Extending its crackdown on violent and vulgar anime, China’s Ministry of Culture this week named 38 more Japanese animations and comics that will no longer be allowed in the country, online or in print.
Some of the more popular blacklisted titles include “Attack on Titan,” “High School of the Dead” and “Death Note”, and were chosen after “evaluations by investigators, reviews by the ministry and the opinions of experts,” according to Senior Ministry official Liu Qiang, who added that more titles would be added later on.
In April, the ministry released a list of 62 manga comics that were to be banned in the China, including the entire Sailor Moon series, 500 editions of Case Closed (originally Meitantei Conan) and 600 editions of the Naruto series.
Chinese streaming sites including Tencent, Sohu and Baidu’s iQiyi will from now on be fined for streaming animations that “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content,” according to Xinhua, and could risk losing their licenses.
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By Sharon Choi