Putin’s Russia has banned the film Akira by maestro Katsuhiro Ōtomo accusing it of causing damage to the minds of young people.
The Russia of Putin has just banned Akira , the stretch film masterpiece by the master Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga, accusing him of causing damage to the minds of children . Consider that we are talking about a 1988 film, therefore with more than thirty years on its shoulders, moreover considered one of the best anime ever made, a source of inspiration for countless other authors.
The official reasons for Akira’s ban are those already set out: ” It risks damaging the health and mental development of children. ” In addition to Akira, the Russian ax also fell on Elven Song (it should be Elfen Lied), Tokyo Ghoul and Death Note.
What to say? It is always unfortunate to hear about censorship, especially for classics like Akira, which should be taken for granted by everyone, and especially in countries like Russia, which really need greater openness to the rest of the world. What then it must be said that Akira has never been a film aimed at minors or children and we imagine that after so many years since its launch it is seen more by ultra fans than by mass audiences. So censorship is also useless, if not really counterproductive.