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Anime Censorship in the 90s and Early 2000s

March 18, 2019
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Anime Censorship in the 90s and Early 2000s

If you happened to watch the American dub of the anime Yu-Gi-Oh! back in the early 2000s, you might have noticed a few things were off. Characters would go out of their way to dramatically point at one another. They drank “grape juice” out of fancy glasses. Some characters were really into lollipops that definitely…

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Barefoot Gen Holds Sacred Place in History, Both as Truth and Story

February 21, 2019
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Barefoot Gen Holds Sacred Place in History, Both as Truth and Story

“[Barefoot] Gen burned its way into my heated brain with the intensity of a fever dream” Art Spiegelman notes in his introduction to Barefoot Gen Vol. 1.  Even without the flu, Spiegelman reports experiencing during his first read-through, Keiji Nakazawa’s semi-autobiographical manga will stay with you long after you’ve consumed its final pages. The first few panels may appear immature, filled with fart jokes…

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One of the Most Influential Banned Comics of All Time : Barefoot Gen

October 1, 2018
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One of the Most Influential Banned Comics of All Time : Barefoot Gen

“[Barefoot] Gen burned its way into my heated brain with the intensity of a fever dream” Art Spiegelman notes in his introduction to Barefoot Gen Vol. 1.  Even without the fever, Spiegelman was experiencing through his first read, Keiji Nakazawa’s semi-autobiographical manga is sure to stay with you long after you’ve consumed its final pages. Though it may seem…

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66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

August 21, 2018
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66 Pounds of Hentai Confiscated by Swiss Customs

Swiss customs recently confiscated 66 pounds of comics that were shipped home by a fan returning from Comiket, the massive Japanese dōjinshi convention. According to Melonpan, the self-described otaku whose comics were held, customs seized the comics because of how young the fictional characters appeared. Customs ultimately released the comics because the material was entirely fictional, and did…

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Sharing the Language of Comics – Charles Brownstein on Manga and Comics Censorship Today

June 15, 2018
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Sharing the Language of Comics – Charles Brownstein on Manga and Comics Censorship Today

Last year, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Charles Brownstein, was invited by the Institute for Contents Cultures and Uguisu Ribbon Campaign in Tokyo to speak about the manga and comics communities and the continued importance of fighting on the front lines of free expression. Brownstein’s presentation discussed the history of comics censorship, and…

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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

June 14, 2018
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Genghis Kahn and the Dangers of Self-Censorship

Back in February, Japanese manga magazine, Coro Coro wildly offended Mongolians with a portrait of Genghis Kahn with male genitalia scrawled on his forehead, and some wordplay above it, which translates to “penis.” As funny as it may sound some, the censorship that followed is was anything but. If the art sounds random, that’s because it…

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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

November 15, 2017
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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

A Japanese politician and elected member of the national legislature has apologized after implying that anime and video games may have influenced an alleged serial killer who is suspected of murdering and dismembering at least nine people. House of Councillors member Ichita Yamamoto drew the baseless connection during a recent appearance on a TV talk…

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“Good for Nothing Girl” Takes on Japan’s Anti-Terrorism Law

August 1, 2017
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“Good for Nothing Girl” Takes on Japan’s Anti-Terrorism Law

“Good for nothing girl” Rokudenashiko has turned her art to a new cause: fighting Japan’s controversial anti-terrorism law. Rokudensahiko, or Megumi Igarashi, has long worked to fight gender inequality and to destigmatize the depiction of female genitalia in Japanese artwork. Her “vagina art” resulted in obscenity charges against the artist after she distributed 3D plans for…

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Japanese Artist Rokudenashiko: “My Body is Not an Obscenity”

June 10, 2016
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Japanese cartoonist Rokudenashiko recently celebrated the release of her new book What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy by challenging claims by the Japanese government that her art, and subsequently her body, is obscene. In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, the artist, whose real name is Megumi…

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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

May 10, 2016
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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

A Japanese court yesterday imposed a fine of 400,000 yen (about $3,667) on artist Megumi Igarashi for distributing 3D plans of her own genitals via the Internet. The plans were among the premiums in her crowdfunding campaign, which raised money for her project to construct a full-size “vagina kayak.” Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym…

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