Attack on Titan Screening Abruptly Cancelled at Shanghai Int'l Film Fest

posted on by Egan Loo
Ministry of Culture had blacklisted Attack on Titan & 37 other titles on Monday

The screening of Attack on Titan that was planned for "Japan Film Week" at the Shanghai International Film Festival was abruptly cancelled, just days before the start of the festival. The festival will run from June 13 to June 21, and the 10th Japan Film Week would have screened Attack on Titan and seven other works this year.

The Mainichi Shimbun paper reports that according to Japanese sources related to the matter, the anime was previously inspected and approved, but the film festival's executive committee were abruptly informed only on Tuesday that they could not screen the anime.

The Chinese Ministry of Culture announced on Monday that it has blacklisted 38 Japanese anime and manga titles, including Attack on Titan, from online or print distribution in China. Senior Ministry official Liu Qiang stated, "The list is the result of evaluations by investigators, reviews by the ministry and the opinions of experts. It aims to guide websites in the proper review and importation of comics and animations."

As of April 1, new regulations in China require video websites to seek approval to stream foreign media. At the time, the ministry began blacklisting titles that "include scenes of violence, pornography, terrorism and crimes against public morality" that would induce minors to commit crimes. Websites hosting this content were put under investigation.

The current list of blacklisted titles include:

  • Terror in Resonance
  • Blood-C
  • High School of the Dead
  • Ergo Proxy
  • Parasyte
  • The Skull Man
  • Another
  • Inferno Cop
  • Afro Samurai
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • Sword Art Online II
  • Tokyo ESP
  • Tokyo Ravens
  • Devil May Cry
  • RIN - Daughters of Mnemosyne
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • Attack on Titan
  • Corpse Party
  • Strike the Blood
  • Death Note
  • Deadman Wonderland
  • Date A Live II
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Devilman Lady
  • School Days
  • Those Who Hunt Elves
  • Elfen Lied
  • High School DxD
  • Samurai Bride
  • So I Can't Play H
  • Girls Bravo: Second Season
  • Kanokon
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  • Sakura Diaries
  • Black Butler
  • Claymore
  • Dance In The Vampire Bund

Sources: Yomiuri, Mainichi Shimbun

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