Authorities investigate connection of manga after a 15-year-old girl commits suicide.
A group of parents in the Russian region of Ural has demanded President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to ban the popular manga series Death Note, telling in an open letter that its story is harmful to young readers.
According to local media reports, a 15-year-old girl has jumped-off the window of their 13th floor apartment in Yekaterinburg on February 20, and has left a suicide note together with four (4) Death Note mangas.
In the letter, the parents of the girl has argued that the sales of the books & related DVDs should be banned, because the series has helped generating interests in children and badly affects their emotional development.
But the local police are still investigating the possible connection between the girl’s death and the manga series.
Shinigami own notebooks called “Death Notes” which are used as killing devices. Whoever’s name they write down in a death note will die within 40 seconds. Shinigami Ryuk dropped his Death Note in the human world where it’s found by honor high school student Light. With the death note actually having directions in it for its use, Light discovers he now has the power to discreetly kill people, and with this new power he plans to change the world in his ideal world by killing off criminals. Eventually the governments of the countries around the world notice the unusual amounts of deaths of their criminals, and figure out someone is behind them, but they have no way of discovering it themselves. That’s when they hire L, a master detective, to find out who is behind the murders. (Plot Summary from Anime News Network)
Death Note is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata, and was first serialized by Shueisha in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from December 2003 to May 2006. The manga series has 12 volumes.
The manga series has inspired Light-novel, Anime, Video Game, and Live-action film adaptations.
All 12-volumes of the manga were translated & published in Russia by last year, and because of the manga’s popularity among Russian children & youth, the manga can also be bought in bookstores in regional cities.
The series can also be read online for free because of “Russia’s inadequate copyright protection.”
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