Yep, now it's totally useless. What good is an iPad, if you can't even browse hawt manga on it? No pantsu shots, no rebel nipples, no violence, no blood - not even in a medical context - nothing of any interest seems to be allowed on the iPad. Not in manga form, anyway. According to a Japanese report picked up by MangaHelpers
, publisher Kodansha has had 30% of its manga denied by Apple, due to depictions of "violence" and "adult situations".
Apple's position on matters of porn was once again made clear by Steve Jobs last month, when he basically told
porn users (i.e. the whole world) to "buy an Android or GTFO"
. But after this development, it's not just porn that's being kicked out of Apple's mobile devices, but quite a few manga titles as well. Even the most popular ones - like Naruto, Bleach or One Piece - may be denied from landing on the iPad, due to their violent content; yet pretty harmless otherwise.
Here are a few more facepalm-triggering details from MangaHelpers.
"When Kodansha was asked about why they were banned, they replied "Ask Apple". When Apple Japan was asked how they'll define "violence" and "Adult situations" they replied "We can't comment". They also refused to comment on why Japanese manga being sold in book stores around Japan was banned as well.
How "Adult situations" and "Violence" is to be handled outside of Japan still remains uncertain. But for Japan, it doesn't look very bright."
On the other hand, all this is great news for Google and Verizon Wireless. The two companies are currently developing
an "iPad killer" device, using Google's Android OS. That is, if anyone still has any interest in these tablet thingies