Akira Banned: The Anti-Anime Crusade in Russia Continues

Frunzensky District Court of St. Petersburg, at the request of the prosecutor’s office, banned the distribution of cult anime on the territory of Russia Katsuhiro OtomoAkira“(Akira). This was reported by the press service of the court.

“The court banned the distribution of the first anime, which uses 24 frames per second,” – stated in the statement.

Law enforcement officers provided the court with a link to the anime, which was posted on the site World Art… According to the prosecutor’s office, “information can harm the health and mental development of children.” A short description of the Akira plot was also attached.

“In research centers, parapsychological experiments are carried out on people to develop the perfect type of weapon. And in the country there is a religious cult of a superman named Akira, whose arrival, allegedly, will solve all the problems of Japan,” the text says.

The St. Petersburg court also ruled to ban the next portion of links to anime “Elven song“(Elfen lied), “Tokyo ghoul“(Tokyo ghoul) and “Death note“(Death note).

Since last year, St. Petersburg courts began a crusade against anime, which supposedly harms the psyche of minors. The absurdity is that law enforcement officials ignore the existence of a rating system at the legislative level in Russia. Petersburg, on the other hand, became the main center of decision-making.

At the same time, the ban on links creates problems for legal distributors, and no one is ready to challenge the decision of the courts. So, recently the streaming service “Kinopoisk HD“on demand Roskomnadzor removed from his library “Tokyo Ghoul”, which is allegedly a “threat to national security” in the field of culture.

The full-length film “Akira” was released in 1988, based on the manga of the same name by Otomo. The cartoon gave a powerful impetus to the development of the “Cyberpunk” genre, it is also considered one of the greatest animation works of all time. The design of the motorcycle that belonged to the protagonist has firmly entered the pop culture. Setaro Kaneda.

The claim that Akira was allegedly the first anime to “use 24 frames per second” is a common myth.

See also: “Death Note” and “Tokyo Ghoul” outlawed: Hearings on banning anime in Russia are being held in St. Petersburg