Can you believe there are people online (and offline) who desperately want anime banned?
When you hear or see their reasoning, you have to facepalm yourself, splash some water on your face, and wonder if they’re actually being serious.
This isn’t a post about defending the anime industry.
No, it’s a post that will share why the idea of banning anime is stupid and won’t work.
Let’s talk about that.
Why Anime Won’t Ever Be Banned:
1. Childish reasons that hold no weight
To give you an example of what I mean, take a look at this quote from debate.com:
“Anime was invented by the Japanese to control the minds of young American children. The mind control starts at a young age with studio Ghibli movies. Studio Ghibli is the worst because they made a anime children movie about rape. ABOUT RAPE! Have you ever wondered why school shooters are socially awkward. ITS BECAUSE OF ANIME. Name any school shooter that did not watch anime.”
This debate page is focused on banning anime in America. And at first sight – it might seem like a prank.
But it’s not.
Honestly – anime causes school shootings?
Can anyone with a brain take this bullshit seriously?
How ignorant can be a person be?
This is the persons reason for wanting to ban anime out right.
As anyone with a brain cell can see, reasons and excuses like this are childish and hold no weight in the real world.
They’re just personal opinions of someone who has a problem with anime for whatever reason.
2. The more popular anime gets, the harder it’ll be to get it “banned”
If you’re a fan of the hip hop industry then you’ll know what I mean.
Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s, hip hop was criticized by ALL kinds of people.
From government, to politicians, people with political power, you name it.
But how did that turn out? The answer is obvious: hip hop is now the biggest music genre on the planet.
Because all the reasons to ban hip hop were childish, held no weight, and made no logical sense.
Even the porn industry never got banned!
Seriously of all things, even porn hasn’t been banned and is a thriving industry.
In fact – porn is one of the most searched things on the internet.
The anime industry is the same
The more idiots who criticize anime (like on debate.com), the more attention anime will get.
And the bigger anime will grow as an industry.
Anime isn’t going anywhere.
It has so much influence around the world, especially in the west.
Netflix is a good example of a company investing in anime, because they know it has a future, and how much potential it has as an entertainment medium.
So good luck with banning it!
3. Anime is on the rise with no signs of slowing down
The anime industry is still in its startup phase, and has a long way to go in terms of profits and stability.
But the statistics don’t lie – anime is on the rise and profits are increasing almost every year in the last couple of years.
Not to mention anime as an entertainment medium is just as influential as regular TV and films.
The only difference is it hasn’t been accepted by the masses, hence why anime still isn’t what you’d call truly mainstream yet.
4. Anime is a bigger part of the entertainment industry than you think
Anime is a big part of the entertainment business. And even though “haters” won’t admit it, it’s a big deal with plenty of influence.
How much influence?
Enough that there are ONLINE PETITIONS that have been created to ban anime.
Mostly by idiots who are misinformed, politically correct social justice warriors who have NO idea what they’re talking about.
Almost 2000 people signed the petition, asking Trump to ban anime.
To prove my point about “idiots who don’t know what they’re talking about”, just read this sentence from the screenshot above:
“Naruto. Bleach. One Piece. Sword Art Online. Attack On Titan. Dragon Ball Z. Pokemon. Lucky Star. Cory in the House. Boku No Pico. These degenerate Chinese cartoons are known as Anime. “
In their own ignorance, they think anime is Chinese and yet they’re supposed to be “experts” on why anime deserves to be banned…
999 petitions signed.
Facebook Group “Ban anime now” dedicated to bashing anime.
Google searches related to “banning anime”.
Did you just vomit after digesting everything I fed you?
If you’re wondering if this is a nightmare, I’m afraid it’s not. This is real.
Will anime ever be banned?
All I’ll say is whoever tries banning anime (legally), they’re welcome to try. It won’t work in their favor because they never have legit reasons except personal feelings.
In the end they’ll fail and wake up to reality, instead of getting flustered about something they disagree with. Because it’s just that: a disagreement that isn’t grounded in reality.
But I will say one more thing:
- The only reason to outright BAN something is because you’re threatened by its success.
- On that point, the company Uber has been banned in tons of cities and countries worldwide. How’s that working out in the grand scheme of things?
- Keeping that in mind, if a group of people decide to ban anime, that would imply anime is a threat to similar companies in the entertainment industry.
- And that doesn’t necessarily mean anime will be banned. Even if it has some challenges.
No matter how you look at it, the result is the same. Anime isn’t going anywhere.
Plain and simple.
No different to how they tried banning the video games industry, and yet it’s still here today.
Thriving like never before.
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