ACE Strikes Back – Weakly


The Anime Contents Expo will go ahead after all, although it seems the anime industry is now thoroughly cowed as they are still participating in TAF and have dropped all mention of opposing censorship.

The Anime Contents Expo will go ahead shortly after TAF on the 31st of March and 1st of April, at the Makuhara Messe in Chiba. Admission is ¥1500 for those over 3, and 50,000 attendees are expected.

Their site is also now active again, after having been reduced to a placeholder for many months with no word whatsoever on its existence or future plans.

However, their official press release has dropped all mention of protesting Ishihara’s manga ban, instead presenting their belated restaging of the event as being “out of  gratitude to the fans who supported ACE 2011” (somewhat rich coming from Kadokawa).

The original event was explicitly presented as being an act of defiance against hypocritical efforts of the Tokyo government to simultaneously denounce manga as the domain of perverts and deviants whilst managing a major anime event.

As Kadokawa and company are still listed as major participants in TAF, have not opted for the more provocative move of scheduling the event on the same day as TAF, dropped all talk of opposing Ishihara, and took so long to actually bother updating anyone about the event, there are plenty of doubts being expressed as to whether their heart is really in it.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 25/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Waiting for Ishihara to say "down boy" and for the rest of the industry to bitch out in 3...2...1...

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    18:17 25/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    All Japanese men are pussies. Nothing new.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    19:42 25/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Since 1945.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 25/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Since they elected an emperor, and killed off all the real samurai/men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @22:11 no, when the black rain fell Japanese men quickly became dickless little faggots. And Africa is a continent of savage spear chuckers, who carry assault weapons & AIDS. Hardly anything to be proud of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China and Africa?Being poor, starving slave don't make anyone a man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since they were defeated by Americans in WW2.

    If only they have won the war, Japanese man will be so much manlier, probably won't even have the culture called anime/manga or whatnot.

    Comment by 666
    22:11 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope. Probably from the 1970s when terms like man and woman have lost their definition as roles in society and now mean only sexual dependency. Real men now exist only in Africa and China dudes. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Real" man is really difficult term...
    Are they suppose to be:
    Strong? Rich? Romantic? Charming? Protective? Caring? Inteligent? loyal? or just manly?

    "Real" mens only exist if there are "real" womens... If womens only care how rich and charming mens are... then other areas degenerates.

    and so if real men only exist in africa and china... then do real womens too girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:21 25/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Can't us Americans do anything about this? We care about anime too, don't we? Stop saying the Japanese are weak when we don't do anything ourselves. If I knew a way to help the cause, I'd do it.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    20:59 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    could try to boycott anime overseas to try to make the anime industry to act but i doubt it'll work... could to try to occupy tokyo... oh hell yeah, i would be down for that. always wanted to go japan lol

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    Comment by Hayate
    10:18 26/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    or u could just hire a hitman to kill that old man...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Count me in!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make your own anime.

    Spreading anime beyond Japan may be a bit like space colonization, but likewise the benefits are worth it.

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    Comment by S1En1
    00:28 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Us westerns are all dirty pirates out to get their manga and anime for free anyway.

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    Comment by Penko
    16:22 25/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Does no one in Japan have any balls to stand against Ishihara? He's like the Ron Paul of the East...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:16 25/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I'm not a Ron Paul supporter or anything, but when did he write rape novels, censor everything and claim that disasters are retribution? There are tons of US politicians that do those things, but the last time I heard, Ron Paul wasn't one of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think you're a bit misinformed. Ron Paul is pretty much a political black sheep. The media invites him to debates out of pure obligation, and gives him as little time as possible. In a country where media is life, he'll never be president, sad as that makes me.

    Ishihara would be more like Bush. People hated him and most of what he did, but he still won in the vote and got to do more of the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:49 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishithara doesn't even compare to Bush

    Bush had a balanced record on the environment (mostly bad, but he supported biofuel development and set up the two largest US maritime sanctuaries), a bad record on war (I'm not argueing that the Iraqi war was bad necessarily, but he had the wrong people in charge, the insurgency could have been won the first half year), a good record on security, a bad record on civil rights and a mixed record on the economy (he did fairly well by pre-2008 metrics but failed to stop the deregulation that started with Reagan). He has moments of charm and is generally good at selecting advisors but tends to rely too strongly on them (which worked out with Cheney and Condolezza and Powell, but not Rumsfeld) but is overall clumsy diplomatically speaking.

    Ishihara on the other hand has badly impacted the economy going on and is restricting civil rights, but for no appreciable reason. I dunno about the environment, but I suspect he's somewhere he's mainstream, except he supports nuclear power (civilian), which is necessary at the moment. He hasn't had much of an impact on defense, but in general has the correct idea that Japan should have a defense in name as well, but is horribly out of step with the government, Japan's international partners and the public.
    As for charm... well, he is old and appeals to his electorate, but a lot of the things he says would be utterly, utterly unacceptable outside of his political scene.

    If Bush had said 9/11 was divine punishment and that homos/geeks are genetically polluted and that foreigners should leave he would have lost 2004 by a landslide.
    Granted America is a cosmopolitan nation and Japan is very isolationist, but my point stands that despite the milquetoast mediocrity of America leaders since Clinton on economics and Reagan on foreign policy is incomparable to the catastrophe that is Japanese democratic politics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You're the dumbest moron alive to think that someone who advocates civil liberties and free speech like Ron Paul would be anything like someone who opposes civil liberties and free speech like Ishihara.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And is a religious fundamentalist, totally hypocritical on subsidies and talking about "what the market wants" (the market wants renewables and he's begging for federal dollars for oil and nuclear projects in his district), thinks the government has every right to be in every woman's uterus, but can abandon people in the gutter after they come out, and backs the Constitution Party, which runs the most vitrolic of Dominionists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You know what's funny? I can understand people in China being afraid to stand up against their cunt of a government. But what are the Japanese afraid of? Old relics waving their walking sticks at them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hey guy, major major otaku here. You know nothing about Ron Paul or the philosophy he espouses. If you understood anything about freedom or the constitution which are Ron Paul's core values you would know he'd have no power to do any kind of government regulation. Where the hell in "get the government out of everything" did you get lost and somehow decide that means he's George Bush III? (Wait, that's Obama)... Sorry, I can't tolerate blatant righteous ignorants. And wasn't it under Clinton when the most major video game and television censorship was passed? History, my friend.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You don't know shit about Ron Paul if you think Ishihara's socialist ways are anything like him.

    Ishihara is the RICK PERRY of the east.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ishihara = justin bieber

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If there is one thing I agree with Ron Paul is his desire to reduce government to its basic form. The less "agencies" the better same approach to various aspects as the "invisible hand" philosophy in economy.

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    Comment by K'
    16:25 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Ron Paul? He's nowhere near Ron Paul...Ron Paul actually makes sense compared with the rest of the GOP...Ishihara's more like some generic GOP member...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's completely out of line... the fractured American right has strong religious tendencies (for a western/developed country) but are not psychological/fanatic deviants and supremacists like Ishihara.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ron Paul is Wrong (TM), but I respect him for standing firmly behind his principles.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, Ron Paul isn't the correct person here....... Rush Limbaugh is!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yo dawg, I heard you like NObama.

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    Comment by Kaze
    00:10 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hey, remember when anime could show a whole bunch of nudity and nobody gave a crap? Good times.

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    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    20:20 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i expected as much...grow some fucking balls japan...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wonder how 'cowed' they really are. The fact is that the law basically said that certain mangas had to be sold in adult book stores or adult sections in stores that had 'strong sexual themes'.

    I'm usually on the side of paranoia on this subject but the more I looked, the more I realized that this would not really cause a problem for the average person who wanted to buy a sexually strong manga or doujin in the real world.

    Hell, most people get those things online today, so this law doesn't even come into effect for most with access to any computer whatsoever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    May be true, but you know the saying "Give them a finger and they take the whole arm."

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    21:00 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    i thought if you give them a finger they would get a fart

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    18:24 25/10/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    I don't think that's the case here, trying to ban porn as such would probably never work out.

    If the anime industry hadn't gone so heavily into the ecchi moe stuff in the recent years, I doubt there would've been any response from the government (extreme leftists or not) because there had always been a spicier moment or two in any anime before.

    That said, having ero stuff in pretty much any mainstream manga/anime can be a turnoff for many potential customers who are not into it for porn. So I can see how a more appropriate adult anime and manga definition can help improve the quality of the industry.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    22:41 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @ナイジェリアの王様 22:32
    I did say "or not" too, but you're right as "far-right" would have been the best example there. I will never agree to count religious maniacs as Agnes-chan in anything else than the left wing, tho.

    Religion should be kept out of state affairs.

    As for Aki Sora, the author had stated it was banned because of incestuous content and that reprinting it as an adult manga would be within the realm of possibilities but then it would have to be remade because it was not written just for the adult audience.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The thing is, you make sense, so all of us arrogant internet teenagers don't want to accept that.

    Us haters gotta' hate.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    20:46 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    ^Gotta love how many negative votes I'm getting. (*´▽`*)

    You guys are not losing your mild porn - it's just under the "porn" section now. You can still go there, buy it, and fap to it later at home.

    Whacha mad 4? Ooh, you're underage? And the big, scary uncle won't sell you the drawn pantyshots 4 your easily agitated, juvenile pen0r anymore? Becuz nobody told u can download it from teh interwabz? Aww, poor you.

    I wonder how many of you have actually been to an anime expo or comiket in Japan, or are going to in your lives.

    Come on, bring it! There ain't enough hate yet!!!

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    22:32 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    No, probably replying to your comment about "extreme leftists". If you had half a brain, you'd know Ishihara is rightwing.

    ...also, too, if you think the manga ban won't have any effect, the author of "Aki Sora" would like to speak with you.

    Comment by 666
    21:50 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Now, now don't provoke them. Or do You like hateful attention? Of course nowadays You can't get anything else if You're a real person( look what happened to Aya Hirano).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 25/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    True, even if you do go out to buy adult manga/doujin the worst thing people can do is give you dirty looks, which doesn't even matter since you won't probably ever meet that person again. The law isn't as bad as most people claim it to be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pussies indeed, or they just got bribed / threatened / blackmailed / promised false benefits that they just stepped down. Most people today cower to pressure really easily, especially if it s peer pressure =_+

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara is a bigger threat to Japan than North Korea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who would be scared of that rapper kim jong lil?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    News form the Front of Japan Anime War :

    The Yomiuri Shimbun paper reports that along with Kadokawa Shoten, Aniplex plans to display at ACE, and not at TAF.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wonder if anyone here is smart enough to notice that the ban isnt doing that much harm. i'm starting to get tired of even coming to sankaku because of all the bullshit u start talking about.

    and all this censorship on tv is just the companies using the excuse to boost dvd and bd sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont go too fast. Kadokawa said recently that the TAF page telling that they will go to the 2012 TAF is just a copy-paste of the TAF 2011 page before the boycot...

    In Fact it's the same page but only with 2012 instead of 2011...

    Kadokawa also said they wont go to the 2012 TAF and that's final.

    And I'm guessing they are not alone...

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    Comment by Pyrus
    00:32 31/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like someone's trying to play both sides of the fence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget about the new EQUALITY censorship that Ishihara is saying he wants to force now.

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