Malaysia Censorship Board Chair Speaks on Anime Bans

posted on 2010-09-28 18:30 EDT by Gia Manry
No titles named, but chair says some anime scenes "are not good for children"

The Star newspaper of Malaysia reports on comments by Datuk Mohd Hussain Shafie, chairman of Malaysia's Film Censorship Board, about the banning of anime titles. According to Mohd Hussain, "[w]e have banned a lot of anime although they are animation said to be suitable for children, but are actually more appropriate for adults.… Some of the anime feature scantily-clad women and scenes which are not good for children."

No specific anime titles were mentioned in the article, nor does the official website for the Film Censorship Board list banned titles. All films intended to be screened for the public must go through the Film Censorship Board, which reports to Malaysia's Home Ministry. If approved, the film is given a rating and a certificate of censorship. Films not approved by the board are able to go through an appeals process.

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