Adult comics and animation fans in China were in for a nasty shock as the National Radio and Television Administration announced late Friday that it would ban all anime and tv shows produced for children that they find unsavory.
China’s political correctness and strong censorship are no secret to the world, especially true if one is an anime fan and is aware of China’s history with the entertainment medium in particular.
In the latest sign of China’s crackdown on the country’s entertainment industry, Chinese authorities announced a ban on “Ultraman Tiga” and more violent, vulgar, and bloody children’s TV shows.
As a result, it sparked an uproar among the Chinese netizens when the popular Japanese series was censored from streaming services.
On April 6 this year, the Jiangsu Provincial Consumer Protection Committee issued an investigation report on the animation products that may affect the minors’ growth, and Ultraman Tiga was among the 21 anime/cartoons it surveyed.
Case Closed, also known as Detective Conan, was also on the list.
“So many people liked to watch the animation Tiga when they were young. It not only [expresses] belief in the light, but it’s also my people’s childhood memories. Besides, it doesn’t bring people any negative impact”one Weibo user commented under the now-deleted post, CNN reported.
The Chinese regulator also recently implemented a far-reaching crackdown on the entertainment industry, including prohibiting children from playing video games for more than three hours a week, banned some reality shows, restricted social media fan culture, and ordered broadcasters to resist “abnormal aesthetics” such as “sissy” men.
The government also erased an enormously popular actress from Chinese social media and deleted her movies from streaming services without explaining why.
A statement from the National Radio and Television Administration said:
“The content of broadcasts should be healthy and progressive and should promote truth, good, and beauty in cartoons.”
In nearly all of the recent bans and crackdowns, Chinese officials and state media have consistently decried the supposed capitalist moral decay and Western values threatening young minds.
In exchange, they encouraged nationalism and loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party among Chinese youth.
For instance, on Friday, Beijing’s television and radio authority launched a training course designed to teach broadcasters and entertainment workers to make content that has a “positive influence” on the public, according to Global Times.
That means discouraging materialism and vanity, it said, while spreading “correct values” such as “patriotic thinking” and “national spirit.”