A Russian court in Saint Petersburg has banned different Japanese anime during the last week for considering that they are harmful to the mental and moral development of children. Although not everyone in the country thinks the same, there are people who defend anime and describe this attitude as a crusade against anime in Russia.

As reported Vice, the series and movies that were banned were removed from platforms such as Youtube, Rutube Y Watch.Cartoons. Among the censored titles are animes from Attack the titans and the feature film of Akira.

In addition to the anime mentioned, the animated film based on the bloody video games of Mortal Kombat call Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge and the adult animation series happy Tree Friends, which mixes tender animals with violence.

Apparently, several “experts“They testified that movies could cause behavior”violent“in children and potentially lead to a”self-injurious behavior“.

Watching the animated series undoubtedly harms the education and spiritual and moral development of young children and contradicts the humanistic nature of education inherent in Russia.“, wrote The Moscow Times, citing the press service of the Oktyabrsky District Court of St. Petersburg.

It is not the first time that the St. Petersburg courts have made a similar move, in January series such as: Elfen lied, Death note, Tokyo ghoul, e Inuyashiki. Several Russian parents had been lobbying for years for it to be banned Death note after the death of a girl by an alleged suicide.

But Russia is not the only country to take this type of measures, in China it was also banned Tokyo ghoul in 2017 after the appearance of several horror anime, and after reports of children sewing their skin.