*sighs* defenetly shows that a large percent of the vocal anime community to be nothing better then Sun and daily mirror readers, a bunch of reactionary cowards who like to stamp their own twisted cookie cutter sub par moral standards on others thinking that people are unable to read challenging material without becoming monsters.
So, uh... human beings, then? People from all walks of life are like that, there's no reason to single out tabloid readers or anime fans in particular. And really, I'd call the Daily Mail worse than the Sun or the Mirror...
But then again I suppose most anime fans are Emos who are just cookie cutter archetypes so I guess they may be right.
Um... yes. That's the only logical conclusion. What?!
To answer the questions posed:
- Usa market is really ready to sell this kind of manga? I mean, there is enough people interested in lolicon there?
I doubt it. I rather suspect that, given the sensationalism and witch-hunt atmosphere surrounding paedophilia, which spills over onto lolicon, even if there were
enough people in the US or in Europe who were interested in such titles probably only a tiny fraction of them would dare buy them.
And don't get me wrong; I'm definitely of the opinion that molesting children is quite, quite
wrong. I just don't think it's anywhere near the worst crime a human being can commit - there's a total lack of perspective surrounding the issue - and I don't see any reason to believe it's necessarily the case that reading lolicon manga makes you more likely to rape children, any more than reading Berserk
makes you more likely to go cut people up with a huge sword or reading W-Juliet
makes you want to start cross-dressing.
- And if there is enough people interested to buy it, Borders or any big "shops" would be interested in sell lolicon labelled to mature audiences?
I doubt that, too. It wouldn't take long for some loud-mouthed moral-minority activist to find out and flood the tabloid press with "Borders sells child porn" stories, which would kill them.
-A single web page like ANN can put enough pressure above a publisher company to stop the release of a manga?
I think it's more likely that Seven Seas realised that it was a couple of steps further than their previous lineup, and it would not only be hard to sell but also probably sully their reputation. If ANN had anything to do with it it was probably just to point out to SS just how quickly people notice that kind of thing, that they'd be unlikely to be able to sell such a title 'under the radar' for very long.
Although this manga wouldn't show nudity or explicit scenes this kind of "humor" is acceptable in Usa (or Europe BTW)?
Again, I doubt it. The US is notorious for a puritan approach bordering on censorship; one only has to browse - say - the CBLDF's history to see that attitudes like "comics are for kids, selling pornographic comics in the same district as a school is the same as selling porn to children" or "drawing a depiction of a rape is as bad as committing/endorsing rape" are still quite prevalent, for example. Here in the UK, the presumption that interest in child pornography leads inevitably
to raping children is more or less engrained in the public consciousness from a decades-long media barrage, and the majority of people will file lolicon on equal footing with actual porn. The man on the street will happily assume that someone who wants to read such material will
, given the chance, rape children.
- Could the release of a manga like KNJ make worse the reputation of manga/anime fans in USA making people believe they are all a bunch of dangerous pedophiles (this time with a good reason Laughing )?
Frankly it amazes me constantly that the people who rail against anime and manga don't make a bigger thing of lolicon already - I can only presume it's because they're too lazy to properly research the media (possibly because the ones who do research it find it's not so bad as they think?) and never come across anything which isn't pushed in their faces in book and video shops. So yes, I'd worry that the more lolicon material gets published in English, the more likely it is that the tabloid press will start running "all anime fans want to rape children" and "Japan is training our youth to be paedophiles" articles. The principled libertarian in me wants to say that this shouldn't stop anyone from publishing anything [legal] that they want to, but the realist in me suspects that human beings are too stupid for proper libertarianism, and it would be disastrous if too many people did.