Manga Canned After Tokyo Deems Reprint “Harmful”


Tokyo’s manga ban is already beginning to bite – mangaka James Hotate reports that a reprint of one of his previously published manga titles has been designated “harmful literature” and promptly cancelled by the publisher.

In a series of exchanges on Twitter, Hotate explains that new copies of the first volume of his manga Itokoi Chidori will no longer be available as the publisher has cancelled them.

The title had been selling well enough to require an additional printing, and it was at that juncture the state stepped in to ban its sale.

The manga is also serialised in Young Comic, which carries ecchi titles and is marketed towards adults but is not considered an 18+ hardcore ero-manga.

It is not yet clear whether it will lose its serialisation in Young Comic or be cancelled outright as a result of the ban, although both do seem likely.

Several other manga titles have already been listed as “harmful” – the only reason given for the bans is a vague condemnation on the grounds that the titles “stimulate sexual desire and impede the healthy development of youth.”

As if to add insult to injury, on the same page that manga are being denounced as harmful, the film “Amazing Grace” is being officially commended as “promoting healthy development” – it certainly appears that the Tokyo government’s official position is now “3D good, 2D bad.”

Striking is the fact that whilst the law only affects Tokyo, the reprint has been completely cancelled for the entire country – clearly demonstrating that Ishihara’s meddling has already become a de facto national backdoor ban on anything he and his cronies in Tokyo deem “harmful literature.”

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    Avatar of Satonaka
    Comment by Satonaka
    04:41 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "3D Good, 2D bad." ? What in the...

    Why does this remind me of Animal Farms' "4 legs good, 2 legs bad." ??

    To those that read that book, we all know how THAT ended up didn't we O_o...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:53 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    so Japan is heading down the road of the USSR?

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    Comment by Nymphonomicon
    15:13 08/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd prefer if they followed Germany's path, with Fuhrer Ishihara. Remind how does that tale end for dear, old Adolf...?

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    Comment by Nindotaku
    10:09 17/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Oh the later part of the became 4 legs good, two legs better!!!

    3D good, 2D better? XDXD

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    2D is too sexy for ishihara!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ishihara's penis is 2d

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 18/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara has no penis/dick/balls, that's why hes doing this to compensate for it

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Research cloning. It'll be easier to accomplish.

    Comment by Anonymous

    it's obvious to anyone with a brain that all they're trying to do is to get people to have sex with another human and not some drawing.

    I don't mind manga and anime. They provide a good filter for the human gene pool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    3D good, VR Better? =P

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    don't kid yourself i think only 2% of the denizens here have read that book.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 17/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i had to read it for fricking english literature

    Avatar of yukkuri shiteitte ne
    20:35 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had to read it for english lit. too, hahahah

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    havent read the book but saw the film (does that count ?)

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    Comment by yaku
    13:54 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "What the" indeed, this is also worth of this: []

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's amazing how well the analogy fits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 18/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I read “3D good, 2D bad” in James Hetfield's voice for some reason....

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    Comment by Lariat
    18:04 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now that you mention it, reading about activities of the Tokyo government is beginning to seem like reading a page out of that book to me...

    Hopefully the ending will be different? I mean, you know, sans the "X is good, Y is better!" being different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That book.... :S
    Damned swines!!!

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    Comment by AzureHakua
    11:36 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Speaking of pigs... I'd say Lord of the Flies is probably more read? But It can't relate in the same way.

    Although the basic fact is, you think things are going well, but then when you ban something, people die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except in this case, the pigs are already standing on two legs while saying it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “stimulate sexual desire and impede the healthy development of youth.”

    A ban like this certainly won't help their population problems eh?

    Also, if this is harmful in the event that a kid happens to get it, shouldn't such a ban apply to tobacco and alcoholic drinks? Those should be outright banned entirely.. it would be catastrophic if a kid happened to get it.. right..

    Japan has a serious idiot in power but I guess the same could be said for every country.

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    Comment by spoon
    04:34 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    of course, the youth should be working instead of wasting their time with 2d!

    after all who else will pay for the elderly to live their lavish lives?

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    Comment by mikey johnson
    06:15 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    old people cannot handle 18+ hardcore ero-manga.

    16:58 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of them will go into cardiac arrest if they read 18+ hardcore ero-manga.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    04:44 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    ill pay the 1$ for every bullet.

    any old person who automatically thinks they deserve anything because they are old needs to be put down.

    you fucking earn what you get

    Avatar of Ben
    Comment by Ben
    06:48 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Could you hold the door for me sonny? You see, my strength ain't what it used to- *bam*

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    11:16 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is common courtesy.

    its far different than japans notion of just because you are old, you deserve more regardless. a doesn't know shit 60 year old will be promoted far above the worked his ass off, and knows his shit 30 year old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    damn strait, there will be no social security for my generation, so the hell with paying for the fossils who want to take it away from me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 18/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only reason the US has no SS money left is that congress raided it a long time ago for some spending cash and never put the money back into the system, the real raiding started back in the 1960's under LBJ but pretty much every congress and president since then has continued to treat it as their personal piggy bank. Instead of being angry at the poor worker who has finally reached retirement age after spending decades paying into the system, blame the Congress that stole that money from him a long time ago.

    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    08:14 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You mean if an old guy works for 40 years and is forced to pay into a SS system he shouldnt be allowed to draw a pension from it? That sounds pretty fucked up.What are going propose next, mandatory age limit terminations like in Logans Run?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're right. Because they just spent +40 years working their ass off, paying taxes to the government to, among other things, fund your education in a public school, only to be thrown away in the end because they're too old to keep working and must step down to give you their place.

    It's not right of them or anyone, to claim to deserve everything, but they do need a certain amount of respect and capital, not to be 'put down like the trash they are'. Saying that just makes you as bad as them, if not worse.

    Avatar of PirateKing
    Comment by PirateKing
    05:14 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'll pay another $1 for every bullet.

    Put them down like the useless thrash they are !


    Avatar of Shaolan-kun
    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    06:22 17/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Pretty expensive, those bullets... well, here's my $1.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    07:26 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sadly they must be expensive under the circumstances, but damn sure worth every penny...

    Hell, here's my addition of $1 for every bullet as well...

    Blow them the fuck away, never to be heard from ever again...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shut the Jew up, Asian hating anon 929

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Until you live in countries with no social security. Once you're 70 and can't work, how else will you find money? You're going to shoot old people because they can't work?

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    07:43 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ever heard of saving money?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    If they don't have SS, then they can't pay for it. Also, the government can't go bankrupt and say "we'll pay less" for SS when they don't have it and they can't take people to pay for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They should move to America, where lo-...

    Oh fuck, yeah.. we can't do that stuff over here either.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    07:45 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here I'll also pay for the gun.
    Though ones like Ishihara don't get a bullet as that would be too nice instead they get the flame thrower treatment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you want to start age wars, I'll win because my Platinum Amex can buy more bullets than your pocket money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yes they should work so i can keep enjoying 2d

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    Comment by King Tiger
    05:58 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Striking is the fact that whilst the law only affects Tokyo, the reprint has been completely canceled for the entire country

    meanwhile online piracy continues to flourish unabated under Ishihara's law MORE NEWS AT 11

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:57 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    with how birth rate is declining, there won't be anymore youth in japan.

    Avatar of ichitaka05
    Comment by ichitaka05
    04:31 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Someone kill Ishihara already

    Avatar of EleutheroZeroONE
    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    10:18 17/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And his eldest son Nobuteru (Sec. Gen. of the LDP)!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 23/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    where is mob and assassin when we need them the most?

    Avatar of AnarchystBR
    Comment by AnarchystBR
    04:33 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “stimulate sexual desire and impede the healthy development of youth.” ... isn't sexual stimulation one of the keys for the development of the youth?
    Senile idiots.....

    Avatar of TFish
    Comment by TFish
    04:35 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    yeah, complete sexual repression is what causes serial killers and rape novelists.

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    Comment by Sukudo
    04:40 17/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i just discovered the real reason!
    The prono industrie just pay enough to get this ban. What else can it be? i mean why should they ban manga if it is not about money?
    politicians dont move unless money is involved!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 17/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i don't know if the porn industry paid for this per se, but certainly politics was behind Ishihara very carefully stepping around 3D pornography.
    the porn industry in Japan is pretty much run by the Yakuza. that's not a joke, it just is. they go about their business and one of their businesses is porn.
    and it's a pretty commonly accepted belief in Japan (and let's be honest, probably true) that you got anywhere in politics, you owe the Yakuza (espcially true for Ishihara if you think about the crowd he ran with in his youth).
    at some point, they funded your campaign.
    at some point, they "helped" run your street campaigns.
    no matter what the level, if you've made it in Japanese politics, you probably owe the Yakuza at some point.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I'd think it has more to do with the interests of the media companies who run the TV stations and newspapers, which are essential for getting an old person into office.

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    Comment by Imyou
    12:34 17/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course not. In Ishihara's moth-nibbled mind, the only healthy future for Japan is one uncluttered by humans - he wants the birth rate to sink even further so that only robots will remain. Youth must never learn of this "sex" thing, or his master plan will be foiled.

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