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Does Japan's Youth Ordinance Bill Spell the End for Anime/Manga?

Discussion in 'Congregation of the Masses' started by PokéTrainer J, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. PokéTrainer J

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  2. MrIndigo

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    From these articles, anyone saying that this is the death of anime industry is clearly hysterical. I do not see anything like that happening.
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    It's difficult to say without knowing how harshly the law will be enforced. Can't imagine much good coming from it though.
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    Yeah, that's a helluva leap. It's like asking if the video game industry is going to die if the Supreme Court rules in favour of banning the sale of video games that are too violent/sexual in nature to those under 18.
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    I do find it odd that it is specifically aimed at animated media and not "live-action" media. I would think that live-action media would have far more potential to be harmful to minors.

    However, as mentioned above, it seems a mountain is being made out of a molehill here.
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    This isn't really that significant. While it might be a little (or very) biased against anime and magna, it isn't that big of a deal. So, it's regulating things that in all honesty should probably be regulated. There is always the factor that if children aren't exposed to certain things, they are less likely to do them. In theory, this kind of thing is in place in America too, but it is barely enforced. I think it should be applicable to all forms of media, but it isn't that big of a deal.
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    The government should not be able to arbitrarily decide what is and isn't appropriate. That is up to the parents.
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    That can be potentially good, and potentially bad
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    hopefully, it wont affect the industry much. maybe kids will get poeple of age to buy it for them anyway? i think it'll be fine though
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    How is it potentially bad in comparison? People can outgrow bad parents, its harder to get away from bad governments.
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    Just glancing over the particulars of this law from those links in OP:


    1: Japan made this law in response to lobbying by foreign radical feminist groups. They will not enforce it in any real way. Just look at the content - it only hits anime and manga, not books or material depicting real persons! This is clearly trying to placate international busybodies.


    2: There are so many loopholes in this law it's not even funny - first off, it only penalizes anime producers WITHIN TOKYO - this is not a nationwide ban. Secondly, it is really vague, and with their propensity to not enforce morality laws, not much will actually get hit. At worst, some of the blatant fan-service will be toned down, but not even that is likely. Things like hentai are aimed at adults to begin with (and thus presumably not subject to the ruling). And let's not go into doujin material.

    3: In the end, I give it 50:50 this gets repealed. We in America truly underestimate how important otaku-related material is to the overall Japanese economy. In 2004 (this was the only figure I could find), anime (not including manga, games, merchandise) etc alone was worth 2% of GDP. Even in that link the OP sent, the prime minister of Japan made a blog post about him being concerned about the boycott by various publishers.

    This is a horrible, horrible law, but I doubt that it will stand.
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    The law is horrible and is probably not going to pass as the government gets pressured and embarrassed (then again who knows, traditional assfucks can ignore all shame).
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    Just for those who seem to still be confused: This law does not ban anything. It just moves things to the adult section. Granted, that does bring up the point about governments making all your decisions for you.
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    It's like illegally downloading music.

    You're going to be in deep shit on the side chance you get caught, but there's always a way.
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    Not really at all. This isn't making possession illegal at all, but sale. The content won't be created without a market.
  16. PokéTrainer J

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    Well here's what one guy said about this:

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    The moment I saw this law I knew that it is the result of foreign activism. Japan is trying too hard to be politically correct.

    I want those foreign, retard lobbyists out of Japan.
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    Exactly this... also, many anime are targeted towards adults (sennin) as opposed to children. I'm not sure if they have a TV rating system in Japan, but if they wanted to air, for example, Kiss x Sis, they could just move it to a timeslot reserved for what we in America would rate as an adult show.

    I doubt this will have any effect. Also, the law is so vaguely worded the enforcement officials will be forced to run circles around loopholes before someone can be successfully prosecuted and indicted for such charges..

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