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Manga That Was Cancelled Due to Tokyo Ordinance Is Posted Online

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Tokuma Shoten cancelled manga 2 days before debut due to "harmful designation" possibility

Manga artist Arisa Yamamoto reported on Thursday that the first chapter of Yamamoto's Aiko no Maa-chan manga — which had been cancelled from Comic Zenon's website days before it was set to premiere — is now available online on the Mangaonweb website.

Yamamoto had revealed in May that the manga was set to premiere on "Zenyon," the website for Tokuma Shoten's Comic Zenon magazine, on June 29. However, Yamamoto then posted on July 1 that the editorial department decided to cancel the publication two days before it was set to debut.

Yamamoto was told the reason for the cancellation was because Coamix and Tokuma Shoten decided that there was a possibility that the manga would be designated as a "harmful publication." According to what the companies told Yamamoto, there was no reason for releasing the manga if the companies could not eventually publish a print version.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly passed a bill to amend the Youth Healthy Development Ordinance in 2010. The revised ordinance 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 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 reported that two volumes of her Aki Sora manga would no longer be published after the revised ordinance went into effect in July of 2011. Imōto Paradise! 2, with its “glorification of incestuous acts,” was the first to be formally restricted as such by the government under the ordinance.

Aiko no Maa-chan is Yamamoto's first published manga. On the description for the manga on Mangaonweb's website, Yamamoto notes that only the first chapter will be published there. The description also notes that if any publishers are interested in publishing the manga, they can contact Yamamoto directly.

Shuho Sato (Say Hello to Black Jack, Umizaru) launched the Mangonweb website in March 2010.

[Via 0takomu, Yaraon]

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