A Doujin Rebellion Against Tokyo’s Youth Ordinance Bill

By Ishaan . December 26, 2010 . 3:00pm

In case you missed the news about Tokyo’s new Youth Ordinance Bill, you can catch up on what it is and how it affects manga, anime and games — even even Japanese Internet access — by reading this post.


In summary, Bill 156 allows the Tokyo government to regulate manga containing depictions of incest, prostitution, rape, and other sex crimes in what the government considers to be a “glorified manner.” The bill only covers animated or illustrated material, and makes no mention of child pornography.


Veteran Japanese translator, Dan Kanemitsu, is collaborating with a manga author, Takeshi Nogami, and a veteran from the anime production business, Takaaki Suzuki (also known for penning novels and articles related to Japanese military history), to create or An Idiot’s Guide to Tokyo’s Harmful Books Regulation, an indie manga meant to spread the word on Bill 156.


Judging by the preview on Kanemitsu’s blog, the manga takes a few shots at Tokyo governor, Ishihara, himself, instrumental in having Bill 156 put into motion. It also parodies a wide range of works, including shounen fixtures like Fist of the North Star.


If you feel like buying it, the manga will be available at Amazon.jp for 730 yen, and is hastily translated into English. But money isn’t really the point here. The authors encourage fans to circulate the manga freely, just as long as you don’t try to make money off their work.

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  • Apollokids

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    In a slightly different timeline than ours, the explosion of information and misinformation came to be considered a direct threat to society. In a daring decision, it was decided to create a new government agency dedicated solely to information management. Some thirty years later, in 2019, the government still monitors and controls information, suppressing anything they find undesirable, but standing against their abuses of power are the libraries, with their special agents called ‘the book soldiers.’


    • This sounds like Read Or Die in reverse.

      • Apollokids

        Oh wow, coincidence. I’m watching that series right now. Weird how animes about books are so well done. Also, another coincidence, I was looking trying to remmeber the name of an anime that was at the tip of my tongue. All I had going for it was that it had no plot. Then i looked at your name and it came to me instantly. It was Excel Saga. ahahhahahaha =]

  • Darkrise

    … I can tell that the mass will totally eat this up and acti everyway that this manga wants them to…

  • I still cant picture japan with all of that being regulated

    • puchinri

      That always confused me. Does this relate to all of Japan? Or just Tokyo? (Not to say it isn’t major, even if it’s just Tokyo. Well, especially because it’s Tokyo.)

      • Just Tokyo.

        • Woa really? Well Tokyo is important in japan but… lol it will be even harder to ban something in just a “state” -.-

          • The problem is that most, if not all, of the companies in the industry are based in Tokyo, so some would say that it’s the same thing.

          • I see…, that’s a nice thing to know

        • puchinri

          Alright, I figured (considering who passed it and the Bill’s name). For a second there, people did make it seem like it was all over Japan (but as I said before, it’s not like it being only in Tokyo isn’t such a huge thing).

          I’m kind of mixed, since I’m for it and not…

          • Yeah, but considering the National Government or at least the judiciary branch of the prefecture isn’t doing anything means one of two things: a. The Japanese government has an overly flawed system of checks and balances and/or b. The National Government approves of the bill and may allow other prefectures to do the same thing.

            Actually, though, I’m wondering myself if the industry didn’t back itself into this corner. And it’s not because of the moe/loli stuff people are raging over. I’m thinking of a certain shonen manga. It’s not something I would imagine getting into a shonen magazine. Tokyopop has it as rated 18+ btw, and for good reasons.

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          • Haha, seikon did go over the top, i do understand why you say why the industry back itself into a corner. (and i think seikon already have a new season announced…)
            Seriously, i see the next anime releases and the thing is full of girls in short skirts or with barely clothes everywhere, i dont mind if there are some, but it is already at a point where that is only thing we can see in the anime industry. Not just that but the story is also based in pretty faces, “nice bodies”, and ero related stuff…

          • Well there is Beelzebub for comedy, Level E for serious sci-fi, Kimi ni Todoke for shoujo romance, Houro Musuko for an… interesting… drama, and Fractale is being done by noitaminA.

            … This list should be bigger……

          • puchinri

            That’s true. I’m not sure what to think or expect on that particular matter, but I’m still just waiting to see how this is going to play out. (I guess we’ll find out in April~?)

            I think that’s a huge part of it, since a lot of has become kind of… mainstream? But that’s something too. I’m surprised it made it into a shounen magazine. Then again, that same shounen magazine has a lot of mature titles. It’s almost s though all of those titles (okay, a good portion) are aimed at maturerer audiences… I guess it’s an older shounen group? Not quite seinen (probably should be), but still not shounen (as in Naruto, Bleach, etc.).

  • So, they should regulate AKB48’s video, it’s (even though funny) soft porn, ahah!
    Btw, I’m against every attempt to censor art media and video games, let the consumer decides what kind of entertainment to buy and to enjoy.

  • I still don’t think that this Youth thing is going to affect anything, when I think about the fact the Mitsudomoe 2 for example is going to air and what not.

    • Think about it again when you can see the summer line up.

  • I don’t think parody is the best way to speak out about it. And if they wanted people to circulate it without profiting, they could have just released it under Creative Commons.

  • there will be a doujin version of this in the future…I can feel it.

  • cj_iwakura

    As far as creativity goes, anime and manga is really at an all-time low. Maybe this will spurn some of their authors and writers to be creative again, and stop doing loli/moe’ trash.

    I have nothing against it, but to say it’s dominated the industry as of late is putting it lightly.

    • puchinri

      Agreed. So much.p

    • Feynman

      No kidding. The anime scene has become almost entirely unrecognizable from my time growing up on it in the late 80’s/early 90’s, and not for the better. We’re seeing fewer and fewer clever, fun shows, and more and more mindless crap custom-tailored to exploit the most extreme, fanatical fringe of anime fandom.

      If nothing else, hopefully this situation serves as a kick in the ass to make the anime (and manga) industry realize that there are plenty of potential customers who *aren’t* moe’-obsessed lolicons.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        True, but this year I think The World God Only Knows showed there are still ways to do a harem/slightly ecchi show that works well and is a joy to watch.

      • Code

        Well I definitely agree, with you good animes are at an all time low and most of the series at the moment are really pandering to a particular audience omo’ but banning stuff still is definitely not the right approach. Freedom of speech is still the core issue here, and letting this bill pass represents a huge failure on the part of the Japanese government, and even more so a huge step backwards for artistic freedom in Japan.

    • TrevHead

      I agree, many of the aspect that I thought anime was great for, original and often gritty story telling has been replaced by cliched stories, moe and weak male lead characters in harems

  • JustaGenericUser

    It’s not just sex/fanservice and stuff, I remember a line saying “anything” potentially “harmful” to kids. So they could ban violence, too. Which means the only thing that would be safe is slice of life anime where literally nothing happens.

    • z_merquise

      I fear for the future of anime and manga if this “law” would be applied. Like movies, comics and books, anime/manga won’t last long if it only stayed on one (and sadly profitable and over-used) genre. Creativity would be lost.

  • Yuan

    You guys should read other article on Dan Kanemitsu’s site, as this bill doesn’t specifically ban loli/moe which some of you treat like trash. Moe title like K-On will not be affected by this. But something like Evangelion or Berserk might be affected, as the restriction is so vague. And this bill is not about banning, but restriction.

  • MangaTherapy

    Kanemitsu, Nogami, and Suzuki are doing a super-awesome thing with this book. I’m planning to get a copy soon. Honestly, Bill 156 is what happens when people try to get involved with the issue of responsibility and fail badly.

    I posted my thoughts on what the law teaches us about people in general. You can read it at: http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/2609971604/youth-ordinance-bill

    With the mangaka that refused his award a while ago, I think the battle is going to get even more heated than ever. Boldness in Japanese society, who knew!

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