Is Korea About to Label Some Anime & Manga as ‘Child Pornography’?

 

The Korea Herald reported on the country’s supreme court ruling that anime featuring nudity with presumed children was to be considered child porn:

 

The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an appellate court’s decision that pornographic animations showing characters in school uniforms could not be considered child porn and ordered a retrial of the case.

Following a similar decision made in a separate case in May, this is the second decision by the top court that recognizes explicit animations featuring characters that appear to be underage as child porn.

A 45-year-old operator of a file-sharing website, identified only by his surname Lim, was earlier arrested and convicted for sharing obscene videos and violating the child protection law by neglecting to delete porn animations shared on his website and taking profit from them between May 2010 and April 2013.

 

 

Let me put it this way.

 

I do think “lolicon” anime is disturbing in its own way, and is not a very healthy genre at all, any more than the horror genre. And there are some examples out there of anime productions featuring rape jokes that I find repulsive. Even some where sexual assault is depicted negatively can go overboard if they were written as mere cheap shock value. But can animation actually be classified as “child pornography” the same way live action can, and should it be restricted the way South Korea’s been doing with a lot of porn sites? The simple answer is, it can’t, and if the same standards aren’t going to be applied to violent gore in horror-thrillers, then the hypocrisy is exposed.

I do wonder though, how Korea’s courts would’ve handled the case of Rurouni Kenshin mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki, who got a lenient sentence from Japan’s judicial system? What he did involved live action child porn and was far worse than any case of animated pornography in Korea, yet I believe they made a serious mistake by not giving him any jail time.

 

It’s too bad when sex in animation is viewed as far worse than real life, physical violence. To be only concerned about shunning sexuality while real life violence – and even gory violence like that in the Mortal Kombat video games – largely gets a pass, just demonstrates how corrupted morality is everywhere and anywhere.

 

 

Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1

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