The Great Tokyo Manga Kill-Off Begins!

There were those who said there was nothing to worry about, after all, it was only the dirty and perverted stuff that would be reclassified as adult, right?

Nope. Anything with a hint of sexuality has just zoomed from the normal racks into the porno section. It’s simple really, the store owners don’t want to be charged, but under this new vague law they don’t know what will really get them in trouble, so they solve the problem by dumping almost everything into the adult section! So much for the world’s largest comics industry!

Tokyo manga fans are disgusted to witness their beloved manga already being dumped into the porno corner en masse in order to comply with Ishihara’s twisted manga ban.

Some explanation may be required – in Japan, convenience stores usually sell adult (porn) magazines in an out-of-the-way corner, with the shelves marked off with a “成人向け雑誌” separator and minors prohibited from browsing the shelves or buying anything therein.

Similar arrangements exist in other shops for DVDs, eroge and so on, often with curtained off areas of the shop or otherwise. However, many outlets will not stock anything which needs to be separated into an 18+ section at all.

More details here, along with comments from local manga fans.

Now, on the “plus” side, I’m sure the industry will respond quickly and create some sort of comics code authority which will review and put it’s stamp of approval on “safe” manga to keep the peace. Of course, certain things will have to change as to what can and can’t appear in manga, but it’s all for the children, right? After all, manga’s for children, and no adult reads it? ^_-

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