Last December, China announced plans to increase regulation on explicit and inappropriate online games and it was only weeks ago when China decides to ban hip-hop culture and tattoos from all media outlets. Anime seems to be next on the list. Chinese regulators are making moves to clamping down Japanese anime on video streaming sites Sina reports (in Chinese). Most recently Baidu’s video streaming service iQiyi was asked to take down two popular anime shows from its platform—the DARLING in the FRANXX and Slow Start. Both shows have garnered a lot of attention and fans in China.

The Ministry of Culture has begun investigating platforms that post inappropriate anime videos on the internet. The clean-up aims to protect underage children from anime videos that are deemed too bloody and violent, which the government fear could be detrimental for the physical and mental health of children. This time, the crackdown seems to direct toward mainstream online video platforms like iQiyi.

Currently, the government division responsible for internet culture has ordered take-downs of more than 279 thousand anime videos, banned 771 explicit online video games, and blacklisted 1079 user accounts who appear to have violated the policy.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.