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iPad Says No to Violence and Adult Situations in Manga

+ posted by njt in Manga News on May 13, 2010 12:02

(Keep in mind I'm not positive that Say Hello to Black Jack is blocked but considering the below it seems highly likely.)

Kodansha recently had 30% of their manga denied by Apple for the following reasons:

1) Violence.
Anything with not only violence but blood (be it even a medical manga where a person is sick and spits up blood) was taken out. So let's apply this to other manga... Naruto? Gone... Bleach? Gone... ONE PIECE?! Yep... Gone.

2) Adult Situations
While this I can understand. Having a boob accidentally pop out or anything else that goes past a "safe point" (don't ask me what that is) is banned for being porn.

When Kodansha was asked about why they were banned, they replied "Ask Apple". When Apple Japan was asked how they'll define "violence" and "Adult situations" they replied "We can't comment". They also refused to comment on why Japanese manga being sold in book stores around Japan was banned as well.

How "Adult situations" and "Violence" is to be handled outside of Japan still remains uncertain. But for Japan, it doesn't look very bright.

Apple, having recently stated "If you want porn buy an Android" has really kicked it up a notch this time. By pretty much saying if you want to read any popular manga you'll have to buy an Android.

Well good thing Android is on their way to creating their "iPad killer". So there is still hope for fans out there that would love to pay for the ease of reading official manga.

So- who all out there is wanting an Android based tablet? :D.


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#1. by ThunderEarthFire ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
I wonder how many American movies are banned from the iPad? That would seriously detriment their sales.
#2. by Dark Sin ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
what !!!
you gotta be kidding me

guess it`s back to reading manga the old fashion way
Rena chan
i`m counting on you
#3. by some_guy ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
"be it even a medical manga where a person is sick and spits up blood"
No Saijou no meii?
Do not want!
#4. by ghost305 ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
I dot not care about the Ipad. I'd rather wait for an HP/Dell/Lenovo/Gateway/Toshiba(u get my drift...) version of the Ipad. We all know how Apple likes to restrict their *censored*.
#5. by hhv94 ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
No shock with Apple on this. I heard their App store has so many restrictions it's rediculouse. I think theres such a stupid double standard which is why I hate apple. I have an android and I view my manga via the phone when I'm bored. I will be the first feew people getting the Android Tablet when it comes out. There are rumors that it will be unveiled this week or next. Notice that Apple has leaked their new Iphone 4G phone this week, sorta convinient so they can take the steam out of Googles News conference coming up.
#6. by wccrawford ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
I would love an Android tablet (to go with my Android phone) but I'd need to -see- Manga on it first. In Japanese.

I recently bought a Sony PRS300 for reading books and decided to try out a manga on it. 80% of the text was barely readable (in Japanese) and 20% was impossible... Unless you can read Kanji well. (I can't, yet. I still need the furigana.)

For English comics and manga, I'm sure it's a fine device and the Android pad will be even better.
#7. by Shaka ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
One more reason to hate Apple...
Who gives them the right to control what we can or can not see? This is total BS.
Makes you wonder who the bad guys really are. Heck, lately it seem Apple has become the new Microsoft :)
Then again, you could just get a netbook and not deal with Apple ;)
#8. by Hermie (vs. The World.)
Posted on May 13, 2010
Of course they did. Cartoons and comic strips are for kids!

I'd like to see them pull the same stunt on comics and graphic novels, then you'd have an outrage.
#9. by ShinmenTakeda ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Why should i care that apple are banning manga on iPad. i don't use it but since i can w/o any problem to read manga via wifi on my ipod touch it doesn't concern me. and bleach/naruto movies are still in itunes so anyone can buy/rent them. they are not banning anything. it requires credit card to sign in itunes so people are 18 or above so it means i can watch what i want including porn.

p.s. americans are pathetic when you mention what is healthy or not for kids/young teens/teens and young adults. when you hit 18 you can go kill and die in any war but can't drink alcohol or enter a strip club. how stupid is that
#10. by Empathy ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Apple is fascist, plain and simple.
#11. by kanamechidori ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Like I needed an excuse to not buy an IPad....**** you jobs!
#12. by kanamechidori ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Jobs is a marketing GENIUS!

If you like porn go to the android.

Well geez you just alienated 99% of the interwebz.

I should make my own tablet....PornTab...nothing but the highest quality graphics for your viewing pleasure.

I would SOOO outsell the IFail.
#13. by HumanoidInterface ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Who cares, the ipad is terribly over-rated anyway.

Just like 99.9999999% (repeating) of Apple products.
#14. by StrangerAtaru ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
There is a major difference between violence and nudity that is "for storytelling", "for fanservice" and "just because we want to"...creators have a right to write what they want to and I think that there need to be safeguards to this instead of just saying "no way" by a company, even a monolith like Apple.
#15. by sangai ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
WOW apple, keep adding fuel to my fire! i knew the ipad was bogus to begin with.. but really? wow.. biggest ripoff ever now!
#16. by Oxwivi ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
If there's such censorship in Japan, I wonder if the plan to ban manga altogether overseas.
#17. by Lee-tyme7 ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
And this is another reason why I don't purchase any apple or ipad stuff. They just complicate things even further.
#18. by noob3d ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Why would you buy an iBad anyway?These companies keep trying to sell people stuff they don't really need.And yet people buy it up like they do.It's crazy.

#19. by yummies ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Welcome to Oceania.
#20. by gphjr14 ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Like enough people are buying the ipad for this to actually matter.
#21. by chorns ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Wow, how gay...
#22. by tenjouten ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Here comes the censorship crusade again....damn idiots.
#23. by zfresh ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Bleach, Naruto and One Piece are one the major mangas that keep up with the today's world. Its more of a excuse to use against people pointing fingers at something/someone else.

Technically Ipad is no difference with the itouch. Besides how much, bigger, and more functions.

If this is the case to ban mangas/anime why not just ban it all at once rather then state to see what people have to say.

Btw P.S...

If you take out the violence.... the somewhat adult situations... your just gna have a plain ass manga with no plot at all imo. The Plot has been killed off more like.
#24. by b-werx ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Bottom line! SCREW iPad!

Just because they added an "i" on each product iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac they could control the world and tell people what's hip and what's not!? SHEESH! what's next they'd make iPants, iDrink, and oh maybe an iP@# for all I care just leave them mangas alone!! They've banned a enough already! WHAT THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE THINKING!?
#25. by zfresh ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
I kinda recall them making a iDrink somewhere or it just a joke. But just like you said screw them. =/
#26. by zetsubou.shin ()
Posted on May 13, 2010

but seriously, that's free advertisement for any android based tablet/phone.

plus. comparing hp slate with the ipad...well...the winner is clear for me.

the most hated thing at the ipad is that multitasking means to buy one ipad for each task >.>
#27. by progste ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
one more reason to not buy the ipad...
#28. by Katea ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
lol, who wants an iPad anyway?
I have an Android phone, but I don't rly understand the problem... does that mean that you can't visit pages like mangahelpers, onemanga etc with that iPad? o_Ô
#29. by Galooza ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
1) I could get a nice netbook or regular sized laptop for $500

2) I've never facepalmed so hard.
#30. by Draco1988 ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Hahaha, luckily I'm no iPad fan ^^
#31. by deffkryz ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
OMG... this is so f*cking retarded. Apple has just gone "1984" - once again.
#32. by danieloco92 ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Censorship stinks...
Apple makes the best eletronics in general, but they're too square... That's why they critcize windows, but hey! Look at what they're doing ¬¬'
#33. by uekipheonix ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
this is silly, they should define what violence is for gods sake.
here on Tv they even ban the scenes were ppl smoke or drink beer, seriously whats gotten in to authorities these days o.o"

they consider children to be this stupid ?
its almost an insult to their intelligence if you ask me, lol
#34. by tenjouten ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
I guess they're doing it for all the 10 year old kids who plan on buying this by busting out 500 buck from their wallet...oh wait.....
#35. by Dark-Knights ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
PC for the win!
Do what you want, whenever you want.
#36. by naruto+4s ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
the fuck is a ipad? had to google it just to know what it was! What is the problem anyway!!! It's not like this ipad thing is the only thing you can read manga on.
#37. by Exodi ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
Yet another reason to hate Apple.

#38. by Arhazivory ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
What on earth can be read then?
#40. by Revilenigma ()
Posted on May 13, 2010
It's not like any sane person would waste money on a useless over-priced device.
#41. by spartydragon ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
My, isn't Apple the spoiled princess nowadays.
#42. by justadood ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
Jailbreak it! or, use the HTML readers through websites (like here).

Alternately, lessee what comes of the iPad-killers.....
#43. by Raichu ()
Posted on May 14, 2010

I was planning to buy a Macbook when I'll have enough money but looks like,hell no.Even I have no iPad or ANYTHING Apple related,I feel that doing something like that will only hurt their finance more.It's the users' decisions all right.THEY decide what they want to read,reading something is freedom.Don't go censuring whatever it pleases you.

Looks like they're even banning medicine manga,just what were they thinking,and come on,american movies all have all those actions and blood stuffs,it's not that uncommon(except for comedy and romance though)

Well good luck to Android to pwn Apple and take over the marketing,even though I don't know you much.

I probably wouldn't waste my money on a tablet computer,I got a nice a nifty Wacom Intuos 3 6x8~~~And it works wonderfully~
#44. by Anti-panda ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
You'd think they'd realize ... after Betamax Vs VHS ... and HD Dvd vs BlueRay ... you always make your format Porn friendly.
#45. by arimareiji ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
Yyyyyyeaah, taking a "moral" stand to try to keep a good face for the American audience... that worked out real well for Nintendo, too. And they had a lot more excuse, as at that time video games were almost completely "kids' entertainment".

I've been a Mac user for decades, but for the first time I'm truly ashamed of Apple. Amoral business decisions to stay alive are one thing, but that's just STUPID.

@b-werx: Yeah. I'm starting to wonder if Jobs' next products will be the official Apple vacuum cleaner and fan: iSuck and iBlow.
#46. by deprince69 ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
no mangas to read on ipad??? noooooooo!!! what you have you done??? ohh wait no one cares about ipad with technology now days there over kilobytes ways to read them
#47. by Lee-tyme7 ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
why would you want to go online in an ipad or iphone or any istuff? I tried it and it's very limited you can't go anywhere so stick to computers and laptop people.
#48. by leejinsung ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
they're such hypocrites, impossible that they don't enjoy even in the slightest any form of violence or adult situations. they just want to distance themselves from any possible future issue involving their product. like iPods that were preloaded with porn being given to kids by their parents for christmas or whatever. lolz
#49. by llamapie ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
For any of you wondering to be a mac user you join a cult. Its ... kind of creepy. If they wanted to boost more into the PC market they should not be banning anything. PCs are completely open to the user.
#50. by aeynera ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
And who is Apple to decide what people do or don't read on a product that people are going to pay an exorbitant amount for?

*shrugs* They can't exactly stop people from reading it on a product that a person purchased.
#51. by grandia09 ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
they banned so many movies already and they wanna ban manga now? what the fuck we should be able to do whatever the fuck we want with our money, not have limitation on what we can or we cant do.
#52. by Aikidoka ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
Not a good decision, I'm not sure what Steve Jobs is thinking. Cutting his company off from a huge industry and source of income and advertising their rival as well? Kind of stupid don't you think? It's like they're trying to make less money or something...
#53. by taishi tetora ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
i don't have an apple product. . but. . . this kinda. . . . ;;^^a
#54. by ~FrienD~ ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
the more you hide the more ppl would want to see you, the more you censor the more curious ppl get.. etc...
#55. by archive1 ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
can't they just bypass apple store and just sell directly to ipad users thru a webpage portal
#56. by bobossp ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
want to test the popularity of the product and its brand over the use it can have? thinking their product itself or the trend is worth more than what we would like to use it for?
this is ridiculous and so arrogant, seriously, they ought to stop making a mess just because their products are nice.
they won't last long at this rate, any defect, any problem could turn them down instantly.
#57. by sojiroseta98 ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
so safe to say Gantz is more than out of the question LOL....i'm not even gonna get into Berserk
#58. by Horsee ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
I'm still waiting for that moment when the people realize that these things like tablet are totally useless and unneeded. And the Apple-related stuffs are really expensive. The iPhone also a dumb mobile phone. The first generation was not even able to make videos however there was a lot of cheaper models what can even 640x480 or 720x480. And the latest generation still dumb. Jobs is a good lier and the people believe him.

Support Android and other open source-related stuff instead of this piece of... And firstly think about again if you truly need a tablet or not.
#59. by Silverblade ()
Posted on May 14, 2010
So Apple sucks monkey balls.

What else is new.
#60. by Jeei ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
I wonder what is the problem USA people have against Japan things, censoring everything...
And the worst thing is that the censored things come to Brazil, instead of coming direct from Nihon(One Piece was disaster here for that reason)...

Anyway, I wasn't thinking of buying it, now I really don't care xD
I like to have the manga in hands, much better than read digitally
#61. by Sena ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
If Sony launched a thing like this, it would surely allow people to read the japanese manga without being censored. As for apple they just don't budge, and so their products are only bought by people who have followed their merchandise till this far.

As for me i won't buy any of these techs, because you never know what will appear tomorrow...
#62. by shy_evsa ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
great more reason to hate apple,

more reason to not buy any of their product
#63. by Naapi ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
Laptops pwn little frisbees. Not much different size from those nowdays "mini laptops" anyway...
#64. by Mandala ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
Thats why people develop hacks, and open source software. Apple is no better than Microsoft. And Ill be signing up for my Android iPad Killer.
#65. by HisshouBuraiKen ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
This is why I vote with my wallet and don't support Apple at all. I hate censorship of all kinds, especially Steve Jobs (excuse me, big brother) and his Orwellian attempts to choose for others what they can and cannot view.
#66. by chan-chan ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
huh... no motivation to buy ipad anymore...
#67. by umeboshi110 ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
they're doing this manga ban because they think it most likely won't hurt them as much, and will in fact help them, in the long run. in fact, outsiders (the vast majority) will approve.
#68. by devilpyro ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
and i say "no" to those damn hypocrite self-justify
#69. by Eroes ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
It's stuff like this that has forced me into the anti-Apple camp. Yes, they have cool, potentially useful products; but with Apple products, it's not so much what you can do with them, it's what Apple ALLOWS you to do with them.

If I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars buying something, I want to use it how I want.
#70. by chichiri_chan ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
Is it just me, or does there seem to be a stronger outcry against violence and mature situations in manga? There's this new incident with the Ipad, but even beyond that, both America and cities in Japan are making new laws restricting various forms of manga (mostly porn-related). My personal opinions on that particular issue aside, it seems interesting that all of this is happening in the same year. Perhaps Apple is jumping on the same boat as those politicians?
#71. by Akiyama ()
Posted on May 16, 2010
Hahaha I work on Say Hello to Black Jack for Arienai! scans. xD
#72. by Hinakura ()
Posted on May 16, 2010
This is stupid. -__-"
But since nobody likes ipad...~ x3
#73. by Marcius ()
Posted on May 16, 2010
Americans are really pathetic in this matter. Like on onemanga, they had to close all mangas that had mature things in it. They need to go through all images and look for mature content and then clean it up or whatever (some may even get suspended forever). Europe is prolly the best place to have these sites made in - noone cares. And this thing with iPad and stuff, jeez... How more pathetic can Apple get, seriously -_-'. Androids FTW!!!
#74. by dikidera ()
Posted on May 16, 2010
#75. by Em_Leingod ()
Posted on May 17, 2010
Are they stupid?

This will only cut it's sales...
#76. by stellvia ()
Posted on May 18, 2010
Google Android-based tablet? Yes please.
Working with Verizon on it? Not so good...

Verizon is known for locking down their hardware as much or more than Apple. Maybe not in the censorship aspect. But definitely in ways to screw the consumer out of functionality or make them pay more buying through official Verizon sources.

My old RAZR couldn't offload photos without paying for the Verizon multimedia kit and using their terrible software. It also refused to even charge off a non-Verizon Mini-USB>>USB cable. And they had firmware locked-out the sounds menu so you could only have ringtones bought from their store. Yet my brother's RAZR through US Cellular didn't have such restrictions...
#77. by hyperkamote ()
Posted on May 18, 2010
Currently there is an iPad from china, but just a copy it's called aPad and runs on google android os 1.5 cost only $169.. =)

#78. by SuperShuter ()
Posted on May 19, 2010
Englands ok they have the useless attitude of just siding with whatever the youth are interested in and then trying to make a moral example of it. The only thing england seem to care about nowadays is religious issues. America has quite a large base of comic readers though don't they... America is crazy though Gay bashing on the radio lmfao.
#79. by webgandalf ()
Posted on May 20, 2010
Hi , if someone want I have write a freeware software (Comics2Reader) for the conversion of a folder of image into a Epub file . I don't know if the file is Ok for iPad but the Epub is a standard so ...
#80. by yuzolein ()
Posted on May 20, 2010
This is another reason, why I think this is just a stupid crap (what is it seemed to be used for??? You can't even read One Piece...). Apple is totally overrated and gay. Period!
#81. by zatch bell ()
Posted on May 22, 2010
wat a bunch of bull thats retarded why would they do that
i mean apple has made alot of stuff but this where they have crossed the line
i mean they think that they can make newer stuff and think that they can get away with that HELL NO they have gone to far
#82. by JTflip ()
Posted on May 24, 2010
Makes no sense, how does a company tell us consumers what we can and cannot do on something we paid for and belongs to us?????

Censorship is getting out of control in America
#83. by yakitatefreak ()
Posted on May 25, 2010
Apple has a good reason to be jerks, after all, they make cutting edge tech without having to have hardware-->software problems. They make good stuff even though you may think it is overpriced. Although I do like Windows 7 better (yes, it is a sweet piece of operating system), the Mac has many good points in the OS. And also, the ever so dominant Microsoft has control of the computer market (and with good reason to as well).

But here's the thing: popular anime and manga started with violence (and later ecchi). Think about it... Astro Boy was a violent series, Mobile Suit Gundam was another violent series, and even the ever so popular Dragon Ball Z was violent. Then came Love Hina and Inu-Yasha, which has NOT ONLY VIOLENCE, but ECCHI situations as well! Now if all the violent and sexual series were taken out, there would virtually be no series at all! And I'm not just talking about the popular ones, there would literally be almost no series at all (that includes stuff such as Yakitate!! Japan [violence in some episodes, and possibly semi-nudity). Argue all you want, Jobs, but that means taking on a whole industry.

Now then, Android, you are a friend in the manga industry! Customizable, user friendly, and for the GoogleHolics, the iPhone after all isn't even worth the pocket lint that it sits on! (derived from a US Radio Ad) After all, Apple HATES Hackintoshes [hacked Macintosh].

By the way, Jobs (if he ever sees this), you have a creepy smile.

By the way, if you want to see what Jobs did in an presentation, here is a SHOCKER... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYWhFjAF8ug (this will be the best part!)

@arimareiji - you just made my day even though it's 12:21 in the morning
@b-werx - i wonder if they also have a sense of iLost Touch.... after all, they certainly have become so uncreative that iHaxors should be promoted (haxored mac products)
#84. by Pyrus ()
Posted on May 26, 2010
Couldn't someone just watch porn over the iPad web browser?
#85. by lbum ()
Posted on May 26, 2010
I got an iPad prior to hearing about this and I'm a bit upset. It does a he'll of a job for reading manga on it. The double standards suck so much. They will let people rot their brains on crappy music but won't let people read good quality stories? Go America. He'll it makes me want to learn to write an app with a backdoor built in for getting manga.
#86. by sillyblob ()
Posted on May 31, 2010
i wish porn would just be banned from life

#87. by zatch bell ()
Posted on Jun 2, 2010
Ok u may be right be I still think that apple is taking the fun out if everything and if that's not something than I don't know what is
#88. by Fire888 ()
Posted on Jun 3, 2010
why is it just android vs ipad ?? why not take windows mobile into consideration ?
I like windows mobile on my phone.. I can installed more programs and games into it then android (that's basically a new OS compared to windows mobile that have more software in the industry)..
#89. by ymoua ()
Posted on Jun 4, 2010
Banned manga just because there's some blood and slightly not even considered nude screens by japanese standard (and reader standard)....seriously I bet that the ipad allows voilent videos on it--pretty sure that Avatar and Transformer can be viewed by it.

But you know what...I don't care since I don't own an Ipad, there's a reason there's a laptop.

All I have to say to the ipad is that madTV should've sued them for the name even if the ipad in madTV had a whole different meaning...Yep

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