China Blacklists 38 Cartoons Citing Violent, Pornographic Content

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The list from the Ministry of Culture includes TV series, movies and comics, including several Japanese manga adaptations.

China's Ministry of Culture has issued a blacklist of cartoons and other animated content containing what censors says is violent and pornographic content.

The Ministry has punished 29 websites for allowing users to stream such fare, including big-name streaming sites such as iQiyi, Sohu, Baidu and LeTV.

In addition to listing 38 cartoon series and films with "severely improper content," the ministry also shut down eight animation websites.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been on a moral crusade against smut and corruption for over two years, and many forms of content have fallen afoul of the moral arbiter's reading of what is suitable and what is not.

"By providing illegal content, these companies violated regulations on Internet cultural management, audio and visual programs and services," the ministry said in a statement cited by state news agency Xinhua.

The blacklist includes the 2004 Japanese show Terror in Resonance, a 2014 animated TV series set in a Tokyo after a terrorist attack has destroyed the city, and Death Note, an adaptation of a manga about a high-school student who goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world using a notebook with unearthly powers.

Subject to warnings or fines, the violators were also urged to take down the titles in question, the ministry said.

"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 Liu Qiang, a senior ministry official.