Shingo over at Heisei Democracy has put up a detailed time line of the recent anime-related controversies that are causing niche doujinshi artists to come under fire from mainstream Japanese media. It’s a rather disturbing development which mirrors that of the demonization of video gaming in conservative American media.

Nice boat.

While we all had a good laugh over “Nice boat”, I think it’s about time we take a sombre look at what is perhaps the sign of worse to come.

I believe in age restrictions and having laws restricting speech that can cause direct harm (i.e. Rwanda), but I am otherwise against censorship. I have talked about similar issues in the past, so I think it’s pretty clear where I stand. As Evelyn Hall famously said,

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Correlation is not causation, leave harmless deviancy be. It is a slippery slope to hell to persecute someone for harmless drawings. Let’s ban YouTube too?

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