Akira banned in Russia for fear of harming children's minds

Akira banned in Russia for fear of harming children's minds

Putin's Russia has just banned Akira, the masterpiece film based on the manga of the master Katsuhiro Ōtomo, 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." Lied), Tokyo Ghoul and Death Note.

What to say? It is always unpleasant 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 downright counterproductive.

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