The War on Anime – About Censorship, the Pedo-Boogieman and Morality

If you made it this far, you must have been looking really hard or were really lucky. That is because for one reason or another, seemingly the entire gaming press chooses to ignore one of the most effecting censorship movements in media since … I can’t even remember when we last saw something like that. While some people believe censorship only can occur from the government, that is actually not true. Companies do self-censorship all the time for various reasons, and while I personally think it is always wrong, changing your own games is definitely your right to do. However, Sony and now Steam, too, go beyond that, as they’re now forcing their guidelines onto 3rd-party publishers as well. While Sony’s agenda as of now remains both secret and unpredictable, Steam’s more clearly states that it’s about „young-looking girls“ (source: Kotaku). The reaction to this on certain mainstream forums, however, is a bizarre one: The people at Resetera.com appear to be celebrating this censorship.

A running theme is to call anybody who enjoys games featuring such characters a „pedophile“, while also treating these anime girls as if they’re real people. There are several reasons these people keep shouting in celebration of Sony’s and Steam’s agenda, while banning all and any arguments against it. What these people, as well as the gaming press that continues to stay silent, ignore is the wider reality of this happening: It’s very much a war on anime as a whole. In an attempt to adress all popular arguments in favor of this censorship and explain why it’s ill-rooted, I decided to write a comprehensive article about it. I hope you’ll take the time to read the entire text, because chances are whatever you have to criticize and complain about in one paragraph will be answered in another. So let’s find out why the push against the „sexualization of anime girls“ is wrong, as uncomfortable as that might sound at first glance.

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The two most prevalent arguments in favor of this censorship revolve around the age and looks of these anime characters. Either poses logical shortcomings, but both together are simply impossible to be true. The first argument says that only anime girls of age 18 and above should be allowed to star in lewd scenes. But what makes a fictional character „18 years old“? It’s the author’s decision, in other words: It’s an entirely made up number. Characters in Japanese video games have been age-upped in the past already, but let’s think about this: You care about an anime girl carrying the number „18“ in your western version, yet you’re fine with the very same character being 15 years old in the original version? What exactly is accomplished by pretending that an underage character is 18+ years old? Especially if you’re a well-versed gamer and know about the original age!
The second argument even more clearly reveals the absurdity of these complaints: Lots of anime girls are 18+ years old, some even follow the „1000 year old loli dragon“ meme. But people instantly complain about Fire Emblem’s Nowi, too, despite her being a 1000 years old. As silly as these loli dragons may be, it proves that it’s not actually about the age number. Anybody demanding age changes does so for dishonest reasons, but not because it’s actually about the sexualization of underage anime girls. If that was the case, an age of 18+ ought to suffice.

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And now you have people complaining abouth both: On one hand, they demand that the age number is important and must be 18 and above, in agreeance with the law. On the other hand, when there are characters that are 18+ years old but look younger, it’s still unacceptable, despite no law saying it’s illegal to „look young“ – unless you happen to live in Australia. This is what we call „having your cake and eating it, too“. Either you argue backed up by law and accept the consequences, or you don’t. But picking and choosing when legality matters and when it doesn’t, that’s dishonest.

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700 year old dragon

But let’s ignore loli characters for a moment. Sony recently enforced censorship on a game that featured anime girls with curves in all the right places. These girls even were 18+ years old, too. Still, massive white rays covered certain scenes, before the developer created entire new scenes where the girls would now wear full-body pajamas. The reason here appears to be indeed the „young looking“ part – which leads into the next issue: In most cases, there is no difference in the aesthetics of anime girls from age 13 to 30. Cute faces, big boobs, nice asses – that’s most female anime character in the history of anime. Anime really only knows the following outer differences in anime characters:

  • toddler aged (displayed as a baby)
  • elementary school aged (displayed as small, entirely flat-chested child)
  • school aged (displayed as mature bodied person)
  • middle aged (wrinkles under eyes, lack of ambition sadlol)
  • wise old men/women (shrinked body, closed eyes, grey hair)

There is mostly no aesthetic in-between school and middle aged appearance due to the chosen artstyle. Just take a look at the popular Sword Art Online-anime. Hero wife Asuna started as a school student in season 1, now in season 3 she’s in her 20s and still looks the same. The only differences are to be found in fashion. Demanding a specific „looks mature, but not old“ look is impossible for the vast majority of popular anime artstyles and also marks the point at which the current censorship agenda becomes a full-fledged war on anime as a medium per se. It demands an impossibility.

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What age is she? Whatever you choose.

If „sexualizing underage anime girls“ becomes a widely supported reality, the majority of popular anime currently being streamed on services like Crunchyroll are in need of being pulled off the website. You don’t have to look for full-on ecchi anime, scenes that sexualize underage or young-looking girls are part of most anime. An unintentional boob grab here, an upskirt panty shot there, and sexy dresses are par the course. Be it Amane Misa in her sexy goth-dresses in „Death Note“, 14 year old Ayanami Rei in her skin-tight plug suits in „Neon Genesis Evangelion“ or that teenage girl in „Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans“ who constantly talks about wanting to bear hero Mikazuki’s children. Or how about comedy-anime „Blend S“ that shows young girls working as sexy maids in a cafe? What about „Shokugeki no Souma“’s foodgasm scenes that has young girl’s clothes explode and expose a lot of skin, on top of them moaning in a sexual manner? The list could go on and on, because „sexualized underage girls“ are the norm in the medium of anime and thus anime-games, too. At the moment, a lot of the people who celebrate the new censorship wave appear to be blind towards that consequence. You cannot make an argument in which sexualizing underage anime girls is not okay in a visual novel, but fine when watching it as part of an anime.

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Official artwork of 14 year_old Rei Ayanami

Addition: We’re not talking about porn games or porn anime, if that wasn’t obvious already. Nobody in the current discussion wants to see loli-girls have dicks thrusted in their vaginas. This debate is merely about sexy content, not about full-on porn content. That sort of content has always been banned on video game consoles and nobody was expecting that to change any time soon. Addition End.

A lot of the issues stem from the fact that a lot of (most?) anime take place during middle/high school, so naturally protagonists will be around the age of 15, give or take a couple years. Why is that? For that it is important to understand the life of an average Japanese person. For a lot of Japanese, life in a way ends once you’ve graduated from school. Stuyding at university or joining the workforce has people follow a depressingly narrow path that knows no time for all the adventures, straying-off-the-path and friendship that takes place in your teenage years at school. Some western readers might say „isn’t that the same here in Europe/the USA, too?“ and to a degree, I’d say it is. However, being part of an exceedingly homogenous, conforming society, Japanese people are trapped in a much tighter web of duty, loyalty and ambition. It’d derail this article to go into detail about the Japanese working ethics, but you’re sure to find out more with Google’s help. I’m confident, however, to claim that most of us would hate to work in Japan (once you’ve shaken off the initial „Awesome, Japan!“ idea). So when anime and video games feature underage characters, it is not primarily because of the fetishization of the young, but because that’s the age most believable for Japanese people to experience adventures. Believe me, I’d love to watch a Digimon-anime that has 30 year old digi knights, but it’s probably never gonna happen because of the above.

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One of the most severe accusations in all the debate, however, is that people who enjoy such games and anime must be pedophiles. Again, this accusation isn’t only made against fans of the „1000 year old loli dragon“, but even against fans of games that sexualize curvy anime girls with big boobs and other such curves. That’s why once and for all, it is important to confirm what pedophilia actually is. I’ve witnessed it many times: The moment someone attempts to explain this, it is met with ridicule and insults. And yet the difference should be important to everyone. US-Americans especially appear to be unable to grasp that pedophilia is not tied to a specific age of consent that their government decided on. Pedophilia is definied by a biological/psychological reality that is: an attraction to pre-pubescent children. If that isn’t clear enough, allow me: No pedophile would have any interest in curvey anime girls, no matter their age number. Big boobs, big ass? That’s the best pedo-repellant you could think of. A pedophile is someone who’s unfortunately attracted to children so young that they haven’t yet developed any traits of a mature body, hence why pedophiles rarely care about a child being male or female. Again: No pedophile cares about the busty 15 year old girls in Senran Kagura or Naruto. Attraction to anime girls of this age would be called „ephebophilia“, which describes the attraction to 15-19 year old girls – in other words, most of all adult men, considering that’s when women reach their sexual prime. Frustratingly, explaining this important difference usually results in lame remarks like „an ephebophile is just a pedophile with a thesaurus“, which never made sense and comes off as little more than a cheap attempt to shut down discussion. That is because everyone knows how uncomfortable the mere notion of the word „pedophile“ is and nobody wants to associate with that. So want to shut down any valid, reasonable arguments against censorship of sexualized 15 year old anime girls? Shout „pedophile!“ and the people in power will follow suit for fear of public backlash, no matter how wrong and unfounded it is. Let me repeat: No pedophile is interested in girls older than circa 11 year olds. The moment a girl features boobs, ass, a pronounced waist line, etc., any pedophile will turn the other way.

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And there’s good reason why making the above difference is important: Calling people who enjoy sexualized 14-17 year old girls a pedophile would mean that pretty much the entirety of Europe is pedophile. Age of consent in France and Sweden is 15. In Germany and Portugal it is 14. Netherlands and the UK have it at 16. The rest of Europe follows these numbers. It should be obvious by now, but let’s spell it out for utmost clearity: If we don’t make an effort to discern between what an actual pedophile is (attracted to children 11 years old and younger) and what ephebophilia (attraction to 15-19 year olds) is, not only do you condemn an entire continent to be pedophiles, you also help normalize pedophilic attractions – because finding a busty 15 year old girl attractive is anything but abnormal. Infinitely less so if we enter the fictional realm of anime. I myself am from Germany and I will call you a „fucking moron“ if you insinuate we’re all pedophiles over here. Let’s put a stop to shouting „pedophile!“ for any shit that someone doesn’t like, only to shut down a fruitful debate.

That actually leads into the next topic, because it reveals what much of this call for censorship really is: An attempt to enforce personal morality onto everyone. When these people see „Dungeon Travellers 2“ and all the sexualized, young-looking girls in the game, it’s not about the law, it’s not about children or anything. It’s a simple matter of finding this sort of content gross, disgusting, younameit. And that is okay. It is everyone’s right to find something gross. And it is your right to walk away, to ignore it, to go on with your life. That’s an ability many people seem to have lost nowadays. „Stop liking what I don’t!“ appears to be a running theme in them, as if their sense of morality is an objective absolute and must be adhered to. But it isn’t. Everybody has his/her own sense of morality and thus decides what sort of media one wants to consume. The hypocrisy becomes even more apparent when you bring in the topic of violence in video games. Once again, doing so is handwaved away in an attempt of „that’s not comparable“, but matter of fact is: It is. The real issue here is that these people know that it would instantly shatter their entire argument, because you will never be able to enforce censorship against realistic, gruesome violence – nobody dares going against Red Dead Redemption 2 or Grand Theft Auto. This is all the more hypocritical, considering you could make a good argument that violent video games DO have a negative influence on the real world, seeing how people all over the world commit murder every single day. No week passes in the USA without a mass shooting. But somehow only games that show sexualized anime girls have a negative effect on real life? That’s a non-sequitur. Hilariously enough, gruesome violence is banned in Japan, any headshots or dismemberment are changed in the Japanese version of games such as Red Dead Redemption 2. That might be just me, but there’s no way one could ever convince me that silly, abstract „anime tiddies“ are worse than murdering a realistic-looking person in RDR2, cutting of his/her arms and legs and feeding it to crocodiles. Clearly, boobs are the bigger evil (/s).

There’s clearly a motif of moral prudery going on and it’s actually negatively effecting video games beyond sexy anime girls. You might not have realized, but AAA games nowadays won’t give the player the option to be truly evil (there might be exceptions, I can’t think of any at the moment, though). I first remember this to be the case with Mass Effect 1. The game gave the player two romance options. If you chose to, you could flirt with both. However, at the end of the game, both girls would meet together with Captain Shepard and force a decision. The „worst“ you could do was jokingly say „why not both“, but then you’d have to choose anyway. At no point would the game allow the player to simply cheat on these female npcs. Playing as renegade Shepard allowed you to murder people if you didn’t like them, but cheating on someone? That’s crossing the line! And that has only gotten worse with time. „Being evil“ nowadays means „being mean“ at best, if there’s even the option to do so. In GTA3, you played a lowly gangster who wanted to become the ultimate mafia boss. In GTA5 your goal is to make money, and only the cartoonishly overdone Trevor fits the bill of an evil character. Where are all the games that allow you to murder, steal, cheat, trick etc. innocent npcs for fun? These days, everything is tied to a strict code of morality, telling the player „this is wrong, this is right“, instead of giving the freedom to enjoy the game in whatever way the player chooses to. When CD Projekt Red showed the first lenghty video of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, some people were seriously complaining about the in-game criminals shouting „bitch“ and „cunt“ at the protagonist who came killing them. Really? Demanding politically correct criminals?

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But let’s return to the original topic, the sexualization of underage girls. Another common theme here is to treat fictional girls the same as real girls. First of all, let’s keep real law for real people. If you invoke real law for fictional characters, then to hell with all and any games that let you kill virtual people. Secondly, the logical consequence from implying that fictional or real doesn’t matter is that the people who enjoy the fictional one also enjoy the real one. As a weeb myself for most of my life, I cannot strongly enough disagree here. I’ve asked other far-off-the-end fellow degenerates if they actually like real loli girls. ALL OF THEM reacted in disgust. The most popular answer being „eww, 3d girls are gross“. That’s the point: Real girls are nothing like anime girls. Maybe the people conflating real and fictional forgot what real underage girls are like: dumb, annoying, immature in mind and body. Meanwhile anime girls, even if it’s loli girls, have the mind of an adult or a caricature thereof. Underage anime girls can be capable scientists, soldiers or political schemers. They most often talk in a confident way that no real girl of the same age would. Honestly, I feel a bit silly having to point out all of this, but it’s apparently a necessity. Anime-fans who are into this stuff don’t want underage girls – they want anime girls, be they of whatever age. And you won’t find such girls in the real world. Not at the same age anyway.

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Celebrating the censorship of „sexualization of underage anime girls“ has never been about protecting any real children. Nobody cares about actual age ratings, young kids playing Call of Duty and GTA is an accepted norm. Not a single real child is saved by censoring the boobs of an anime girl, because pedophiles aren’t interested in that either way and those attracted to boobs have plenty of legal options to go about. Forcefully pushing the line of what is and isn’t allowed only shows that certain people care more about having their own morality „win“, rather than understanding that the entire genre of transgressive fiction relies on portraying the breaking of societal taboos. One of the greatest feats of the medium of anime is its incredible breadth of topics and scenarious. Anime reliably manage to deliver new, creative „what if …?“-scenarios free from a fixed set of morality thanks to the lack of Christian values within Japan’s history. It is thanks to this utmost creative freedom that we can enjoy heart-breaking love-stories about forbidden love. That we can have gruesome revenge plots against society. That we can have all those hilariously bizarre worlds and characters. Breaking taboos is what makes for the most interesting stories, that’s why these books, movies and anime regularily manage to be the most succesful. Be it the famous books „Lolita“or „Shades of Grey“, or the German movie „Feuchtgebiete“ that had me almost-throw up over the whole course of the movie. Games like „Manhunt“ used to allow for a different experience. Anime like „Bokurano“ and „Now and Then, Here and There“ put children in life or death-situations and manage to create some of the most emotional, exciting scenes because of it. Story-telling would be a shockingly boring place if we started banning transgressive elements. Yes, they violate the popular moral views of people, but that’s the entire point: Challenging the status quo, putting up a „what if …?“-question no matter how ridiculous.

That’s it so far. Should I find another complaint that needs to be dispelled, I’ll update this article. The above text adresses all the popular criticism in calm, collected manner. If you still disagree then write a comment in the comment section below. But again: Read the entire article first. Millions of people in the world love anime and everything that comes with it. Sony’s and Steam’s censorship agenda mark the attempt to get rid of an entire industry on the back of non-sensical pedophilia-accusations, knowing full well how uncomfortable these are, because explaining to the non-anime mainstream why you’re defending the „sexualization of underage anime girls“ is likely a lost cause at the moment. That’s why it’s all the more important that we, anime-fans, gamers, weebs, nerds, etc. push back NOW against those that try to shut down this fantastic industry that they have no interest in themselves. There’s really only two options: Sit back, do nothing and watch as more and more elements in anime and games are censored. Or be VOCAL now. Make ourselves heard. Show Japanese game and anime makers that we support them, that they’re the ones who have to make a stand now, too. Let’s put a stop to some bitter guys shaming a nice pair of natural „anime tiddies“. Censorship is bad, always.

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17 Responses to The War on Anime – About Censorship, the Pedo-Boogieman and Morality

  1. Clone394 says:

    Can’t believe I read this whole thing.

    Your right, it’s not about actually protecting anyone, it’s all about their own moral code and feeling good about enforcing it.

    The moral puritan Christians are gone l but, were replace with something even worse.

  2. mizuneko68 says:

    A majority of anime fans and gamers will turn a blind eye to the idea it could backfire on them, even though it has been shown many times in the past that it doesn’t work out. You can’t let the government or companies ban something because you find it immoral and then expect what you enjoy to not be attacked later on. This is why I care about the CREEPER act. Sad thing is people don’t like to listen.

    • chok says:

      As a fan of ecchi/hentai with lolis I think wanting to fuck a little girl robot is weird but its not something that needs to be banned. As long as they don’t get weird with it in public there shouldn’t be any issues.

  3. As it is, I think loli sexualization in anime itself is pretty much done and a thing of the past.
    Sure, sometimes on the sidelines in a heavy ecchi series, you will see a slightly sexualized loli; but otherwise direct little girl sexualization in anime doesn’t happen anymore, and even lolicon source material (look at Uchi no Maid this season for example, or something like Nanoha ViviD, etc) usually has the loli nudity/underwear/low angle shots removed.

  4. TinyEvilEye says:

    “Addition: We’re not talking about porn games or porn anime, if that wasn’t obvious already. Nobody in the current discussion wants to see loli-girls have dicks thrusted in their vaginas. This debate is merely about sexy content, not about full-on porn content.”

    Did you forget you opened with talk about Steam’s current censorship? Sure, they’ve banned two games merely featuring lolis that had no explicit sex scenes, but the other games banned have been full on porn games featuring either lolis or girl’s who fit the bill for “questionably young appearance”. In fact, there are loli and sexy teenager porn games up on steam right now, they simply have gone unnoticed so far.

    “I’ve asked other far-off-the-end fellow degenerates if they actually like real loli girls. ALL OF THEM reacted in disgust. The most popular answer being „eww, 3d girls are gross“.”

    Forgive my meme arrows but,
    >I asked some lolicons if they were pedos and they said no
    Wow. You sure convinced me. I’m sure anyone would admit to being a pedophile if you just asked, right? Some advice. Drop this part and replace it with something solid. Not only is it a terrible supporting argument for the reason I outlined above, but it is purely anecdotal evidence. Instead, try looking up and citing some statistics on convicted pedophiles in countries like the US who have widely unenforced laws against lolicon. When a pedo is on trial they add in any charges they can to get a harsher sentence. So when there’s a law agaisnt lolicon like the PROTECT Act that is widely unenforcable and thus unenforced, but can help put a real pedo away for longer, they’ll use it if they can. I trust you’ll find that the rate of confirmed pedophiles who also consume lolicon in any capacity is astronomically low.

    Now about your age of consent arguments. I haven’t done any in depth research myself, but a more skilled anti-lolicon or anti-anime arguer would likely be quick to point out that AoC laws aren’t as simple as a chart listing country wide AoCs. Some of those ages listed may actually be the lowest ages allowed via so called “Romeo and Juliet” laws, or “difference in age laws”. For instance, it may listed that the AoC is 14 or 15 in some countries, but that doesn’t mean in all of those countries it is legal for a 30 year old to fuck a 14 year old. It may be the case in one country that an 18 year old can do so, but not a 19 year old, and then different in the very next country. Indeed, merely going off a simply listed national AoC, rather than getting into the actual details of the law, is something many anti-Japan slacktivists do in order to make the logical leap from lolicon to Japan being a country of pedophiles. The nationally listed AoC in Japan is 13, and many anti-Japan internet activists will say so. The truth of the matter is that 13 is actually the lowest AoC Japan allows any given prefecture to set, but every prefecture in Japan sets an AoC of 16-18 similar to most of the rest of the first world. And even the prefectures setting an AoC minimum of 16 or 17 may actually just be Romeo and Juliet AoC laws, and not absolute ones.

    Finally, proofread this some more. I’m certain there are more typos and weird syntax than this, but these are a couple things I spotted.

    “That is because for one reason or another, seemingly the entire gaming press chooses to ignore one of the most effecting censorship movements in media since … I can’t even remember when we last saw something like that.”

    effecting -> effective

    “While some people believe censorship only can occur from the government, that is actually not true.”

    only can -> can only

    “In an attempt to adress all popular arguments in favor of this censorship and explain why it’s ill-rooted, I decided to write a comprehensive article about it.”

    adress -> address

    • Myller Phiem says:

      Thx for the proof reading. But unless it’s spelling errors, I’ll keep it as is. English isn’t my native language, so a couple oddly positioned words I can live with. 🙂

      Regarding age of consent laws, I made sure to mention those that had no ‘romeo and juliet’ clause. So yes, a 30 yo can have sex with a 14 yo in Germany (as long as the parents of the 14 yo are ok with it).

      As for the anecdotal weebs: I’ve asked that question in a community I’ve been a member for ywars myself. These aren’t just random people. I’ve been to many weeb boards, and the treatment of loli content is always the same: making crass, lewd comments, but never express interest in the real thing. I dot think there’s a study to prove that, but I’m confident in ny own experience here.

      Again, thx for the feedback and share the word! 🙂

  5. chok says:

    I fear this will get worse before it gets better thanks to the 2020 olympics; I doubt these asinine restrictions will disappear after the event. Even hentai manga and anime have been affected. (black/white voids, mosaics made even worse [present in h-anime too]).

    I know its wrong but all of this pisses me off and makes me wish I could ban a bunch of popular hollywood movies and give them crap reasons why(no avengers endgame/frozen 2 for you prudes, why? My middle finger told me too).

  6. LeDarkBoi says:

    In the words of Martin Niemöller:

    First they came for lolis, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a pedo.

    Then they came for young anime girls, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a pervert.

    Then they came for all anime, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a weeb.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for
    me.

  7. Oncasteve says:

    I won’t agree or disagree with your article, but I do have a question about your characterization of Steam and Sony. Why do you suggest that they are censorious?

    They are private organizations operating private publishing platforms. They choose what they want to host. They could ban all loli games. They could also ban all racing games. It doesn’t matter, because on their platforms, it’s their rules. They aren’t “forcing their guidelines onto 3rd-party publishers.” They simply don’t want to host that content any longer. Loli game publishers can now go on to find a new host or self-publish. No one threatens anyone with violence.

    Maybe take an analogy:

    Would you call a store that decided to stop selling bananas somehow food-censoring bananas after some activists say that bananas are toxic? No, it just doesn’t want to sell bananas any more. If non-activist shoppers still want bananas, they can go to some other store. And, if the banana growers still want to sell bananas, they can either find a new store or open their own.

    Again, no one threatens anyone with violence. Why do you call it censorship?

    • Myller Phiem says:

      There are no other mainstream hosts left once Nintendo also joins them. At that point, anime will cease to exist as is, because it cannot exist anymore. Neon Genesis Evangelion would be relegated to some fringe corners in the web despite being an important evergreen classic.

      I call censorship censorship. Taking away creative content from adult citizens for no reason other than personal moral ideology.

    • Myller Phiem says:

      Honestly, it angers me how you’re playing dumb and you know it. Acting as if there’s an abundance of places where these games can be sold uncensored. Acting as if there are no further implications for the entire anime industry.

      It’s all there in the article. Don’t expect further replies. I shouldn’t have replied to a troll in the first place,but I don’t keep any comments unpublished. My bad.

      • Oncasteve says:

        I’m sorry if I seemed rude or made you angry. I did not want to sound like a troll. I enjoy anime very much and do not want to see it censored. However, I am not worried for its future.

        Alternatives to Steam and Sony exist, including the MangaGamer store, a nice platform that sells plenty of uncensored anime games and visual novels. If Steam bans them, the developers can find other retailers to host their games.

        For example, in April 2018, Steam removed “Maidens of Michael’s” a game accused of having lolicon content. A quick Google search in either English or Japanese reveals that you can still buy it on either MangaGamer or GOG or through Japanese distributors. You can even buy a hard copy on Amazon – “a mainstream host,” as you put it.

        Valve does not want to host the game on their platform. It is as simple as that. They are a private company with the fundamental right to choose what they sell. They do not need to provide further justification.

        The game has not been censored. You cannot buy it on Steam, but you can still find it on plenty of other places. Again, Steam is not “forcing their guidelines onto 3rd-party developers.” Games like “Maidens of Michael’s” exist in their full, unedited forms on plenty of other platforms.

        Sorry again if I sounded rude! I did not intend to “play dumb.”

      • Myller Phiem says:

        Small niche games might survive releasing on obscure hosts. But no high budget production will be made anymore if it can’t be sold at Steam or other popular hosts. If the current agenda spreads, Neon Genesis Evangelion would be banned from Netflix. An eventual Evangelion 4.0-movie would be cancelled or changed to a ridiculous degree.

        Big hosts are necessary to make possible big production. That’s why this censorship is a war on anime.

    • crsnk says:

      Ever heard of the term corporate censorship?
      That too is, obviously, a form of censorship.
      It doesn’t have to be by a government.

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