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4:00 PM on 10.14.2013

Strike Witches returns to chill its legs a third time

Love it or hate it, Strike Witches will be retuning once more for a third season of military-come-science-fiction shenanigans. The news thus far is that the series has been given the go-ahead, so you'll need to sit tight a li...

Chris Walden

4:00 PM on 10.12.2011

It's time to crown the new Princess of Lolita

The World's Grandest Party of Lolita is all set to go down October 23rd in the Shimotsuma City, and they are looking for their Princess of Lolita 2011. The event is a super huge Lolita festival, attra...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 09.10.2011

Support Ro-Kyu-Bu!, get arrested?

A bunch of anime goods based on popular basketball-loli show Ro-Kyu-Bu! are due to drop at the end of October, so it's only natural that we will start to see what will soon be on offer. First up is the sleek and fashionable t...

Chris Walden

10:00 AM on 06.20.2011

Don't vote for loli Rorona in this Atelier Meruru poll

Generally speaking, I don't begrudge anyone their tastes when it comes to 2D. No one's being hurt, after all, and I've probably got one or two 2D preferences that others might begrudge me for, should they be the sort to ...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 PM on 12.17.2010

Rejoice freaks: Tokyo governor says otaku have warped DNA

Yeah, you heard it. We're all freaks. At least, according to Tokyo governor Ishihara, we are. While speaking specifically about the "anti-loli" bill at a press conference  on December 17, the governor...

Crystal White

Swedish manga translator fined for lolicon photos photo
Swedish manga translator fined for lolicon photos
by Bob Muir

It seems that the ridiculous debate about the rights of fictional characters continues, disregarding common sense. Now, a Swedish manga translator (unnamed) has been fined by the district court of Uppsala Sweden for possessing 51 images considered child pornography by current law standards. The translator claimed he possessed the images to keep up on the latest developments from Japan. Naturally, he was surprised at the ruling, and even the judge stated he would like a second opinion from the appelate court, since such a decision would establish legal precedent. Nonetheless, Judge Nils Palbrant declared:

There's a clear conflict between freedom of speech on the one hand and general regulations regarding children's rights on the other...It was however our view that the protective aspect weighed more heavily when taking into account the intentions of the legislator. The aim of the law, as described in the preliminary work that led to its creation, is not just to protect individual children but children in general.

The defense's lawyer was also surprised with the ruling, stating that "it goes against all common sense." Local tabloids like Expressen also weighed in, declaring, "...there is actually no victim here. The children in the Uppland man's manga comics were not molested since they were characters in a comic." Which is true. As much as some otaku would like to believe they're real, 2D girls don't exist. The only victim here seems to be the translator.

It seems the only reason authorities even charged him with this offense was because his former partner, hoping to gain custody of their infant daught, falsely claimed that the translator sexually abused his daughter. Local police searched his belongings after the second accusation and, finding no evidence, charged him with possession of child pornography after looking through his manga collection.

Now the unnamed translator faces a fine of 25,000 SEK ($3,000) given on June 30th. It's relatively light, compared to a sentence handed down to Christopher Handley earlier this year. Still, punishments like these are overreaching their intent to protect children and instead trying to create a situation where fictional characters are given protection, which is just silly. We've started to see the chilling effect it is having in the US, so I can only hope lawmakers will come to their senses and focus on protecting us from actual problems.

[via AnimeNews]

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4:00 PM on 07.21.2010

Railgun/Hellsing doujinshi explains the anti-loli law

Chalk up another victory for education. The Tokyo Nonexistent Youth Ordinance, also known as the "anti-loli law" may have been defeated in committee, but the need to satisfy minds hungry for knowledge is not yet gon...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 07.04.2010

Hatsune Miku to get upgraded

Yeah, they're calling it an "upgrade." What's really happening? It seems that for Miku's next game, Project Diva 2, you're going to see a significantly more flat chested version of the character. A video on the...

Crystal White

6:20 PM on 06.15.2010

Yay: Anti-loli Nonexistent Youth bill voted down

Lovers of lolis and/or freedom can rejoice, for a grave threat to 2-D waifus everywhere has been suppressed...for now.Yesterday the Tokyo General Affairs Committee voted down the infamous "Nonexistent Youth" bill, w...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 06.04.2010

Opposition to Tokyo's anti-loli bill spills into fiction

The fight over the fate of fictional lolis everywhere (within the Tokyo Metropolitan Area) might not be over, but one side is surely girding itself for battle.It seems that the latest group to join those opposed to the bill (...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 AM on 05.10.2010

Time to feel uncomfortable again! Kodomo no Jikan returns

I...uh, wait. Is anyone watching? Clear? Okay. Kodomo no Jikan is comi... -- hey, don't act like you didn't watch the first season of the anime! I know you did. You probably watched the DVD-only follow-up too, Pervert.  ...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 04.22.2010

From the Lolicon front: Anti-loli law back this fall

It's not over yet. The vote on Tokyo's proposed anti-loli law amendments has been delayed from June to a less determinate "fall" deadline, placing it on the docket for September at the earliest.While that might look...

Josh Tolentino