99.9% of Eroge Effectively Banned

Did I get your attention with that headline? Good. Sankaku Complex today has blogged about the recent Draconian censorship regulations imposed by the Ethics Organization of Computer Software or EOCS, in response to the recent rape game epidemic and outrage. The EOCS has compiled a list of “game elements” that are no longer allowed in adult games, which includes “girl”, “group sex”, “bondage/S&M”, and “student council” to name a few. Even sexual positions and innuendo in eroge will be prohibited. The only sexual position allowed is the missionary position. These elements alone covers practically many popular eroge or erotic games including Michael Garcia’s favorites, Bible Black and Discipline.

Since these are "student council" "girls", they're not allowed in an eroge anymore. Sorry!
Since these are "student council" "girls", they're not allowed in future erotic games. Sorry!

Some companies have now taken drastic actions. Danny Choo recently reported that eroge companies including  minori, the creators of ef ~a fairy tale of the two~, began banning non-Japanese IP addresses to access eroge developers’ web sites. I’m not trying to be an alarmist, but I’m starting to agree with the Sankaku Complex bloggers’ sentiments. Sankaku Complex’s Artefact wrote, “it seems only a matter of time before a similar assault is launched against anime and manga, to say nothing of the wider pornography industry…” How will this affect hentai anime, anime, manga and even pornography?

For more information on EOCS’ regulations, check out the sources below.

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Sankaku Complex and Danny Choo

Japan Unleashes “Ambassadors of Cute” to the World

According to the Japan Times, Japan’s Foreign Ministry has appointed three female “ambassadors of cute” to promote Japanese pop culture to the world (and I’m not talking about Haruhi, Mikuru and Yuki; although one can dream!) Shizuka Fujioka, one of the cute liaisons visited Thailand this past March, to talk about Japanese school girl uniforms. One young Thai dude commented how pretty the ambassador looked in a uniform and he wants to visit Japan. (Editor’s note: sounds kinda creepy to me!)

Note: These are NOT Japan's cute ambassadors.
Note: These are NOT Japan's cute ambassadors.

Though it seems to be an innocent way to promote Japan, some politicians doesn’t feel the same way. New Komeito politician and Diet member, Kaori Maruya warned the Foreign Ministry to be careful not to draw “unwarranted criticism” from other countries of their ambassadors in skimpy skirts.

You have to give the Japanese government some credit for trying to keep Japan in the limelight, appointing cute girls isn’t going to help Japan’s image in the long run. Especially now that other countries think of Japan as some kind of pervert haven. Instead, Japan should promote its culinary robots and gunpla prowess to the world!


The Japan Times

Japanese Robot Chefs… from Space!

To save you the trouble from clicking the video link, here's the picture of the robot chef.

Note: Reuters doesn’t allow video embedding, so poo poo on them.


Japanese robotics is progressing at an alarmingly scary rate. Just yesterday they revealed the life-sized Gundam mecha, which is scary (and cool) enough. But now, they’ve gone too far! They’ve now created Rosie the Robot Maid. Okay not really, but we’re getting there, and I’m scurred for my life! If it ever teams up with Microsoft’s HAL 9000, I’d be very weary of the meals it prepares for me.


Danny Choo

Plague or Strange?: It’s Raining Tadpoles

If a frog invasion does occur, I better prepare my Gundam models.

If you think climate change is screwing up our world and our ecosystem, then maybe you should talk to the people of Ishikawa Prefecture. According to the Mainichi Daily News, tens, if not hundreds of tadpoles rained on the prefecture in the past week. No one knows why. Locals speculated it could be waterspouts sucking the tadpoles from an estuary and rained on parts of the prefecture. Scientists argue that it has been cloudy in the past week, which is not ideal for waterspouts to occur. Either way, this is a perfect opportunity for me to welcome our new frog overlord, Keroro Gunsou. Gerogerogero!


Mainichi Daily News