Evangelion in fact includes scenes of masturbation and similar, meaning it would likely fall squarely within the remit of the ban – Tokyo would thus legally require Evangelion DVDs and manga to be sat in the adult section along with “hardcore” pornography, likely a death knell for sales and sure to have a chilling effect on any future titles intended to reach a wider audience.
Their latest proposal is also now said to specifically condemn scenes of “violence against women” or incest, in addition to its previously enumerated restrictions on anything resembling an underage character, although they are now claiming that “merely resembling an underage character is not enough” – odd that their first draft appeared to say exactly that.
They also specifically deny that the ban would affect the rest of Japan, despite the obvious fact that requiring special labelling and content classification in Japan’s single largest regional market seems unlikely to result in “Tokyo-only” editions, but instead in the censorship of all publications to comply with the demands of selling in Tokyo.
Ban proponents also freely display their prejudice against manga, anime and games by exempting novels from the provisions completely with some trite sophistry:
“A variety of expressions are used in novels, and readers may interpret these differently based on their age, sex, experience and reading ability, so there are all manner of different interpretations, whereas pictures on the other hand yield uniform and objective interpretations.”