Madoka Magica's Urobuchi Drafts Protest to Tokyo Gov't

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Twitter followers help pen message against law "threatening freedom of expression" in Tokyo Anime Award book

Screenwriter Gen Urobuchi posted the final draft for his protest message to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Sunday. Urobuchi won the Tokyo Anime Awards' Best Screenplay category for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series, and he wanted to use the opportunity to protest Tokyo's passage of a bill to amend its Youth Healthy Development Ordinance.

The revised ordinance expands the kinds of manga and anime that may be labeled as "harmful publications" — the legal category of works that must not be sold or rented to people under the age of 18. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is one of the sponsors of Tokyo International Anime Fair, which is where the Tokyo Anime Awards will be given out in March.

This is the final draft of Urobuchi's message which will be printed in the awards' commemorative book:


Born in 1972. Employed at Nitroplus Co., Ltd. Responsible for the planning and scripting of many pornographic works featuring nonexistent youths such as Phantom of Inferno, Kikokugai, and Saya no Uta, and also supervised the creation of boys-love titles created by the company's sister brand, Nitro+ CHiRAL. Began seriously working in anime after receiving guidance from director Ichiro Itano through the process of working on Blassreiter. Responsible for the series composition and the screenplay of every episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.


I feel greatly honored to have received this award. A society which considers cleanliness to be a virtue may feel that the adult game industry is like sludge. However, the scripts for this work came from the sensibility that I nurtured in that industry.

I am renewed with joy that the people who praised me realize that even this "lotus flower," which first found nourishment in sludge, blooms.

I will not stop praying for a society where all creators, who believe steadfastly in the freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution, need not hesitate to spread their wings of creative endeavors.  

Earlier, Urobuchi decided to ask his Twitter followers for help in writing the protest message. (He was unable to decline the award before recipients were announced.)

[Via My Game News Flash]

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