It seems that the horror anime and manga genre has been making it’s rounds throughout the world, causing controversies such as heavy censorship and certain series being banned in different countries. It was recently reported on Anime News Network that China has banned 38 well-known anime series with a wide-range of content. Most feature scenes of violence, murder, abuse and other dark themes however, heavy sexual content-related ones have also been a target. Such series include smash hits such as Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan Death Note, and Black Butler, all of which are incredibly marketable, having many forms of media including print and merchandise. The following series that have been banned thus far are: Terror in Resonance Blood-C Highschool of the Dead Ergo Proxy Parasyte The Skull Man Another Inferno Cop Afro Samnurai Sword Art Online Tokyo ESP Tokyo Ravens Devil May Cry RIN – Daughters of Mnemosyne Attack on Titan Corpse Party Strike the Blood Death Note Deadman Wonderland Date a Live II Phycho-Pass Devilman Lady School Days Those Who Hunt Elves Elfen Lied High School DxD Samurai Bride So, I Can’t Play H! Girls Bravo Kanokon Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero Sakura Diaries Black Butler Claymore Dance in the Vampire Bund The reason for the ban? To prevent negative influences on China’s youth. So far there have been 29 websites that have received major warnings about the ban of these titles from The Ministry of Culture, most of which distribute streaming from Japan. As of April, if any website wishes to stream content, they will be required to seek government approval and as a result of the ban, so far, eight business have lost their licenses. While a few of these certainly are dark, violent or perverted, we anime watchers know there are WAY more out there that are far more gruesome and dirty. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before 2/3 of anime get banned altogether. On a side note, the character used for the header is Ban from Nanatsu no Taizai. It was funnier in my head. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.