TOKYO -- In Japanese popular literature, 'RapeMan' always gets the girl but the tales of lust, violence and revenge that fill the pages of the adult comic are anything but storybook romances. Clark says the popularity of comics such as 'RapeMan' indicates 'the Japanese male psychology is far less inhibited by morality than in other countries. The amended ordinance included a non-binding clause saying the city government would carefully consider a work's artistic and social expression when it starts restricting some works from July 1, Kyodo News reported. The graphic novels deal with themes from high school romance to the literary classics -- but also with pornography, much of it hardcore and violent. Although producing and distributing child pornography is illegal in Japan, its possession is not criminalised, and images of "non-existent" underage characters in manga, anime and video games are legal.
Chiba, the manga artist, wrote on his blog:
Comic fans protest 'extreme sex' manga bans
A more common theme is illustrated in the story of a husband who hires 'RapeMan' to attack his wife because she has a lesbian lover. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara has long campaigned against "unhealthy" manga and anime in the city of over 13 million people, but failed earlier this year with a plan to restrict material that depicts apparent underage sex. Any blank answers will prevent you from joining this group. The graphic novels deal with themes from high school romance to the literary classics -- but also with pornography, much of it hardcore and violent. Please do this in a timely manner, but you'll be given up to 24 hours after the start of the event to give a reason as to why you broke your RSVP.