Posts Tagged ‘ manga ’

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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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

June 13, 2014
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What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime?

Although production and distribution of underage pornography have been illegal in Japan for (only) 15 years, possession of it currently is not. That will change later this month, when a law passed last week by the country’s House of Representatives goes into effect. Virtually everyone can agree that this is a good thing; it’s long…

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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

March 25, 2014
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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

We’re slowly getting more details on last week’s news that Keiji Nakazawa’s manga Barefoot Gen had been banned from yet another Japanese school district. According to major sources including Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, Izumisano City officials planned to return the book to school library shelves last Thursday, following a review of the content. Izumisano…

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Anime Series Changes Timeslots After Complaints to Japanese Watchdog Group

February 6, 2014
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Anime Series Changes Timeslots After Complaints to Japanese Watchdog Group

An anime series featuring erotically charged scenes between stepsiblings will be moved from 10:30 p.m. to the early morning hours on Japanese TV after the non-governmental Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization (BPO) launched an investigation into complaints about “heavy sexual content.” Two networks, Tokyo MX and Sun TV, aired the first four episodes of…

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Remembering Manga Researcher Timothy Perper

February 3, 2014
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Remembering Manga Researcher Timothy Perper

We are deeply saddened to hear that writer, manga researcher, and CBLDF supporter Timothy Perper passed away recently at age 74. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and present his full obituary below, as written by Dr. Perper’s wife, Martha Cornog: Timothy Perper, 74, writer and independent researcher on courtship as…

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Censorship 2013: Comics Editors Convicted of Obscenity

December 30, 2013
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Censorship 2013: Comics Editors Convicted of Obscenity

Earlier this month, CBLDF received word that editors of the popular Japanese comics publication Core Magazine pleaded guilty to charges of obscenity. The conviction marks an escalation in the assault on free expression in the Japanese manga industry by Tokyo authorities, and the repercussions could travel to what global otaku will read in their home…

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Core Magazine Pleads Guilty in Japanese Obscenity Case

December 20, 2013
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Core Magazine Pleads Guilty in Japanese Obscenity Case

In July, three people, including Akira Ōta, who heads the editorial department at Core Magazine, were arrested in Japan amid accusations of obscenity. According to CBLDF’s source in Japan, the Core Magazine case went to court, and despite predictions of a court fight, the defendants pled guilty, likely because Japanese authorities backed away from some of…

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CBLDF Presents Manga

December 4, 2013
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CBLDF Presents Manga

CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices is in stores today! An authoritative yet accessible handbook designed to help librarians, educators, and parents navigate the vast and popular field of manga, CBLDF Presents Manga provides what you really need to know about manga from those who really know it! What sets this book apart…

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Thailand’s Overzealous Censors

August 14, 2013
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Thailand’s Overzealous Censors

Thailand doesn’t skimp when it comes to censorship. According to a recent article by Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku, the country’s scrupulous censorship laws commonly disrupt the dubbed anime that is broadcast on Thai television. Whatever is deemed inappropriate — be it anime or not — has a hefty blur smudged over the offending material. Thai…

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Be Counted: How Your Membership Makes A Difference

October 25, 2012
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Are you a current member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund?  If you’ve contributed your member dues in 2012, we thank you.  If you haven’t renewed or have yet to join, we’re asking you to please Be Counted and support our vitally important work today. The CBLDF’s program work is increasing, and we need…

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