Anime covers a wide variety of subjects and can be aimed at a lot of different audiences. It can get pretty graphic and occasionally, pretty frigging’ uncomfortable. So it comes as no surprise that there are a lot of anime and manga that have been banned from various places. Some of the reasons and the extent of the trouble the anime caused can get surprising though. While some bans are obvious, some anime was hit with the ban hammer for reasons that are fairly innocuous, or a result of severe misinterpretation and invented conspiracies. So let’s take a look at some of the most controversial, widely banned anime and see what got it on the chopping block. So without wasting any time let us start the ban anime list.
5 Famous Anime That Are Banned Around The World
1. Attack On Titan:
Attack on Titan is banned in China for extreme violence. Chinese authorities’ explanation for the banning has been passed around a lot. It was that they believe of the authorities that children would internalize Attack on Titan’s violent imagery and become delinquents.
2. High School DXD:
High School DXD is banned in New Zealand due to extreme nudity.
This anime leaves… little left up to the imagination. Since the series mostly involves underaged girls, the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) in New Zeland banned High School DxD.
3. Tokyo Ghoul:
Tokyo Ghoul is banned in China for extreme violence as well. As an anime that’s basically about people eating people, Tokyo Ghoul was bound to get banned from somewhere. It seems to have made its way onto China’s banned list, with its excessive violence, gore, and a slew of plot undertones that can be taken as oppositional to authority.
Pokemon is banned in Saudia Arabia because of religious beliefs & Jewish resemblance.
This anime was banned for having “Zionist themes” and for “promoting gambling.” Saudi Arabia’s mufti (high priest) pointed out the various symbols on the Pokemon cards as the source of the “Zionist” claim. “”Most of the cards figure six-pointed stars, a symbol of international Zionism and the state of Israel,” he said. Other symbols were also pointed out as being anti-Islamic, like “crosses, sacred for Christians, triangles significant for Freemasons and symbols of Japan’s Shintoism, which is based on the belief in more than one god.”
5. Death Note:
Death Note is banned in China because the government thought it was corrupting children’s minds. Death Note is an anime that’s caused a surprising amount of real-life trouble. The anime is centered around a notebook with mysterious powers- when a person writes the name of someone in it, the chosen target drops dead. There have been real-life murders based off Death Note and a lot of children have gotten in trouble for making Death Notes on their own in school. Because of that issue, Death Note was banned outright in China (along with several other anime). Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico also tried to ban it, but it didn’t go through.
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