Pornographic Mangas sent to school libraries
LONDON: Graphic Japanese comic books, infamous for the violent and pornographic content of their adult versions, are being sent to schools by a government-funded agency.
The manga cartoons are vividly realistic good versus evil fantasy strips read by all age groups in Japan. In their adult forms, they show the rape, incest and murder of schoolgirls, and depict Lolita-like figures in lewd poses.
Now the Reading Agency, a charity funded by arts, library and government bodies to promote literacy, has drawn up a list of 150 manga titles to send to all libraries and schools.
The agency says the books have been vetted to make sure that they are suitable for 13-16 year-olds but critics fear that once hooked on the comics, teenagers will seek out the more violent and pornographic titles. -DM