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Almost-Ero Manga Mag Cuts Back on the Smut

And censorship carries on in Japan.


Do any of you remember a few years ago, when the Osaka prefecture established the Harmful Books Act, which was aimed at ensuring that the smuttier of the shoujo manga anthologies couldn't be sold to those under 18? And a year later they declared 13 loli manga to be "harmful books"? And then there was that whole "Rapelay" issue, which went international?

Well, just because it's fallen somewhat out of the news doesn't mean that censorship has ceased in Japan: Canned Dogs reports that Akita Shoten's Champion RED Ichigo, a shounen manga anthology that publishes a variety of pervy comedies (including KimiKiss: Sweet Lips, AIKa R-16, and Mai-Otome Zwei), has its eye on cutting down its ero content.

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According to Canned Dogs, Konohana creator Kazumi Yoshiyuki has been instructed to cut back on the erotic content of his ecchi comedy, which revolves around a girl named Yukari who was raised by an otaku-- and then becomes a mech pilot.

Judging from a few quick Google image searches for Champion Red Ichigo, it's clear that the manga inside is pretty naughty-- it's also the manga anthology that gave out the infamous P.E. bloomers coin purse; you can purchase it at Akadot, if you're over 18, and you can't buy it at JList's under-18-friendly Jbox.com...but the anthology is not 18+ in Japan and is famous for pushing the envelope with those limitations.
What do you think? Too sexy? On the one hand, I'm never a fan of censorship, but still, you wonder why not just make a straight-out eromanga anthology. It seems odd to me that THAT many of their readers are under 18.
YotaruVegetaon Jan. 16, 2010 at 10:42 a.m.
This kinda reminds me of when porn shops in america had to start carrying mainstream products to be legal. It just boggles me. Why would you have to be forced to give your audience less of what they seemed to be satisfied and did not complain about? Even if the subject matter is barf-inducing to some people.
JJOR64on Jan. 16, 2010 at 10:50 a.m.
DUMB!            Why censor something that's targeted towards the mature audience?  I think they are just overrating to all the bad buzz they are getting.            DOES NOT COMPUTE!!!
giaon Jan. 16, 2010 at 11:13 a.m.
@JJOR64: Well, bear in mind again, this is NOT an 18+ magazine in Japan.
JJOR64on Jan. 16, 2010 at 11:14 a.m.
@gia: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH.  I did not know that.  :P   Well, I guess it's ok then.  I was thinking this was targeted towards the older crowd.
MorpheusDreamweaveron Jan. 16, 2010 at 12:21 p.m.
It seems fair to ask the creator to tone down the smut levels of a title appearing in an all-ages magazine.

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