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Tokyo's Youth Healthy Development Council Looks at Yosuga no Sora

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Youth Affairs chief: anime's incest depictions do not violate new regulations

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Youth Healthy Development Council discussed the Yosuga no Sora television anime series at a meeting on May 14. Council members examined the series' depictions of incest in relation to Tokyo's amended Youth Healthy Development Ordinance.

The council concluded that the anime does not violate the ordinance's new standards. The Youth Affairs section chief stated that the series does not present incest as socially acceptable and the story's depictions are not excessive.

Sphere released the original Yosuga no Sora adult bishōjo computer game in 2008, and its anime adaptation premiered in 2010. The story deals with the relationship between a high school boy named Haruka and his twin sister Sora.

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.

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