No more Sailor Moon as China cracks down on manga

April 09, 2015 13:45
Chinese censors have banned the entire Sailor Moon series (L) and hundreds of editions of related manga titles. Photo:,

Chinese censors have shut down several manga websites and targeted related publications for promoting terror, violence and pornography.

The government banned 62 Japanese manga comics last week including the popular Sailor Moon, Case Closed (originally Meitantei Conan) and Naruto series, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

The Ministry of Culture refused to comment on the crackdown but said all manga titles are under review.   

Authorities halted 10 websites carrying Japanese manga content including those belonging to Youku, LeTV, Soho and Tencent.

They said the websites induced teenagers to engage in violence and pornography. 

The first batch of the 62 banned titles will be taken off store shelves on April 16 including the entire Sailor Moon series, 500 editions of Case Closed and 600 editions of Naruto, the report said, citing, an official industry website.

It did not say which parts of the series are against regulations.

LeTV and the distributor of the Naruto series said they have yet to receive any official notification about the move.

Manga is a form of comics that originated in Japan in the 19th century and includes a broad range of genres from action-adventure to romance, comedy, sex and sports.

It has been translated into several languages, mostly English.

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