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Anime/Manga Creators Form Alliance Against Loli Ban

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It appears as if not everyone in Japan is down with the proposed legislation that will censor any depiction of a character who looks younger than 18 and acts in a sexually provocative manner. A group of manga creators have held their own press conference on Monday to fight agains this very law, including such manga creators as Tesuya Chiba ( Ashita no Joe) and Machiko Satonaka (Lady Ann). They then presented the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly with a written statement of their disgust, which was signed by many other creators. Here is the full list of creators who have signed this statement:


Now Hideki Egami, the editor of Ikki manga magazine has asked all those who oppose the legislation and where unable to sign this statement to voice their opinion on twitter. This then opened the flood gates to more and more artists from all around Japan to voice their opinion on the subject matter. It appears as if things are not looking good for the pro loli ban side; but you never know. I’m glad that finally people are standing up to this great injustice.

[Via ANN]
Dream moderator on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 p.m.

And the pro-ban side gets a swift kick to the butt from Japan's major manga artists and publishers.
wwfunderakeron March 15, 2010 at 1:35 p.m.
Im against the loli ban as well, more people should voice their disgust at this.
Oishi_47on March 15, 2010 at 1:41 p.m.
I'm still very curious as to what the opinions of the pro-ban side are. I mean, do they believe it will fix their social problems such as lolicons and NEETs, do they believe that it will actually lower the level of sex crimes committed against minors, or do they just not have bigger problems?  
 
I guess they can try, but will the ban mean anything unless they place it on printed media, video games, television, advertisements, and the internet? They can borrow the "Great Firewall of China" for all the good that will do them, effectively and from a PR standpoint.        
Kelleth moderator on March 15, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.
@oishi_47: I think they just want the cowards way out, that is to fixate on a topic that is indirectly opposed to what they are against rather then the actual problem at hand.
Rather childish IMO.
TigerUppercuton March 15, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.
Dude, this law is never going to pass.
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 15, 2010 at 4:11 p.m.
About blinking time they got together. Good for them.
 
So happy to see Gosho Aoyama and Ken Akamatsu in that list. It's just, where is Eiichiro Oda??!
Dream moderator on March 15, 2010 at 4:32 p.m.
Glad to see Mitsuru Adachi (Cross Game's manga creator) being a part of the alliance as well.
Daniel_Newton moderator on March 15, 2010 at 5:55 p.m.
I love all that there are all the crazy Japanese names in that list along with "Big Joe".
Renkon March 15, 2010 at 7:13 p.m.
I'm glad that there are so many big name artists standing up against this joke of a law.
Oishi_47on March 15, 2010 at 7:13 p.m.
@Newten: Yeah, but who wouldn't listen to a guy named Big Joe?
GodLen staff on March 15, 2010 at 8:55 p.m.
Big Joe is brothers with Big Boss
Nerxon March 15, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.
Kill the Ban xD
HeeroYuyon March 15, 2010 at 9:16 p.m.
Wow, even the creator of Ashita no Joe, Tesuya Chiba? Nice to see this has some serious backing by some pretty influential names.
Lunarmothon March 17, 2010 at 1:35 a.m.
I thought this law would be dismiss and the topic as a whole would be forgotten again. But I guess it maybe getting serious. But I'm glad their a group of people to make sure casualties of creativity are not suffered. In the mean time I will look forward to how this will develop.
Rayleonon March 17, 2010 at 1:38 a.m.
@oishi_47 said:
" I'm still very curious as to what the opinions of the pro-ban side are. I mean, do they believe it will fix their social problems such as lolicons and NEETs, do they believe that it will actually lower the level of sex crimes committed against minors, or do they just not have bigger problems?   I guess they can try, but will the ban mean anything unless they place it on printed media, video games, television, advertisements, and the internet? They can borrow the "Great Firewall of China" for all the good that will do them, effectively and from a PR standpoint.         "
to be fair in japan it will mosty result in econmic collapse or a large loss from an economic standpoint
Oishi_47on March 17, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.
@Rayleon: It will and the only way that it will restrict what content people can get is buy killing off the companies that make it.
Rayleonon March 17, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
@oishi_47: commmunism in japan?
Oishi_47on March 17, 2010 at 5:31 p.m.
@Rayleon: No, more like regulation. Communists don't make cartoons that aren't some form of nationalist propaganda.
ganchanon March 17, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
I'm glad of this, but I wonder how much influence these people have.  In most countries, a group of comics creators would have little to no influence on national policy.  Would the ubiquity of manga in Japan improve that score?  I don't know.
 
Now, if the heads of the major PUBLISHING HOUSES showed up to this fight, then I'd hold a little more hope.
Rayleonon March 17, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.
@oishi_47: well true, heavily regulated country
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