Banned Books 2021 – Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


The freshman composition class at Kent State University (OH) allows some high school students to take classes, but the university requires parents to sign off on the course instructional materials. One high school parent objected to this academic text, which explores the social, artistic, and economic history of the anime genre. Napier focuses a chapter of this 2005 book on pornography in anime. The parent persuaded two state legislators to demand that college-level content stop being assigned to minors. One legislator threatened the university’s funding, saying the book was unacceptable. Kent State issued a statement asserting that it defends the principles of academic freedom and free expression.

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Last updated

September 14, 2021