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Artists fight the anti-everything bill with sexy doujins

12:00 PM on 12.28.2010 // Josh Tolentino

Tokyo Governor Ishihara might have thought he struck the final blow against otaku and their warped DNA with  the passage of Bill 156 (aka the anti-everything bill) but nay, say those who still care about free speech and not letting prudes just get their way. The counterattacks have begun. The "Big 10" publishers have already chosen to boycott the Tokyo International Anime Fair, but now amateur authors and artists have stepped into the ring. One of the first blows to be struck will be this doujinshi, entitled "Monkey Business: An Idiot's Guide to Tokyo's Harmful Books Regulation".

Constructed in the fashion of Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, Japan's manga-oriented version of the For Dummies series, Monkey Business will adapt parodistic storylines from a variety of genres, including Boy's Love, Shojo, and even Fist of the North Star "manly" manga in the service of enlightening readers on the history, traits, and details of Bill 156 and other attempts by government to place restrictions on material it finds distasteful.

It's going on sale at the upcoming winter session of Comiket, but overseas readers can buy an English-translated version on for less than 800 yen. A small price to pay for knowledge, yes? And they'll also get art drawn by veteran producer Takaaki Suzuki (Strike Witches) and writing from author Takeshi Nogami.

Better still, it's not adults-only. It's an all-ages doujinshi, which means even the most desperate stretches of Bill 156's twisted logic cannot touch it. 

I encourage you to at least give it a gander. Read it and learn, lest the same happen in your country!

Josh Tolentino, Managing Editor
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