I read over in Metro that the UK is set to introduce a law, carrying a three-year prison sentence, for anyone possessing images of rape. The kicker is that the ban includes simulated clips (e.g. scenes played out by actors.) This had me thinking, what impact would this legislation have on what anime shows get released? Off the top of my head I can say I have watched Berserk, Blood Plus and RIN – Daughters of Mnemosyne, which all contain content that theoretically would be outlawed now.
The thing with laws like these is that anyone opposing them will be branded as a heartless monster or pervert. If you analyse the reasoning behind the law however I cannot find any logic to it. Prime minister David Cameron argues that such images normalise sexual abuse. Why aren’t we banning all Hollywood action movies for normalizing violence then? One things for sure, we will need to build more prisons to house those sinners who purchase stuff off the Manga Gamer adult store!