Mainland authorities cracked down on websites sharing Japanese animation, saying some of the cartoons are violent, contain sexual content, and spread terrorism.
Beijing’s Ministry of Culture started shutting down websites that share Japanese animation at the beginning of this month. Although the ministry had not yet confirmed the list of animations that will be taken down, netizens believed up to 62 animations including popular and long-running series Detective Conan, One Piece, Naruto and Sailor Moon are expected to be taken down next week.
On April 1, the ministry inspected many websites that share Japanese Animation including Youku, Tencent and Souhu. Up to 10 websites were shut down for distributing content that encourages minors to be involved in crimes and terrorism.
The news agency Morning Post, in Beijing, reported that the ministry took action against animations that show detailed descriptions of using firearms, building explosives, and ways to commit crimes.
The ministry singled out three Japanese cartoons that contain violence, as well as sexual and terrorism related content. It condemned Terror in Resonance, which tells the story of a young terrorist, Blood-C, a monster-fighting show that has too many bloody scenes, and High School of the Dead, which contains pornographic content.