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Chinese State TV Uses Detective Conan Anime to Criticize Japan

posted on 2012-12-18 09:45 EST
The Phantom of Baker Street film clip used to decry reported nepotism in Japanese politics

State-run Chinese Central Television (CCTV) used a clip from the 2002 anime film Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street in its six-minute piece criticizing what it described as Japan's move toward right-wing conservatism. The piece covered Sunday's national election in Japan and focused on how 75 of the 480 winners are progeny of previous generations of politicians, including Shinzo Abe, the presumptive next prime minister from the winning center-right Liberal Democratic Party.

CCTV found and played a clip from the Detective Conan (Case Closed) film that has the character Shiho "Ai Haibara" Miyano (Vi Graythorn or Anita Hailey in English adaptations) looking at a ballroom full of children of Japan's politicians with disdain. She says that this lineage is "what led to a corrupted future. […] It's because of this politics of inheritance which led to human beings repeating its mistakes in history."

The piece can be viewed here. CCTV aired an uncensored version of James McTeigue's live-action film adaptation of Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta comic book series after running the piece.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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