Tokyo Tightens Manga Ban


Kadokawa is reporting the Tokyo government has just banned one of its titles as “unhealthy” after tougher new criteria for determining which manga are injurious to their readers were introduced, after police finally got their woman put in charge of the censors.

The original guidelines for determining which manga are “unhealthy” were laid down in 2010, but Kadokawa’s eroge-adapted sexy manga “Imouto Paradise! 2 ~ Oniichan to Go-nin no Imouto no Motto! Ecchi Shimakuri na Mainichi ~”, released in March, is said to have been the first victim of a new set of revised guidelines.

The content of the manga sheds no light on why it was so mysteriously banned (at least, not if the fact To Love-Ru Darkness has never been touched is considered):

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The content of the new guidelines and the reasons Imouto Paradise proved too much for censors have yet to be made public, but an announcement with details is apparently due on the 16th.

Aside from whatever objectionable content the manga may or may not contain, also likely relevant is likely the fact that original manga was serialised in the “18+” marked eroge magazine Tech Gian, but the tankobon edition dispensed with the “18+” mark and was sold as general manga rather than ero-manga, the distribution of which is now restricted in Tokyo.

According to those familiar with the case, the manga was judged acceptable under the existing guidelines (which mysteriously allowed the likes of To Love-Ru whilst banning all sorts of other provocative titles), but in spring a personnel change resulted in the Tokyo civil servant who had formerly headed the youth health division moving out, to be replaced by one Tomomi Nomura, who formerly worked in the National Police Agency.

With the post back in police hands (under Ishihara the police had always provided the section chief), a new set of criteria for censoring the capital’s manga were apparently felt necessary.


On the other hand, some have pointed out Kadokawa may have provoked such treatment by its surly refusal to kowtow to the censors – in 2012 eroge-adapted “all-ages” manga “Pochi to Goshujin-sama” was banned along similar lines…


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