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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tokyo MX First Victim of Anti-Otaku Bill

The February 12 edition of Kondasha's Weekly Gendai magazine is reporting that, because of their heavy ties to the goverment, Tokyo MX is going to have to start self-centering the anime that they have on the air due to the Tokyo Youth Healthy Development Ordinance.

The channel is very popular in Japan when it comes to its anime selection, with a late-night anime block for adults.  However, that may change in the near future, with the magazine even reporting that Tokyo MX will have to rethink hiring graduates who are anime fans.

In the past it has carried such shows as Ikki Tousen, Dance in the Vampire Bund, High School of the Dead, and Strike Witches (a secnd season is currently airing).  If they're going to start self-censoring the adult anime, I don't know how they are going to broadcast anything for an adult audience.

We are now starting to see the spiraling effect that this bill is already having.  Not only does it limit content, it could possibly limit employment for Japan's youth if they happen to be anime or manga fans.

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