Roskomnadzor blocked and removed more than 1,900 links leading to sites with cartoons and anime series. They were censored because of the scenes of cruelty, the department said.
Still from the anime “My Neighbor Totoro”
It is not reported which series are included in this list. But the department explained the blocking by the fact that watching these anime can have an extremely negative effect on the child's psyche.
Watching these serials by minors can have a significant negative impact on the child's unformed psyche, and the aggressive behavior model of the main characters of anime (a popular type of animation among teenagers) can be perceived by adolescents as correct, winning, confident and reliable.
– noted in the press service of Roskomnadzor.
The RNA added that the blocked anime are replete with scenes of violence and dismemberment of bodies. The department believes that teenagers can begin to identify themselves with cartoon characters and will imitate them.
Shot from the anime “Spirited Away”
Soviet and Russian animator Garry Bardin criticized the actions of Roskomnadzor and said that the department should not resolve issues of morality and ethics.
According to the Constitution, we have no censorship in Russia. They stick their nose where the dog is not sticking anything. Show me someone who thinks it's right and I'll spit in his face. Are the Japanese a bad nation? Are we worse than the Japanese? Why are they allowed, but we are not allowed? Why do we put ourselves in the position of second-rate people? Why did Roskomnadzor take on the role of the guardian of our morality and ethics? There are parents, there is a school. You have to trust your people
– he said in an interview with the radio “Moscow speaking”.