China bans 'Attack on Titan' and 'Death Note'

Attack on Titan, Death Note and Black Butler are on a list of 38 manga and anime the Chinese Ministry of Culture has designated as "severely improper content" and banned from print or digital distribution within the country.

The ministry announced Monday it has shut down eight websites and sanctioned 29 more for carrying comics and anime that either were unlicensed or featured violent content, and it's threatening to issue warnings and fines to websites that don't remove the blacklisted titles.

"The list is the result of evaluations by investigators, reviews by the ministry and the opinions of experts. It aims to guide websites in the proper review and importation of comics and animations," said ministry official Liu Qiang, who indicated the list will be expanded. Websites that don't comply risk losing their business licenses.

Other blacklisted titles include Blood-C, Highschool of the Dead, Parasyte, Tokyo Ghoul √A, Devil May Cry, Deadman Wonderland, Claymore and Dance of the Vampire Bund.

China enacted new regulations in April that require websites to receive official approval before hosting foreign-made content. At the same time, the government announced it would blacklist materials that "include scenes of violence, pornography, terrorism and crimes against public morality" and "punish" websites that carried those materials.

Later that month, the Ministry of Culture banned 62 manga series, including Naruto, Sailor Moon and Case Closed (Detective Conan), ordering them removed from bookstore shelves, and shut down 10 websites.

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