Russian Parents Demand "Death Note" Ban

Police investigate relationship between manga and teen girl's suicide

Proving that phenomenons are hard to kill, efforts to ban Death Note are back from the grave. This time, a group of parents in the central Russian region of Ural have penned an open letter to President Vladimir Putin asking him to censor what they've described as a dangerous manga.


According to local media reports, a 15-year-old girl left four volumes of the manga along with a suicide note before jumping from a window of her 13th-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg on February 20th. As a consequence, police began investigating the relationship between the manga and the teen's death.


The parent's letter assesses that the manga helps generate interest in death among children and badly affects their emotional development.

The complete manga series was published in Russia by 2012, but the Japanese media notes that it can be "browsed on the Net for free thanks to Russia’s inadequate copyright protection."

via Japan Times

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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