Come to think of it... won't such bills affect manga like Otoyome-gatari
if they're passed? I can think of a few thousand pissed-off readers if Mori Kaoru's stuff is banned/regulated.
Gods... I'm wondering if this isn't the "indirect Asian way" of dealing with touchy-touchy topics they don't want to see?
If that's really what they're thinking of... prepare to see a lot of manga banned and destroyed. And stuff like Hourou Musoku, scenes in Naruto(and possibly any and every other manga that contains sexually implicit scenes with minors) will probably go up in flames as well.
Prepare to say goodbye to all your shounen and whatever.
And don't mind my saying this... but I suspect it's also a move to clamp down on the artistic liberty of females 'cos as of late, there've been many complaints that women are getting out of hand in Japanese society(not just in the field of manga but in their challenge of many cultural/social/economic/gender norms). What this will mean is that probably even some of the famous manga classics like Kaze to ki no uta or even A cruel god reigns in heaven... will vanish. The former: for its portrayal of sexual scenes between minors and the latter: for its portrayal of pedophilia. Japan can be really extreme in its zeal of cleaning up all the dirty things in life.
To continue, if they want to go for more drastic measures, then women will no longer be able to write much. Men will go back to writing shoujo... and maybe even josei. No more women in seinen, shounen, etc. Any and every remaining genre that women have freedom within... will probably be heavily regulated, restricted. Well... chauvinism at its best, I guess. But I doubt they'll take this route but instead, use bills after bills to routinely suppress the rights and freedom of not just women but also men... using "gender conventions" to probably set forth guidelines determing what men/women can/cannot write but in a highly indirect manner.
I guess Japan wants to shoot itself in its feet, hands and legs. *sighs* Last edited by VampireBanana at 5:44 pm, Apr 26 2010