(With apologies to Dan Kanemitsu, Takeshi Nogami and Takaaki Suzuki.)
“You are the creators of a new era.”
At the recent Comiket, translator Dan Kanemitsu released the doujin, “An Idiot’s Guide to Tokyo’s Harmful Books Regulation”, with help from manga author Takeshi Nogami and anime producer veteran Takaaki Suzuki, which revolved around explaining Bill 156, albeit with the help of their moé genderbent substitute characters.
“An idiot’s guide to Tokyo’s Harmful Books Regulation” is part satire, part comedy, and part call of action. Aside from being just a parody of ‘Even a monkey can draw manga,’ one thing the book is great at is (quote) “[being able to] rework the individuals that were instrumental in passing Bill 156 into amazing and entertaining stories.”
And entertaining these stories are. In the doujin, the female renditions of Takaaki and Takeshi discuss hypotheses over why Bill 156 was passed, which included reasons such as the aptly-named “Ishihara Tsundere Theory”, which involved a tsundere ,twintailed rendition of Ishihara, who rants about how the youths of today weren’t procreating enough and instead, wasting their Sauzfryma on manga. Other individuals were changed as well, such as Jun Kurata, in that theory, the mastermind behind the scenes. Other theories the two came up with include the likes of the BL theory and a theory which seems to be inspired by Hotuko no Ken. I kid you not.
But comedy gold aside, what really strikes me as quality in this doujin is the message behind it: the call of action for fans of anime and manga to stand up and rise against Bill 156. Sounds like the start of a revolution, eh. Kind of – it’s a political cause, this cause to gather political power to help aid the fight against Bill 156. One potential way to fight against the bill mentioned in the doujin, was to create a lobby group, something like America’s National Rifle Association, well-funded and able to vote in large blocks. This is actually a great, altruistic idea!
Think of the possibilities! However, would anyone step out to organize such a lobby group? I’ll be keeping my eyes on Japan’s politics as well as the trio behind the doujin for the time being.
In the end, Dan’s female rendition steps in and summarizes the whole doujin quite nicely: the passage of Bill 156 isn’t an end, it’s merely the beginning. The doujin calls for actions, it calls for authors and publishers to not remain silent, and for enthusiasts to not just be ‘passive consumers’. True, now’s a time for anime and manga enthusiasts to act in Japan, with the enthusiasts of the world keeping their eyes glued to the situation, it’s now up to the new generation. To quote the doujin once again, “That’s the power of manga. The power of otaku. The old generation..that’s what they’re afraid of.” The fight’s just begun, and we , as fellow enthusiasts from around the world, can only stand by the sidelines and watch on.
P.S. Kudos to Dan and crew for making such a doujin , brought out the ideas behind Bill 156 quite nicely. I’m also unabashed to admit that I found the female renditions to be extremely, extremely, moé. Once again, apologies to Dan Kanemitsu ,Takeshi Nogami and Takaaki Suzuki.