Alarmed Russian parents demand ban on ‘Death Note’ manga series


A group of parents in the central Russian region of Ural called on President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to ban the popular “Death Note” manga series, complaining in an open letter to him that it is harmful to children.

According to local media reports, a 15-year-old girl left four “Death Note” comic books along with a suicide note before jumping from a window of her 13th-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg on Feb. 20.

Local police are investigating a possible connection between her death and the manga series, which details murders committed by putting the names of targets on a notebook given by Death.

In the letter, the parents of the girl demanded that sales of the books and related DVDs be banned, arguing that “Death Note” helps generate interest in death among children and badly affects their emotional development.

All 12 volumes of the “Death Note” series were translated and published in Russia by 2012.

Manga are so popular among Russian children and youngsters that they can be found at bookstores in regional cities. They also can be browsed on the Net for free thanks to Russia’s inadequate copyright protection.

  • Joey

    This is absolutely ridiculous. If there actually is “harm,” then it has already been banned in other countries.

    Does this mean that they also have to ban Harry Potter because Voldemort cruelly murders so many people in the series?

  • Casper Steuperaert

    Why do they need Putin? They can censor themselves

  • Digital Philosopher

    The only books that need to be banned because they promote violence and – a proven fact – cause harm on an enormous scale are the bible and the quran…

  • Dana

    The same “inadequate copyright protection” enables the manga to be viewed for free in most of the major European languages, most of all – in English.