After previously banning High School of the Dead, Blood-C, and Terror in Resonance, the People’s Republic of China has now added 38 new blacklisted anime and mangas, and it unfortunately include three of the biggest names in anime so far, Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online II, and Death Note.


The updated list also includes the three previously banned anime as these 38 titles are now banned from appearing in streaming sites in Japan. Because of this, another 29 streaming sites have been fined or given a warning while eight sites have been shut down for showing the these anime. Here is the updated list including the ones  previously announced:

  • Attack on Titan
  • Death Note
  • Sword Art Online II
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • Parasyte
  • Devil May Cry (anime)
  • Another
  • Corpse Party
  • Date-A-Live 2
  • School Days
  • High School DXD
  • Black Butler
  • Tokyo ESP
  • Claymore
  • Ergo Proxy
  • The Skull Man
  • Afro Samurai
  • Inferno Cop
  • Tokyo Ravens
  • RIN – Daughters of Mnemosyne
  • Strike the Blood
  • Deadman Wonderland
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • Devilman Lady
  • Elfen-Lied
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund
  • Those who hunt Elves
  • So, I Can’t Play H!
  • Kanokon
  • Girls Bravo season 2
  • Samurai Bride
  • Sakura Diaries
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  • High School of the Dead
  • Terror in Resonance
  • Blood-C

The anime mentioned have been banned in China for “encouraging juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content”. According to Liu Qiang, an official for China’s Ministry of Culture, these were banned to “Protect the development of youth in China”. He also added that these titles were reviewed and evaluated by official investigators from the ministry and they aim to guide websites in importing foreign comics and animation.

The online netizens of China however weren’t too happy with the new bans and calls the move “censorship” and have criticized the government for being “anti-Japanese”. These also come at a time when tensions are heightened between China and her neighbors, especially Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam because of territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

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Sources: Tech Web China and Kyodo News


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