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A Russian court has banned the Anime Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul, and Inuyashiki after concerns that the excessive violence might influence teenager’s behavior.
According to The Moscow Times, St. Petersburg’s Kolpinsky district court stated, “Every episode contains cruelty, murder, violence.”
Five lawsuits were filed against 49 websites distributing anime. Death Note and Inuyashiki were banned on two websites, while Tokyo Ghoul was banned on another. State prosecutors also called for the court to ban other shows including Elfen Lied and Naruto.
The Moscow Times noted that Death Note has been a particular target of Russian parents since 2013 after a 15-year-old girl died by suicide. She had a collection of Death Note manga, which was largely blamed for the tragedy.
This year, St. Petersburg media reported that a teen fell out of a window while dressed as Death Note protagonist Light Yagami, further pushing sentiment against the anime.