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Post Reply Do you think popular anime and manga will go back to being ultraviolent?
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Posted 6/16/17
If you've checked out older anime and manga you probably noticed they tended to be much more violent and gritty than most of today's stories. Aroubd the start of the 21st century, however, the medium underwent somewhat of a tonal shift. Today anime and manga tend to be mich lighter and while it's not hard to still find violence it's nowhere near as harsh and bloody as before in popular series. I don't hate the current trend of more upbeat and happy tales but I'm starting to wish I could follow current anime and manga with the same edge as those of old. What do yuo guys think?
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I hope so.
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Not overall. TV censorship over there is getting to be like NA/EU. They also have a "protect the children" brigade that makes the West's PCers look like rebels. There will be a few studios making anime the way God intended but they'll always be late-night or unwatchably censored until it is released on Blu-ray Disc for a million yen a release.

Violent manga on the other hand are getting shoved onto lower circulation magazines and also have an issue making money like the old days. I'm sure they are going to be some shonen titles that have gore snuck in there. Your Detective Conans, Tokyo Ghouls will always be gore but these days everything is about hot sexy teenagers and the power of friendship.
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The thing with many ultra violent series is they tend to lack a good story. Gantz was super violent but the whole thing felt like it lacked a story and violent for the sake of being violent. Then you have berserk, which has every violent act known to man, which is still super popular but it has a good storyline.
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In those time, ultraviolent was not far from common violence on tv and video games, just take Mortal Kombat for example that led to congressional hearing and even the creation of ESRB, the same could be said of manga on those time, now with social media people tend to identify or victimize themselves for violence that have semblance of real life,

Example: Psycho-Pass had a episode that had to be posponed of air because a real life incident happened too.

People mature and get tired of the Kiritos anime and friendship anime, new ultraviolent series emerge from time to time, just look at Goblin Salyer. If it get animated it will be censored.
Posted 6/16/17
what do you consider to be violent it all varies from person?
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You mean like JJBA (which, of course, originates from before the 21st century)? I like that series, but I could do with much less violence, especially toward dogs. Really, I just tolerate the extreme violence. I'd rather it not be there, to be honest.
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I remember Bulma (who was 16 years old) almost being sexually assaulted several times in Dragon Ball. Once by Oolong who even drugged her. But it was all for a good laugh. I couldn't see a popular show like DB doing something like that nowadays.

And Gundam with the constant slapping of women. I remember Amaro smacking a crying Frau right after seeing her parents killed.
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Has ultraviolence really been that common in the past compared to now? Psycho Pass ramped up the graphic violence in the first season to pretty good effect, the anime with the roach men from Mars was pretty much all ultra-violence behind some of the worst censoring to come out in recent memory, and Death Parade seemed to be about the shock violence (I only watched the first episode). And I'm assuming the upcoming Hell Girl will be in the same vein of detailed violence.
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BTW censoring anime is a good way to boost DVD sales because people want to see it without the censors.
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Gantz just made me feel like shit for half the manga so I'm okay with this upbeat stuff for now.
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MysticGon wrote:

Not overall. TV censorship over there is getting to be like NA/EU. They also have a "protect the children" brigade that makes the West's PCers look like rebels. There will be a few studios making anime the way God intended but they'll always be late-night or unwatchably censored until it is released on Blu-ray Disc for a million yen a release.

Violent manga on the other hand are getting shoved onto lower circulation magazines and also have an issue making money like the old days. I'm sure they are going to be some shonen titles that have gore snuck in there. Your Detective Conans, Tokyo Ghouls will always be gore but these days everything is about hot sexy teenagers and the power of friendship.


yeah.... pretty much that.

Plus there's the obsession with younger and younger demographics. Anime is quickly becoming the equivalent of american saturday morning cartoons.
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qwueri wrote:

Has ultraviolence really been that common in the past compared to now? Psycho Pass ramped up the graphic violence in the first season to pretty good effect, the anime with the roach men from Mars was pretty much all ultra-violence behind some of the worst censoring to come out in recent memory, and Death Parade seemed to be about the shock violence (I only watched the first episode). And I'm assuming the upcoming Hell Girl will be in the same vein of detailed violence.


yes. Fist of the north star, the original ghost in the shell, akira, even shitty shows like ninja scroll, (or anything "ninja"), Demon City Shinjoku (whch wasn't that bad really, but STILL had more than most stuff these days) etc... We got a lot more adult stuff back then.

Far less bewbs, but much more gore. And honestly, the bewbs had better story. (contrast Golden Boy or even Inukami with anything ecchi today).

Our hentai was less disturbing though... Oddly enough... NTR, rape and mind break are things that these days we take to an unheard of level.



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Two of the invisible hands, the hand of culture and the hand of market, may have their hands on this. The lesser violence in anime and manga may be a reflection of the incrasing demands to handle complex social interaction: the modern society had become more instable and more culturally diverse especially in the metropolitan cities; social interaction has become less structured and less predictable; the rise of social media allow more opportunity for social interaction in new contexts.
Violence may be common in past anime and manga because it boost ego-centrism and self-reliance at the cost of social harmony and cooperation. The "cultural Marxism" and the ability of the transnational corporate to establish puppet government without direct violence may be related to this trend.
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??? There's some modern anime that are pretty violent. Drifter's is one example, made by the guy who made Hellsing.
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