7 famous comic books are banned from circulation in the world

Related to political, religious or pornographic issues are the main reasons why the following popular comic books are banned in many countries.


1. Ultraman

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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.

2. Pokémon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Using “Allah” To Refer Hero, Ultraman Has Been Banned In Malaysia

An Ultraman comic book has been banned in Malaysia since 2014 because it uses the word “Allah” to describe the Japanese action hero.

In a statement in 2014, The Home Ministry said that the Malaysia verison of “Ultraman: The Ultra Power” contained lots of elements that can consume the public security and societal ethics. It is said that: “Ultraman is idolised by many children”. And equating the main character, Ultraman King, with Allah would especially confuse Muslim children and damage their reliance.

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Allah, the Arabic word for God, is usually used to refer to God in the Malay language. The government says Allah should be exclusively segregated for Muslims due to concerns its use by others would confuse Muslims and ruin them to convert. Malay Muslims account for about 60 percent of 30 million people in Malaysia, while Christians makeup only about 9 percent of the population in this country. The ministry said that Allah is holy for Muslims and warned that the irresponsible use of that word can rile the community and menace the public safety.

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Ultraman is a fictional Japanese superhero who fights with monsters and first appeared on television in the 1960s. A line in this comic book said that Ultraman is considered and respected as Allah, or the Elder, to all super heros.

The ministry said: “The Ultraman character is not prohibited and only this edition is banned”. It warned that anyone who is caught because of distributing the book could be sentenced three years in prison. The government which postponed the word Allah has stimulated a controversy in this multi-racial Southeast Asian country, where many Malay-speaking Christians commonly use Allah to refer to God.

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Religious tensions have been high in the past five years after the Catholic church went to court to ransack the right to use Allah in its weekly newspaper. Last year, a lower court adjudicated to support the government, which the Catholic church has appealed to the country’s highest court. The Federal Court told that it will decide at a later date whether to hear the case.