Animes are one of the greatest world entertainment bodies. Millions of anime are been produced targeting people of various sex and age groups. There exist various types of animes and sometimes they seem too mature or bizarre. For example, you may find some animes with a lot of incest and violence that are not generally good for people of a certain age. Hence due to this, some communities banned anime series.
Well if you want to know some popular anime banned around the world then you are at the right place. This is the list of banned anime series around the world and we will also tell you which country banned the anime and why.
Attack on Titan
High School DxD
Puni Puny Poemy
Hetalia: Axis Powers
1. Anime Banned in China: Attack on Titan
Yes, this popular anime series was banned in China due to the fact that the series focus more on violence, blood shedding and many disturbing visuals which is not good for the younger ones. Well if you are above 18 then I definitely recommend you watch this anime series. It’s one of the best.
Oh yes! Another one of the world’s best anime banned in China again is Death Note. Still, China banned this anime due to the fact that it’s full of violence, blood, horror and it’s gruesome. Basically, the series centers around murder, justice, and death and is considered a way to influence kids’ minds.
This anime portrays a lot of violence and disturbing visuals that have traumatized many people. Shoujo Tsubaki tells the story of a young girl abused sexually by a man who promised to help her if need be. This anime movie has a very depressing and dark storyline it was banned almost everywhere (even in Japan) and the film’s tapes were destroyed.
The anime Osomatsu-San is banned in Japan because of copyright problems. Actually, the first episode of the series contains parodies from famous anime like Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Attack on Titan and many others. Hence the first episode was not aired and is still not available on mainstream anime websites.
If you have not watched Excel Saga, the story is about a secret ideological organization whose aim is to dominate the world. What is good is that only the last episode of this anime was banned due to the fact that it contains a lot of violence and pornography and it was too offensive.
The crazy part of the history is that the Director of the series Shinichi Watanabe voluntarily made that order to make it unforgettable. However, the last episode can be available on DVD.
6. Banned in New Zealand: High School DxD
With a great viewer rating, High School DxD was banned in New Zealand because it contains many sexual scenes, corrupt high school children with perverted minds and a lot of nudity centered around kids.
You may think this anime is a childish and cute one but don’t let its name make a fool out of you. This is an anime containing a lot of sexual scenes, nudity, and harem that is too questionable and vulgar for younger ones. The anime is banned in New Zealand and is not really popular like others.
8. Banned in South Korea: Hetalia: Axis Powers
In this comedy anime series, each character represents a country and the role played in the Second World War. Unfortunately, it offended some countries including South Korea. So they banned it considering it as an “offensive stereotype” and a “national crime”.
However, the show continues to air and all scenes referring to South Korea were removed. But you can still find some censored versions of the anime in some parts of the country.
This anime was not banned because a girl “Kite” uses bullets to kill people and make them explode but rather due to its sexual assault on a minor. There are strict laws against children’s photography in Norway hence the anime got banned totally there.
10. Banned in Saudi Arabia: Pokémon
Well, you may be asking why this famous kid-friendly anime about Satoshi and his pocket monster got banned. It’s simple, the religious authorities of Saudi Arabia declared that it promotes gambling and Jewish sentiment. And there have been rumors around the show claiming it to be a Zionist conspiracy.