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Tokyo Votes to Erase Children From Anime Later This Month

This could go down.


 Good bye!
 Good bye!
Remember a week and some days ago when I told you about a proposed legislation that might remove or censor any character that looks under the age of 18 and is the cause of lust? Well, it looks as if the Tokyo legislators are taking it a step forward and actually voting on the 19th of March to get this made into a law. If it makes it out of the committee, then it will be voted on by the entire assembly on the 30th; and if it passes then it could take effect as early as October 1.

In response to this law, the “nonexistent youths” of today are rejoicing, stating that finally they can live a normal life within their manga and anime universes without the worry of random sex scenes or the daily bath with brother. “I am just glad that someone is finally thinking about our fictional welfare, and not things like plummeting birth rate or North mother flipping Korea.” said one such loli. Though the cast of Strike Witches does not appear to be celebrating, for their entire existence might be erased from history.

We can do nothing more than wait for March 19 to arrive.

[Via ANN]
paplooon March 10, 2010 at 3:14 a.m.


I dunno, if i means no more pornographic material of this sort, good for Japan. I imagine it will affect editorial standards, but it probably won't be as bad as some think- it'll just make things less creepy overall.

On the brightside, the chances of a Happy Mania anime have greatly increases, as anime companies will have to resort to using actual sexy ladies and adults to appeal to the 30-40 year olds who make up Moe's target audience[just ask Square Enix]    who want sexier material. Maybe teaching them that girls over the age of 25 are attractive and want to date them will iimprove birth rates, rather then making them creepy shut-ins who buy junior high schoolers panties from vending machines,.

MissPandaon March 10, 2010 at 6:21 a.m.
I'm gonna be a dirty perv and say, that I hope this law doesent get approved. like Renk said, who desides who looks under 18? if you think about shows like Lucky Star, it will get baaaaanned D:
This would acturally just be....drastic and dum -w-
GrandMarshalon March 10, 2010 at 6:56 a.m.
Noooooooo dont leave us ='[
Daniel_Newton moderator on March 10, 2010 at 8:46 a.m.
@MoonStorm said:
" What are the odds of this law actually passing this in to law? I don't know  much about jappanies politics but I imagine it will be hard to pass a law on fictional characters and that will restrict an industry that is a good chuck of the economy. "
That's the most amazing spelling of Japanese I've ever seen.
@Renk said:
" i just don't get why they seem to think they need to go through so much to protect people from pixels on a screen. I do question that even if it passes, who decides if a character looks under 18 and under what criteria? I'd laugh if there were some stereotypical older Japanese woman that looks to be in high school on that panel.   Honestly, when you think about it, such a ban could really put a hit on Tokyo financially. Suddenly banning half of the anime market wouldn't go over well. At all. "
This. I mean what are they going to do? Remove all Strike Witches and K-ON! merchandise from shelves across Japan? Halt entire series from being made like Railgun? And yeah, what's the criteria for an anime character to look 18 or not? If it's an 18 year old girl whose a little short, not very curvy and has small breasts does that mean she's not 18 despite the creators of the character saying she is?
 
I can't see this happening, it would cause too much trouble and too much money would be lost.
Ryokanon March 10, 2010 at 10:45 a.m.

If it passes and properly applied, it's just another new  market for the Yakuza... 
 
Seriously, it's true that many girl of the right age seems like much more young, and the reverse is true : I lost the count of "young" schoolgirl with great boobs on manga that seem more appropriate on the body of a twenty-thirty pornstar actress... 
 
Moe could be interesting to see, and much of Moe character never attracted me sexually, so I want to see how the japanese autority will put the law in practice.
 
But I would be interested in the advice of a Japanese otaku on this...
Charagonon March 10, 2010 at 11:13 a.m.
Pros: No more anime with compelling stories only to be interrupted by loli fanservice. (Shakugan no Shana, Dance of the Vampire Bund, Familiar of Zero, Shuffle, even Railgun to some extent.)
 
Cons: Pretty much everything else
Dream moderator is online on March 10, 2010 at 12:33 p.m.

Ummm, I did say the legislation would only effect Tokyo Prefecture, not all of Japan.
Renkon March 10, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.
@Dream:  Because Tokyo is just a small part of Japan right? no big anime, TV, and production companies in that area at all /sarcasm
 
Joking aside, the only reason this is causing such a stir is because it is in Tokyo. If this was some backwoods town passing this to law it wouldn't make as much news. But, seeing as it's happening in what is pretty much the Anime capital of the world, it's a big deal.
reinon March 10, 2010 at 12:56 p.m.
NSFW.  
Dream moderator is online on March 10, 2010 at 1:14 p.m.
@Renk: Pardon my ignorance of Tokyo's economy then. But yes, I'm totally against this legislation. Besides crippling the creative options for animators and the industry at large in Tokyo, I fear the passing of this could encourage other prefectures to pass similar bills and that would potentially put the anime industry at large at risk if their options are being limited by government intervention. Wonder if supporters of the legislation ever hear of a concept called 'personal responsibility' when it comes to having interest in younger anime characters?
neoepochon March 10, 2010 at 6:43 p.m.
@MoonStorm said:
" What are the odds of this law actually passing this in to law? I don't know  much about jappanies politics but I imagine it will be hard to pass a law on fictional characters and that will restrict an industry that is a good chuck of the economy. "
Even if it passes, how well do you think it is going to be enforced? There are plenty of laws that are made but barely enforced. I can't think off of my head because I'm too busy thinking of 9th century chant, but there are a few.
Tempestangelon March 10, 2010 at 8:22 p.m.
Japans Population b4 March 19 : High
After: medium
cfatalison March 10, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.
@Tempestangel said:
" Japans Population b4 March 19 : High After: medium "
japan economy
before 100%
after 50%
Nerxon March 11, 2010 at 12:39 a.m.
mother@#$%ers, I hope it doesn't pass
Oishi_47on March 11, 2010 at 1:51 a.m.
I'd like to assume that any rational politician, regardless of their opinion of anime, would not willingly cripple their own economy. Though I admit, I know very little about Tokyo's political climate. I don't know if they have an equivalent to a cowboy blow-fiend riding on his father's coattails, or if their economy is doing so well, that they need to start making less money.
Bigheart711on March 11, 2010 at 7:34 p.m.
Does this only affect Tokyo, or the whole damned country?
Netstrykeon March 12, 2010 at 2:57 a.m.
Ladies and gentlemen, This is the end of the Anime industry.
Without the hook....They might have to write actual stories. and then we are in trouble!
Dream moderator is online on March 12, 2010 at 3:25 a.m.
@Bigheart711:  This legislation would only effect Tokyo Prefecture. But with Tokyo being the center of the anime industry, the law, if passed, would impact the industry in a bad way.
Count_Alucardon March 13, 2010 at 3:13 a.m.
@crusader8463 said:
"Just when i thought my faith in the prosperity of humanities future couldn't get any lower. "

This.
animeninja9on March 14, 2010 at 2:02 p.m.
@Magnificent said:
" I'm really liberal but damn I find the sexualisation of little girls sick so I'm not complaining. "
i agree with you its sick but to each their own......so if people wanna watch kids have sex and stuff.....who are we to stop them.
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