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Have you heard about Russia Banning Isekai Anime? It’s a piece of sad news for all the Russian anime fans this time. Popular isekai anime KonoSuba, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, and multiple other anime series have been taken down from websites in Russia. The order came after Russian courts recognized that the isekai animes “promote reincarnation beliefs,” which is inappropriate for certain audiences.
Most anime series of the genre shows that “after death, there can be a more full and interesting life, free from the control of one’s parents.” Hence, this belief was not something they want to project to the audience. As a result, they have put a lifetime ban on all isekai animes that project this ideation publicly. Let us take a deeper look into the matter.
On Monday, the Russian district court of Saint Petersburg announced a total ban on five isekai anime series. This came under Russian federal law for the protection of children from harmful information. The anime series that were taken down include KonoSuba, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Zombie Land Saga, Nekopara, and Princess Lover!.
The announcement came out on the court’s official Telegram channel. The official press service of the court says that the decision of ban came under the considerations of experts. The court also mentioned that the evidence of one believing in the concepts of a parallel world is highly visible in the anime audience. Moreover, the court stated that KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! promotes reincarnation beliefs projecting a wholesome world after one’s death. They portray life after death to be adventurous and magical. Hence, this can lead to people inclining towards the afterlife more.
Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul, and Inuyashiki are also taken off the net in Russia since January. The bans were implemented after the court of St. Petersburg decided the content of these shows was inappropriate for audiences. The government ended up banning a number of sites, including Animejapan.tv, Animego.org, Jut.su and Animeonline.cc.
The court took these decisions after the claims of Russian teens reenacting violent scenes from the anime shows. Hence, after they ordered the bans, the officials took down both Death Note and Inuyashiki from the official anime bingeing websites.
The prosecutors who were favoring the ban of such shows say that anime series like Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul, and Inuyashiki provide dangerous content for teenage audiences. For evidence, he presented the case of a teenage boy who committed suicide. The boy owned the Death Note manga, and it allegedly related to his death. On the other hand, the prosecutor mentioned another tragic case of a teenage boy who fell out of a window. However, the boy’s dressing was much similar to that of the protagonist of Death Note. Besides, similar reasons play out for Russia banning isekai anime as well.
What are your thoughts about the bans on these anime series in Russia? Do you think it is justified to take down shows on these grounds? Share your thoughts in the comment section. For more updates on the anime world, please keep visiting our site.
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I have to agree with the court about death note. I watched a bunch of it. The author chooses to have Light (protagonist) violate the most basic principle of relationships by causing Light to kill an FBI detective without consideration to his romantic interest (the FBI guy doesn’t even have anything on Light!) and then to use the Blonde yandere who throws herself at him. Aside: Must yandere’s always get the worst romantic interests in the world? Why not have them marry and show how they get along in the relationship?
Regarding the other Isekai anime’s, they are not rated, AFAIK, for children so it shouldn’t pose a big problem.
That being said, Konosuba should have been rated R, not PG-13. If the author really wanted a PG-13 show he could easily have removed most of the adult stuff (leaving darkness and her thief friend in), without harming the overall content.
OTOH: The series’s most common objection by fans is that it’s too short. Maybe the author could have thought the series out more (or asked/hired help), and thus created a bigger and better show overall than what we got.
Additionally, Kazuma Satou doesn’t have a good time after reincarnation. It’s hardly the magical experience people dream of. More like a nightmare that we can all laugh at. I think the real appeal of the series is the pleasant people within it. Not the hopeless-world-ruled-by-a-demonlorld-and-you-can-use-magic situation. So, the judge probably didn’t watch any of the series. Otherwise, he’d have known better.
That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime is a really nice show. It’s very much an adventure and action series experience with an interesting protagonist. Probably it’s worst aspect is the troll who places Rimuru in an, um, embarrassing place on her person. If she were not top heavy it would be less deviant (forced-down-your-throat fan-service is no fun).
As for thinking someone could get reincarnated as a result of watching these, well, are people really that gullible? I wasn’t at 13. Are their philosophies really that feeble? Mine were not at 13. Even if people were, the requirement for reincarnation is that you die because you’re trying to save someone’s life! Normally from a vehicle accident. Who cares what they believe if they’re willing to go that far we’d have a much happier world, right?!
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This just shows what unchecked censorship can lead to. Nobody should have things like this decided at a government level, this should be the parents/guardian deciding what is appropriate for the children. Religious programming should also fall under this ban, as it also promotes an afterlife that is better than the current world. But that will never happen, religions have too much worldly power.