Censorship in anime

When several series are licensed outside of Japan, it is possible that due to cultural misunderstandings those series are published. The parallel growth of the popularity of anime outside of Japan takes the increasing number of adversaries of this genre of animation. The most important criticism is in the opinion of many the excessive number of scenes of violence and eroticism in anime, inappropriate behavior and the visualization of sports, otaku anime collection that sometimes leads to pathological forms. In European countries and in the United States, Japanese anime products must pass a preliminary assessment as defined by age-audience and sometimes adapt the plot to a younger demographic, whereby the editor of the works cuts the scenes. violent

In the United States, many series have been published because they are considered inappropriate for children, so they change their content to make them more accessible to children, Japanese cultural references to Americans are also published. For example, 4Kids Entertainment makes the aforementioned edits, but also released the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Shaman King uncut. Even with the censorship on Shaman King, some researchers also found it inappropriate for children. Many were annoyed with the edit in One Piece, making it very childish, even though it belongs to the shonen genre. But FUNimation acquired the exclusive rights in the United States to dub it in April 2007 without cuts. Also for Latin America they tend to cut some scenes when they are broadcast on open television. It should be noted the controversy that anime broadcast on television has had, for example Dragon Ball Z, some researchers consider the series as sexist and violent, where it is also considered inappropriate to put violent series as children’s programs.

The difference in the cultures has generated a bit of friction in the developers and producers of the anime compared to the distributors in the rest of the world, all this due to cultural differences and different stereotypes that we handle in each country.

In Europe, some series have a similar change as in the United States, in order to make them more suitable for all audiences. The controversy they have had has been for example in Spain and other countries, it is believed that everything related to animation is something childish, for this reason there have been many misunderstandings in the transmission by television networks. He also had controversy when doing a study with children, where it was considered that those who saw this series did not understand what was really happening in it. The television channel La Sexta began to include hentai in its programming, but it was withdrawn days later.

Like many series, movies and even documentaries, multiple anime series have undergone an exhaustive analysis, keeping in mind who this type of content is intended for.

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