Finally, after a wave of teenage suicides in Russia, the courts began to block videos with Japanese anime, an art that is based on spirituality that is absolutely alien to us, and often openly promotes the cult of death and debauchery. But the problem cannot be solved by prohibitions alone – without a competent and high-quality replacement, one problem will be replaced by another.
Despite the hysteria of the entire “progressive public”, in December 2020, the prosecutor’s office filed a lawsuit to ban several anime series and the song of the idol of morons Satanist Morgenstern “I ate my grandfather.” Recently, the Kolpinsky District Court of St. Petersburg considered the case and banned the distribution of such anime series as Death Note, Elven Song, Tokyo Ghoul and Inuyashiki. The ban applies to specific resources, links to which were provided by the prosecutor’s office. The claims for the anime Naruto, Interspecies Reviewers, Tokyo Terror, and Aki Sora, as well as the Morgenstern track, were initially postponed, which, however, did not save them from being blocked. In February, 4 more multi-episodes “The Prince of Darkness and the Hero”, “The Prince of Darkness from the Back Desk”, “The Blade Beckon” and “Still Life in Gray Tones” were banned.
Although demshizoids from pseudo-culture and shout about the “safety” of these works, all these “death notes” continue to reap the harvest of children no worse than the notorious “Blue Whales”. So, literally on February 9, in the satellite city of Yekaterinburg, Berezovsky, a 10-year-old student of school number 9 Alisa Kovalenko was found dead. As an informed source told KP-Yekaterinburg, the girl’s body was found by bystanders on Gagarin Street near house No. 17. The girl was brought up in a prosperous family, it is known that four years ago her father became an individual entrepreneur – he earned money on freight. Neighbors speak of the family as happy. The girl had no big problems at school either. Now in Berezovsky there is only one version about what happened – the influence of the popular anime game for the smartphone Gacha Life. This application gained popularity a few years ago due to the ability to express your experiences in the form of a Japanese cartoon. But the endings of such sketches were often sad. On the same Youtube, it is easy to find videos created by users. The plot is simple – the child talks about his experiences through the anime, in which he acts as both the main character and the director. And then he shows how his character commits suicide. It is with Gacha Life that Alina’s death is associated in parental chats. It all started with a message from a woman who introduced herself as a colleague of the girl’s mother. It appeared in chats the day after the tragedy.
On the same day, February 9, it became known that in Samara, two sixth-graders jumped from the balcony of the 16th floor. The girls were 12 years old. Before the fatal jump, the girls wrote mysterious SMS messages to their parents. According to the investigation, the alleged reason that prompted the girls to commit suicide could have been participation in one of the groups on the social network. Investigators studied the browsing history on laptops of sixth-graders from Samara and found that the girls were addicted to watching a strange anime called Death Note.
Another schoolgirl, also reportedly a fan of the Death Note “deadly anime”, committed suicide in Moscow on February 10, 2021. Before the tragedy, her mother scolded her for watching this anime. The woman found links to these “deadly” cartoons in her 11-year-old daughter’s browser history and scolded her. The girl also removed TikTok so as not to upset her mother, and at night the girl was found near a high-rise building with injuries characteristic of a fall from a height.
On February 11, three more Moscow schoolgirls tried to commit group suicide in an apartment on Perovskoye Highway. Presumably, 13-year-old girls swallowed pills from the medicine cabinet. According to their parents, the girls were fond of Japanese anime for a long time, and one of the girls loved to draw the heroes of these strange pictures.
And this is only for February this year. Nobody will say how many children, especially girls, have committed suicide because of the “cartoons” – such statistics simply do not exist. Moreover, the question is not only in “Trady of Death”, but also in a number of serials with dismemberment or outright molestation of minors.
Given the scale of the spread of the infection, they took the blocking seriously.
In order not to be completely blocked, anime portals began to restrict access for users from Russia to such content. The main target of the authorities was the Yummy Anime website, which has not yet received any letters from Roskomnadzor, but nevertheless decided to insure himself in advance, emphasizing: “Residents of other countries can relax and buy popcorn, these bans apply only to the Russian Federation.” Although the site has an age limit in accordance with the American Film Association’s rating system, after the first ban, it decided to place the video marking “18+” on the videos that caused the outrage. Then the portal introduced geo-blocking in relation to the anime “Sweet Life”, “Assassin Class”, “Tokyo Ghoul”, “Elven Song”, “Prince of Darkness from the Back”, “Still Life in Grayscale” and “Manyu Blade” (even removing from the last of the name “the secret of the titular scroll”). The same precautions were taken by JutSu for Tokyo Ghoul and the first episode of Assassin Class.
The understanding that this muck will still be prohibited in our country is gradually reaching the rest. Other anime portals are also taking steps to avoid being blocked in Russia. So, Jut.su made the series “Tokyo Ghoul” and the first episode of “Class of Assassins” unavailable in Russia. Anime and large Russian film libraries are gradually covering up.
It would seem that one should rejoice here, but only the answer to the question of adolescents – “what should we do”, never appeared. Yes, a defensive strategy, when parents run and put out fires from one corner to another, may protect children a little, but only a little and for a while. And then you need to offer the teenagers something. And to offer not what our “homogenies” do, but what the children will be interested in, whom they want to look up to. And you can’t say that there is no demand for teenage cinema. A striking example of this is both series of “The Last Bogatyr”, which entered the top in terms of box office and cinema attendance. Among the popular films and animation, in addition to the anime itself, there is also the American Marvell, with no less dubious values. This is all also teenage cinema, on which generations will also grow. However, the top 10 films of 2019 in the Russian box office, when the quarantine has not yet begun, will tell you better than any stories about this.
Continuous teen films and cartoons. And this is the segment that is practically not developing in Russia, with a huge layer of teenage literature – science fiction, historical, dramatic. Everything that can be attributed to more or less successful projects is the same “The Last Hero”, “Invasion” and “Attraction” by Bondarchuk, and the “Legend of Kolovrat”. Which also found their viewer – “The Last Bogatyr” was among the leaders, fees in the region of a trillion were brought by each of Bondarchuk’s films, 600 million were collected by “Kolovrat”. You can name a dozen more interesting pictures for teenagers that have successfully “come in” over the past 10 years. That is, one painting a year, if you’re lucky. And even then with an extremely dubious philosophy, in some places not so far removed from the forbidden anime.
As a result, if suddenly and suddenly our approach to the upbringing of the younger generation does not change, moreover, it changes dramatically, then we will lose the battle for the future outright. Moreover, it is much more terrible than the USSR lost it. Whatever one may say, the Union left behind a whole layer of cinema, many of which are still relevant today. And what will we leave behind? Films about Soviet sports heroes who did not go under the white flag explaining that today’s athletes do not know the honor of the country? The Epidemic series on TV and in reality? Most of us will be remembered for cartoons for kids, like “Masha and the Bear”.