Friday, 17 December 2010

Manga Porn Ban

The metropolitan assembly of Tokyo has banned the sale and lease of sexually explicit Manga comics and anime films to under-18s. Many parents and British libraries don't realise that some Manga comics - very popular among youngsters - are pornographic and feature sex crimes such as rape and incest. The shower scene I've chosen as an example follows a night of explicit debauchery and was the cleanest picture I could find. And the language of this comic is English, so this is designed for the English-speaking market. What puzzles me is that I understand the age of consent in Japan is 14 years. So you can have sex at 14, but retailers aren't allowed to sell you its depiction in comics bought in Tokyo until you're 18. Strange. A Yankee influence?

2 Comments:

At 18/12/10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UK is just as contradictory. The age of consent and marriage is 16 (17 in Northern Ireland) but 18+ is the "adult" rating age.

A married person could be prosecuted for making a picture (in any medium) of their spouse in a "provocative" pose - if they were, or appeared to be, under 18. The laws were changed in 2003 to increase the restricted age for the catch-all of subjective "indecency" (even clothed) from 16 to 18.

Most family albums would have at least one "coquettish" pose that would subjectively fail that test should the authorities want to make a case.

Many Manga young female character styles would also potentially breach those laws already.

 
At 18/12/10, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Absolutely. The law is a shambles. And I wonder how many parents have taken photos of their children in the bath. By today's ridiculously overprotective regime, that could be viewed as kiddie porn. Insane.

 

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