KOTA BARU: Japanese anime has been identified as dangerous as they contain negative elements which can corrupt the minds of Malaysian children, said Film Censorship Board chairman Datuk Mohd Hussain Shafie.
Some of the anime features scantily-clad women or scenes which are not good for children.
A colleague of mine pasted this in the chatroom, and addressed this to me. I’m an anime fan, and I think the whole world knows that.
I don’t want to agree with this Datuk but I have to. The two years since I start actively following anime seasons, I’ve come across tons of anime that contain fanservice. For those of you who are not familiar with this term, fanservice simply means excessive boobies and panties shots. Besides that, the number of anime involving bisexuals or homosexuals is also increasing. I’m not saying that having these sexual orientations are wrong. We adults know what we want and can think rationally. We know what is for us and what is not. But what about kids?
Deep down, I want the anime industry to produce enjoyable animes for all ages. Perhaps not possible, very much like the movie industry. That’s why I’m always glad to have stuff like Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Durarara!, K-ON, Kimi ni Todoke, Sora no Woto, Angel Beats!, Working!! these past few months. They’re enjoyable without being excessively obscene.
It’s not like I don’t watch fanservice-laden anime. It’s just that I prefer not to have to watch panties shots or insanely enormous boobs everytime I watch an anime. I sometimes cringed at the sight of it.
Nevertheless, they’d better not start banning anime. Because if they didn’t ban some of the movies that has high level of violent and sexual content, they shouldn’t come about banning my anime. Period.