Pornographic Cartoons and Comics Banned in US (2006)

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Saturday, April 1, 2006

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- By a wider margin than expected, the Senate on Friday passed legislation banning the sale of all pornographic cartoons and comics known as "anime" and "manga," respectively.

In an effort to curb child pornography, the Senate voted to ban the Japanese media, also known as "hentai," from sale in the United States. "I applaud the Senate for joining the House in passing the ban on 'anime,'" Bush said in a written statement. "This is very important legislation that will end the sale of a disturbing 'art form' in America. I look forward to signing it into law."

Cartoon pornography, known as "anime" to its fans, was one of the President's major targets in his war against child pornography. Its comic book form, "manga," was also being targeted. In recent years, these Japanese forms of media have become increasingly popular in the United States.