Japanese series “Ultraman Tiga” disappears from Chinese video sites

Several Chinese streaming platforms have taken a popular Japanese show offline as “violent”.

On Friday, streaming platforms such as iQiyi and Youku deleted the “Ultraman Tiga” series, which, along with the eponymous sci-fi hero, has been popular in China since its debut in the late 90s. Its withdrawal was all the rage. on social media, the National Radio and Television Administration on the same day urging local authorities to create special channels for young people and to eliminate cartoons with violent content.

A related hashtag about removing Tiga began appearing on the Weibo microblogging platform on Friday and had been viewed over a billion times by Sunday afternoon.

“Ultraman can be aggressive at times, but the story is also passionate and people need that passion in life,” fan Hu Yuheng told Sixth Tone. “A rating system would be reasonable, but the restrictions should not be tightened to shut it down completely.”

Earlier this year, the Consumer Council of Eastern Jiangsu Province called for a cartoon rating system to deter children from accessing content with violent elements. While “Ultraman Tiga” has been named for its fights and explosions, the national series “Boonie Bears” has also been mentioned for its scenes of theft and use of firearms.

According to a survey conducted by the Jiangsu Consumer Council, they found 21 cartoons featuring 1,465 cases of problematic wording, content and plots.

Publisher: Bibek Bhandari.

(Header image: photo from the film “Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey”. From Douban)

Marie A. Evans