The Chinese Ministry of Culture has blacklisted the following anime titles from distribution in China, online or in print:

1.Terror in Resonance
3. Highschool of the Dead
4.Ergo Proxy
5. Parasyte
6.The Skull Man
8.Inferno Cop
9.Afro Samurai
10. Tokyo Ghoul √A
11. Sword Art Online II
12. Tokyo ESP
13.Tokyo Ravens
14. Devil May Cry
15. RIN – Daughters of Mnemosyne
16.The Testament of Sister New Devil
17. Attack on Titan
18. Corpse Party
19.Strike the Blood
20. Death Note
21. Deadman Wonderland
22. Date A Live II
23. Psycho-Pass
24. Devilman Lady
25.School Days
26. Those Who Hunt Elves
27. Elfen Lied
28.High School DxD
29.Samurai Bride
30.So, I Can’t Play H!
31.Girls Bravo: Second Season
32. Kanokon
33. Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
34. Sakura Diaries
35.Black Butler
36. Claymore
37.Dance in the Vampire Bund

Senior Ministry official Liu Qiang stated, “The list is the result of evaluations by investigators, reviews by the ministry and the opinions of experts. It aims to guide websites in the proper review and importation of comics and animations.”

Liu also stated that more titles will be added to the list.

As of April 1, 2015  new regulations in China require video websites to seek approval to stream foreign media. At the time, the ministry began blacklisting titles that “include scenes of violence, pornography, terrorism and crimes against public morality.” Websites hosting this content were put under investigation.

According to the Ministry, 29 Chinese websites have now been fined and given warnings to remove the material or else risk losing their business licenses. These websites include Baidu Inc’s iQiyi, Inc., Tencent, Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing (LeTV), and Youku Tudou. In addition, eight websites were shut down for hosting content without license.

As Chinese authorities have recently banned the depiction of homosexuality, extramarrital relationships, one night-stands and relationships between underaged youths in TV, and of foul language and images, degrading comments about the status and works of others, the association with pornography, gambling, drugs and every conduct that could offend the prevalent ethics of the people, in cinema, it becomes apparent that China has taken a turn towards the ultra conservative, that will definitely harm the  artistic freedom of every creator in the country.

My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. wow poor Chinese people yet the chinese are making anime exactly like this i’ve seen them

    • Yet China has no issue with Hong Kong martial arts movies, which have plenty of sex and violence in them. Government hypocrisy at its finest, I suppose…

  2. Well this is what happens when you let government have total control, and don’t be surprised by any hypocracy, or corruption… So silly that so many, so many in the west support this sort of thing too, and foolishly believe it wouldn’t be as bad as this.

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