it would certainly be hoped that no international distributors would be so unwise as to directly support the destruction of their own industry by the outrageous antics of Ishihara and company.

Several other major anime-related companies, including the likes of Bandai, Bones, Ghibli, Gonzo, Good Smile, Sunrise, Toei, ufotable and Xebec are still participating in the event in various capacities.

Even US events such as Otakon have shamefully thrown their lot in with TAF and failed to withdraw their participation.

A full list of the wretched companies still attending the event is available in English on their site.

Japanese fans have already proclaimed their outrage, with many vowing to cease their disc purchases as a direct result of the producers allowing their titles to appear at the event through the sly backdoor tactic of allowing a TV station to do their dirty work for them.

Certainly, it would be utterly reprehensible for publishers and creators to oppose an Ishihara-sponsored event only to allow their wares to go on display under the auspices of other companies – hopefully they will yet heed the outrage of their customers and prevent their products from appearing at the event.

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    Avatar of CoolServbot
    Comment by CoolServbot
    01:10 03/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm more baffled that Studio Xebec would support this... The producers of Ladies Vs. Butlers, Kanokon, To Love-ru, Negima!, and MM! are actually still attending? Weird...

    Avatar of Pin
    Comment by Pin
    22:16 02/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I am quite disappointed with these studios sucking up to Ishihara.

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    Comment by Misakite
    23:16 02/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Although I think it's understandable for Ghibli to still be in it... I mean, they don't have anything to lose even if the law passes.

    Avatar of Pin
    Comment by Pin
    09:08 03/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Still, they should understand how the bill limits creative freedom as a whole. Any artist should see why TAF should be boycotted, no matter how they conduct their trade.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Except for absolutely basic pieces of freedom.

    I used to think that if any studio would protest against such defamatory laws, it would be Ghibli...but look at this. Nothing. I like most of their old movies but it seems they can't muster any civic courage when it is necessary.

    Lots of talk, no substance. That sums up Ghibli pretty well.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Vote me down all you want, but it's called survival.

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    Comment by Raven
    22:23 02/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The protesters in Tunisia and Cairo could teach the Japanese Otaku a lesson on how to deal with idiot and corrupt governments.

    Cause c'mon, Comiket has shown the power of Otaku in large numbers. Dunno why they are just rolling over and wetting themselves o this one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol at comparing this insignificant ban to real political world concerns.

    Get your fucking heads out of your delusions. Anime is not that important, this ban more so.

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    04:15 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I-I don't know what to say to this... Studio Ghibli, I can somewhat accept. Miyazaki prolly earnestly believes that he wouldn't be effected by this law (under it, even HIS movies could prolly be banned). but some of these others, I almost feel sorry for, because I loved their previous works. I get the feeling that they are the people who would rather continue there lives in censorship, all their future animes praising the senile old Ani-Christ Ishihara, than lose their economic standing. To them, I quote "Those who would trade freedom for protection deserve neither" and to those still fighting the Ani-Christ, I say "ROW ROW, FIGHT THE POWA!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    death to NIO (New Ishihara Order)!!!

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    14:01 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I wouldn't say death, but a nice banishment to China or North Korea would be nice, so that they can learn what it means to censor ones freedoms, and why it's bad. Though maybe Ishihara should just be locked up in some insane asylum, he's already beyond help.

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    Comment by Ookami
    03:40 04/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm disappointed with Gonzo, and K-On now...
    COMON!!! EVEN XEBEC !? what they expect, they did done most of the most ecchis animes I ever see, like:
    Kanokon, ladies x buttlers , To love-ru!
    What they expect Ishihara going like pat up their heads?!?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow the first smart comment

    Comment by Anonymous

    now we need ANONYMOUS NOW!

    we are freedom
    we are equality
    we are liberty
    we are anonymous
    expect us

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 02/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    the fans will be the final judge of the event.

    if the fans attend the event, then all the bullshit we read online is from the few misguided souls.

    if the fans boycott the event and even withhold from purchasing good from those who participated. Then what we read online does reflect what the fans think, and it will mean that the Japanese otakura have finally learned their lesson: Destroying your existing goods have no impact, withholding the purchase of more good does have a _big_ impact.

    (money talks far more then people think)

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    Comment by Plagus777
    21:47 02/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    WHERE ARE YOU ZERO??!!!!!!

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:19 03/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess C.C.'s flight to Japan was delayed...

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    00:27 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    K-ON joining forces with an old faggot? This is total bullshit! iShitHara better not rape any of those adorable girls.

    This thread is respectfully - [CLOSED]

    Avatar of VVayfarer's Yuri Alter Ego
    00:41 03/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    He better not lay his filthy hands all over my K-ON!

    Comment by Anonymous

    @uncommonotaku fan of yours?

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    00:49 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    lamberto must really like certain SanCom users, if he's plaguiarizing them - although its not very original.

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto

    God, what took you so long, @Uncommonotaku? That's for fucking with me and one of my forum topics. What part of DON'T FUCK WITH ME didn't you understand huh? Don't worry, I'll change my name back since I pissed you off.

    And Anon 00:53, fuck you.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    00:00 03/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Where is Hayao Miyazaki when you need him?! Mr. Miyazaki, do you not see that the anime/manga industry is in jeopardy because of some stupid old man?

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    Comment by Shuu
    00:50 03/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    My educated guess says that he probably is in full support of the ban. No really, take a look at his statements/outbursts over the last few years. Old man Miyazaki is starting to get senile.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 03/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Miyazaki has already made his opinion on technology that facilitates making masturbatory strokes quite clear.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    01:13 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if some of us here are against Miyazaki as well. I will just wait for his opinion about this ban.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 04/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't hold your breath. He and his company officially close their eyes to this outrageous law. Funny thing is, they are also affected by it. Hell, even Doraemon will be affected by it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 03/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I think Miyazaki would support Ishihara on this. Afterall, he's what anime "should be", a bunch of ugly characters and cliche plot that appeal to children.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    01:46 03/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Sorry mate, I have to fully disagree on the "ugly characters" thing; I personally find a lot of the heroines from various Ghibli movies really appealing look-wise.

    Though regarding cliche (and not forgetting anti-climatic) plot; Sorry Ghibli fans, I somehow need to agree on this fact.

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    Comment by Achiuakuna
    04:45 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well to me the characters are not appealing. But that's just a matter of taste in character design.

    Actually, I don't really consider Miyazaki films anime. Their purposes of existence are very different. IMO, Ghibli is primarily targeted at a foreign audience who enjoy films and what we generally call anime is not. So they aren't all that comparable.

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    00:52 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't be so sure of that. We haven't even heard anything from Miyazaki yet. I'm sure he's against the ban as well. I don't like his point of view about moe, but I respect him.

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    Comment by shinryou
    11:21 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Achiuakuna: There are many Japanese who'll identify Ghibli movies first when it comes to anime, even among young people. Normally people graduate from watching anime when leaving high school (university at the latest), so they don't watch or know any currently airing series once they have entered the working world - except those which they might see in the cinema or as a movie in a prime time tv broadcast slot.

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    Comment by Yourtime
    01:15 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    what ever i don't give the shows the fault, there areo only one, who has the won my rage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    the internet citizens strongly oppose Shintaro's reign and it is now time to give ISHIHARA what they need!

    a massive protest ruling pout that Ishihara's time to retire is now! 'he still thinks Japan has common sense'
    support operation 2D3D4D and give ANONYMOUS THE VOICE TO TELL ISHIHARA THAT his time is now!

    Comment by Anonymous

    I guess this is what the scientists meant when the world was gonna end in 2012. Whahaha.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stay gdlk.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:38 02/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I can't really blame Otakon too much. The business choices are slim pickings and hopefully there will be other conventions around to co-promote with.

    As for many of those shows, they're already largely slated for a Western release anyway. I guess they are just using it to finish their due marketing chores. And hopefully they can revolt a bit with a whole new anime fair.

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    Comment by Artefact

    ACE is being held on the same day and has a spotless reputation and full publisher support.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:24 03/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If you're gonna kill something, make sure it's dead, with no chance of revival beads/potions.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    21:38 02/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Another reason to watch in DVD or Blueray video player not in Satellite or Cable TV...Subscription Cancel!

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:55 02/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy crap. TV station powers at be must be really working the politics behind the scenes. I'd be really depressed if by next year, we see the same situation without more turnover.

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    20:48 02/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    What's wrong with Japenese People ?

    Ishithara is just a one fucking-retard-corrupt-pig

    Japenese people didn't have balls just to take down this one "cursed" person.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 02/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Old people vote

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    Comment by aquamarine
    22:24 02/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's very true, and the majority of Japanese youth (those under 30) don't. I cite a conversation I had during a political studies lecture with Prof. Tomoharu Saito from Keio University. It's a sad fact, plus it's a shame that foreigners here can't vote since Ishithara is very much against our foreign, tax-paying, presence here.

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    Comment by shinryou
    11:14 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Elections are on Sundays, on which most people here have a day off. Also you can also vote by mail.
    the problem is the dissatisfaction with the political parties in general. It is not like you can really make out a difference between the major parties and their agendas here in Japan. The lines between the parties are very thin, frequently individual politician or factions within a party change their colours to another.
    Even if the younger generation had a choice of their liking, that choice would still lose out against the mass of the middle-aged and elderly voters group.

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    Comment by alidan
    22:40 02/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, its likely a young person could lose their job if they took the day off to vote.

    many places "require" (they say they don't) unpaid overtime, and if you don't do it, than they replace you with someone who will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    nothing is wrong, really
    we just changed the whole political culture
    without realizing it and now we think that the president is like a king who can do anything he wants, and if he does something we don like, well "it cant be helped" the president said so. And sadly this happens in a lot of countries not just japan

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    20:59 02/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    They can't. I-shit-ARA probably got many bodyguard to get near him If I get closer he will taste my hidden blade...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 03/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    After skimming through the list of stuff TBS had its hand in on ANN, I noticed that it's only stuff that they've produced and not just broadcasted, which is probably why it's only K-On! and not also K-On!! listed.

    Which makes me ask this question, what if there are multiple producers and one of them disagrees with the other on bringing the anime to TAF?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 02/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anyone else think this might be the companys attempt at stuble sabotage at Ishihara, "hay look you hate this stuff right oh but look at what's been sold at your convention?"

    Comment by Anonymous

    that's sly. guess we'll find out afterwards

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