Australian Senator, Stirling Griff, has failed in his plea before parliament to ban anime and manga in Australia for being too lewd apparently. The Australian classification board has responded to Senator Griff’s outburst in front of the Australian parliament by defending the existing classifications for the particular anime he was complaining about.
“The Classification Board (the Board) is aware of concerns about the classification of certain Japanese anime genre films, specifically Sword Art Online: Extra Edition, No Game No Life, and Eromanga Sensei Volumes 1 & 2, and about comic books featuring manga style drawings not being classified by the Board.
“The Board classifies films in accordance with the Guidelines for the Classification of Films (the Film Guidelines). There are not specific or separate guidelines to classify animated films. Films can be classified in the classification categories from G to R 18+ (with the X 18+ category limited to films containing sexually explicit activity). If a film contains content that exceeds the scope and limits of content that is permitted in the R 18+ category, it will be Refused Classification (RC). Films in the anime genre have been classified across a range of categories, including M, MA 15+, R 18+ and RC.
“The Film Guidelines require an assessment of impact of six classifiable elements (themes, violence, sex, coarse language, drug use and nudity); not an assessment of the genre type or whether the film depicts ‘real’ people or animated characters. The Guidelines state “Context is crucial in determining whether a classifiable element is justified by the story‑line or themes. This means that material that falls into a particular classification category in one context may fall outside it in another.”
“In addition to determining the classification, the Board must determine consumer advice for a film. The purpose of consumer advice is to draw attention to only the most impactful and frequent content relating to the six classifiable elements. Therefore, not all the content in a film will warrant consumer advice. The classifications for the named films are:
“Sword Art Online: Extra Edition is classified M with consumer advice ‘sexualised imagery, sexual references and animated violence.
“No Game No Life is classified MA 15+ with consumer advice ‘strong sexual themes’.
Eromanga Sensei Volumes 1 & 2 are classified MA 15+ with consumer advice ‘strong sexual themes’.
Regarding comic books, only submittable publications are required to be classified. The Board classifies submittable publications in accordance with the Guidelines for the Classification of Publications. It is the responsibility of distributors of comic books to decide if the comic book should be classified. States and territories are responsible for classification enforcement legislation which includes offences for selling an unclassified submittable publication.
“The Board is aware that a campaign has been launched about the sale of Japanese manga and anime in Australia and that in the context of the Government’s Review of Classification Regulation this issue has been raised. The Board welcomes this review.”
Senator Griff spoke in front of the Australian parliament last week to request the re-classification of anime and manga and the banning of specific anime, including Eromanga Sensei, Goblin Slayer, Sword Art Online and No Game No Life for what he called "child abuse material." Some of the shows might contain some ecchi elements, meaning that there’s no overt sex or explicit material on display. Not that facts will stop this boomer on a mission.
The Australian boomer went on to say that the material is used by pedophiles for grooming, which is presented without evidence as to simply support his claim. You would think his time would be better spent investigating pornhub or maybe shows like Game of Thrones for their explicit content. Or even better if he really cared about protecting Australian children from pedophiles, maybe having the courage to investigate Muslim immigrant child sex trafficking. But instead, Australian taxes are spent on this boomer and his team of researchers trying to ban comics and cartoons.
But, what is most glaring about Senator Griff's boomer crusade is his attack on Goblin Slayer.
Goblin Slayer's brutal first episode sets up the context of Goblins being completely evil rapists who have to be exterminated, and this couldn't be made more clear. The Goblin Slayer himself is portrayed as un-mistakingly heroic. That's a lot more than what can be said for Game of Thrones.
Apart from the brutal first episode, Goblin Slayer is a completely wholesome show, that draws parallels with the migrant invasion of Europe. Which makes you have to wonder what his true motivations for wanting to ban are. Or you have to wonder what corporate interests are behind Senator Griffs bizarre and random attack on anime.
Especially when Australia is still recovering from the massive firestorms that have ravaged the nation only recently.
In conclusion, let's just hope Senator Griff doesn't find out about Berserk.