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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Youth Healthy Development Council discussed the To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga at a meeting on April 9. The council members examined the series' depictions of nudity to decide whether it violated Tokyo's amended Youth Healthy Development Ordinance.
The council had received a phone complaint from a parent who was cleaning a son's room and discovered a To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness book. Upon looking through the book, the parent discovered that the book not only had frontal nudity of a girl character, but also her nude lower body. The council confirmed that the manga includes the depictions described in the complaint. However, the council also determined that the depictions do not violate the ordinance's new standards.
The restrictions in Tokyo's amended Youth Healthy Development Ordinance went into effect on July 1, 2011. The amendment expanded the number of manga and anime that fall under "harmful publications," the legal category of works that must not be sold or rented to people under the age of 18. Erotic material was already restricted before the amendment, but the amended law now also restricts the sales and renting of materials that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government considers "to be excessively disrupting of social order."
Manga creator Masahiro Itosugi announced in April 2011 that there would be no more printings of volumes 1 and 3 in her Aki Sora manga after July. She cited the story's depictions of incest as the main reason but also emphasized that it was not because they are erotically graphic.
A month after looking at To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, the council would also look at the Yosuga no Sora television anime series during its May 14 meeting. The council determined that the anime's depictions of incest did not violate Tokyo's amended Youth Healthy Development Ordinance.
[Via Temple Knights]