The Bill 156 Factor

After listening to the podcast about the Tokyo Youth Ordinance, we realized there was even more to be discussed and there will continue to be more to be talked about for many moons to come. In some ways I feel like a crazy fear-monger but at the same time I worry lots of fans don’t think this bill will impact them. But despite any of that, I personally am very worried about it and it’s not going away so I just have more questions. Always more.

Heck, right after the podcast was recorded we already had a slew of new points of conversation. We were sill debating various points of the bill and what we think they mean. Now that Bill 156 has been passed everyone is waiting to see what exactly the ramification will be. How much is the bill is just a dog and pony show to make international critics happy? How much is this going to used as tool to beat certain unpopular groups and artists in submission? How many of those are groups that the bill was supposedly designed to regulate? How much of an immediate economic and creative impact with the bill have on anime, manga, and video game industries? How much will of an impact will it have down the line? Everyone watching the bill has an opinion on what will happen but until the first round of enforcement takes place it is all speculation. Lets dig a little deeper until we have some answers.

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The Speakeasy #014: Kill Bill, The Tokyo Youth Ordinance Bill

Anime 3000 presents The Speakeasy Podcast:
Drink #014: Kill Bill, The Tokyo Youth Ordinance Bill

Get comfortable because our first podcast with guests is over 2-hours long so it is perfect for long commutes or a hard day at work. Our two guest are Ed Sizemore of Manga Worth Reading and Eeeper of the Eeeper’s Choice podcast. We also started our mailbag segment, the Interrogation Room, so feel free to send in your questions and comments so we can discuss them on the next podcast!

The Tokyo Youth Ordinance Bill was passed at the end of 2010 and goes into effect this April. It has been a controversial bill in the anime and manga communities for both the U.S. and Japan. Is this a bill that will act as a savior that clears the industry of harmful perversions or is it a stifling straitjacket on the creativity of a medium? We talk about the history of the bill, the facts and misconceptions surrounding it, and what we think ramifications of the bill will be.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Kill Bill

Shake and strain into a cocktail (martini) glass filled with cracked ice. Garnish with lemon and lime peel, and serve.