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India Reportedly Bans Crayon Shin-chan from TV

posted on 2008-12-05 20:06 EST
Comedy anime about 5-year-old's antics purportedly causes "social concerns"

India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has reportedly banned the Crayon Shin-chan animated comedy series due to complaints that the show causes "negative impacts on kids," in the words of one mother. "The character does things which are prohibitory in India," the mother continued. Shin-chan follows a five-year-old who goes out of his way to annoy his parents. Before the ban, the Hindu version of Shin-chan was said to have garnered a 50- to 60-percent marketshare and was the most watched program on its television channel, Hungama.

The National Confederation of Parent-Teacher Associations for Japan announced in 2007 that Crayon Shin-chan was #3 in its survey of programs that parents do not want to show children. There have been several moves since 2005 to ban the Death Note manga series and related publications in China for the protection of "physical and mental health" of school students. In March of this year, Protestant churches in Russia requested that the attorney general ban the broadcast of the Ikki Tousen anime series on the grounds it was "glorifying cruelty" and held some "elements of child pornography."

Source: Merinews via animeanime.jp


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