Related to political, religious or pornographic issues are the main reasons why the following popular comic books are banned in many countries.
In 2014, the cult series Ultraman: The Ultra Power is banned in Malaysia due to the use of the word Allah – the name of the supreme saint of Islam, the main religion in this country. Allah is mentioned in the story next to the superheroes, which is said to be his lowering behavior. Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs issued a statement about the ban: “Ultraman is admired by the younger generation, but the act of comparing Allah with these superheroes will cause deviations in public thinking and faith”. Story owners can be imprisoned for up to 3 years or slightly, paying a fine of USD 6,000.
The whole series of world-famous Pokémon series and cartoons were banned in the United Arab Emirates in 2001. The comic series was accused by authorities of encouraging social evils and containing many Christian symbols. At that time, Pokémon card playing animals were very popular, which partly caused the gambling problem to explode in an uncontrolled way in this country.
3. Death Note
The Death Note comic book is banned in China, the story of Light Yagami student who uses supernatural methods to destroy criminals is considered wild and illegal. In addition to the book of destiny, the Chinese government also banned another series of violent manga such as Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan and Psycho-Pass because they have adverse effects on physical and psychological student. Death Note is also banned from publishing in many other countries like Mexico, Russia.
4. Barefoot Gen
Some schools in Japan stopped circulating the Barefoot Gen – documents used to teach World War I history – due to their somewhat violent content.
5. Dragon Ball
One of the world-famous manga is banned in many public schools in Maryland, USA. In 2009, a series of Maryland elementary and middle schools stopped circulating Dragon Ball in the library on the grounds that it contained “pornography.” Earlier in 1999, the famous toy store chain in the US TOYS R US also had to stop issuing Dragon Ball Z due to parents complaining that the story is like light and boring hill culture.
6. Manga, 60 Years Of Japanese Comics
The book of Japanese comics history is banned in many libraries in California, USA after having a complaint from a parent about a book containing pictures of people who have a relationship with animals that are not in perfect customary style.
7. Welcome to Sugar Pot
This adult genre manga is banned in native Japan because it is contrary to the order for the development of healthy manga for young people when it contains excessively sexy drawings. With the 2020 Olympics coming up in Japan, there are still many early titles with content or drawings that are too adult to stop being released.