Looking around the banned anime list on TVTropes I noticed that there are quiet a lot of Japanese animation banned in countries outside of Japan. Me being curious as usually couldn't help but wonder.

  • Which country was the first to actually ban a Japanese animation or episode and for what reason it was banned?
  • does this include shorts or h-anime?
    – кяαzєя
    Jul 27, 2014 at 22:11
  • @Krazer Yes, I think those can be included.
    – Dimitri mx
    Jul 27, 2014 at 22:13
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    For a somewhat facetious yet correct answer, I'm sure Astro Boy was banned in North Korea the moment it came out, because North Korea was already a terrifying dystopia by 1963. I'm guessing this isn't actually what you're looking for, though, which suggests that you may want to modify your question in some way.
    – senshin
    Jul 28, 2014 at 7:47

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Compared to your other question What Japanese animation was the first to be an international success?, I don't think you can really pinpoint to a specific animation for being the first to be banned. All Japanese (or even all international) media was probably banned in several countries for various reasons.

  • Some countries had such a tight regime that no media could get in (or out) from (or to) whatever country, as mentioned by senshin. If I were better at world history I would have added some examples
  • Some countries had had a grudge against Japan and had banned all Japanese cultural import all together. For example, South Korea had banned all Japanese media after World War II.

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