Chinese netizens are taking on a state broadcaster after it called a popular online Japanese animation a textbook case of crime.
They are objecting to criticism by Beijing Radio and Television Network that Case Closed, a long-running comic strip available in print and online, incites people to commit illegal acts, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
In the station’s Rule Of Law In Progress program, the host said each of about 700 Case Closed episodes describes a murder in detail.
The series features a detective who explains how murders are committed and solved.
The host accused its creators of influencing young viewers with brutal and shocking plots disguised as children’s animation.
The General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, China’s media regulator, banned Case Closed from websites on April 16 but it continues to be available in print.
The online versions of two other popular Japanese manga — Sailor Moon and Naruto — have been shut down.
Children who have been exposed to Case Closed have shown aggressive behavior and tend to mimic the plots, the broadcaster said, citing its own survey.
But some netizens dismissed the criticism, saying they have been fans of the animation and have not been influenced into committing anything illegal.
They said its theme is rule of law and crime just happens to be one of its subjects.
Zhu Wei, an associate professor in the China University of Political Science and Law, urged authorities to also ban the print version of Case Closed.
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