China Banned Attack On Titan, Death Note And More

China Banned Attack on Titan, Death Note, and More

The Chinese government has banned more anime. Another 38 Japanese cartoons are blacklisted and prohibited from appearing online in China.

As Kyodo reports, eight Chinese websites were shutdown for streaming anime that "encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content." Another twenty nine Chinese websites received warnings or fines.

Ministry of Culture official Liu Qiang told Chinese news source Xinhua (via Kyodo) the crackdown is to "protect the healthy development of youth."

Earlier this year, the Chinese government went after some of the country's biggest internet companies for hosting anime like Blood-C and Highschool of the Dead. The reason? The government said the shows "lure minors to delinquency and glamorize violence, pornography, and terrorist activities."

Online in China, many fans were upset by the latest ban, calling this latest move anti-Japanese and "censorship".


    That's it, they've finally crossed the line into censorship!

      I thought they crossed that line decades ago..?

        Decades, is that how long it takes you to detect sarcasm? ;)

          wasnt sure if cubits a bit sensitive about anime or in general sarcastic.
          Anime fans can be... 'passionate' I guess...

    It's funny, I would've thought the Attack on Titan concept of a walled-off bastion of civilization beset by devouring alien monsters would be right up China's alley.
    ...Until I realized that the moral of the story is that the real monsters are the corrupt authorities inside the walls and the outside isn't all what it seems. Yup. Them's dangerous thoughts to the Chinese.

      My instinct here is that the goal isn't actually censorship, but an attempt to boost the popularity of the Chinese animation industry, which has been growing in size and popularity quite a bit over the past decade. It strikes me as an attempt at market control (block foreign products, encourage domestic sales) more than anything else.

      I could be off the mark though. Just a gut feeling.

        It's probably killing two birds with one stone, censorship + promoting local industry

    well maybe they should just, like, apologise for nanjing

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