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If you're in China and looking for Attack on Titan or Death Note online, a new crackdown from the Chinese government has become your new biggest enemy.

A total of 38 anime have been prohibited from streaming on the Internet as eight websites have received shutdown notices and another 29 were hit with warnings or fines. According to Ministry Culture official Liu Qiang, this is an effort to "protect the healthy development of youth" from programs that "encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content."

Because censorship is a surefire way to ensure that everyone is happy and healthy, right?

Though the government has specifically targeted anime with themes of murder, violence, and other dark subject matter, I can't help but notice that many of the banned series have a pronounced anti-authoritarian slant.

The so-called Great Firewall of China is drawing comparisons to the walls of Attack on Titan, meaning that the people are starting to wonder what's on the other side. I tend to think that's natural with anything that gets banned: if you make it prohibited, you make it desirable.

This is just the latest sweep-up in the crusade against foreign online content that is deemed "objectionable." You may remember that [Marvel's Agent Carter](tag:1119765) and slash/fan fiction met a similar fate earlier this year. According to the government, materials like these and the banned anime "lure minors to delinquency and glamorize violence, pornography, and terrorist activities."

I understand that there are some majorly disturbing aspects of some shows, but I'm a big proponent of trusting the audience (in this case, citizens) to decide their own meaning for themselves. I mean, you could watch this particularly bleak scene from Death Note and feel inspired to want justice for the immoral characters (warning: spoilers in the clip for those who haven't seen this awesome show).

Here's the full list of the 38 anime that have been banned from the Internet (via The Daily Dot):

  • Terror in Resonance
  • Blood-C
  • Highschool of the Dead
  • Ergo Proxy
  • Parasyte
  • The Skull Man
  • Another
  • Inferno Cop
  • Afro Samurai
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • Sword Art Online II
  • Tokyo ESP
  • Tokyo Ravens
  • Devil May Cry
  • RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • Attack on Titan
  • Corpse Party
  • Strike the Blood
  • Death Note
  • Deadman Wonderland
  • Date A Live II
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Devilman Lady
  • School Days
  • Those Who Hunt Elves
  • Elfen Lied
  • High School DxD
  • Samurai Bride
  • So, I Can't Play H!
  • Girls Bravo: Second Season
  • Kanokon
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  • Sakura Diaries
  • Black Butler
  • Claymore
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund

Hopefully this just makes all of these titles even more popular to an audience that otherwise wouldn't know about them.

(Sources: Kotaku, the Daily Dot)


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