Every time fictional elements come to court, it is usually due to situations that border on the ridiculous and that end up shocking the fans, and today is not going to be an exception. A court in St. Petersburg has banned several animes of the subgenre isekai Across the Russian Federation for “dangerously promoting a misconception of reincarnation”, Isekai is a subgenre that takes the protagonists to alternative, virtual or fantastic worlds, leaving behind, in one way or another, the real world.
The ruling has affected series such as Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken or KonoSuba, two series where the protagonists leave behind a real world and find hope and freedom from parental control in an alternative world in which they are reincarnated.
Surely you are thinking that, if these anime have been banned, why don’t they ban others of a violent nature? Well, they have already started to do it. A few months ago, series such as Tokyo Ghoul or Death Note were banned because of the danger for children and young people who wanted to recreate the violence of said series.
The prosecutors, during that sentence, also wanted series like Naruto or Elfen lied, but the court has not ruled on the matter of those animes. In a certain way, the standard by which some criteria are measured when making decisions of this magnitude in many courts is worrying, directly censoring and prohibiting instead of ensuring that the control of the age rating works properly.
What do you think of this ruling by a Russian court on isekai anime?
Source | Bounting into comics