Anime can get a little crazy sometimes. It can be due to violence, incest, and a long-range of other issues. Like any other storytelling medium, at times, anime's stories, characters, and their relationships can get offensive. Due to this, anime fans would certainly be the first to say that just because a show is animated that does not mean it is child-friendly.
According to some countries though, the shows on this list are not even adult-friendly. They are not good for society in general! So how bad does it have to be to get banned and for what reason? Here are 10 and why they are banned.
10 Attack On Titan In China
Fans of Attack on Titan are unlikely to be surprised to see this anime on this list. The show features humans getting eaten by enormous titan creatures. There is a lot of gore, with the whole show serving as nightmare fuel.
The entire show was banned in China. However, violence was not the only reason it was banned. China disliked how the anime featured a strong theme on opposing authority. It gets even more awkward as the societies in the show sometimes make striking parallels between Japan and China relations.
Attack on Titan is just one of many anime that China has banned out of concern that the show will damage their society.
9 Pokémon In Saudi Arabia
A far cry from Attack on Titan, what could Pokémon have that would get it banned in an entire country? Well, Saudi Arabia has a lot of thoughts on this international sensation.
The ban was created by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars. They saw the game as a form of gambling, which was forbidden. It also encourages the belief in evolution. Lastly, the symbols promoted Shinto Japanese religion and Christianity. In short, the anime and games were too Zionist for their comfort.
8 Hetalia: Axis Powers In South Korea
The formula for the characters of this show was bound to insult some. Every character represents a country, so it uses a ton of stereotypes. Italy, Germany, and Japan share a cute friendship despite their military history during World War II.
South Korea found the show less funny and cute. They were insulted by their character. A specific grievance was held against the fact the character's hanbok was drawn wrong, and his perverted behavior was also offensive. They also disliked the character, Korea's, praise for the Japan character since their countries have not had the friendliest of histories with each other. Due to this, Studio Deen removed all references to South Korea in the anime. So technically, the anime is not banned in the country, but a certain character is.
7 Death Note In China
Like mentioned with Attack on Titan, China has banned a ton of anime. Death Note is one of the more internationally popular examples. Its dark premise revolves around themes of death, justice, and murder. The franchise has inspired real-life incidents, such as kids making their own Death Notes where they would write names of people they didn't like.
It is real-life incidents like that that has gotten Death Note banned in China. Some schools around the world have also attempted to ban the manga, such as in Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, they didn't get enough votes for the district-wide ban.
6 Puni Puni Poemy In New Zealand
This anime was banned in New Zealand due to its excessive sexual content and violence. The sexual content was especially bad since it involves very young characters. A lot of anime fans have questioned why New Zealand has banned Puni Puni Poemy but left others unchecked.
The best answer seems to be that the anime is not very popular anyway, so it is not on the mainstream radar. It is not like Death Note or Pokémon in terms of its influence on society.
5 Kinnikuman In France
Kinnikuman's story was innocent enough, however, all controversy was laid on a certain character: Brocken Jr. He is portrayed as a "good Nazi," which made a lot of people uncomfortable. To explain, he wore a Nazi uniform due to his father being a German Nazi but did not adhere to any other beliefs related to the ideology.
Brocken's character got the entire show banned in France. France was definitely not the only country that was uncomfortable with Brocken Jr. though. His toy was never really brought to America with the others from the show. Furthermore, the tie-in Nintendo games often ignored Brocken. Eventually, the manga changed his design as well, with him no longer wearing swastikas.
4 Kite In Norway
This anime film features a girl who can use bullets to make people explode. However, it is not the violence that has made Kite widely uncomfortable. No, that would be an extremely graphic scene of sexual assault.
The victim is the protagonist, who is a minor. Due to Norway's laws against child pornography, the entire film has been banned. While the United States has not banned the anime, most versions are censored.
3 Fate Kaleid/Liner Prisma Illya In Russia
This anime is an alternate universe spin-off of the Fate/Stay Night series. It has become infamously known for its overly sexual under-aged characters.
Russia banned the show due to its child pornography laws. It is also worth knowing that any anime under the hentai genre is also banned in Russia.
2 Excel Saga's Last Episode In Japan
In a strange twist of fate, this show had only its last episode banned in Japan. First of all, the episode was made three minutes too long to air. Besides that, the entire episode is as obscene and violent as possible. Very fittingly, the episode was titled "Going Too Far" and can only be seen in DVD releases of the show.
The director of the show, Shinichi Watanabe, admitted he purposefully wanted the episode to be banned. In the Excel Saga DVD volume 3, he even says it an interview that it "felt good to go past the limits of a TV series", but it "is not something that you should do too often."
1 Osomatsu-San's First Episode In Japan
Fair use and copyright laws were Osomatsu-san's downfall when the anime released its first episode. However, the controversy was worth it just for the comedy gold. The goal of the first episode was to figure out what the anime was going to be about, so they parodied various current and popular shows, such as Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and a ton of others.
Due to copyright and the parodying of content that was not originally theirs, the first episode of Osomatsu-san was pulled from most streaming sites. Even the DVD releases typically do not include the first episode.