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Connecticut Middle Schooler Investigated by State Police for “Death Note” List

June 17, 2015
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Connecticut Middle Schooler Investigated by State Police for “Death Note” List

A seventh grader in Griswold, Connecticut is suspended from school and under investigation by state police after he was found to have compiled a list of classmates in a “death note” booklet inspired by the manga and anime series. Although the boy is suspended through the end of the school year and there is no…

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China Bans Anime and Manga from the Internet

June 11, 2015
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In order to protect the welfare of their children and curb a potential rise in juvenile delinquency, the Chinese Ministry of Culture has issued a list of 38 Japanese manga and anime that will no longer be allowed into the country. From Attack on Titan to Death Note, the Chinese ministry issued warnings to popular…

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Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

May 5, 2015
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Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

A recent feature from Anime News Network about 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe brought to our attention a few instances of manga censorship that we haven’t covered because they predate our news blog by a few years. We did some digging to see what we could turn up, so read on for more! Perhaps…

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CBLDF Executive Director Discusses the Power of Comics in Norway

April 15, 2015
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CBLDF Executive Director Discusses the Power of Comics in Norway

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Browstein recently took the fight for the freedom to read to Norway, and we now have the video evidence to prove it! The amazing folks at Creative Mornings, which hosted one of Brownstein’s lectures, “The Power of Comics,” just released a recording of his talk. Despite the early hour, Brownstein spoke…

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Women Who Changed Free Expression Special: 24 Nengumi

March 31, 2015
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Women Who Changed Free Expression Special: 24 Nengumi

To wind up our Women Who Changed Free Expression series that ran throughout March, CBLDF Advisory Board member and Mechademia co-founder Frenchy Lunning provided this compendium of the female creators who transformed the manga landscape in the late 1960s. All our thanks to Frenchy! The 24 nengumi: The Female Progenitors of Shôjo Manga Year 24…

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Goodbye, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

March 9, 2015
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Goodbye, Yoshihiro Tatsumi

The celebrated mangaka and one of the founders of the “gekiga” school of alternative manga Yoshihiro Tatsumi has reportedly passed away at the age of 79. Tatsumi’s work was groundbreaking, boundary-pushing, and often breathtaking. He told stories that were haunting, and he explored complex topics such as guilt, sexuality, grief, and the bleaker aspects of…

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Censorship 2014: Manga and Anime Blamed for Crime

January 2, 2015
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Misconceptions and deliberate hyperbole about manga and anime are nothing new, but a CNN segment that aired in June was so impressively wrong that our piece on it was one of the most visited on the site this year. In the deceptively edited video, CNN Tokyo correspondent Will Ripley made every effort to suggest that…

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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

October 22, 2014
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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

A UK man last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing illegal manga and anime, a first since manga was added to the country’s child pornography laws in 2010. Robul Hoque of South Bank, Middlesbrough was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the sentence was suspended as long as he does not break…

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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

September 11, 2014
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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

After a Florida teen last week attempted to murder her mother and younger brother by setting the family home on fire, authorities and local media are scrutinizing her preferred reading–namely online Slender Man fic and Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga series Soul Eater. Perhaps unsurprisingly, news outlets have seized upon the perceived connection to a highly sensationalized…

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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

July 7, 2014
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New Manga Crushed by Tokyo Ordinance

A new manga series was cancelled last week just days before it was to debut online, apparently because the publisher was concerned it might clash with Tokyo’s Youth Healthy Development Ordinance. Creator Arisa Yamamoto said on her blog that editors of Comic Zenon, the website that was to run the manga, contacted her two days…

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