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China Blacklists Attack on Titan and Other Anime, Manga Titles

38 Japanese anime and manga titles have been blacklisted from distribution in China, including popular series such as Attack on Titan, Death Note, Highschool of the Dead, and more. The Chinese Ministry of Culture announced the list on Monday, with Senior Ministry official Liu Qiang stating that it is “the result of evaluations by investigators, reviews by the ministry and the opinions of experts. It aims to guide websites in the proper review and importation of comics and animations.”

According to Liu, more titles will be added to the list in the future. Here’s the current lineup of blacklisted titles:

Terror in Resonance
Highschool of the Dead
Ergo Proxy
The Skull Man
Inferno Cop
Afro Samurai
Tokyo Ghoul
Sword Art Online II
Tokyo ESP
Tokyo Ravens
Devil May Cry
RIN – Daughters of Mnemosyne
The Testament of Sister New Devil
Attack on Titan
Corpse Party
Strike the Blood
Death Note
Deadman Wonderland
Date A Live II
Devilman Lady
School Days
Those Who Hunt Elves
Elfen Lied
High School DxD
Samurai Bride
So, I Can’t Play H!
Girls Bravo: Second Season
Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
Sakura Diaries
Black Butler
Dance in the Vampire Bund

China starting blacklisting titles on April 1 as part of new regulations requiring video websites to approve foreign media prior to streaming. Examples of requirements for blacklisting include titles with “scenes of violence, pornography, terrorism, and crimes against public morality.” 29 Chinese websites have been fined and given warnings thus far, with failure to comply putting their business licenses at risk. Eight websites have been shut down for hosting content without going through the approvals and licensing process. 

Sources: Shanghai Daily, Focus Taiwan, Tech Web via Anime News Network