The Japanese series “Ultraman Tiga” disappears from Chinese video sites

Several Chinese streaming platforms have taken a popular Japanese show offline, deeming it “violent”.

On Friday, streaming platforms such as iQiyi and Youku removed 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 removal caused furor. on social networks, with the National Radio and Television Administration on the same day urging local authorities to create special channels for young people and the elimination of cartoons containing violent content.

A associated hashtag on the removal of Tiga began on the Weibo microblogging platform on Friday and was viewed more than 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 scoring system would be reasonable but the restrictions should not be tightened in such a way as to shut it down completely.”

Earlier this year, the consumer council in the eastern province of Jiangsu called for a cartoon rating system to deter children from content containing violent elements. While “Ultraman Tiga” was called out for its fights and explosions, the domestic series “Boonie Bears” was also cited for its robbery and gun-involved scenes.

According to a investigation by the Jiangsu Consumer Council, they found 21 cartoons with 1,465 instances of problematic wording, content, and plots.

Publisher: Bibek Bhandari.

(Header image: an image taken from the film “Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey”. By Douban)

Marie A. Evans