Essay on American Censorship of Japanese Animation

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American Censorship of Japanese Animation


Abrstract: This essay will explore why Americans feel the need to censor Japanese Animation, how the Japanese culture differs from American culture, and how to solve the growing debate of the censorship of Japanese media.

Japan, that strange and exotic land in the east, has a complex and interesting history that has shaped and molded its culture into a very unique society today. Of course their customs have influenced their entertainment, especially television and movies. In a day and age where information is free to all through the internet and reliable postal systems these television shows, movies, toys, and comics have made their way all over the world. The reception of
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The American versions of the ever popular “Sailor Moon” and “Dragon Ball Z” are vastly different from the Japanese versions. The Japanese version is more intense and serious, with harsher violence and grittier storyline. The kids who watch these shows in America and those kids, who watch it in Japan, are the same age, but for some reason it is too edgy for American youth. I am going to explore why Americans feel the need to censor, how the Japanese culture differs from American, and what this media does to both cultures, and how to solve the growing debate of Japanese media and censorship.

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