Earlier this week Japan banned the possession of sexually explicit photos and videos involving any person under the age of 18. It’s worth noting that this ban only applies to real people, not drawn characters in anime, manga and video games. And this is something US news station CNN has a huge problem with apparently considering their consistent lobbying against these fictional works in Japan. They asked their audience on Twitter:
Now here are some of the answers people on Twitter had for CNN:
@cnni Cartoons aren’t people #Duh
— Tim Echols (@TimEchols1) June 18, 2014
@cnni Because police are too busy saving real victims instead of drawn fake victims.
— Allen Walker (@magnetmagician) June 18, 2014
@cnni Shooting people is illegal so why do we allow shows and games with murder in them?
— Arkana (@DestroyedArkana) June 18, 2014
wow @cnni disgracefully spreading misinformation as usual. nevermind the gross generalizations, what they blurred there wasn’t even porn!
— TJ (@blakkheim) June 18, 2014
@cnni Because the Japanese has not abandoned the common sense to distinguish between real children and fictitious material.
— 山口貴士 (@otakulawyer) June 18, 2014
This subject has been a hot topic in Japan for a couple of years now and many users of forums and blogs like Hachima agree with the sentiments expressed in the tweets above. A commenter on 2ch, a large and famous Japanese forum, made the point that these manga are neither exclusively aimed at nor mostly done by men: "There are women who draw these manga, read them, and play these games."
"These. Are. Just. Drawings," said another user in a comment. "Why don’t you guys say this after you lower your crime rate first," asked a snarky commentator looking at the Americans who have a much higher rate of crimes and rape than the Japanese. "Yanks picking fictional Lolita regulation over gun regulation." added another.
For many people involved in this discussion the argument is not necessarily about defending sexualized depiction of kids in manga and anime, but freedom of speech and art. When it comes to that freedom whether it’s sexualized comics or gory video games, where, do you draw the line?
via Karl Andersson
Short Animation "nakedyouth" by Kojiro Shishido
Grand Prize in the 12th CG-ARTS Student CG Contest
“It would seem that dressing your little brother up as a girl is one of the most enjoyed pastimes of elder siblings all around the world. In Japan, too, many elder sisters and brothers are putting their younger male siblings through extreme makeovers to make them pretty little ladies!
It’s kind of surprising to learn that many younger brothers, some already in their teens, seem quite willing to let their big sisters dress them up in skirts and dresses, but what’s even more surprising is that many of these “victims” actually look rather cute as girls!” Read on…
Elder sister (left), younger brother (right)
In case you didn’t hear it yet, our little ice jewel Yuzuru Hanyu proved that he is a golden boy once again and won the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in his home country! You can see a video of his free program here but while it was an amazing performance I’d like to use this opportunity to show you another program he did a while ago just because he was so damn flirty…