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Victoria Rahbar (Stanford University)

As the sun set on Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto (1999 - 2014), Koyoharu Gotoge's Demon Slayer (2016 - 2020) and Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia (2014 - ) rose up to take its place as best-selling anime series and manga publications. What links these three works together is not their choice of a male protagonist nor their initial serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine, but censorship. An in-depth analysis of each work's recent controversies will follow a general review of the place of anime and manga censorship in the global marketplace. Emerging trends in manga publishing including the advent of simulpublishing will also be discussed due to the unique problems they present for challenges to manga. This talk will build on a prior publication (see https://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=24704) with new information added to reflect anime and manga censorship in the United Kingdom.

Alastair Horne (University of Stirling)

Alastair Horne works on smartphone storytelling.




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