Tokyo Bans Hentai

Conspirator
Posts: 6364
Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:57 pm

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 12:27 am » by Zer0


Tokyo’s ban on anime, manga and games featuring “virtual crimes” or which are “likely to interfere with the healthy development of youth” has passed after the DPJ agreed to support it.

The DPJ’s only addition to the critical portion of the law was a short rider which requests “prudent application of the law in light of any artistic, social, scientific or satirical merits the work might express” – it does not however add any legal obligation to consider these, or establish any clear or indepdently enforced criteria for judging whether a work can be declared “harmful” or not.

Even more bizarrely, the final draft actually removed a passage that imposed “a duty not to possess [photographic] child pornography” on Tokyo residents, whilst leaving the section banning erotic manga and anime (and explicitly excluding photographic materials) all but unchanged – that the bill is intended exclusively as an “anti-otaku” law seems to be beyond doubt.

It is very difficult to objectively assess the scope of the law – along with vague and subjective terms like “interfere with the healthy development of youth,” the law also includes “etc.” on the end of most of its examples, leaving it quite unclear, for example, whether the “improper glorification of illegal sexual activity, etc.” applies to only virtual sex crimes, or all crimes in general – presumably the interpretation adopted will be whichever is convenient to censors.

Similarly, the ban’s mention of “rape and other sexual acts which violate societal norms” seems inevitably to point to a ban on depictions of homosexuality, considering who was behind the law.

The generally expected form the law will take is that of a “amakudari” (a pervasive system of sinecures for retired bureaucrats) body which will inspect all anime, manga and games, with only those titles receiving approval as “healthy” able to be sold regularly in Tokyo shops – the rest will be relegated to the “adult corner.”

The most immediate and direct effect of the law will almost certainly be to see ecchi manga such as To Love-Ru, bishoujo titles such as Champion Red and most BL manga, as well as any seinen manga with especially mature themes, banned from general sales – presumably most will then be cancelled due to a lack of suitable magazine or tankobon distribution channels, with a few perhaps being resurrected as 18+ ero-manga.

As has already been seen, publishers will also likely be purging future anime, manga and games of any content liable to fall foul of the law, and removing older titles from distribution.

The law probably also spells the end of most late night anime in Tokyo (and by extension, everywhere else), which it would appear to ban under its distribution clause; given the vague wording of the current season alone it seems Ore no Imouto, Panty & Stocking, Yosuga, Sora no Otoshimono, Milky Holmes and others would all fall foul of its various stipulations.

There is also some doubt as to whether Comiket will be able to be held under the new regulations – if not, its cancellation or removal to another prefecture seems likely, although a lack of sufficiently large spaces may severely complicate this.

The law is expected to be signed into law on the 15th after an additional vote and then come into effect in July of 2011, so with magazine, tankobon, anime and game release schedules being what they are, it seems likely its effects will be felt much sooner; in a genuinely democratic state there might be scope to overturn it before then, but from what has been seen so far it seems unlikely publishers have the guts or savvy to do anything about it.
Master Raphael wrote:what you call the law of attraction was missing a vital aspect to the theory that I call the law of repulsion ...it is clear I drove the two of you together...using my repulsion not attraction

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 5989
Joined: Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:38 am
Location: My happy place

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:10 am » by Newearthman


What a shame :( Didn't hentai start in Tokyo?
Image

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 6983
Joined: Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:39 am

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:12 am » by E6722maj


this is a disaster

:alien:
whatever

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 7924
Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:19 pm

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:16 am » by Harbin


Good, most of it is dirty, evil shiite anyway.
Image
Antiwar.com

Initiate
User avatar
Posts: 778
Joined: Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:41 pm

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:26 am » by Nyarelathodep


harbin wrote:Good, most of it is dirty, evil shiite anyway.

Are you also willing to have what is acceptable to you dictated to you and enforced by someone else?
For challenges to come, we stand against the tide...under the banner of the brave. Mission Aetheria...the future belongs to the brave.

Initiate
User avatar
Posts: 716
Joined: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:16 am

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:28 am » by Stratafire


Gee, not surprised here.. the "loli/shota/etc.." world , dumps "billions" of dollars in taxes into the political "prostitutes" pockets..

If they did the "right thing" the country would be in a massive recession, a major political upheaval as peoples jobs disappears, riots in the streets, "Yakuza" issues, and essentially untold anarchy..

Japan has "issues" with sexual deviances, and up until the 90's, pedophiles were accepted, women/children could not make "sounds" in public transportation systems (subways) so they essentially allowed "rape" to happen on the trains as they could not cry out, if they did, they could be fined and it would be "very" public, which would bring shame to the family name (less damned if you do allow it to happen, far worse if you don't mentality) which essentially is "rape encouragement"

If you dig far enough into the Japanese culture's backwaters, you really will come out with a layer of filth 2 miles thick covering you, that the "concerned public" on top of it, would not even acknowledge as being an issue (why should they? , they grew up in the environment, they are blinded by the "frog in the pot" theory)

Japans not about to lose a "major" windfall of economic income, for the benefit of the children or public concerns (not to mention the threat of the Yakuza and associated elements of the dark portion of the society)..

If you go to Japan, either stay in the "tourists traps", or be ready for an eye opening experience you will never, ever forget...

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 2210
Joined: Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:33 am
Location: Earth

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:29 am » by Reinaul


nooooooooooo hentai!!


Who cares! ...probably oto but Im not so sure
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
-Albert Einstein

Be Your Own Messiah

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 7924
Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:19 pm

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:30 am » by Harbin


nyarelathodep wrote:
harbin wrote:Good, most of it is dirty, evil shiite anyway.

Are you also willing to have what is acceptable to you dictated to you and enforced by someone else?


I don't understand the context of your question. Perhaps you can elaborate, or rephrase a bit ?
Image
Antiwar.com

Initiate
User avatar
Posts: 778
Joined: Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:41 pm

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 2:39 am » by Nyarelathodep


harbin wrote:
nyarelathodep wrote:
harbin wrote:Good, most of it is dirty, evil shiite anyway.

Are you also willing to have what is acceptable to you dictated to you and enforced by someone else?


I don't understand the context of your question. Perhaps you can elaborate, or rephrase a bit ?


If you think its a good idea for the establishment to ban this sort of thing (and believe me, I hold no particular concern for the subject matter in and of itself), then you must surely be willing to accept that these same powers can also define whats accpetable for you as defined by what they consider evil shiite as well, no? I would think its preferable this type of thing would eventually disapeer as a result of an elightening humanity, rather than the mandates of an increasingly all-powerful establishment which enforces what is right and wrong for the collective. Until such a time as we as a race have progressed to a new level of thought, why cover up the defects that need addressing on a personal level?
For challenges to come, we stand against the tide...under the banner of the brave. Mission Aetheria...the future belongs to the brave.

Writer
Posts: 64
Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:27 am

PostWed Dec 15, 2010 3:01 am » by Kennyforever


This is just the start of the new world,Censorship is the most powerful weapon at hand if you tell people what they can read,watch, the next step is you tell them what to think,it works in many ways media is controlled by Governments how many people know how many iraqi civillians have died scine the 23rd of March 2003,well over a Million,but you hear it on Fox,CBS,BBC,or CNN,so be careful who and what you endorse. :dancing:


Next

  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post
Visit Disclose.tv on Facebook