Tokyo Tightens Manga Ban

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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.

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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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    Avatar of gamamew
    Comment by gamamew
    04:09 13/05/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Stupid human society: It's not ok to show sexual related content on media but it's perfectly ok showing people killing one another ¬_¬
    This world timeline is shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 13/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    dont worry, its totally not ok to show people killing one another in japan either. they do not in any way have an acceptance of violence like we do in the west. call of duty goes to japan and gets restricted adults only. blood often gets censored out of video games to avoid being restricted adults only

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hmm, let's see...oh yea, almost every single Shounen title disagrees with that statement. Bleach, several deaths, lots of blood. One Piece, same. Guessing Naruto as well. Hell, Dragonball even shows Goku's penis several times, not to mention all the villain deaths, massacres, and the entire planet being destroyed.

    But no, you're right, they don't like violence at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:37 14/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Goku's penis does not count because in Japan (clearly) prepubescent male genitalia is not considered indecent and thus avoids the law by the notion of the Japanese not being alarmed by some little kid dropping his pants, it is a kid after all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 16/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    A penis is a penis, Anonymous. Whether it is a kid's penis or not, it's still a penis.

    Or would you not complain if they showed a little girls genitalia in a manga/anime?

    It's a little girl, after all.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 14/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you people never seen Jp horror movies?!? They have more gore and torture in them than U.S. horror movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gore may not be acceptable but killing is. Check any shounen manga and you will see it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're really not against violence, they just have stupid laws. It's the same thing as with censoring porn. I think showing blood is okay but outright gore(innards, dismemberment) is not, but the classification is vague so it's sometimes weird. Manga such as shounen is mostly spared as it's in black and white, as I think Hunter x Hunter in the bug arc is pretty good example of WTF.

    In the west on the other hand, they take a 18+ game, keep it as such and still censor the blood... As in Ninja Gaiden(Not sure which one, but it was one of the XBox generation) and Metal Gear Rising the blood color was changed. Fucking germans...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 13/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    >it's perfectly ok showing people killing one another

    So long as the government-sponsored killers beat the terrorists.

    If you showed the terrorists winning, you'd be just as bad as the baddies.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:39 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yah the world has become a very shitty place in the past few years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I personally want to get off...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    RIP

    Comment by Anonymous

    Where?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Goodbye, I'll enjoy your share of oxygen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 14/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    i guess that doesn't make women jealous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What did you expect? Guro and snuff make the Japanese really happy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:00 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck yourself fucktard

    Comment by Anonymous

    Killing is considered a good thing in a way. I know that when I was young, my grandfather taught me to hunt and to properly slaughter an animal. It was implied that I was to shoot people too if they tried to take our animals. Nobody saw issue with that. He would have never taken me to pick up girls or showed me porn mags, though. He would have considered that inappropriate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 13/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    the HELL ARE YOU TALKING' BOUT, BAN MOEEEEEEEEEE WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT, I SUPPORT FULL TIME!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 13/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    yeah because pedophilia incest and girls tied to a chair the healthy way.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's healthier than eating each other asides from licking clams.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 13/05/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    A woman was put in charge of what is considered "unhealthy" and suddenly what was considered acceptable is now not.

    The absolute last thing this world needs is some militant feminist dictating what is and is not an acceptable depiction of women.

    Avatar of Dark Mage
    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:39 13/05/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Apparently a very stupid woman who should have everything in these managas done to her by goatmen.

    BRB opening a portal to the metaworld to get the goatmen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 13/05/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Can I order a few pieces of sexy catgirl-ass?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would advice not to open portal to meta world freely, we have enough problem from voyager witches. I prefer not to have more...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get a sexy werewolf princess like what I have, and the world will appear more alive and vivid than you ever thought possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 15/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make it a Warhammer Fantasy beastmen. Beastigor, please?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    in other words, don't put a feminist to do the job of a pervert.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most manga would get banned on account of "not enough ass and titties."

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering only ONE manga got banned, I doubt she's a feminist...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:31 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's just getting started and testing out the waters.

    Avatar of aoitoriko
    Comment by aoitoriko
    02:36 14/05/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Women in positions of authority suck all the fun out of life. They can't help it, it's the "mommy" effect.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I love how you guys blame these things on 'women in power' while shit things happen literally every day because of men who are in power, yet no one even bitches about those men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 15/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Ehm... What about politicians. People bitch about those. And politicians ARE in power.
    People also bitch about teachers,soldiers,lawyers,mangaka who update slowly, translators who respond slowly or do bad job and I can go forever. People bitch about lots of things. Like you are bitching about aoitorikos view and I bitch about your view.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Meanwhile Western college lecturers keep insisting Japan is a very patriarchal country that treats its women like shit and rapes them non stop.

    Methinks those college lecturers' only experience and knowledge regarding Japan is via H anime. They clearly don't pay attention to the fucking news.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Japan -is- a patriarchal country, and its only idiots like you who get all their news from an anime porn site that think otherwise.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ah yes japan is so not patriarchal, the way employers practically force men to give up their jobs as soon as they get married, the way they refuse to give men promotions and pay-rises, the way train molestation is such a national problem that they had to make man-only carriages, the way women refuse to marry any man over the age of 25...oh wait. duuuh are you really that dumb.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    22:18 15/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In a patriarchal country..
    ..women wouldn't be allowed to have jobs.
    ..molestation of women would be socially accepted.
    ..raped women would be stoned to death.
    ..women would be married off before they turn 18.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 03/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol feminists are for the most part women who don't know how to use their feminine charm to get ahead so they bitch and cry foul and demand we enforce a homogenized society.

    Comment by Anonymous

    sounds more like an inhuman society

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    the Feminazi...

    Comment by Anonymous

    A sister fucking her brother is an acceptable depiction of women?

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    14:32 13/05/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    According to freedom of speech yes, it is acceptable.

    Everything is acceptable unless it outright harms people. And no, "I don't feel like this is going to be good for you" is not actual harm.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    22:19 15/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How would that be unacceptable? It's not like her brother is a stranger or anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 03/07/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How is it any more or less "acceptable" of a depiction of the male? Why is the female the only "victim"?
    Just let people make and read whatever fiction they enjoy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 13/05/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Then again, the one manga they got to ban now ... well, anyone who isn't blind would ban that one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Based on the content shown here alone, it's understandable. If 'ban' means what they did before in the sense of 'relegated to the adult section' then I agree with this person, it should be there, as it has adult content like sex and penetration apparently. I am not 100% sure, but the word 'ban' here I think is not quite correct.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 14/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Phew that's a relief. Even with this stupid law, it'll probably end up being another case of tatemae where it doesn't get enforced anyway. Still shouldn't let our guard down though, cause laws aren't getting any softer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 14/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it is simply "No sale to Under-18s". The new provision of this is now a ban on selling titles containing Incest to Under-18s. Therefore, the title in question falls under the "ban" which means age verification is required for purchase of such titles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 13/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "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"

    "the distribution of which is now restricted in Tokyo"

    Doesn't diz mean they're not allowed to sell it anymore?






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