After an anonymous tip led authorities to arrest the anime character Akane Hirata for threatening to kill adult film actress Aurora Perrine, sources confirmed Monday that anime is now banned by the FBI.
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“We have taken possession of the anime classic, which has been licensed and broadcast in the U.S. and many other countries,” said FBI director Christopher Wray, adding that the agency has taken legal action to revoke the television series’ license, pending review by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
“Despite our authority, we are forced to deny the license because of an FBI investigation into child pornography. The anime is now illegal under Title IX of the 1994 Education Amendments, which criminalizes the distribution of any entertainment that poses a substantial risk to children.” At press time, the FBI had revoked the license of the live-action remake of the television series Lucifer, which depicts a fictional account of a Satanist cult that exploits young witches.