How the ‘Non-existent Youth ‘ Bill/ Anime and Manga Bill can be better improved


At the moment, the Non-Existent Youth bill, first proposed during June, is being proposed again, this time with major parties backing up the bill, including the leading party, the DPJ, or the Democratic Party of Japan.

The bill can be summarized as follows:

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.

Although the bill seems to be intact and capable of banning and restricting all forms of creativity and artistic license for the world of anime and manga, I feel that the bill could have been better improved. How?

Firstly we must examine the purpose of the bill. The bill proposes the banning of sensitive and harmful materials, which I assume, will somehow get into the hands of impressionable youths who will, of course, immediately become degenerated human beings who know nothing other than sex and crime and send Japan back to the dark ages. True, the bill may apply to Tokyo right now, but why not apply it to all of Japan? Ishihara, let’s do it.

But why just stop with this small definition of harmful materials?

One part of the revised bill will allow the government to step in and ban any material that is deemed to be socially disruptive. Well then, the government should add an additional clause banning Japanese characters in manga and anime to have non-black hair. There has been multiple links between youths who dyed their hair at an early age with crime. Surely, these impressionable youths and citizens of Japan can’t think for themselves and after coming into contact with this kind of material, will dye their hair, leading to social disruption and crime. Japan will be sent to the dark ages. SO let’s add this clause in.

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. No character, regardless of age, can have off-coloured / non-Japanese and/or non-native hair colours.

But why just hair? What about body modifications? What about tattoos?

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.

Surely, the citizenship of Japan is safe now.

But no, there are still much more media in anime and manga that needs to be banned to ensure that all Japanese will be safe.

Mecha is a dominant genre in technologically-advanced Japan. If the youth are subject to such fantastical renderings of technology, surely, they will grow up with such a notion in mind, and this may lead to the eventual construction, and usage of one, which , like the soon-to-be-banned image above, will lead to widespread destruction and chaos of the city, or a disruption of social order. Japan will be sent to the dark ages. Thus we must add this clause in too.

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.
  5. No portrayal of destructive mecha/ machinery may be portrayed.

But banning mecha alone will not prevent the industry from picturing Tokyo as a smouldering wreck.  Remember Tokyo-3? By the end of NGE Tokyo-3 was almost destroyed. This image, burned into the indelible minds of the youth and citizenship of Japan, will surely lead to acts of terrorism and destruction on a wide spread scale, threatening society in Japan. Japan will be sent into the dark ages. So for safe measure, let’s add that clause in too.

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.
  5. No portrayal of destructive mecha/ machinery may be portrayed/ NO portrayal of any form of destruction, small or large may be portrayed.

The bill looks pretty safe now. But there are still much more issues to be addressed.

Unreal portrayals of organizations such as schools must also be addressed. The youth will grow up with unrealistic imaginings of schools and workplaces, only to be disappointed upon reaching said establishment. This spate of depression can lead to drop-outs, suicides, increase in crime rates and the failure of the Japanese economy. Japan will be sent into the dark ages. So let’s add this clause in too.

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.
  5. No portrayal of destructive mecha/ machinery may be portrayed/ NO portrayal of any form of destruction, small or large may be portrayed.
  6. All depictions of real-life organizations ,i.e. countries or educational institutions, must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.

But politics are sensitive affairs. We must ensure that the bill is perfect before releasing it, so let’s think back for a moment. Unrealistic depictions of organizations will include unrealistic depiction of its members, which can also lead to said negative trend. Take for example the depiction of women, who are glorified in sexual ways, beautified and made to have spontaneous personalities. Surely, not everyone is this way. The male population of Japan will grow up with such images in mind, and when finding out that all is not what it seems to be, will lead to increased cases of rape, murder, kidnapping or sexual deviants rampaging through society. Japan will be sent into the dark ages.

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.
  5. No portrayal of destructive mecha/ machinery may be portrayed/ NO portrayal of any form of destruction, small or large may be portrayed.
  6. All depictions of real-life organizations ,i.e. countries or educational institutions, must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.

But then again, why stop here?

Anime and manga, as previously mentioned, have the ability to give unrealistic depictions of human beings. Oversized eyes, small faces, perfect body shapes- it’s all so fake! This must be banned too to prevent the youth of Japan from growing up to be body-mutiliating freaks. Japan will be sent to the dark ages.

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. Censorship or immediate ban of all forms of anime/manga that may lead to social disruption.
  5. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.
  6. No portrayal of destructive mecha/ machinery may be portrayed
  7. NO portrayal of any form of destruction, small or large may be portrayed.
  8. All depictions of real-life organizations ,i.e. countries or educational institutions, must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.
  9. All depictions of human beings, living or dead, or any form of living organism must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.

But let’s think back for a second. Mecha? Horror? All of these are false, untrue. We must remove them too. How can our lives have plot? If we allow these forms of expression to exist, the youth and citizenship of Japan will grow up thinking so, leading to increased irrationality amongst the Japanese, an increase in crime, unemployment and terrorism rates. We must stop this. If not, Japan will surely be sent into the dark ages. Then again, what about those 2D characters again?

HUMANS ARE NOT 2D! Surely, this form of media will lead to social disruption. These citizens cannot tell between 2D and 3D. Any form of 2D character depiction can lead to some form of social disruption. Look at the anime and manga industry that generate a large portion of Japan’s economy! It’s all 2D! Quick, Ishihara, we must stop this trend from continuing, less Japan be not sent into the dark ages.

But Ishihara, we have more pressing issues! Social issues, debts, and more! We have to help the population of Ja-

SILENCE, FOOL! Can’t you see that the banning of artistic license is not a trivial matter! This is a serious and grave matter that threatens Japan. Japan’s future hangs in the balance. Quick! Add in the new clauses! If we don’t, Japan will be sent into the dark ages!

  1. The bill applies to all anime, manga and artwork
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  4. Censorship or immediate ban of all forms of anime/manga that may lead to social disruption.
  5. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.
  6. No portrayal of destructive mecha/ machinery may be portrayed
  7. NO portrayal of any form of destruction, small or large may be portrayed.
  8. All depictions of real-life organizations ,i.e. countries or educational institutions, must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.
  9. All depictions of human beings, living or dead, or any form of living organism must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.
  10. No depiction of characters, organisms, beings or objects may be in 2D. All characters must be rendered in 3D true to every detail. Beautification, embellishment or creative license is now allows. (See rule 5)
  11. Immediate banning of all genres other than slice-of-life, which too must be realistic to every detail, including the removal of most, if not all forms of comedy, and include every detail of life in Japan, such as walking, paying bills, attending lessons, eating with or without friends, et cetera. No plot may be allowed.
  12. Any impeachment of above rules will warrant a immediate arrest, subject to punishments which include (but not restricted to) maiming/bludgeoning/slicing-off of hands/fingers/body parts used to draw/write/think/depict/make anew, immediate execution of all family members and friends, and their families and friends up to 10 clans, and et cetera.

Wait! WHY STOP HERE? I’m sure not only anime and manga can harm the youth. Let’s change a few clauses.

Tokyo Non-existent Citizen Bill ,Revision 4

  1. The bill applies to all media.
  2. Censorship or immediate ban of any illustration of youths under 18  (after revised bill, age consideration is no longer a factor, i.e. applies to all characters)
  3. Censorship ,restriction or immediate ban of illustration of human beings.
  4. Censorship or immediate ban of all harmful materials, i.e. sexually provocative/stimulating/insinuating materials, or materials that support matters such as cruelty , suicide or criminal behaviour.
  5. Censorship or immediate ban of all forms of anime/manga that may lead to social disruption.
  6. No character, regardless of age, can have non-natural body modifications, including (but not restricted to) dyed hair, tattoos, piercings and et cetera.
  7. No portrayal of destructive mecha/ machinery may be portrayed
  8. NO portrayal of any form of destruction, small or large may be portrayed.
  9. All depictions of real-life organizations ,i.e. countries or educational institutions, must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.
  10. All depictions of human beings, living or dead, or any form of living organism must be true to every detail, with no form of embellishment, modification or creative license allowed.
  11. No depiction of characters, organisms, beings or objects may be in 2D. All characters must be rendered in 3D true to every detail. Beautification, embellishment or creative license is now allows. (See rule 5)
  12. Immediate banning of all genres other than slice-of-life, which too must be realistic to every detail, including the removal of most, if not all forms of comedy, and include every detail of life in Japan, such as walking, paying bills, attending lessons, eating with or without friends, et cetera. No plot may be allowed.
  13. Any form of photography and film may not be ‘artistic’, i.e. beautifying the surroundings.
  14. Photography and film can only film daily life in/outside of Japan, without any form of plot, theme and or message.
  15. No editing of photos or film is allowed. All films must be filmed in one shot.
  16. All pornography must be 1-on-1 and realistic, complete with timespan and dissatisfaction afterwards.
  17. All books must be self-help books/non-fiction books. Any book with a plot/ theme/ genre/motif/symbol will be immediately burned and the author will be banned from writing any new form of book.
  18. Any advert must be true to every detail .Advertisers are not allowed to praise their products, as their products will now be subject to judging by a select panel of judges.
  19. All figurines/ miniature depictions of said structures and/or characters, beings or objects in general are banned unless they are completely identical to said subject matter.
  20. All websites will be taken down unless they reflect true life in Japan and/or the world.
  21. All blogs on the internet must be personal to every detail. The author must bare all lest be forced to run through Japan naked.
  22. The thought of creating any form of media that breaks any of the above rules will count as thoughtcrime, and the criminal will be subject to punishment and legal jurisdiction.
  23. Any schoolteacher/ Japanese citizen found to be promoting/using/thinking of creative license will be subject to punishment.
  24. Students in Japan will not write essays when young. Instead, they will write essays talking about the state of the economy or the government. Schoolteachers will then collect these and report to the nearest governmental organization for checking. Any student found to have changed a few facts/practiced his or her creative license will be sentenced.
  25. All forms of creative license/ creativity/ free will are banned. A police force based on preventing such harmful thoughts will be created.
  26. All buildings , rides, entertainment values, cars, machinery, or in other words, structures of any size, form, shape, must be made completely in the modernist style (i.e. out of nothing but pure shapes and no mixture of shapes), without any creativity or colour, and be perfectly safe. Any citizen causing/in harm will be sentenced.
  27. Any impeachment of above rules will warrant a immediate arrest, subject to punishments which include (but not restricted to) maiming/bludgeoning/slicing-off of hands/fingers/body parts used to draw/write/think/depict/make anew, immediate execution of all family members and friends, and their families and friends up to 10 clans, and et cetera.

This is how the new bill should look like, if they want to propose another one. With this new bill, Ishihara will then ensure that these impressionable Japanese citizens who have no free will or capability of telling between right and wrong be safe from any harm and/or chance of social disruption anytime in 50 lifetimes.

Japan will not be sent into the dark ages.

Further Reading:

http://www.notcliche.com/lbw/writers-lawyers-strongly-opposes-revised-non-existent-youth-bill

http://dankanemitsu.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/sneak-attack-of-the-nonexistent-youth-bill/

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47 Responses to How the ‘Non-existent Youth ‘ Bill/ Anime and Manga Bill can be better improved

  1. Hahaha 🙂 Loved this piece for once.

    • Valence says:

      For once ;( What does that mean..

      But really, I find the new bill they’re proposing to be ridiculous. They’re going to vote for it on the 15th, but I really hope they make the sensible choice, although most of the parties seem to want to support the bill..

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  3. chikorita157 says:

    Loved it… This bill is basically censorship and should be illegal. If it does, the anime industry will be impacted heavily and it will be like 1984 all over again… Maybe not, but you get the picture.

    • Valence says:

      I don’t think it should be illegal per se, but surely there must have been better ways to achieve their goal.

      • chikorita157 says:

        Still, if this were to pass… it’s going to be unconstitutional later on and taken off the books. Think about it… Thompson tried to do this with Video Games and California created a law as a result to be later be unconstitutional at the courts.

        • Valence says:

          But the problem is that this is controllable because it only applies to Japan’s Tokyo, so it won’t affect studios and et cetera outside of Tokyo. It’ll be the citizens of Tokyo that matter at such a crucial juncture.

  4. Ming Xuan says:

    This article is made of win! Its ridiculous how they claim it is for the sake of the youth by taking away freedom of speech. Of course, the bill is effective, after all a caged animal in the zoo is ‘safe’ from predators and diseases, what is a little freedom as a price?

    • Valence says:

      It’s not freedom of speech, it’s creative license. It’s an industry that’s affected by this bill, which seems one-sided when you think about it, especially given Ishihara’s harsh stance on sensitive matter such as homosexuals.

  5. Sebz says:

    with this, the passing of the bill assures the apocalypse. I hope this gets translated to Japanese xD

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  8. Azure Hoshizora says:

    I ROFL-ed pretty hard. The new proposed bill sounds totally totalitarian.

    IMO, I’m surprised Singapore’s censorship is now where near that level… *coughcough*

    • Valence says:

      It’s not totalitarian. Think of it as ‘scripting’ for your life, to ensure you’ll be safe from everything forever and ever.

      • Azure Hoshizora says:

        Still rather totalitarian… The intention is good (or maybe just some screwed up political cause behind the bill)

        Aren’t there people planning on boycotting and protesting or something?

        • Valence says:

          Intention is good, solution is bad.

          There are numerous publishers planning on protesting by boycotting the Tokyo Anime fair, resulting in more than half of its planned participants disappearing.

          • Azure Hoshizora says:

            Publishers did what they had to do. What would series like KissxSis and AkiSora do if this goes on…

            And if it passes, at least I watched 11 episodes of Yosuga no Sora

            • Azure Hoshizora says:

              Correction if it holds up, since bill 156 is now law.

              • Valence says:

                Congrats, 2000th comment GET.

                And anyway, it’ll affect anime ,but not too much. Events being affected by the bill along with arguments and protests against it might garner some reconsideration, but since it’s been MADE INTO LAW, I (we)can only hope for the best.

                Ishihara sounds like a pompous bastard: http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/12/15/tokyo-manga-ban-signed-into-law/

                • Azure Hoshizora says:

                  Do I get a prize? lol

                  In Ishihara’s words, with my opinion, “At least Kadokawa still has common sense.”

                  I wasn’t exactly very bothered by the bill until I saw his comments. It seriously pisses me off…

                  May I pray that juicy animes all air before july.

            • Valence says:

              Man, I’m starting to think a certain news site is mixing up his words to stir up anger against the bill. Would a politician really make such comments?

              But then again, maybe.

              I can only hope that the industry doesn’t come belly up when the bill is reinforced. Perhaps they’d all move out of Tokyo.

  9. Netto says:

    First of all, thanks for linking to me xD.

    And yeah, extremely funny post this is. What a way for me to start off my boring Monday at an equally boring laboratory with a funny post. I wish I’ve got the imagination to type up these much ROFL xD.

  10. Shance says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t heavily account the suppression of freedom of speech. But hey, this is Japan, not America, so what gives?

  11. Great article!

    I view the bill as completely ridiculous, of course. You can’t infringe upon creative license. Especially with something like anime and manga. I think it’s disturbing that they want to do something like that, but not entirely surprising, either.

    I remember when I’d finished watching the Pico series and was explaining it to a friend…she asked, “Don’t they have laws against child pornography?” We sat there and researched the hell out of that stuff as a result. What we turned up was that child pornography laws did not apply to animation/comics/art forms because it would infringe upon freedom of speech. This bill runs along the same vein.

    They need to vote it down.

    • Valence says:

      But the problem is the morally right thing to do is to support it, since it would, in theory, protect the youth and innocent. However the problem is not the source, but the distribution. How does this sensitive material get into the hands of youths to begin with?

      • As a youth myself (heck, I’ve been reading yaoi and whatnot since I was 12), I don’t think it’s up to the government to do that kind of thing. It’s up to the parents. The government should keep its nose out of that sort of thing.

        Still, I can’t wait to see how this effects the industry…watch it screw things up and have them reverse it. That’s sort of what I’m expecting.

        • Valence says:

          I think the government can play a role in restriction of sale of sensitive material to minors, but to ban it outright is …bad. Also, their definition of harmful materials is too large. It’ll cripple the industry if it goes on further.

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  13. trewdys says:

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/12/13/tokyo-anime-manga-ban-passes/
    Now, go write a post exploring alternative otaku central regions.

  14. Yi says:

    Eff this bill. Casting such a ridiculous definition of harmful materials is just stupid. Let’s see how this whole thing will play out.

  15. ~xxx says:

    I was too surprised that they tried to ban the anime merchandises because of foreign pressures… man, Talk about imperialism, and feudalism.

    At least they will try to erase the foul things the society has., But isn’t anime and manga a portrayal of the real life crisis and the creative line of the author’s thoughts?

    At least, try to be clear and specific for the term ‘harmful materials’.
    And that Law… Should not be passed.

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