Anime News Editorial – Anti-Otaku Law

marzgurl | Dec 22 2010 | more 

Could Japanese animation, comics, and video games be changing forever?

7 responses to “Anime News Editorial – Anti-Otaku Law”

  1. KarmaKamikaze says:

    Sorry this isn’t related to the video, but any chance you could get bigger videos? They seem very… small on my screen. Like. 400×600 or something. if that

  2. Mish says:

    I don’t know.. I think it’s horrible to restrict an artist like that and the logic behind it is silly… but I don’t watch anime or read manga for sex. This bill doesn’t seem to affect violence.. so really I’m not sure I’m going to care. Sometimes limitations even force artists to be more creative and come up with better stuff.

  3. Casandraelf says:

    this really, really pisses me off. someone get that senile old coot outta there!

  4. BreadGod says:

    I actually see a lot of striking similarities between this law and the law proposed by the PMRC against obscene albums 25 years ago (this law was responsible for the creation of that hideous “Parental Advisory” label). It was signed into law by Ronald Reagan on December 14, 1985, just one day apart from the passing of the anti-otaku law. This law also came into effect on July 1, 1986. The PMRC hoped that this law would keep record stores from selling obscene albums to kids. Guess what: it backfired. The law was so vague and broad, no one ever bothered to enforce it. Not only that, but the government-mandated Parental Advisory sticker actually doubled the sales of all the obscene albums on which it was placed. Finally, there was the simple fact that even with these restrictions, children would still find a way to get their hands on obscene albums. If history truly does repeat itself, then I believe this anti-otaku law will meet the same fate.

  5. Emily says:

    I think I just died a little on the inside. Admittedly, I don’t watch a lot of anime these days, but those few laws pretty much destroy everything that is anime. I’m gonna be sick.
    Still, thanks so much to Marzgurl for posting this.